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ADULT WINTER READING



To celebrate Love Your Library Month, the Library is hosting its annual Adult Winter Reading Contest.

Starting February 1st, customers are encouraged to stop by any Alexandria Library branch to learn more about the Adult Winter Reading program.

By reading one book or listening to one audiobook, you can be entered to win a gift card. You can fill out an entry form at any of the branches or participate at alexandria.beanstack.com. Maximum of five entries per customer.

Physical entries must be submitted by Saturday, February 29 at 5 p.m.  Online entries can be submitted till midnight. Winners will be notified the following week.

 

BOOK MATCH

What are your favorite types of books? What book can you not live without? 

Fill out a short questionnaire and receive a personalized list of book recommendations hand-picked by our staff.

 

GET A BOOK MATCH

 

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Browse genres, search for a title or author, review booklists and more.

 

ACCESS BOOKS AND AUTHORS

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

 

NOVELIST

Find book recommendations based on appeal factors, curated lists, and read-alikes for titles you enjoy.

 

ACCESS NOVELIST

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

NEW AT THE LIBRARY
Upcoming Events
Sun, Feb 23, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Calling all writers...join the Beatley Central Writers Group.

Mon, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Seniors, sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities.

Canceled
Mon, Feb 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Mon, Feb 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Monday.

Mon, Feb 24, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Learn how to improve and manage your lawn to make it a more environmentally friendly, less resource intensive part of your home garden.

Mon, Feb 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Enjoy a free monthly meditation class with our friends at Yoga in Daily Life.

Mon, Feb 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME! Class will be meeting on Monday evenings from 7-8 PM in the Story Room on the first floor.

Mon, Feb 24, 7:15pm - 8:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Beulah's pastor, Rev. Quardricos Driskell, will share the deep and rich history of this important Alexandrian institution.

Tue, Feb 25, 10:00am - 11:55am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Feb 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Feb 25, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Learn how music transforms our bodies and our minds.Register

Tue, Feb 25, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate Love Your Pet Day! Turn an old t-shirt and hangers into a tent for your feline friend. Bring a t-shirt to repurpose. Limited supplies will be provided. Ages 13 and up.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:15am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Learn to use Heritage Quest to research your family history.

Wed, Feb 26, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Come practice your English language skills with others in friendly conversations. Free and open to the public. No registration is required; drop-in when you can.

Wed, Feb 26, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema screens lesser known films you may have missed in theaters! Join them for foreign films, strange documentaries, and fascinating dramas.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Through song, spoken word and music, Liberated Muse Arts Group gives tribute to the legendary genius of master writer Toni Morrison.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:00am - 1:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Visit with GO Alex team members to learn about transit initiatives in the city. Get updated city bicycle maps and learn about your transit options.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a screening of "Knight and Day." Rated PG-13.

Fri, Feb 28, 10:15am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Internet has become an essential part of any job search. It can be difficult to know where to begin.

Canceled
Fri, Feb 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Sat, Feb 29, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?

Sat, Feb 29, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Interested in playing chess or learning about the game? Join us in the Children's Area. All skill levels are welcome. All ages. Children under 8 age must be accompanied by their adult.

Sat, Feb 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
This seminar will cover the most important financial considerations and strategies for those approaching retirement and current retirees.

Sat, Feb 29, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us at Duncan to learn how to Salsa! Come alone or with a partner. All skill levels are welcome.

Sat, Feb 29, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn about the Capital City under the institution slavery and the people who tried to escape this system which will be presented by NPS Ranger Kenya Finley in honor of Black History Month. 

Sun, Mar 01, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Presented by master flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq. Experience the history of women in jazz through lecture, trivia, and live performance.

Sun, Mar 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us! Email reflib@alexlibraryva.org for info about this month's selection or to join our email list.

Canceled
Mon, Mar 02, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Mon, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s.

Mon, Mar 02, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Get tips on editing images so your photos look their best!

Mon, Mar 02, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME! Class will be meeting on Monday evenings from 7-8 PM in the Story Room on the first floor.

Tue, Mar 03, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Tue, Mar 03, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Board Room
Share your projects, tips and ideas, and enjoy the company of other crafters while you do your craft of choice.

Tue, Mar 03, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Microgreens: what are they, why they are so fabulous and how to grow them.Register

Wed, Mar 04, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Come practice your English language skills with others in friendly conversations. Free and open to the public. No registration is required; drop-in when you can.

Wed, Mar 04, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This club is for the social enjoyment of the game of Bridge. It is open to all all levels. Beginners welcome.

Wed, Mar 04, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Friends of Duncan Library present A Year of Great Neo Noir Films.

Wed, Mar 04, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Amanda Ohlke, Director of Adult Education in the Exhibitions and Programs Department of the International Spy Museum, will discuss true stories of daring women spies of World War II.

Thu, Mar 05, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Mar 05, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Intermediate Workshops usually held every Tuesday and Thursday of the week all month long.

Thu, Mar 05, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM. All are welcome!

Thu, Mar 05, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group!

Thu, Mar 05, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a discussion of the following two stories: "In the Gloaming" by Alice Elliott Dark and "Proper Library" by Carolyn Ferrell

Canceled
Fri, Mar 06, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Sat, Mar 07, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Local History/Special Collections - Sprouse Rare Book Room
Learn about what is available and what resources are available for researching the history of women in Alexandria at the Local History and Special Collections Branch.

Sat, Mar 07, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English?

Sat, Mar 07, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn how to make your house stand out from the others on the market.

Sat, Mar 07, 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Interested in playing chess or learning about the game? Join us in the Children's Area. All skill levels are welcome. All ages. Children under 8 age must be accompanied by their adult.

Sat, Mar 07, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn about buying and selling a home. A realtor and lender will answer your questions about buying and selling with professionals or on your own!

Sat, Mar 07, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Transform your garden and outdoor area by blending nature and art through rock painting.

Sat, Mar 07, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
As we come upon the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, let's explore Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, and other suffrage activists of the Women's Suffrage Movement.

Sun, Mar 08, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Calling all writers...join the Beatley Central Writers Group.

Sun, Mar 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a workshop with a Master Gardener to learn how to turn your yard into a bountiful garden.

Mon, Mar 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Seniors, sharpen your mind and exercise your brain with stimulating games, puzzles, and activities.

Canceled
Mon, Mar 09, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Free English classes for beginners in speaking, reading, and writing English. Text materials will be provided in class. Children can accompany their parents in the classroom.

Mon, Mar 09, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
A series of three remarkable documentary films that show how women revolutionized the computing and Internet technology we use today.

Mon, Mar 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Free ESL Beginner Workshops usually held every Monday.

Mon, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Friends of Duncan Library's monthly Board Meeting is open to all.

Mon, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Story Room
PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME! Class will be meeting on Monday evenings from 7-8 PM in the Story Room on the first floor.

Mon, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join genealogist Kelly McGuinness as she shares the tips and tricks for finding Irish ancestors.

Mon, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Let's Talk Books is a monthly book discussion club at the Barrett Branch Library. Call 703-746-1721 for more information.

Mon, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a discussion of "The Round House" by Louise Erdrich.