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Celebrate Black History Month
Alexandria Library celebrates Black History Month this February with many programs for all ages. View our complete list of Black History Month programs.

Browse our subject guide on African American Culture and History.
George Washington Programs in February
In celebration of the first president of the United States, the Library is offering a number of George Washington programs and resources during the month of February. 
Celebrate Love My Library Month
Do you love the Alexandria Library? Tell us why!
 
Every year in February, Alexandria Library celebrates 'Love My Library' month.

To celebrate National Library Lovers Month, the Library is hosting a Winter Reading Challenge dedicated to early readers, kids, and teens.

Fill out our online form! Tell us what you think about how we are doing and why you love our library!
Holiday Closure in February
All Alexandria Library Branches Are Closed on February 21

While Alexandria Library is closed to the public, we will not offer telephone and curbside services on Monday, February 21 for George Washington's Birthday.

View our list of other 2022 holiday closures here.
2021 Tax Forms Available

2021 Tax Forms Available

Federal Tax Forms are now available for pick up at most library branches. Please call ahead to confirm availability and location hours.
Winter Reading & Winter Creativity Contests
Join our Wizards Winter Reading Challenge

The Wizards Winter Reading 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 Winter Reading Challenge is running now through March 31. The challenge is free and open to all youth in the DMV area.  Prizes will be distributed in April.

Sign up online through Beanstack.

Teen Winter Creativity Contest


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 are already working on, or something completely new. 

The contest is underway and entries 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 here.

February Programming Highlights
Check out some of our special February virtual and outdoor programs below. For our full program schedule, please visit our website. Some events require registration prior to attending.
 
Baby and Toddler Time on Youtube
Wednesdays, all day
Join Miss Lisa for a weekly YouTube time for our littlest friends! Build your child's motor skills, boost language development and above all have fun together! Programs include songs, movement activities and games, plus discover some of our favorite books for children ages 0-24 months. A new episode is released on Wednesday each week.

Playlist Link
Pajama Story Time
Wednesdays at 6:30pm - 7:00pm 
Join Miss Kayla and Miss Katie for lovely, cozy stories all month long! (Virtual)

1000 Books Story Time with Miss Lisa
Thursdays in February at 11:00am    
Join Miss Lisa and "Ally Gator" for stories, songs, movement games and more. Every book we read counts towards your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten goal. (Virtual)

Freedom's Fight in Alexandria: A Manumission Company Virtual Tour
Thursday, February 3 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join Manumission Tour Company to travel the streets of historic Old Town Alexandria and hear the little-known stories of Africans and African-Americans, both enslaved and freemen. (Virtual)

Teen Book Club: "Burn" by Patrick Ness
Thursday, February 3 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Join us for this month's exciting read! Burn by Patrick Ness. Ages 13-17. (Virtual)

"The Story of Bottled Water" and "A Tale of Two Cities" Documentary and Discussion
Thursday, February 3 at 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Join us for a screening and discussion on two shorts examining the bottled water industry, access to clean water and cities that bear the brunt of political and corporate decision-making. (Virtual)

Tai Chi at Beatley Library
Thursday, February 3 and 17 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm
On the first and third Thursday of the month join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form. (Beatley Library - Outside)

Family Story Time
Fridays in February at 10:00am - 10:30am
Join Miss Amy and Miss Amanda each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes. (Virtual)

A Talk with Gene Gibbons, Author of Breaking News
Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm   
A talk with author and journalist Gene Gibbons who covered six Presidents, the Pope, and Queen Elizabeth throughout his 40 year career. (Virtual)

The Life and Times of Colonel Charles Young
Thursday, February 10 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Park Rangers from the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio will share the story behind Colonial Young's life and the legacy he created. Presented by the National Park Service. (Virtual)

Storytime with the Black History Museum
Saturday, February 12 at 10:00am - 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)

How did you do that?
Saturday, February 12 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join us for a monthly series that brings artists, designers or makers that have managed to create a small business or a career our of their passion or hobby. (Virtual)

Scribble Book Club: featuring "Maya and the Rising Dark" by Rena Barron
Monday, February 14 at 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join Maya as she battles against the Lord of the Shadows. Can she save humanity and rescue her father? Pick up your copy from the Duncan Children's Desk! We now meet on Monday afternoons! (Virtual)

Diversity Book Club: "Distance Between Us" by Reyna Grande
Monday, February 14 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for a virtual discussion of Reyna Grande's extraordinary memoir "Distance Between Us." (Virtual)

An Evening with George Washington
Tuesday, February 15 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm 

Join Michael Grillo, an actor, who specializes in Historical reenactments as he brings the history of George Washington to life! (Virtual)
Left Behind: Stories from the Underground Railroad
Tuesday, February 22 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Master Storyteller Sheila Arnold looks at what formally enslaved people left behind when they escaped to freedom. (Virtual)
Book Bar: Teen Book Club
Monday, February 28 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm 
Teens, let's talk books! Rather than reading an assigned book, participants are invited to share and talk about any book they've been reading. (Virtual)
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