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JAMES M. DUNCAN BRANCH LIBRARY

Effective December 7, 2020 Alexandria Library will return to PHASE TWO of the library's reopening plan.

Duncan is closed to the public, however staff are working remotely and curbside service is available.

You may contact Duncan staff by phone or email during the following hours:

  • Tuesday and Thursday : 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hours & Location
Mon, Feb 22 Closed
Tue, Feb 23 Closed
Wed, Feb 24 Closed
Thu, Feb 25 Closed
Fri, Feb 26 Closed
Sat, Feb 27 Closed
Sun, Feb 28 Closed

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, 10E
  • DASH Bus: AT10

Upcoming Virtual Events
Thu, Feb 25, 10:00am - 10:45am
Virtual
Join Miss Lisa and "Ally Gator" for an interactive story hour for preschoolers and their siblings.Register

Thu, Feb 25, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Ready to dance, sing and listen to story books? Join Miss Katie and start your day with a smile and dancing feet. Register

Thu, Feb 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Christian each week for stories and songs. Registration is required.Register

Thu, Feb 25, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pickup - Curbside Pickup
Celebrate the Year of the Ox with a fun make-at-home craft! Get instructions and supplies at the Beatley Central Library via curbside pick-up. Ages 3-12.

Thu, Feb 25, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Make a Duncan curbside appointment to reserve your kit. Available all month!

Thu, Feb 25, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Thu, Feb 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Join us online for Barrett's knitting and crochet social group! Register

Thu, Feb 25, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Have fun with Miss Amy and Miss Amanda as we flex our STEAM skills! Each week, hear a story, then follow along with a science-related activity using a few simple supplies from around the house. Register

Thu, Feb 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Learn about formerly enslaved and free people of color who inspired the world through music, theater, art and dance.Register

Thu, Feb 25, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join us virtually as we compete with trivia, play mad libs, tell jokes and listen to stories.Register

Fri, Feb 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Amy and Miss Amanda each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes.Register

Fri, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne on Fridays for a story, a craft and some silly songs. This week we will celebrate the sun and learn about artist Alma Woodsey Thomas. Ages 3 - 5.Register

Fri, Feb 26, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pickup - Curbside Pickup
Celebrate the Year of the Ox with a fun make-at-home craft! Get instructions and supplies at the Beatley Central Library via curbside pick-up. Ages 3-12.

Fri, Feb 26, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
A monthly program that features a story, craft, games, trivia, and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life was like in Addy Walker's™ era this February!

Fri, Feb 26, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Make a Duncan curbside appointment to reserve your kit. Available all month!

Fri, Feb 26, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Fri, Feb 26, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pick up your home kit containing book lists, recipes and craft items to accompany Miss Lisa's A-Z story time series.

Fri, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Virtual
Join us for a talk by National Park Service Ranger Kenya Finley on how enslaved people on the Underground Railroad used their knowledge of astronomy to find their way to freedom. Register

Fri, Feb 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Scribble Book Club meets twice a month on Zoom. Ages 6-12.Register

Sat, Feb 27, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
A monthly program that features a story, craft, games, trivia, and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life was like in Addy Walker's™ era this February!

Sat, Feb 27, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Make a Duncan curbside appointment to reserve your kit. Available all month!

Sat, Feb 27, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Sat, Feb 27, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pick up your home kit containing book lists, recipes and craft items to accompany Miss Lisa's A-Z story time series.

Mon, Mar 01, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Mon, Mar 01, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual
Girls Who Code is a virtual club that meets weekly to learn, experiment and create with coding. Some coding and circuitry experience suggested.

Tue, Mar 02, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Hop through the month of March with Miss Venetta! Plenty of songs and stories to share all month long. Register

Tue, Mar 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Eli from her home for this virtual Spanish-English storytime. Sing songs and she'll read a book or two. Intended for ages 2 to 4, but all children and families are welcome to join in! Register

Tue, Mar 02, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Sing and play with your baby in this musical half hour of fun with Miss Venetta. Register

Tue, Mar 02, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Tue, Mar 02, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Practice your alphabet from A-Z.Register

Tue, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Virtual
Learn what naturalization is, how to apply, what to expect at the interview, how to prepare, and more.Register

Tue, Mar 02, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Join us for our second Upgraded and Grounded Resiliency series event. Helen Lee from Transportation and Environmental Services will explain the City's recycling and waste reduction programs.

Tue, Mar 02, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Virtual
Join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month to virtually meet up with an IT professional and interact with other coders to do a short group activity and learn computer science concepts.Register

Tue, Mar 02, 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!

Wed, Mar 03, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Did you know that the library has a new app? Join this session to see it in action and how to get it for yourself.Register

Wed, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:45am
Virtual
This conversation class is for all levels, but will cater particularly toward beginners. Intermediate students will be broken off into a separate group to read a current event and discuss.

Wed, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:45am
Virtual
This conversation class is for all levels, but will cater particularly toward beginners. Intermediate students will be broken off into a separate group to read a current event and discuss.

Wed, Mar 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne on Zoom to sing songs and listen to a story about things we can see outside. Designed for ages 1 to 3, but anyone can join!Register

Wed, Mar 03, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Wed, Mar 03, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
This book club is for teens ages 12 and up. Register

Wed, Mar 03, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Celebrate Women's History month with us as we share informational picture books about amazing women and their achievements.Register

Wed, Mar 03, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Join Miss Kayla and Miss Katie each week for a fun half hour of bedtime stories! Register

Wed, Mar 03, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Monthly Meditation, lead by our Friends at Yoga in Daily Life, is a free one-hour meditation class open to everyone.Register

Thu, Mar 04, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Jump through the month of March with Miss Katie as we rock out to new songs and stories. Register

Thu, Mar 04, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Thu, Mar 04, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Christian each week for stories and songs. Registration is required.Register

Thu, Mar 04, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Virtual
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM. All are welcome!Register

Thu, Mar 04, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Join us online for Barrett's knitting and crochet social group! Register

Thu, Mar 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Learn key strategies for resolving conflict calmly with your family members and friends in this interactive webinar. Ages 16+. Registration required. Register

Thu, Mar 04, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual discussion of James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues" and Philip Roth's "The Conversion of the Jews." Register

Thu, Mar 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join us virtually as we compete with trivia, play mad libs, tell jokes and listen to stories.Register

Fri, Mar 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Amy and Miss Amanda each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes.Register

Fri, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne on Fridays for a story, a craft and some silly songs. Ages 3 - 5.Register

Fri, Mar 05, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Fri, Mar 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Did you know that you have access to no-cost 1-to-1 online tutoring, resume and cover letter review, and other learning resources through the Alexandria Library?Register

Sat, Mar 06, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Virtual
Project Drawdown seeks to empower people to understand and embrace research-based, interdependent actions that address the climate crisis.

Sat, Mar 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual
Tour the Local History/Special Collections Branch! Learn about what resources are available for individuals interested in local history or genealogy.  Registration is required.Register

Sat, Mar 06, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Curbside Pick Up - Curbside Pick Up
Pi Day is on March 14. And this month’s craft kit will have supplies to make a Pi-themed bracelet. We will use that special number, 3.14, to help us craft a piece of math jewelry. For ages 8-14.Register

Mon, Mar 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
The Friends of Duncan Library's monthly board meeting will take place virtually this month using Zoom. Register

Mon, Mar 08, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join Let's Talk Books book discussion club to read and discuss "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd.Register

Mon, Mar 08, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Please join us for a virtual discussion of Laurie Frankel's "This is How it Always is."

Mon, Mar 08, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Virtual
Girls Who Code is a virtual club that meets weekly to learn, experiment and create with coding. Some coding and circuitry experience suggested.

Tue, Mar 09, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Hop through the month of March with Miss Venetta! Plenty of songs and stories to share all month long. Register

Tue, Mar 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Eli from her home for this virtual Spanish-English storytime. Sing songs and she'll read a book or two. Intended for ages 2 to 4, but all children and families are welcome to join in! Register

Tue, Mar 09, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Sing and play with your baby in this musical half hour of fun with Miss Venetta. Register

Tue, Mar 09, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Practice your alphabet from A-Z.Register

Tue, Mar 09, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Make a patterned bracelet using the irrational mathematical constant of Pi (3.14). You can wear it on March 14, Pi Day, to show off your mathematical knowledge! Register

Tue, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Kristen McGill, a registered dietitian and in-store nutritionist with Giant Food, will present on tips for cooking with your kids! Register

Tue, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Tim States, financial advisor with CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union Financial Network, will lead with financial planning webinar.Register

Tue, Mar 09, 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!

Tue, Mar 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join us for a book club with a beer. Register

Wed, Mar 10, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
It's time to file your taxes, do you know where to start? Register

Wed, Mar 10, 10:30am - 11:45am
Virtual
This conversation class is for all levels, but will cater particularly toward beginners. Intermediate students will be broken off into a separate group to read a current event and discuss.

Wed, Mar 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne on Zoom to sing songs and listen to a story about things we can see outside. Designed for ages 1 to 3, but anyone can join!Register

Wed, Mar 10, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, rhymes, and other fun activities! This program is geared toward ages 3-5, but children of all ages are welcome to participate.Register

Wed, Mar 10, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Join Miss Kayla and Miss Katie each week for a fun half hour of bedtime stories! Register

Wed, Mar 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
A special presentation for Women's History Month. Register

Wed, Mar 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
NAMI-trained presenters bravely share their personal journeys toward recovery and wellness to increase understanding about mental health conditions and inspire hope.

Thu, Mar 11, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Jump through the month of March with Miss Katie as we rock out to new songs and stories. Register

Thu, Mar 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Virtual
Celebrating the Walter Awards from We Need Diverse Books Register

Thu, Mar 11, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a discussion of Ellis Peters' first book in the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael series, an introduction to the murderous medieval world of Brother Cadfael. Register

Thu, Mar 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Join us online for Barrett's knitting and crochet social group! Register

Thu, Mar 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join author and syndicated columnist Eric Model as he explores the offbeat, oft overlooked and forgotten – people, places, and events in America. Register

Thu, Mar 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join us virtually as we compete with trivia, play mad libs, tell jokes and listen to stories.Register

Fri, Mar 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Virtual
Join Miss Amy and Miss Amanda each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes.Register

Fri, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Join Ms. Suzanne for a story, a craft and some silly songs. Ages 3 - 5.Register

Fri, Mar 12, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
This month we're reading "Under the Egg" by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. Join Theodora as she searches for treasure. Recommended for Grades 2-5. Register