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Alexandria Library Partners with Washington Wizards in
Winter Reading Challenge

The Washington Wizards, in partnership with the Alexandria Library, are hosting a Winter Reading Challenge dedicated to early readers, kids, and teens. The challenge is designed to build positive reading culture and improve literacy for youth. Readers can earn prizes by completing activity challenges based on four main badges: Reading, Fitness Fun, Virtual Programs, and Connect & Share.

The reading challenge will run virtually on Beanstack, a reading application that makes it easy for participates to register, track their reading and earn virtual badges for completion. Readers who complete the challenge will be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes such as a Wizards jersey, a Jr. Wizards Camp voucher, a Wizards bobblehead and so much more!

The Wizards Winter Reading Challenge will run from January 3 – March 31. The challenge is free and open to all youth in the DMV area.  Prizes will be distributed in April.

Calling all teen writers and artists!

It’s time for the Winter Creativity Contest for teen artists and writers in grades six through twelve. Prizes of $100, $50 and $25 are awarded in each of six categories and your entry can be about any topic. Write, photograph, or create 2D art -- it’s up to you! Your entry can be something you’re already working on, or something completely new. 

The contest is already accepting entries and submissions are due by 11:59PM on February 15, 2022. Participants will be notified of the results by March 21, 2022.

Enter the contest and find more information about the Winter Creativity Contest by clicking here.

Mobile Hotspots Are Available to Borrow!
You can now check out a mobile hotspot with your Alexandria Library Card!

A Wi-Fi hotspot is a small device that allows you to connect your computer, phone, or other device to the internet while at home, at work, or anywhere there is a cellular signal. You do not need an existing internet service account to use a hotspot. You can connect multiple devices at one time. Hotspots may be checked out for 14 days to adult card holders with accounts in good standing. 

More information about the program is available at

The Mobile Hotspot Lending Program is being supported, in whole or in part, by Federal award number CFDA #21.027 awarded to the City of Alexandria by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
COVID-19 Vaccines Widely Available for Ages 5+ 
Do you or your family still need a COVID-19 vaccine or booster? With cases surging in Alexandria, getting a vaccine and booster are more important than ever. The vaccines are safe, free, and effective. Find one at a date and time convenient for you! Visit or call 703.746.4988 for questions or to find an appointment. 
COVID-19 Test Kits
Alexandria Library is partnering with the Virginia Department of Health to distribute free Rapid COVID-19 antigen at-home test kits. Quantities are limited, so please call ahead to check for availability. If you are experiencing symptoms, please ask someone else to pick up your test kit for you. You will need an internet connection, valid photo ID, and smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam to take the tests. Tests are for personal, individual use only. When available, kits can be picked up via curbside service at our Beatley Central, Barrett, Burke, and Duncan Branches.

For more information about the test kits themselves, contact the Virginia Department of Health at 1-877-829-4682 or visit
Library Closures
Closed - December 31, 2021 through January 1, 2022
Alexandria Library will be closed on Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1 in observance of New Year's. For a complete list of Library hours and closures click here.
January Programming Highlights
Check out some of our special January virtual and outdoor programs below. For our full program schedule, please visit our website. Some events require registration prior to attending.
Programs for Adults:
Monthly Meditation
Wednesday, 1/5, 7:00-8:00pm
Monthly Meditation, led by our Friends at Yoga in Daily Life, is a free one-hour meditation class open to everyone. (Virtual)

Tai Chi at Beatley Library
Thursday, 1/6, 5:30-6:30pm
Tai Chi movements can be practiced by people of all ages and, as the form involves balanced walking, it results in a relaxed aerobic exercise for major muscle groups and the circulatory system. (Outdoors, at Beatley Central Library)

Afternoon Book Group: An Informal Discussion of Contemporary Titles
Thursday, 1/6, 1:30-2:30m
Join us for an informal discussion of "Lincoln Highway" by Amor Towles. All are welcome! (Virtual)

Staying with the Trouble: Recognizing and Attending to Climate Anxiety
Thursday, 1/13, 7:00-8:00pm
Dr. Debbie Sturm will help us to recognize the signs of climate anxiety and offer techniques to manage the feelings associated with climate concerns. (Virtual)

Winter Wildlife
Tuesday, 1/18, 7:00-8:00pm
Join us for a presentation by environmental educators from the Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center to discover what animals and plants are doing during the cold winter months. (Virtual)

Duncan Book Group - 
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Wednesday, 1/19, 7:00-8:00pm
A monthly discussion of timely titles: This month we will be discussing "Hamnet" by Maggie O'Farrell. (Virtual)

The Art of Science Communication: Dr. Deborah Thompson
Thursday, 1/20, 7:00-8:00pm
Join us for a talk with Dr. Deborah Thomson to discuss her new book "The Art of Science Communication: Sharing Knowledge with Students, the Public and Policymakers." (Virtual)

Tai Chi at Beatley Library
Thursday, 1/20, 5:30-6:30pm
Tai Chi movements can be practiced by people of all ages and, as the form involves balanced walking, it results in a relaxed aerobic exercise for major muscle groups and the circulatory system. (Outdoors, at Beatley Central Library)

How Did You Do That? Turning Your Hobby into a Size Hustle
Saturday, 1/22, 2:00-3:00pm
For our first installment of this monthly series, we will have Eddie Gonzalez, from Apothecary Spices and Christina Bruegger, from Alexandria Honey Company. (Virtual)

Friends of Duncan Library: Monthly Board Meeting
Monday, 1/24, 7:00-8:00pm
The Friends of Duncan Library monthly board meeting is an open meeting where the Friends discuss budgeting, programs and activities at the Duncan Branch in the Alexandria Library system. (Virtual)

Friends of Duncan Film Club: Double Feature Film Festival
Wednesday, 1/26, 7:00-8:00pm
Watch one or both of the selected films at your own pace, and then join us to discuss the films. This month's films: "Scarlet Street" and "The Woman in the Window." (Virtual)

7 Things You Forgot to Organize
Friday, 1/28, 3:00-4:00pm
Ready for a tidy home in the New Year? Bestselling author and expert organizer Jamie Novak reveals the seven spots we all overlook when it comes to decluttering. (Virtual)

Programs for Children and Teens:

Tween Art: Journaling and Kawaii Doodling
Tuesday, 1/4, 4:30-5:30pm
There are many benefits to journaling and you can give your writing a more personal touch with cute Kawaii doodles. (Virtual)

Baby Time
Tuesday, 1/4, 11:00-11:30am
Scoot, Roll, Crawl and Clap for Baby Time with Miss Venetta! Finger play, puppets and songs. Recommended for Ages 0-12 Months. Held weekly. (Virtual)

Pajama Story Time
Wednesday, 1/5, 6:30-7:00pm
Stay cozy and enjoy bed time stories with Miss Kayla and Miss Katie. All Ages. Held weekly. (Virtual)

Storytime with the Black History Museum
Saturday, 1/8, 10:00-10:30am
Join us as we explore the history of Alexandria’s local African American community through books, stories, and songs. All are welcome, but the event is geared towards children ages 4-8. (Virtual)

Exquisite Corpse Drawings
Thursday, 1/13, all day
Exquisite corpse is a collaborative drawing game created by Surrealist artists in the 1920s. In the game, each person draws a different part of a person or creature without seeing the other parts of the drawing, resulting in a one-of-a-kind creation. Creativity is encouraged! (Beatley Central Library)

Scribble Book Club: Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch
Friday, 1/14, 4:30-5:30pm
Start the new year off with a little magic! Eva must complete her training and earn the rank of Adept Witch before her thirteenth birthday, or be banned from using magic forever. Ages 8-12. (Virtual)

Teen Winter Creativity Contest
Entries accepted 12/15 - 2/15
Calling all writers, visual artists, and photographers in grades 6-12! You are invited to enter your original work in our Teen Winter Creativity Contest! Entries will be accepted from 12/15-2/15, and winners in each category can receive prizes of up to $100. 
5-Year Plan Refresh Survey
Alexandria Library is refreshing our 5-Year Plan by seeking input from the community, partners, and stakeholders to update our priorities and objectives. Please share your thoughts by completing the brief survey using the link or the QR Code below: 
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