Alexandria Library celebrates 225 years (courtesy image)

In 2019, the Alexandria Library celebrates its 225th Anniversary. On July 24, 1794, the Company was founded at John Wise's house. A week later the members met in Wise's long room -- upstairs in the smaller section of today's Gadsby's Tavern -- to elect officers. The Reverend James Muir was elected president, Samuel Craig, treasurer, and Edward Stabler, librarian. On January 9, 1799, the Alexandria Library Company was chartered by the General Assembly of Virginia. Click here to read more.

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Join our Youth Winter Reading Contest!

Escape the cold this winter curled up with a good book! Children birth through 5th grade read 5 books by Jan. 31 to get a sticker. Teens in 6th through 12th grades read 2 books to get up to $10 of library fines waived from their accounts. All books logged will go toward meeting Alexandria Library's reading goal. If all participating libraries meet one nation-wide reading goal, "Shark Tank" investor Mark Cuban will donate $25,000 to charity.

Enroll through Beanstack or pick up a paper log at any Alexandria Library.

Teen Writing Contest (Courtesy Photo)

Teen Writing Contest

The Teen Winter Writing Contest is a "free write" contest, where you can write anything from poetry to short stories. This contest is for grades 6 - 12. Enter now.
Alexandria Library Celebrates 80th Anniversary of 1939 Library Sit-In
America’s earliest known civil rights sit-in at a library will be celebrated by Alexandria Library throughout 2019, as it hosts events honoring the 80th anniversary of the peaceful protest. One of the nation’s most little-known historical events involved leadership from native Alexandrian, attorney Samuel W. Tucker, and five young African American men who demonstrated an act of civil disobedience at the Barrett Branch after being denied library cards. The commemorative events at Alexandria Library locations will center around civil rights, human rights and the African American diaspora. (Read More)
New Year, New Website!
We are excited to reveal our new website in 2019! Our new site aims to create a more user-centered experience. Come to any of our library locations to preview the new website first-hand on our public computers. The new website is scheduled to go live in January 2019.
Library Closures for New Years
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Charles Beatley Central Library (Courtesy photo)

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)
Sunday, Jan. 6 at 3 p.m.
Buying a Home
Learn how to shop for a home and be successful in this competitive Washington DC area market. You will learn how to use online sources and other resources to streamline your search for your new home. Presented by Bruce McBarnette, Esq., President of Summit Connection, a real estate investment company, and a realtor with Keller Williams, Dulles. (More Info)

Friday, Jan.11 at 10:30 a.m.

Italian Family Storytime Class
Ciao! Join Ms. Sabrina and Mr. Giovanni for stories, songs, movement, and music in English and Italian. Ages 0-5 with adult. (More Info)

Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
Newseum Presents Escape Fake News
Join Newseum Education as we tackle buzzwords, bots and bad actors in media. In this 90-minute program, participants will get clear definitions of current media terms, practical tools to spot misinformation and disinformation and practice with real examples. Participants will leave the session equipped with strategies to help quiet the chaos and take charge of media they encounter in their daily lives. (More Info)

Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
Sisters in Crime: Culinary Mysteries That Take A Bite Out of Crime
This panel of mystery authors is sure to whet your appetite! They will talk about culinary mysteries, one of the most popular sub-genres of mysteries, bringing you delicious crime and intrigue. (More Info)

Barrett Library (Courtesy Photo)

Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Thursday, Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31 at 4 p.m.
Art Explorers Series (Thursdays during the month of January)
Explore art history with a story time and a process focused project inspired by a famous artist. Ages 3-6. All supplies provided. Registration required. Contact Vanessa at (More Info)

Saturday, Jan. 12 at Noon
Learn to Discern: Media Literacy Skills Building Workshop
Come join Barrett Branch Library and IREX to learn how to detect and build resilience against misleading information, emotional manipulation, and "fake news." (More Info)

Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.
Now Trending
Each season brings along a new crop of foods and trends. Join Min, a nutritionist with Giant Foods, to discover the latest flavors and products available on the shelves and ideas on how to incorporate them into your day. Registration is preferred. Contact Megan at (More Info)

Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.
First-Time Home Buying
Representatives from TD Bank in partnership with Caldwell Banker will lead a seminar offering the information you need to make first-time home buying achievable. This presentation is not an endorsement by the Alexandria Library of any financial or realty services. Registration is preferred. Contact Megan at
(More Info)

Burke Library (Courtesy Photo)

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)

Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
Prohibition in Virginia
Moonshining and bootlegging were prevalent in Virginia, and one of the outcomes was the rise of NASCAR. Presented by Alice Reagan, history professor at Northern Virginia Community College. (More Info)

 Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.

Introduction to Personal Taxes
An interactive class that will help you understand the basic tax forms, what documents you need to prepare your tax return, and tips to reduce your tax bill. Offered by a Master Financial volunteer from the Virginia Cooperative Extension. Please register at (More Info)

Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. 
How Dry We Weren't: Prohibition in the Nation's Capital
This evening program accompanies the exhibit Teetotalers and Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled. Garrett Peck, author of Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't, will lead a rollicking discussion brimming with stories of bootleggers, speakeasies, and vice. (More Info)

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Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)

Monday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.
Monthly Meditation
Bring your yoga mat, and get ready to relax. This free hour-long meditation session will help you center yourself and unwind at the beginning of a busy week. Practice some mindfulness, and connect with your inner self. (More Info)

Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.

Marvel Movie Marathon: The Incredible Hulk
Join us as we watch through the known Marvel Cinematic Universe in anticipation of the final installment this April. This week's feature film is The Incredible Hulk. Rated PG-13. (More Info)

 Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Duncan Book Discussion Group - "Killers of the Flower Moon"
This month, we are discussing Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. (More Info)

Saturday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.
Death Cafe
At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives. This Death Cafe will be hosted by Hannah Risley, a librarian at Duncan Library who has been hosting Death Cafe's since 2018. (More Info)

 Friday, Jan. 25 at 4 p.m.

Teen Wii
Relax with your friends and play the Wii. For teens in grades 6-12. (More Info)