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Holiday Hours

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on the following dates: Monday, Dec. 24 and Tuesday, Dec. 25.  Monday, Dec. 31 (closes at 5 p.m.) and closed Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

Teen Writing Contest (Courtesy Photo)

Are you in grades 6 through 12 and love to write? Alexandria Library is hosting a "free write" or open-ended contest, which means there are no writing guidelines. Entries must be in middle school or high school (grades 6-12) to be eligible to win. It can be about any topic and written in any format. Deadline to enter contest is Jan. 31, 2019. For questions about the contest, please email iwest@alexlibraryva.org.

Pets Caught Reading Contest (Courtesy Photo)

Do you have a pet that loves to read? Submit a photo of your pet caught reading for a chance to win a prize! Photos accepted through Dec. 5 in person at Duncan Library, or online at: bit.ly/PetsCaughtReading. Winners announced on Dec. 17.

Beatley Library (courtesy photo)

Beatley Central Library

Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
Fall Prevention and Healthy Aging
Join INOVA physical therapist, Jill Pace, as she shares ways to prevent falls in the home and the community. (More Info)

Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
Crafternoon presented by Handcraft Tuesdays
Share your projects, tips and ideas, and enjoy the company of other crafters while you do your craft of choice. Bring whatever project you’re working on and drop in! Any portable handwork is encouraged. Third Sunday of the month. No registration required. (More Info)

Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m.
Movie Screening: Incredibles 2 (PG)
Join us for a movie screening of Incredibles 2 (PG) from Walt Disney Pictures. All ages, children must be with an adult. (More Info)

Friday, Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. (Talking Books program)
Low Vision Update - Special Guest: Suleiman Alibhai, O.D.
Join Suleiman Alibhai, O.D., low vision specialist, as he discusses updates in research, treatments and hope for those with low vision disorders. For more information and to register, call (703) 746-1762. (More Info)

Thursday, Dec. 27 at 3 p.m.
MeeperBot Build & Battle
First, construct a cool robot with LEGO on top of a motorized building platform. Next, face off against other builders to see who has the toughest, sturdiest bot! Ages 8-12. (More Info)

Barrett Library (courtesy photo)

Barrett Branch Library

Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (Law Library program)
Estate Planning 101/Probate
The Alexandria Law Library is hosting this free information session with local attorney, Bryan MacAvoy. This presentation is not an endorsement by the Alexandria Library of any legal services. Contact Anna Price at aprice@alexlibraryva.org with any questions. (More Info)

Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.
Starry STEAM: Constellation Jars
Create a constellation jar. This art and science activity is for children ages 5 and up. No registration is required and all materials are provided. Ages 5+. (More Info)

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.
Spice Up Your Life!
Herbs and spices are a simple way to add flavor, fragrance, and nutrients to your daily repertoire and serve as an alternative to salt. Join Min, a nutritionist with Giant Foods, to explore the health benefits of some common culinary spices. Registration preferred. Contact Megan at mzimmerman@alexlibraryva.org. (More Info)

Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
Winter Book Pairings
Spend a leisurely evening enjoying a seasonal mocktail while you peruse "Reading Menus" offering tasty tome suggestions for getting through the winter. Registration is preferred. Contact Megan at 703-746-1714 or mzimmerman@alexlibraryva.org. (More Info)

Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Recycled Wrapping
Don't spend money on more wrapping paper. With reused newspapers create beautifully wrapped gifts that will marvel your loved ones and spare the Earth. The library will have stamps, paints, ribbons and bobbles to add a special touch. You are welcome to bring gifts for wrapping (highly encouraged) or design paper to take with you. (More Info

Burke Library (courtesy photo)

Burke Branch Library

Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10:15 a.m.
Excel 2010 Basics Class
This class covers the basics of Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet program. We will cover the different parts of a spreadsheet and accompanying toolbars. Do you have your own laptop? Feel free to bring it to class. Registration is requested at 703-746-1772. (More Info)

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
19th Century Toys and Entertainment found at Shuter's Hill
At the Shuter's Hill archaeological site, entertainments and toys of children and adults were discovered. Come hear Alexandria Archaeology talk about what was found. (More Info

Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. 
Investing Basics
This class is offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension financial volunteers. Topics covered will include: understanding investment terminology; what is your risk tolerance; how do you create a diversified portfolio; the difference among stocks, bonds, and mutual funds; and the importance of account fees and how they add up. Pre-registration is required at kmaier@alexlibraryva.org or 703-746-1776. (More Info)

Duncan Library Branch (courtesy photo)

Duncan Branch Library

Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m.
2018 Animal Rights Documentary Screening
View this 2018 award-winning Australian documentary on animals in agriculture.
View the trailer online at Dominion Movement. (More Info

Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
Buying and Selling a Home - Buying and Selling Real Estate in Today's Market
Enjoy refreshments while learning about the home buying and selling process. This ask and answer session will provide attendees with a comfortable setting where they can learn from experts in the field including; realtors, a mortgage broker, a financial planner and a title company owner. Knowledge is power. Information provided can be applied to any realtor or lender chosen. (More Info)

Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.
Holiday Party
Celebrate the holiday season and the end of another successful year with all your neighbors at Duncan Library. Listen to live musical selections from the Irish Breakfast Band, and mingle in the Duncan community. All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served from a selection of local restaurants.  (More Info

Friday, Dec. 14 at 4 p.m.
Cape Science: On With the Wind
On With the Wind is a hands-on engineering challenge focused on renewable energy and harnessing the power of the wind. For ages 6-12. Attendance is limited to the first 30 participants. (More Info)