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All Alexandria Reads 2022!

Celebrate "resilience" this year with All Alexandria Reads! In 2022, we are highlighting two titles. Crying in H Mart, a memoir by indie rock musician Michelle Zauner, reflects on how returning home to take care of her ill mother deepened Zauner's knowledge of her Korean heritage. Infinite Country, a novel by Colombian-American author Patricia Engel, demonstrates the resilience of the immigrant experience, both for those traveling to the United States, and the families they leave behind.

From March 26 through May, join us for a wide-range of special programs and events for all ages, both virtual and in-person. Look for our brochure at the end of March, and check out our AAR website for details and to register for events.

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. LibraryFoundation, Inc.
 
Get Connected Anywhere!
Chromebook Lending Program

Do you need internet access? Borrow a Chromebook with built in free, unlimited internet access for up to three weeks.

Alexandria Library’s new Chromebook lending program lets library users who do not otherwise have the equipment or services needed to access the internet browse worry free.  

Visit alexlibraryva.org/Chromebooks to learn more.

Celebrate Women's History Month
Alexandria Library celebrates Women's History Month
In celebration of March's Women's History Month, Alexandria Library has compiled a list of timely and informative resources.
Libby Replaces OverDrive eBorrowing App

Digital content distributor OverDrive is removing its legacy app "OverDrive" from the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Microsoft Store this month in preparation for the app’s full retirement. Libby, the OverDrive replacement app released several years ago, is now the primary mobile access.

If you use OverDrive, consider switching to Libby now for the best experience. Read more about why they are making the change.

Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library
Teen Book Club - Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Thursday, March 3 at 5:30 - 6:30pm   
  Pick up a copy from the Duncan Branch library while supplies last. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award and John Steptoe for New Talent Author Award. (Virtual)

Comedian Shelley Kim
Saturday, March 5 at 3:00 - 4:00pm
Join us to hear a few jokes and hear the experience of a local stand up. (Virtual)

Scribble Book Club - Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
Monday, March 7 at 4:00 - 5:00pm
Join the discussion on Show me a Sign in honor of National Deaf History Month. (Virtual) 

Land Use and Climate Change
Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 - 8:00pm
USGS Research Ecologist Adam Terando will discuss the current and predicted trends towards urbanization and the interaction of land use with climate change. (Virtual)

Writa Writes and Reads: A Local Author Talk with Rita Mattia
Wednesday, March 9 at 4:00 - 5:00pm

This Women's History Month, join us for a talk with local author, Rita Mattia, who will offer delightful tales and share her experience with writing not one, but two books and hosting a podcast. (Virtual)

Pajama Story Time!
Wednesday, March 9 at 6:30 - 7:00pm
These pajama story books will make you feel as lucky as a leprechaun! Join Miss Kayla and Miss Katie all month long for fantastic stories! (Virtual)

Mediterranean Made Easy
Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 - 8:00pm   

Chocolate, spices, and red wine? Yes, please! We've got tips, recipes, and product suggestions that will make this top eating strategy easy and delicious. (Virtual)

20 Day Spring Decluttering Challenge
Friday, March 11 at 3:00 - 4:00pm 

Join bestselling author and expert organizer Jamie Novak for this virtual program when she announces your 10 tiny tidy-up assignments! She’ll even guide you through your first mini task live during the program. Don't miss joining us online for this organized spring jump start. (Virtual)

Local Authors' Panel: Storytelling Across Three Genres
Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 - 8:00pm

Three panelists, mystery writer Ginny Fite; thriller writer Jeffrey James Higgins; and literary fiction writer, Solveig Eggerz; will compare how story components such as character, plot, and pacing work within three genres. (Virtual)  

Zero Emissions Vehicles Explored
Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 - 8:00pm 

Dr. Ashley Pennington, a Zero Emissions Vehicle expert, will provide information about the movement towards ZEVs, the benefits and difficulties of transitioning and the innovations in the field. (Virtual)

The Untold Stories of the Suffrage Movement in the U.S.
Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 - 8:00pm 

Presented by the National Park Service. Learn about not only Susan B. Anthony but other suffragists like Nannie Helen Burroughs, Ida B. Wells and Marie Louise Bottineau Baldwin. (Virtual)

Paws to Read Dogs "Meet and Greet"
Saturday, March 19 at 2:00 - 3:00pm

Meet (and pet!) some Paws to Read dogs and learn more about the Paws to Read program at the Beatley Central Library. (Outdoors - Beatley Central Library)

Dealing with Student Loan Debt
Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 - 8:00pm

Student loan debt is an albatross around the neck of many Americans, often delaying home ownership, marriage, children, and fulfilling careers. Join us for this virtual program with Accredited Financial Counselor Jessica Medina. (Virtual)
Composting for Beginners
Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 - 3:30pm

Learn how to turn food waste into nutrient rich humus that feeds the soil! (Outdoors - Beatley Central Library)

How Did You Do That? Turning Your Hobby into a Side Hustle
Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 - 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)

Selling Women's History: Author Talk with Dr. Emily Westkaemper
Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 - 8:00pm 

Dr. Emily Westkaemper joins us during Women's History Month to discuss her book, Selling Women's History: Packaging Feminism in Twentieth-Century American Popular Culture. (Virtual)
Want to get involved with Alexandria Library?
It's Almost that Time Again! Time to Spring2ACTion!
 
Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022!  This 24-hour online giving event, presented by ACT, celebrates the commitment of local nonprofits to make Alexandria a better place to live, work, play and serve.

Each year, the Alexandria Library Foundation looks forward to raising money that helps support Alexandria Library.

Will you help donate this year?
Get Rolling
Tour d'Alexandria Returns in 2022

Save the date! On April 9, 2022 LeTour d'Alexandria returns with a 12 mile route that will visit each Library branch. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!
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