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JAMES M. DUNCAN BRANCH LIBRARY

Hours & Location
We're closed Monday October 10 due to Indigenous Peoples Day
Mon, Oct 03 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Oct 04 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Oct 05 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Oct 06 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Oct 07 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat, Oct 08 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Oct 09 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Address
2501 Commonwealth Avenue
Alexandria
Alexandria, VA 22301
Tel: 703.746.1705
Fax: 703.746.1785
About the branch

Parking: There is a small lot with 9 spaces.  On street parking is available.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: Yellow and Blue lines at Braddock Road (1.3 miles) and King Street Stations (1.5 miles)
  • Metrobus: 10A, 10B
  • DASH Bus: 33

Upcoming Virtual Events
Wed, Oct 05, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends

Wed, Oct 05, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Beatley Library computer area
If you know little or nothing about computers and want to learn more, this is the place to start!
Registration is now closed

Wed, Oct 05, 10:15am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Looking for a baby storytime and/or a chance to talk to other grown-ups with children? Then join us at the Beatley Central Library for Tummy Time!

Wed, Oct 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual
This session will review the features of Edge, such as WestSearch Plus, Statutes Compare, Jurisdictional Surveys, Litigation Analytics, & QuickCheck. Register

Canceled
Wed, Oct 05, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Learn about new internet scams and how to keep your information private at this basics of Information Security session

Wed, Oct 05, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual
Join us on Zoom for a current events discussion on the 4th Weds. of the month. Email reflib@alexlibraryva.org to join our email list and get details on this month's topic.Register

Wed, Oct 05, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Wed, Oct 05, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Do you want to practice reading aloud? Do you like dogs? Sign up for a 15-minute reading slot to read to a dog by calling (703) 746-1753 or by stopping by Beatley's Children's Desk. Ages 6-12.

Wed, Oct 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Learn to knit under the guidance of experienced knitters. All supplies will be provided. Ages 8-18.

Wed, Oct 05, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Monthly Meditation, lead by our Friends at Yoga in Daily Life, is a free one-hour meditation class open to everyone.Register

Thu, Oct 06, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Thu, Oct 06, 11:00am - 11:40am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Stories, music & movement activities for ages 2+ as we count towards 1000 Books.

Thu, Oct 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Join us in the Children's area for story time! Ages 0-5

Thu, Oct 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Thu, Oct 06, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
The Thursday Afternoon Book Discussion meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM. All are welcome! Register

Thu, Oct 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group! Together we'll be making items to donate to those in need.

Thu, Oct 06, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Thu, Oct 06, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters.

Thu, Oct 06, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form.

Thu, Oct 06, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Oscar Fitzgerald leads a presentation on his recently published title: AMERICAN FURNITURE DESIGNERS An discussion of designers of Arts and Crafts through the Interwar period into Mid-Century Modern

Thu, Oct 06, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
HackLab provides a meeting space for coding in a community and encourages problem solving through various activities.

Thu, Oct 06, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Do you love to read ghost stories and tales of horror? Register

Fri, Oct 07, 10:30am - 11:30am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Come sample and learn about Via Volcán, a single-origin farm-to-cup coffee company in Old Town Alexandria. 

Fri, Oct 07, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Sat, Oct 08, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room,Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join us as we explore the history of Alexandria’s local African American community through books, stories, and songs. All are welcome, but the event is geared towards children ages 3-6.

Sat, Oct 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!  

Sat, Oct 08, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts and feelings about all topics related to death and dying.Register

Sat, Oct 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Feel the rhythm in the beat and learn new Latin style dances

Rescheduled
Sun, Oct 09, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
New date Thursday, October 06, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters.

Canceled
Sun, Oct 09, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Textbooks will be provided for use at the library. Come join us! All are welcome. No registration is needed.

Mon, Oct 10, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube Channel
Anytime can be story time when you join us on YouTube. Books we read count towards your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Mon, Oct 10, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
All Library branches will be closed in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Canceled
Mon, Oct 10, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
This is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Canceled
Mon, Oct 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us for Yoga in the Garden!

Mon, Oct 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
The Friends of Duncan Library's monthly board meeting will take place virtually this month using Zoom.Register

Canceled
Tue, Oct 11, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Tue, Oct 11, 11:00am - 11:35am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Stories, songs, games & more for ages 0-23 months. On our Columbus Street lawn.

Tue, Oct 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Clap and cheer for Stories and Songs! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the music and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Oct 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Tue, Oct 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Meet your old friends and make new friends at an unstructured playtime in the library's Reading Garden! Toys for preschoolers will be supplied. Ages 3-5 with an adult.

Tue, Oct 11, 3:00pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Shop a giant selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more at the Beatley Friends' Booksale! Friends members can shop one day early today! You can purchase a membership at the door for $15.

Tue, Oct 11, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Tue, Oct 11, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Second Floor - Computer Area
Barrett Library has a volunteer available on Tuesdays to help with computer and technologies use. Appointments are available at 5 PM and 6 PM. Please call 703-746-1721 to schedule an appointment.

Tue, Oct 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Join us to learn about Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District's VCAP program enacted to help property owners in making sustainable water management improvements.Register

Tue, Oct 11, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This class is for those who are preparing for the Citizen Exam and Interview. Ideally, you will have already submitted your N-400.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together! Register

Wed, Oct 12, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends

Wed, Oct 12, 10:00am - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Shop a giant selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more!

Wed, Oct 12, 10:15am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room,Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Looking for a baby storytime and/or a chance to talk to other grown-ups with children? Then join us at the Beatley Central Library for Tummy Time!

Wed, Oct 12, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join us for a virtual discussion of Martha Grimes' 25th Richard Jury novel, "The Old Success."Register

Wed, Oct 12, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Wed, Oct 12, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
The is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Wed, Oct 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Learn to knit under the guidance of experienced knitters. All supplies will be provided. Ages 8-18.

Wed, Oct 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual
College application essays are now, more than ever, a big part of your college application. Register

Canceled
Thu, Oct 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Thu, Oct 13, 10:00am - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Shop a giant selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more!

Thu, Oct 13, 11:00am - 11:40am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Stories, music & movement activities for ages 2+ as we count towards 1000 Books.

Thu, Oct 13, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Children's Area
Join us in the Children's area for story time! Ages 0-5

Thu, Oct 13, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Thu, Oct 13, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Thu, Oct 13, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area,Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Come talk about books, get recommendations, and join in activities with other book lovers! Ages 12-17

Thu, Oct 13, 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Beatley Central’s Girls Who Code club will be in person for this session.

Thu, Oct 13, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Care about the library? Join us for snacks and let your voice be heard! Attending this meeting will count as one service hour. Grades 6-12.

Fri, Oct 14, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Shop a giant selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more!

Fri, Oct 14, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Fri, Oct 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Learn about art and art history with stories and games, before creating your own art project with paint, clay, and more!

Fri, Oct 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Do you love building with Lego's? Come and test your creative skills! Ages 6-12.

Sat, Oct 15, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Outdoors
Help us plant native shrubs that will make our public art pop!

Sat, Oct 15, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Shop a giant selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more!

Sat, Oct 15, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Barrett Library is hosting a D&D game day. No experience necessary. Open to ages 8-13.
This event is full

Sat, Oct 15, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
A special viewing of recent film releases.

Sun, Oct 16, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Oronoco Bay Park
Join Alexandria Library and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria at Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison Street, for a family-friendly festival celebrating pets!

Sun, Oct 16, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Shop a giant selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more! Today, everything is half-off our already low prices!

Sun, Oct 16, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
New venue Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Alexandria Library partners with the Alzheimer's Association's National Area Chapter to bring you a quarterly support group at Beatley Central Library.

Canceled
Sun, Oct 16, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Textbooks will be provided for use at the library. Come join us! All are welcome. No registration is needed.

Mon, Oct 17, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube Channel
Anytime can be story time when you join us on YouTube. Books we read count towards your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Mon, Oct 17, 10:00am - 2:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Shop our giant selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and more! Today, get a bag and fill it up with anything you'd like for just $10!

Mon, Oct 17, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Beatley Library computer area
If you know little or nothing about computers and want to learn more, this is the place to start!

Mon, Oct 17, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Canceled
Mon, Oct 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
ESL is returning to the Burke Library as an in-person event. Come join us. No registration is needed.

Mon, Oct 17, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Local History/Special Collections - Sprouse Rare Book Room
Regular meeting of the Alexandria Library Board. The meeting will take place in the Local History/Special Collections section of the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library.

Mon, Oct 17, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Mon, Oct 17, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Mon, Oct 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Drop in, bring a friend and play some board games at the library! We will meet at the table near the teen area. 

Mon, Oct 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Please join Let's Talk Books club to read and discuss "Go Back to Where You Came From and Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American" by Wajahat Ali. Register

Canceled
Tue, Oct 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Tue, Oct 18, 11:00am - 11:35am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Stories, songs, games & more for ages 0-23 months. On our Columbus Street lawn.

Canceled
Tue, Oct 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Clap and cheer for Stories and Songs! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the music and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Oct 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Meet your old friends and make new friends at an unstructured playtime in the library's Reading Garden! Toys for preschoolers will be supplied. Ages 3-5 with an adult.

Tue, Oct 18, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Tue, Oct 18, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Second Floor - Computer Area
Barrett Library has a volunteer available on Tuesdays to help with computer and technologies use. Appointments are available at 5 PM and 6 PM. Please call 703-746-1721 to schedule an appointment.

Tue, Oct 18, 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This class is for those who are preparing for the Citizen Exam and Interview. Ideally, you will have already submitted your N-400.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Microgreens – You’ve likely seen them, but what makes them good for you? Join Extension Master Gardener Beth Buffington for a free presentation on applying urban agriculture in the smallest of spaces.

Tue, Oct 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together! Register

Wed, Oct 19, All day
Alexandria Library Virginia YouTube
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends

Wed, Oct 19, 10:00am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Beatley Library computer area
If you know little or nothing about computers and want to learn more, this is the place to start!

Wed, Oct 19, 10:15am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room,Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Looking for a baby storytime and/or a chance to talk to other grown-ups with children? Then join us at the Beatley Central Library for Tummy Time!

Wed, Oct 19, 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Wed, Oct 19, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Please join us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a discussion of "Mexican Gothic" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.Register

Wed, Oct 19, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Wed, Oct 19, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
The is a space for intermediate speaker to practice English and build confidence.

Wed, Oct 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Learn to knit under the guidance of experienced knitters. All supplies will be provided. Ages 8-18.

Wed, Oct 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Register

Thu, Oct 20, All day
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
The Fall Book Sale is Back! Thursday October 20 Through Saturday October 22

Canceled
Thu, Oct 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for ESL language learners

Thu, Oct 20, 11:00am - 11:40am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Outdoors
Stories, music & movement activities for ages 2+ as we count towards 1000 Books.

Canceled
Thu, Oct 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Join us in the Children's area for story time! Ages 0-5

Thu, Oct 20, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Books, CDs, and DVDs for both children and adults all for sale at low prices. Join the Friends and/or shop the sale and help support the library!

Thu, Oct 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Thu, Oct 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Outdoors
This upbeat, beginner-friendly session features 30 minutes of low-impact cardio to fun music, followed by 30 minutes of stretching and mindfulness exercises.

Thu, Oct 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group! Together we'll be making items to donate to those in need.

Thu, Oct 20, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Need help copying or scanning? Need to send an or download an attachment but don't know how? Volunteers are here to help!

Thu, Oct 20, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters.

Thu, Oct 20, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form.

Thu, Oct 20, 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Story Room
Beatley Central’s Girls Who Code club will be in person for this session.

Thu, Oct 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual meeting the third Thursday of each month! For 2022 we are discussing selections from The Civically Engaged Reader, a Great Books Foundation collection.Register