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Celebrate "Love My Library" Month!
 
To celebrate National Library Lovers Month, the Library is hosting its annual Adult Winter Reading contest. Starting February 1st, customers are encouraged to stop by any Alexandria Library branch to learn more about the Adult Winter Reading program. To get started, create an account at alexandria.beanstack.com.

By reading one book or listening to one audiobook, you can be entered to win a gift card. You can fill out an entry form or participate at alexandria.beanstack.com. Maximum of five entries per customer.
Upcoming  February Closures
Happy Birthday, George! 
Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Monday, February 18 for Presidents' Day.
Celebrate Black History Month
Alexandria Library celebrates Black History Month this February with many programs for all ages. On February 1-28, Beatley Central Library will host the 16-panel display on the 1939 Library Sit-In - one of America's first civil rights sit-ins that took place at Barrett Branch Library on August 21, 1939.

View our complete list of Black History Month programs.

Browse our subject guide on African American Culture and History.
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Saturday, February 2 at 11 a.m.
Martin & Mahalia
Celebrate with the entire family the words and songs of the famous Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahalia Jackson for Black History Month. All ages with adult. (More Info)

Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m.
Author Talk with Char McCargo-Bah
Char McCargo-Bah's new book, They Marched with the Yankees, tells the story of two documented African American families running from slavery to Alexandria, VA during the Civil War, and the history she traced from the Alexandria Freedman's Cemetery. (More Info)

Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m.
Smithsonian Discovery Theater: Into the Great Unknown
Meet famous African American explorers, cowboys, astronauts and more in this exciting live theater performance from the Smithsonian. All ages, children must remain with their adults. (More Info)

Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
Liberated Muse Arts Group
Liberated Muse Arts Group Presents: "Zora Past the Sun" a musical and poetic tribute to Zora Neale Hurston. (More Info)

 

Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m.
Budgeting and Money Management
Experts estimate that most American consumers waste 20% to 30% of their money due to poor spending habits and lack of planning. Join CommonWealth One's Financial Education Coordinator, for help developing a personal action plan for getting your budget under control. Register at mzimmerman@alexlibraryva.org. (More Info)

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27 at 4 p.m.
Amazing African American STEAM
Celebrate Black History Month with hands on art and science projects inspired by great African Americans. For ages 5+. No registration required. All materials supplied. (More Info)

Monday, February 11 at 7 p.m.
Let's Talk Books: Bunk by Kevin Young
Join Barrett Branch Library's monthly book club to read Bunk: the Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young. (More Info)

 

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
 
Saturday, February 2 at 2 p.m.
Goodbye Booze: The Music of Prohibition
In this presentation, Dr. Gregg D. Kimball of the Library of Virginia will trace this musical legacy through spoken narrative, period images, and live and recorded music. Feel free to sing along! (More Info)

Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m.
The 2017 Tax Act - How It Impacts You
This program is designed to provide an overview of the changes and implications to your financial planning.  Presented by a representative from The Foundation for Personal Financial Education. Please RSVP to kmaier@alexlibraryva.org or 703-746-1772.
 (More Info)

Saturday, February 9 at 1:30 p.m.
Selling a Home
Learn how to make your house stand out from the others on the market. You will learn techniques for how to negotiate and get the best price for your home while minimizing the hassles associated with selling your home. Offered by Bruce McBarnette, a real estate agent associated with Keller Williams in Loudoun County. Registration is requested at kmaier@alexlibraryva.org. (More Info)

Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. (Law Library Program)
Landlord/Tenant Law for Beginners
This presentation will teach you essential information about your rights and responsibilities and what resources are available to help. Topics to be covered will include: security deposit issues, unit conditions, responsibility to make repairs, late fees and more. Time will also be set aside for questions and answers. If you have questions about the program, please contact aprice@alexlibraryva.org. This program will be presented by Mary Horner from Legal Services of Northern Virginia. (More Info)

Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Journalist Jim McElhatton
60 Years of Integration of Alexandria Schools

Join us for a talk with journalist Jim McElhatton as he highlights the stories of ordinary people who helped change civil rights in Alexandria Schools. (More Info)

 

Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
 
Monday, February 4 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)

 
Friday, February 8 at 4 p.m.
Cape Science - Float On

Join us for a STEM program led by the science education organization Cape Science. School age kids. Limited to the first 30 participants. (More Info)

Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m.
Thor: Dark World (Marvel Movie Marathon)

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 Thor: Dark World. Rated PG-13. (More Info)
 
Monday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
(re)Reading "Sapphira and the Slave Girl"

In celebration of Black History Month, join Dr. Janie Mitchell in a discussion of Sapphira and the Slave Girl  by Willa Cather. Sapphira and the Slave Girl, Cather's last novel published in 1940, is the story of Sapphira Dodderidge Colbert, a bitter but privileged white woman, who becomes irrationally jealous of Nancy, a beautiful young slave. (More Info)

Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.
African-American: Keeping Heritage Alive
Join us for a special presentation of African-American: Keeping Heritage Alive by Sheila Arnold Jones in honor of Black History Month. (More Info)
Want to get involved with Alexandria Library?
Do you love the Alexandria Library? Tell us why!
 
'Love My Library' Month is your chance to tell us what you think about how we are doing! During the month of February, each branch location will have a suggestion box display where you can fill out a card and tell us what you think!

Can't make it to a branch? No problem! Fill out our online form here!
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