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During the month of May, Alexandria Library celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with many programs for all ages.

View our list of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month here.
Upcoming Closures
Friday, May 3 - Staff Development Day

On Friday, May 3, All Alexandria Libraries will be closed for Staff Development Day.
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day
On Monday, May 27, All Alexandria Libraries will be closed for Memorial Day.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day - May 16
Join us on Thursday, May 16, and mark the eighth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.

On Friday, May 17 at 1 p.m., Talking Book Service is hosting a program - in collaboration with the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington - for the Low Vision Resource Group. Join us for a panel discussion about transportation resources for people with disabilities.
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Thursdays, May 2, 9, and 16 at 7 p.m.
Polymer Clay Class
Polymer clay is used to make charms, magnets and more! Make your very own project under the guidance of a polymer clay artist. Ages 8-12. Space is limited, please arrive early. (More Info)

Monday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Mouse in House: Presented by Jane Franklin Dance
This Jane Franklin Dance family friendly performance, Mouse in House is a lively movement and theatre presentation for the young and young-at-heart. (More Info)

Thursday, May 16 at 6:45 p.m.
EyeSoar - Presented by Jane Franklin Dance
EyeSoar highlights the people drawn to the resources of Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, a West End Alexandria public location. This area is heavily utilized, a public site drawing bike path and recreation users, footbridge traffic and individuals to the Central Library and the surrounding businesses. (More Info)

Saturday, May 18 at 3 p.m.
Bharatanatyam: Classical Indian Dance Program
Join Sangeetha Agarwal, director of HastaSwara Performing Arts, and learn about Bharatanatyam. Bharatanatyam is a form of Indian classical dance originating in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. (More Info)

Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
Intro to the Bonsai Tree
The president of the Northern Virginia Bonsai Society will share an overview of the ancient art of bonsai, introduce some basic bonsai techniques, and dispel some common myths. (More Info)


Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Saturday, May 4 (ALL DAY)
Spring Fling and Book Sale

The Barrett Branch Spring Fling takes place from 10am-4 pm.  There is a book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Barrett Branch, Star Wars Family Legos at 10 am and representatives from various civic associations like the GoAlex Mobile Store and Visit Alexandria.  We'll also have an eco-friendly craft to try - make "plarn" from plastic bags.  Come join us! (More Info)

Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
E.S.C.A.P.E. Junk News! from the NewseumEd

Feel lost in today's media landscape? Join NewseumED as we tackle the spread of buzz words, bots and bad actors on social media. In 90 minutes, you'll get clear definitions of current media terms, practical tools to identify fake and flawed news, and practice with real examples. Registration suggested by contacting Athena at or call 703-746-1713. (More Info)

Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m.
The Genographic Project - A National Geographic Society Research Initiative

Dr. Miguel Vilar, Lead Scientist for National Geographic's Genographic Project, will explain how the NGS project uses the newest genetic and collaborative technologies to discover new aspects of human migration and help participants understand their shared origins. Registration is required. Contact Megan at (More Info)

Thursday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
Chinese Watercolor Painting

Instructors from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will lead this introductory class on Chinese watercolor painting. Space is limited to 12. Registration is required. (More Info)

Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.
Halving the Bones - Diverse Documentaries

Author Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being) directs this autobiographical documentary about her family and growing up half Japanese and half American. (More Info)

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. 
Frankenstein Adventures
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, author Bill Richardson will read from his hilarious and heartwarming adaptation aimed at middle school readers. (More Info)

Thursday, May 9 at 7 p.m.
Tracing Your Jewish Roots
Learn how to get started in building a family tree, and beginning research techniques, both online and in person. There will also be time for Q&A. JGSGW, with 320 members, is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. with a focus on educating and enabling individuals to research their Jewish roots. (More Info)

Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.
Ten Ways to Research Your House
The Local History/Special Collections Branch has a wide range of resources to help you investigate the history of your home. You can find information about past owners, property values, alterations and improvements, and, sometimes a photograph. We'll help you begin your research. (More Info)

Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. 
The Search for Another Earth
This presentation will outline the types of exoplanets that have been found, how they were discovered, and if any know exoplanets could possibly support life. (More Info)


Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.
Hand-Lettering Your Family Tree

Learn the art of Hand-Lettering. Use this modern take on calligraphy to design and create your own family tree. Supplies provided. (More Info)
Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m.
The Nature at Monticello Park

Bill Young, co-creator of, will stop by to teach you about the wildlife in our local Monticello Park, and how to use his website to get the most out of your wildlife watching experience. (More Info)

Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m.
SAT Practice Exam with Princeton Review
About to take the SAT? Come take a practice exam to see what it’s like! Ages 13-18. Please register at (More Info)
Saturday, May 18 at 2 p.m.
If Trouble Don’t Kill Me

Virginia author Ralph Berrier will present on his book, If Trouble Don’t Kill Me, which follows the lives on Berrier’s family from the mountains of Virginia to the Grand Ole Opry. (More Info)
Saturday, May 25 at 3 p.m.
Scotch Irish and German Westward Migration Through Virginia

Virginian author, and Virginia Tech professor, Dan Thorp discusses his research into the Scotch-Irish and German family migration through Virginia during the 19th century. Learn more about the broader Virginian family during this year's All Alexandria Reads. (More Info)

Alexandria Law Library (520 King St., LL34)
Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. (This event is at Barrett Branch Library -- 717 Queen St.)
Choose Privacy Week - A Discussion on Recommendations for Digital Freedom

Join Jesse Lambertson of the Georgetown University Law Library as he discusses his top five recommendations for digital freedom. There will be time for questions after the presentation. (More Info)
Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. (This event is at Beatley Central Library -- 5005 Duke St.)
Navigating Traffic Court

Join local attorney Erin Smith from The Smith Firm PLLC as she presents on the ins and outs and getting through traffic court. (More Info)
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