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Learn, Explore, Create, Connect
This year, All Alexandria Reads has selected The Library Book by Susan Orlean as its one book community read. This year's All Alexandria Reads program begins (virtually) on Friday, April 2. Pick up a copy of the All Alexandria Reads brochure at your local library today!

About The Library Book: In The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries across the country and around the world, from their humble beginnings as a metropolitan charitable initiative... (Read more)

About All Alexandria Reads:
Facilitated by Alexandria Library, this program is designed to create shared experiences through reading.

All Alexandria Reads is made possible through a generous grant from the James M. Duncan, Jr. Library Foundation, Inc.
Featured Upcoming Event
It's Almost that Time Again! Time to Spring2ACTion!
 
Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, will be held on Wednesday, April 28!

Each year, the Alexandria Library Foundation looks forward to raising money that helps support Alexandria Library during this 24-hour online giving event, presented by ACT.

In 2020, the Foundation raised over $9,000 in just 24 hours! Will you help donate this year?

Don't want to wait until April 28 to donate? Early giving starts April 14!
Exciting April Library Celebrations
Celebrate National Library Week (April 4-10) with Alexandria Library. This year's theme is Welcome to Your Library.

During the pandemic, all libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Alexandria Library has continued to offer virtual events, digital resources and much more!

Have you checked out this database? AtoZ Maps Online contains a collection of 60,000 royalty-free maps that can be downloaded and printed. Map types include world, country, state, political, physical, outline, environmental, scientific, and antique maps.

Don't forget to follow Alexandria Library, the American Library Association, and I Love Libraries on social media and join the celebration on social media by using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform

Learn more about National Library Week here.
Fact #1: There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S. –a total of 16,568, including branches. Nearly 100% of public libraries provide Wi-Fi and have no-fee access to computers.

Fact #2: In 2019, Alexandria Library celebrated its 80th anniversary of the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In. This momentous event, led by Samuel W. Tucker, sparked change in the (then) all-white library system, allowing people of all races to utilize the services available to all customers today.
Celebrate National Poetry Month with Alexandria Library throughout the month of April. The Library is hosting poetry-related programs and has a great collection of poetry books!

National Poetry Month, launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, reminds us that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters.

Learn about National Poetry Month and sign up for a Poem-a-Day to read a free daily poem.
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library
Join us online for a virtual program!
Some events require registration prior to attending. View entire list here.

Teen Nature Photos Contest
Monday, March 29 through Saturday, April 24 | All Day  
Teens! Post a nature photo to Instagram using the hashtag #ALNature_Photos.
Weekly, one photo will be shared on Alexandria Library's Instagram and Teens webpage.
Contest runs through April 24.

First Friday Craft Feature
Friday, April 2 | All Day 
Welcome to First Friday Craft Feature! In honor of All Alexandria Reads we will be
reading Waiting for Biblioburro and completing a craft! Pick up your craft kit through Duncan Curbside!

Write2Heal Online Poetry Workshop
Monday, April 5 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us for a two-hour reading and writing poetry workshop with spoken word poet Matthew Dreitlein.

Give A Hoot with Bill Young
Tuesday, April 6 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Flap your wings and learn all about owls with us! Featuring our feathered friends the Barn, Screech, Great Horned Owls. Recommended for Ages 6-12.

Legacy of the Green Cabinetmakers
Wednesday, April 7 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join Kerry Mitchell, Curator at Carlyle House Historic Park, who will give a presentation about James Green and his family’s life in Alexandria. Registration required.

Fanning the Flames
Thursday, April 8 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
A special event for 2021's All Alexandria Reads program. The L.A. County Library Fire wasn't a wildfire, but many more buildings each year are lost to wildfires in the
American West.

If Walls Could Talk
Wednesday, April 14 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Join Carlyle House Site Manager, Andrea Cochrane Tracey, to discover why some argue that the seeds of independence may have been planted here in Alexandria.
Registration required.

Youth Climate Crisis Action Training
Wednesday, April 14 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm   
Join facilitators from Extinction Rebellion Youth DC for a 1-hour training covering how to respond to the climate emergency through organized actions based on XRYouth principles.

Scribble Book Club
Friday, April 16 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm   
This month Scribble Book Club will dive into Ban This Book by Alan Gratz. Pick up your copy through a Duncan Curbside appointment. Recommended for grades 2-5.

So what happened on April 29, 1986?
Monday, April 19 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
On April 29th, 1986, the L.A. County Library's Central Library was engulfed in flames. What else happened that day?

Indoor Air Quality & You
Tuesday, April 20 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Join us to learn more about how you can improve the quality of air you breathe in your home or office.

Bar C Ranch Petting Zoo(m)
Tuesday, April 20 at 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Take an immersive and interactive tour with Bar C Ranch around their farm, meeting a variety of animals and learning more about each.

Stories of Triumph & Loss
Wednesday, April 21 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Through images, letters, and diaries, Carlyle House Site Manager, Andrea Cochrane Tracey, shares how the Carlyle House and Mansion House Hotel were utilized during the Civil War. Registration required.

Public Libraries & Public Art and Architecture
Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Public libraries and public art are a natural pair. Both inspire, connect and communicate a broad spectrum of ideas.

Bake Along at Home
Sunday, April 25 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ready your ingredients and get ready to bake along at home! Learn how to make a delicious cookie themed for All Alexandria Reads.

Be Financially Prepared for the Unexpected!
Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Being prepared for the unexpected does not have to be difficult, costly, or time-consuming.

Emergency & Extreme Weather Preparedness
Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
In The Library Book, volunteers helped in the fire damage recovery. For All Alexandria Reads, learn to prepare for and respond to an emergency situation in your community.
Part of the Upgraded and Grounded series.

Teen Emoji Book Title Trivia
Thursday, April 29 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Can you figure out the title of a YA book with a string of emojis? Test your deducing skills and book knowledge with emoji book title trivia. For ages 15-18.
We're Open 6 Days a Week!
On Monday, March 15, Alexandria Libraries reopened to the public with limited hours.
As a reminder, all of our programs are still held virtually and curbside service is available on Fridays only. For more information about the reopening, please visit alexlibraryva.org/reopen.
Nominate a Stellar Library Worker - Tuesday, April 6, 2021
National Library Workers Day is Tuesday, April 6!

Nominations may come from library users, students, children, colleagues, faculty, or management.  Please visit the Galaxy of Stars to see your nomination.  It will be updated weekly.

NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
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