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Photograph of the 1939 Library Sit-In
79th Anniversary of the 1939 Library Sit-In (August 21, 2018)
One of America's first sit-ins took place at Alexandria Library on Friday, August 21, 1939 at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library on 717 Queen Street.

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. Every year, Alexandria Library hosts events honoring the anniversary of the peaceful protest.

Beginning Friday, August 17, Local History/Special Collections Branch and the Kate Waller Barrett Branch will host the 'Anniversary of the 1939 Sit-In' exhibit to honor Samuel W. Tucker and the five courageous young men.

More information on Samuel W. Tucker and the 1939 Library Sit-In.
National Pilot Program for Underserved Youth - TRHT
Through support from the American Library Association and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Alexandria Library has partnered with Alexandria Sheriff's Office, City of Alexandria, Virginia to take part in the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (#TRHT) Great Stories Club. Staff from the Library and Sheriff's Office have engaged underserved young adults through reading and racial healing work.

The books that were read were chosen to support the theme "Growing Up Brave on the Margins" to resonate with reluctant readers who face difficult challenges. The three books read by the book club were "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas, "MARCH: Book One" by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and "Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal" by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona.

Follow the story on our Facebook and Twitter. Search the hashtag #TBC and #TRHT on Twitter.

Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th Graders:
Enter the "For Love of Country" Writing Contest

Are you a rising 7th, 8th, or 9th grader? Do you like writing essays or poetry? Alexandria Library and the For Love of Country Foundation present the Annual Essay and Poetry contest, "You’re Eighteen, And Your Friends Say They Don’t Want To Vote. What Do You Say?"

Rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders – enter "For Love of Country: In My Own Words," an essay and poetry contest, and win up to $100! Just create an essay or poem on the topic: "You’re Eighteen, And Your friends Say They Don’t Want To Vote. What Do You Say?"

Entries are due by September 8, 2018 at 5 p.m. Enter now!

Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Friday, August 3 at 2 p.m.
Book Buzz
Want the inside scoop on the upcoming books? Come and learn about the Fall book releases. (More Info)

Tuesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 9 at 2 p.m.
SummerQuest: Maker Camp
Ages 8-14. Come explore STEAM concepts with high-tech and low-tech activities and challenges. Class size limited to 20 children, pick up a ticket starting at 1:30PM. (More Info)

Saturday, August 11 at 11 a.m.
All ages with an adult. Children will enjoy bopping along to Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie's catchy tunes. (More Info)

Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m.
Painting Rocks
Create a unique work of art by painting a rock. We'll supply the paint and rocks, you supply your creativity. All supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own rock. For ages 12 and up. (More Info)


Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Thursday, August 2 at 11 a.m.
SummerQuest Jr: Dance Party!

Lots of great tunes to dance to, plus fun props--bells, scarves and more. Ages 2+. (More Info)

Thursday, August 16 at 5 p.m.
Zine Share

Zines (zeens) are self-published booklets that can be easily reproduced and shared with others. If you've already been working on your zine, bring it to trade with other zine makers. The library will run copies and supplies will be available for final touches. Come with an open mind and a willingness to share. Supplies will be provided. Contact Megan at or 703-746-1714 for more information. Ages 12 to adult. (More Info)

Tuesday, August 21 at 7 p.m.
Book Buzz! New Fall Titles

Attention Book Lovers! Want the inside scoop on the upcoming books for Fall release? Library staff will give a presentation on the newest titles from Penguin Random House and Macmillan. Attendees will receive a free book bag tote and excerpts of upcoming books. Registration requested by emailing or call 703-746-1721. (More Info)

Monday, August 27 at 4 p.m.
Fact or Fiction: Information Smarts for Teens

Do you know where that photo came from in your Instagram feed? Can you find the right resource for your paper? Should you believe your friend who said the start of school has been moved back two weeks? Build your skills for finding out what can and can't be trusted. We'll look at strategies and tools you can use for being well informed. Ages 12-18. Registration is preferred. Contact Megan at 703-746-1714 or (More Info)

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
Saturday, August 11 at 10:15 a.m.
Microsoft 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. Registration Requested at 703-746-1772.
(More Info)
Wednesday, August 22 at 2 p.m.
Medicare 101
New to Medicare Presentation. Are you new to Medicare or a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary? Learn the basics of Medicare coverage and choices. This presentation is given by Medicare counselors for the Division of Aging and Adult Services of DCHS. Registration is required and Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 703-746-5999 or email (More Info)

Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m.
Fall and Winter Gardening
What to plant when the weather starts to cool? Join us for this popular session and learn strategies for success. Think healthful greens like kale, collards and a wealth of lettuces. Fall is a delightful time to garden, with cool autumn days and waning pest populations. Learn inexpensive techniques to extend your harvest and even how you can enjoy some of your crops in the dead of winter! Free and offered by the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia. Advance registration is requested at Questions? Call 703-228-6414 or email (More Info)


Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
Saturday, August 4 at 11 a.m.
SummerQuest: Mr. Gabe

Mr. Gabe is a singer and guitarist who performs original songs as well as familiar classics. All ages. Space is limited to the first 74 participants. (More Info)
Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.
NOVA's Decoding the Weather Machine

Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Withering heat. Extreme rainfall. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather, and many scientists agree. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—changing, becoming hotter and more erratic. In this 2-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the confusion around climate change. (More Info)

Saturday, August 11 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 Amy Johnson, a hospice and palliative care Social Work who specializes in grief and trauma counseling. Sign up encouraged. E-mail Hannah at hrisley@alexlibrary, or call 703-746-1781 to sign up. (More Info)
Friday, August 24 at 4 p.m.
Teen Comic Book Club

Welcome to Teen Comic Book Club where we discuss great comic books and graphic novels. Snacks provided! This month's title has yet to be determined so check back here for more information or call us at 703-746-1783. (More Info)
Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m.
Yappy Hour with Alexandria Animal Welfare League

Duncan hosts its second Yappy Hour! We will offer light refreshments for people and dogs, and give away free Alexandria Library frisbees for kids and dogs. Your Dog's Best Friend will join us with an activity for people and their dogs, and there will be activities for kids and families as well. Alexandria Animal Welfare League will join us with some of their adoptable animals. This event will be held on the grassy area outside of the library on the corner of Uhler and Commonwealth Avenue. (More Info)

Law Library (520 King St., Suite LL34)
Thursday, August 23 at 3 p.m.
Intermediate Research with WestLaw (with 1.0 CLE credit)

Designed for those researchers who now have some experience with Westlaw, this seminar reviews basic legal research techniques and then builds on terms & connectors advanced searching, West Topics and Key Numbers, utilizing filters, Copy with Reference, and explores features within KeyCite. (More Info)
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Did you know we have an Adult Services blog? Our blog, Out of the Stacks, includes news and updates about the Library’s collection, services, resources, and programs for adults. It also features book recommendations by staff and periodic interviews.
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