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Le Tour d'Alexandria Library Bike Tour on Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m.

Alexandria Library invites the community to participate in Le Tour d’Alexandria Library, the Library’s annual bicycle tour on Saturday, October 2 at 10:00 a.m. This year's tour will highlight the art located in the City of Alexandria.

Participants can bring their bicycles and join library staff for a leisurely 3.5 mile ride through Alexandria starting at Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road) and ending at Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Avenue). This leisurely ride showcases Burke's new Outdoor Public Art installation and the City's Art on the Avenue event.

For more information and to register online visit

Burke Branch Library Opens on Sundays starting October 3

Beginning Sunday, October 3, Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road) will be open to the public on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library (5005 Duke Street) and James M. Duncan, Jr. Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Avenue) also offer in-person service on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At this time, Kate Waller Barrett Branch (717 Queen Street) remains closed on Sundays until further notice.

For more information, please visit our website at

October Library Closure
Libraries closed for Indigenous Peoples' Day

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Monday, October 11 in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day. For complete list of Library closures, click here.
Celebrate with Alexandria Library
October is Archives Awareness Month
Have you ever wanted to come into the Local History/Special Collections Branch but worried about making a faux pas? While it may feel intimidating, if you understand why we do some things differently than other branches, it will be easier to understand. Check out our recent Research Etiquette blog post for guidance.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)

Through October 15, Alexandria Library is highlighting the rich Hispanic heritage in our community. During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), we recognize the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their contributions to our culture.

Programs at Alexandria Library
Outdoor programs are back at Alexandria Library!
Some events require registration prior to attending. View entire list here.
Saturday, October 2 at 10:00am - 11:00am
Alexandria Library will host its annual bicycle fun-ride to two Library branches in celebration of art. Registration begins at 9:30am at Burke Branch Library.

Love Your Pet Day Festival
Sunday, October 3 at 11:00am - 3:00pm
Bring your whole family to this fun event and enjoy games, crafts, demos, and delicious food! You will also be able to enjoy performances by Rainbow Rock Band (11:15am),
Uno, Dos, Tres, Andres (1:00pm), and magician Chris Michael (2:00pm).
Oronoco Bay Park is located at 100 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
For more information, please visit the Alexandria Love Your Pet Day website.

Outdoor Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, October 6 at 11:30am - Noon
Yay for being outdoors! Let's read a story, sing some songs and get our bodies moving! This outdoor program is perfect for ages 2 to 5.

Storytime with the Black History Museum
Saturday, October 9 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.

The Birds at Four Mile Run
Saturday, October 9 at 10:00am - 11:30am
Take a guided tour to discover the birds and the environmental settings at Four Mile Run.

Centipede Dragon Story Celebration
Sunday, October 10 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Engage with a new outdoor story trail featuring local author Alice B. Chen's picture book, Centipede Dragon, and join us for themed crafts and performances for families. All ages.
Event location is at the intersection of Holmes Run Parkway and Pelham St, part of Holmes Run Trail.

Fixit Clinic - Community Repair Event
Saturday, October 16 at 11:00am - 3:00pm
Bring beloved items to the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library to be repaired or advised on by a Fixit Coach.

The Birds at Four Mile Run
Saturday, October 16 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Join us for this guided tour of Four Mile Run trail. This area is home to various herons, osprey, woodpeckers, and hawks. The habitat includes woodlands, meadow, wetlands,
and forests.

Yoga in the Reading Garden - Outdoor Exercise Series
Monday, October 18 at 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Wendy Harper returns to lead the popular Yoga in the Reading Garden program. Yoga will happen every 3rd Monday of the month from September to December.

Trash Trekkers! - Barrett Branch Walking & Litter Pickup Club
Saturday, October 23 at 10:00am - 11:00am
Start your Saturday doing good. Join the Barrett Branch walking and litter pickup club.
We're Open and Our Virtual Programs Are Still On!
Join us online for a virtual program!
Some events require registration prior to attending. View entire list here.
Saturday, October 2 at Noon - 1:00pm
Join an online cooking class straight to your own kitchen!

Bake Along at Home - Tres Leches Cake
Sunday, October 3 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ready your ingredients and get ready to bake along at home! Learn how to make a dessert for Hispanic Heritage Month!

Art Explorers: Hispanic Heritage Month - Featuring Venezuelan Artist Luchita Hurtado
Monday, October 4 | All day
Learn about Venezuelan artist Luchita Hurtado's crayon paintings with Miss Vanessa and pick up an art kit to make one of your own! Pick up your kit at Barrett Branch and then join us on YouTube.

Séance Stories - Messages from Spirits
Monday, October 4 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Let's celebrate the season with some supernatural stories for adults!

Teen Book Club - Featuring "Truly Devious" by Maureen Johnson
Wednesday, October 6 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm
October's book is a thrilling mystery at Ellingham Academy, a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists.

Your 7-Day October Tidy-Up Challenge
Thursday, October 7 at 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Join us for this virtual program when author and organizer Jamie Novak shares her brand new 7-day tidy-up challenge.

Jr. Science Club
Thursday, October 7 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jr. Science Club is back! Join Miss Amy and Miss Amanda (virtually) for a story and a science activity that you can follow along with using a few simple supplies. Ages 5-8.

Lives in Ruins - Life in the Archaeological Site of Chichén Itzá
Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dr. Lisa Breglia will unpack the complexities pertaining to the rights of World Heritage sites, tourism and modern cultures as it relates to Chichén Itzá in Mexico.

The Excellent Booke of the Arte of Magicke - A History of Magic from 16th Century England
Wednesday, October 13 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Interested in early modern European history? Just in time for the autumn season, learn about magic in 16th century England through one book still housed in the British Library.

Money Relationships
Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Understanding your money personality, the nature component, as well as your unconscious thoughts about money, and the nurture component, are important steps in understanding yourself and your spouse.

Romance Book Club
Monday, October 25 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance
book lovers? Join us

The Armstrong Brothers - An Author Talk by David O. Smith
Monday, October 25 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Local author David Smith gives a talk about his newest book, The Armstrong Brothers: One Pennsylvania Family's Contribution to Victory in the American Revolution.
Join us on YouTube for Crafts, Songs and more
Want to get involved with Alexandria Library?
Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week -- October 17-23
Help us celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week! The Alexandria Library has a Friends of the Library group at each branch. 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, please visit our Friends of Libraries Page.
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