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June is LGBTQ Pride Month, a time to recognize the achievements of LGBTQ Americans. Please join us throughout June as we celebrate the history and contributions of LGBTQ Americans. Click the poster below to view the PDF.
Upcoming Program(s)

The For Love of Country
© Essay & Poetry Contest
(For Rising 7th-9th Graders)

Alexandria Library and the For Love of Country© Foundation present the 5th Annual Essay and Poetry contest. This year’s topic is "Who has influenced your life, and why?"

Contest begins on Saturday, June 1.

Rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders – enter "For Love of Country: In My Own Words," and win up to $100! Just create an essay or poem on the topic: "Who has influenced your life, and why?"

Entries are due by Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Enter contest now!

SummerQuest and SummerQuest, Jr.
Special Events Program
SummerQuest is the reading incentive program offered annually at each of our branches. Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in SummerQuest. There is also a SummerQuest, Jr. for children ages 5 and under. Sign-up begins in late May and the program runs into early August. Weekly events such as movies, crafts, special guest entertainers, and other activities are scheduled as a part of the program. During the summer, please check the Events calendar for special SummerQuest programs.
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m.
Alexandria Pride Fair
Kick off Pride Month at the 2nd Annual Pride Fair. Collect swag, enjoy light refreshments, and learn about LGBTQ-inclusive services in Alexandria. Free and confidential HIV Testing will be available. (More Info)

Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m.
Beatles: From Liverpool to Abbey Road
Calling all Beatles fans! Join us as we explore the band's music throughout their career. (More Info)

Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m.
Barnyard Petting Zoo
Say hello to friendly animals like a llama, donkey, and mini cow from Bar C Animal Ranch. All ages. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by their adult. (More Info)

Wednesday, June 19 at 10 a.m.
Explore Google
Google is more than its search engine. Learn how you can harness some of its most popular applications. Join us as we explore the following applications:
  • Google Email Account (Gmail)
  • Google Drive
  • Google News
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Photos
Prerequisites: Basic computer and internet skills. If you don't already have a Google account, we will set one up during class. (More Info)

Friday, June 28 at 2 p.m.
SummerQuest Kick-Off Party
Celebrate the start of summer with games, snacks, and prizes! All ages with adult. (More Info)


Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Screenwriting Workshop with Lucy Gebre-Egziahber
In this two hour class Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, Fulbright Scholar and professor of cinema at NOVA, will present a lecture and lead you through a screenwriting exercise to help you jump start your own script. This program is part of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Library Sit In. Get inspired by the feature films and documentaries about Civil Rights and the African American experience in America being screened across the Alexandria Library system in 2019. (More Info)

Wednesday, June 5 at 5:15 p.m.
Fly Your Pride & Ally Flag!

Sew together a personal LGBT+ pride or ally flag! The library will have fabric and a sewing machine. Ages 12-18. (More Info)

Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m.
Introduction to Finding Grants from The Foundation Center by Candid

Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Come to this free workshop from the Foundation Center by Candid to discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants. Registration requested at (More Info)

Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m.
Investing 101

Tim States, financial advisor with CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union Financial Network, will discuss investment strategies used to get optimal returns. Registration is preferred. Contact Megan at (More Info)

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
Wednesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 9 (Various times)
Friends' Book Sale
Buy books, CDs, and DVDs at bargain prices. Friends Book Sale Preview Night (for Members only) is held on Wednesday, June 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (More Info)

Monday, June 24 at 3:30pm
Mad Science: Marvels of Motion
This interactive event is all about the fundamentals of moving science. Learn about matter and molecules. Ages 6-12. (More Info)

Thursday, June 27 at 7pm
Mosquitoes and Ticks
There is no reason to stay inside or use heavy chemicals to control mosquitoes and ticks. Virginia Cooperative Extension in collaboration with the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia and the Arlington Regional Master Naturalists is offering a free lecture to understand, control, and keep you and your family and friends safe from mosquitoes and ticks in an environmentally-safe manner. (More Info)

Friday, June 28 at 10:30am and 12 noon
The Uncle Devin Show!
Join Uncle Devin for a live, interactive musical experience that uses percussion instruments to cultivate children's minds. Ages 0-5. (More Info)


Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m.
Monthly Meditation

Enjoy a free monthly meditation class with our friends at Yoga in Daily Life. 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)
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m.
"Brother Outsider" - 80th Anniversary Film Festival

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In, the first known sit-in of the civil rights era, the library will screen films that celebrate black history and civil rights. This month Duncan Library will be screening Brother Outsider: The Life of Freedom Fighter Bayard Rustin, a 2002 documentary about one of the great Civil Rights leaders. (More Info)

Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m.
A Fresh Look at Genealogy Basics
A fresh look at the must-have basic sources and notes about effective research methods will get you started and keep you going. (More Info)
Library Staff Member Wins Prestigious Award
Alexandria Library staff member, Kym Robertson (Talking Book Service Manager -- center), was selected for the 2019 Commission on Aging Public Service Award.  The Public Service Award is presented to a City of Alexandria employee who has advanced, improved or otherwise contributed to making Alexandria a more livable community for all ages during the course of their job.  Kym was recognized for her service to Alexandria’s senior population — representing the Library's Talking Book Services.  The Excellence in Aging Awards Ceremony and Reception took place on Tuesday, May 14, at 5pm in City Hall.
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