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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 Thursday, February 29, 2024. 

 

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

Staff Picks for eBooks & Audiobooks

 

They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears The Alienist The Goldfinch A Mind Unraveled Manhattan Beach Dark Places

Upcoming Events
Thu, Feb 22, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Feb 22, 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.

Thu, Feb 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Our Mahjong group uses the American rules variation developed from the ancient Chinese game. Meetings are from 2-4 PM on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Registration is limited and required.
Registration is now closed

Thu, Feb 22, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
The Alexandria Library Board's regular public meeting.

Thu, Feb 22, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Thu, Feb 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month.

Thu, Feb 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Both beginners and advanced fiber artists are welcome! Ages 12+

Thu, Feb 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Lawrence M. Jackson, Associate Professor of Dance at George Mason University, explores how colonialism ended authentic African dance and how Black dance keeps African cultural traditions alive.Register

Fri, Feb 23, 10:15am - 11:15am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Counselor in residency from Wonderologie LLC in Del Ray

Fri, Feb 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us in screening this documentary about the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In.

Sat, Feb 24, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Grand Gaming Melee: The Alexandria-Arlington Regional Gaming Group (AARGGH) invites you to play dice games, card games, tile games, and just about any other kind of tabletop game.

Sat, Feb 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Everything you always wanted to know about Senior Living, but were afraid to ask

Sat, Feb 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Local History/Special Collections - Sprouse Rare Book Room
Join local researchers in a discussion about Alexandrian Black History and its impact on the broader community.

Sat, Feb 24, 1:30pm - 5:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Based on a crazy, outrageous, incredible, true story!

Canceled
Sun, Feb 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Staring: Malcolm McDowell, Allen Garfield, and Daniel Stern.

Mon, Feb 26, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
English conversation practice for English language learners. No registration required.

Mon, Feb 26, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Mon, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Please join us online to view and discuss four short documentaries from The Story of Stuff that explore how we can reduce our dependence on plastic. This is the second discussion in a 4-part series. Register

Tue, Feb 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Canceled
Tue, Feb 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Join us on Zoom for a current events discussion on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Click on the event title for more details!

Tue, Feb 27, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
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, Feb 27, 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, Feb 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Enjoy weekly sessions with other fiber artists. Share your projects or learn new skills. Quilting tutorials will be provided on 1st Wednesday of every month. No registration is required.

Wed, Feb 28, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
In honor of Black History Month, we will be discussing the 1952 classic novel, "Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison.Register

Wed, Feb 28, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Wed, Feb 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Roses are red, violets are blue, something smells sweet, is it you??

Wed, Feb 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us on the last Weds. of the month! Click on the event title for more details.Register

Thu, Feb 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Feb 29, 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.

Thu, Feb 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
In honor of Black History Month, we will be showing a series of films.

Thu, Feb 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Thu, Feb 29, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Thu, Feb 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Both beginners and advanced fiber artists are welcome! Ages 12+

Fri, Mar 01, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Fri, Mar 01, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of this 2022 film inspired by true events.

Sat, Mar 02, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sat, Mar 02, 10:00am - 11:00am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
The Barrett Branch is hosting an All We Can Save Circle open to all interested in sincere discussion centered on the climate crisis and for those seeking community rooted in wise and just solutions.

Sat, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
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, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Join Alexandria Poet Laureate Zeina Azzam and Alexandria Library for a multicultural poetry reading that celebrates or celestial neighbor, the moon!

Sun, Mar 03, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sun, Mar 03, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This is a twice-monthly forum for writers to network, share moral support, and offer constructive criticism. Meets first and third Sundays. All are welcome!

Mon, Mar 04, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Mon, Mar 04, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
English conversation practice for English language learners. No registration required.

Tue, Mar 05, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Tue, Mar 05, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
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, Mar 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Enjoy the wonders of the night sky through provided telescopes with the guidance of volunteers from the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. (All Ages)

Wed, Mar 06, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Wed, Mar 06, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Enjoy weekly sessions with other fiber artists. Share your projects or learn new skills. Quilting tutorials will be provided on 1st Wednesday of every month. No registration is required.

Wed, Mar 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library
Need some zen to help you wind down after a long day? 🧘‍♀️

Wed, Mar 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Please join us for a virtual talk with Alice Reagan, a founder and docent at the Lucy Burns Museum, to learn about the suffragettes incarcerated at the Women's Workhouse at Occoquan. Register

Thu, Mar 07, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Thu, Mar 07, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Mar 07, 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.

Thu, Mar 07, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Do you have afternoons available? Join us at the library for some coffee, confections, and conversation about the newest titles on our shelves!

Thu, Mar 07, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of this 2019 documentary film that takes a deeper look into the real story of Victor H. Green's "The Negro Motorist Green Book" during the Jim Crow era and beyond.

Thu, Mar 07, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group making items to donate.

Thu, Mar 07, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Join us to learn more about native plants and how to attract them. Register

Thu, Mar 07, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Thu, Mar 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
⭐ Please email Ally Zomchek at azomchek@alexlibraryva.org if interested in joining ⭐

Thu, Mar 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Both beginners and advanced fiber artists are welcome! Ages 12+

Fri, Mar 08, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Last updated:  January 2024