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Alexandria Library Embraces Diversity Month starting Monday, September 30

National Diversity Awareness Month is celebrated during the month of October. Starting on Monday, September 30, Alexandria Library will have a cultural display traveling to each branch location for a full week during the month of October. The cultural display will contain items from library staff’s personal cultural experiences and/or international travel.

The display will rotate each week to a different library branch location:

Monday, September 30 Friday, October 4
Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke Street)

Monday, October 7 Friday, October 11
Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road)

Tuesday, October 15 Friday, October 18
Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen Street)

Monday, October 21 Friday, October 25
Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Avenue)

Visit the Library's Diversity Month webpage for more information.
October Library Closure
Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Monday, October 14 for Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Sit-In Panel Discussion - Monday, October 21
On Monday, October 21 at 6:30pm, join relatives of Alexandria Library Sit-In protestors William “Buddy” Evans and Morris Murray in a panel discussion as they share how the event and its legacy impacted them, their family, their outlook and accomplishments. A question and answer period will follow the discussion.

Learn more about the program here.
Mental Health Awareness Week
(October 6 - October 12)

During Mental Health Awareness Week (Sunday, October 6 through Saturday, October 12), Alexandria Library raises awareness of Americans suffering with mental illness.

Alexandria Library is hosting Mental Health programs during the month of October to include but not limited to:

Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Barrett Branch Library (5005 Duke St.)
NAMI In Our Own Voice - Presented by NAMI Northern Virginia
Two NAMI-trained presenters bravely share their personal journeys toward recovery and wellness to increase understanding about mental health conditions and inspire hope. (More Info)

Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m. at Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)
Some Girls: A Journey of Self Discovery for Latina Girls
Join us for this free documentary during Mental Health Awareness Week and National Hispanic Heritage Month. (More Info)

Tuesday, October 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - Part 1
Receive a 3-year certification in Mental Health First Aid with this free 2-part training. (More Info)

Wednesday, October 9 at 12:30 p.m. at Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - Part 2
Receive a 3-year certification in Mental Health First Aid with this free 2-part training. (More Info)

For more information about our Mental Health programs, please visit our events calendar at

Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Saturday, October 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, crafts, food, dance and face painting! All ages. (More Info)

Saturday, October 12 at 11:30 a.m.
Hispanics in the Civil War
Join us as a ranger from the National Park Service discusses the contributions of Hispanic people during the American Civil War. (More Info)

Saturday, October 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Halloween Costume Swap

Does your family need new Halloween costumes? Come to our Halloween Costume Swap and find new-to-you costumes that are sure to make this Halloween the spookiest and most sustainable ever! All ages. (More Info)

Wednesday, October 16 at 10:30 a.m.
1, 2, 3 Andres!

Join Grammy-winning children’s musician Andrés for an interactive musical performance in English and Spanish. Ages 0-5. (More Info)

Monday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Internet Security for Beginners

Attend a brief presentation about how to be safe on the Internet.
Topics include:
  • How cyber crime evolved
  • Are we doing enough to secure our essential systems?
  • Privacy, or the lack of it
  • Growth of social media and the downsides to this
  • ID Theft and how to protect yourself
  • Countermeasures to defend yourself on the Internet. (More Info)
Monday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Alexandria Library Sit-In Descendants Panel

Join relatives of Alexandria Library Sit-In protestors William “Buddy” Evans and Morris Murray in a panel discussion. (More Info)

Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Monday, October 7 at 7:15 p.m.
Manumission Tour Company Presents Duke Street Black History

The Manumission Tour Company presents early Alexandria's African-American history. (More Info)

Saturday, October 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Welcome! What is Your Story? Author Talk and Empathy Workshop with Alysia Dempsey

Local author and founder of Inspires, Alysia Dempsey will share her first book, Welcome, and to lead participants in an empathy workshop based on the philosophy and message of her book. (More Info)

Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m.
First-Time Home Buying

One-hour seminar for first-time house buyers. (More Info)

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
Monday, October 7 at 7 p.m.
Landscaping Techniques and Native Plants for Wet Sites
Come learn about landscaping techniques, appropriate native plants, and local resources to help you address the effects of soggy conditions in your yard. Presented by Master Gardeners of NV. (More Info)

Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.
Credit Reports
This class will teach participants what makes up a credit report and credit score, which websites to use and which to avoid, and how to correct errors on their credit reports. (More Info)

Wednesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 20 (Various Times)
Burke Branch Friends' Book Sale
Come support the library and pick up books, CDs, and DVDs at discounted prices. (More Info)

Friday, October 25 at 10:15 a.m.
Intro to Powerpoint
Join us to learn how to create slides, edit text, layout and design, insert pictures, and other basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, a presentation program. (More Info)


Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
Thursday, October 3, 10, and 17 at 5 p.m.
Girls Who Code

Join the Girls Who Code club! Learn basic HTML and CSS. Coders will improve their tech skills and learn everything they need to know to start coding! (More Info)
Wednesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 26 at 2 p.m.
Movement and Story-telling Workshop

What moves you?  Why have you moved?  What can you move?  Explore the connection between movement and story-telling through a series exercises and movement improvisations. (More Info)

Wednesday, October 16, 23, and 30 at 3:30 p.m.
Stories for the Telling
Join us at the library for an in-depth book club discussion. (More Info)
Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m.
Violence and Nonviolence in the Name of Religion - An Islamic Perspective with Dr. Salih Sayilgan

Dr. Salin Sayilgan of Wesley Theological Seminary talks about his new book, An Islamic Jihad of Nonviolence. (More Info)

Wednesday, October 30 at 3:30 p.m.
Crafts in the Afternoon - Spooky Landscapes

Come make a spooky Halloween inspired landscape with us at crafts in the afternoon! Ages 4+. (More Info)

Talking Book Service in Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)
Friday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m at Talking Book Service (5005 Duke St.)
Low Vision Resource Group
Join us for a discussion with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired. (More Info)
Want to get involved with Alexandria Library?

Do you enjoy biking in Alexandria? Alexandria Library invites the community to participate in Le Tour d’Alexandria Library, the Library’s annual bicycle tour of all library locations on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. This year's theme is: 225 Years on Two Wheels: Pedalling the Past.

In recognition of the Library's 225th Anniversary, this year's tour will highlight some of the Library's history dating back to 1794. Participants can bring their bicycle and join library staff for a leisurely 2-hour loop of Alexandria starting and ending at Beatley Central Library, located at 5005 Duke Street.

Registration for the event is required, as space on the tour is limited. Riders must be over the age of 13 to participate. Children and teens under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information and to register online visit

Alexandria Library celebrates 'National Friends of Libraries' Week

From October 20 through October 26, Alexandria Library celebrates 'National Friends of Libraries' Week.  Each library branch has a Friends of the Library group that you can join. Your membership contribution to the Friends will enhance library services for children and adults, and provide funds to supplement library resources. For more information about the activities of the Friends groups or call your local branch.

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