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National Library Week is the perfect opportunity to tell your story. This year, in keeping with the "Libraries=Strong Communities" theme, we ask you to tell us how the library led you to something of value in your lives. And don't forget to follow Alexandria Library, the American Library Association, and I Love Libraries on social media and join the celebration on social media by using the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransform

Learn about National Library Week here.
In honor of National Library Week – Sunday, April 7 through Saturday, April 13 – the Alexandria Library is offering FREE library card replacements. Customers may select from our special edition 225th and 80th anniversary commemorative library cards.**

During this week-long event, library cardholders have an opportunity to update their old library card free of charge. (Replacement card normally costs $2.00)

**While supplies last. These cards are in limited quantity.
Featured Upcoming Event
It's Almost that Time Again! Time to Spring2ACTion!
Spring2ACTion, Alexandria’s Giving Day, will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019!  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. Early giving starts March 27!

In 2018, the Foundation raised almost $3,500 in just 24 hours! Will you help donate this year?

Did you know? Alexandria Library has a rich history that spans two centuries! In 2019, the Library is celebrating its 225th year as an entity as well as the 80th anniversary of the historic 1939 Library Sit-In.
Throughout the year, all locations will provide programs and events to celebrate both anniversaries. 

All Alexandria Reads 2019
On Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m., the Alexandria Library welcomes A.J. Jacobs! The author of It's All Relative: The Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree will join the community in a virtual chat to talk about his book. View our list of All Alexandria Reads programs.

About "It's All Relative": New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It-All and The Year of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, heartfelt quest to understand what constitutes family -- where it begins and how far it goes -- and attempts to untangle the true meaning of the "Family of Humankind." (Read more)

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. Library Foundation, Inc.
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Wednesday, April 10 at 10 a.m.
Intro to Wordpress
Have you ever wanted to blog about your favorite books or food? Maybe you’d like to show off your photography? Join us to learn the basics of setting up a free blog account.

During the class we will cover the following topics: 
  • vs
  • Free vs Paid Services
  • Signing Up for a Free Account
  • Picking a Design Theme
  • Publish Your First Post
Space is limited. Please register by contacting Cara at or register online. (More Info)

Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.
All Alexandria Reads Book Discussion - It's All Relative by A.J. Jacobs

Join us for our All Alexandria Reads book discussion of A.J. Jacobs' It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree. (More Info)

Monday, April 15 at 2 p.m.
Cape Science: DNA
Dive into DNA! Zooming deep into the cells in our bodies, explore the importance of DNA and its role in genetics. Ages 6-12. (More Info)

Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m.
From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large
Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, will share what genealogical information can be learned from legal records. This program is a webinar. (More Info)

Tuesday, April 16 at 2 p.m
Flow Circus: Flop Forward
Juggler, magician, and comedian Paul shares the skills he gained, toys he created, and lessons he learned from his grandparents in this hilarious performance full of jokes, tricks, and fun. Ages 6+. (More Info)

Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m
AAR 2019: Be a Crime Scene Investigator
Calling all junior investigators! The Alexandria Police Department teaches us how science helps solve criminal cases (ages 8+). (More Info)

Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m
Hack Your Local Family History Center
Family History Centers are amazing repositories of genealogical material. Learn all the tips and tricks from an insider and get the most out of your visit.  (More Info)


Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m.
Create a Pocket-Sized Poetry Chapbook
April is National Poetry Month. Express yourself in DIY fashion by producing a small original book of poetry. (More Info)

Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
AAR 2019: How Much Is A Helpin'? - Record your culinary history!
Join oral historian Anne Bolen as she teaches how to share and preserve family recipes and cooking knowledge from one generation to another. To register: 703-746-1713 or
(More Info)

Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m.
Plastic into Plarn - Re-purposing Project Drop-In

Help the Carefull Knitting group transform trash into useful treasure! Spend fifteen minutes or an hour converting plastic bags into plastic yarn that can be used to make waterproof sleeping mats.(More Info)

Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
AAR 2019: Caregiving 101
Presented by AARP's Family and Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer

Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving expert and author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving, will share her own personal journey caring for her parents, grandparents and sister.  Drawing upon 35 years working in the field of aging, she’ll share her hard-earned practical tips for navigating caregiving and finding strength and resilience while savoring the humorous and joyful moments along the way. To register or for more information contact or call 703-746-1713. (More Info)

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
Monday, April 8 at 6 p.m.
Medicare 101
New to Medicare presentation. Are you new to Medicare or a caregiver for a Medicare beneficiary? Learn the basics of Medicare coverage and choices. This presentation is given by Medicare counselors from the Division of Aging and Adult Services, Alexandria Department of Community and Human Services. Registration is required. Space is limited. 

For more information or to register, call 703-746-5999 or email
(More Info)

Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
Your Neighbor Next-Door: Intercultural Communication
This presentation presents several themes to help people improve their understanding of how messages vary among cultures because of the way we send and receive messages. (More Info)

Tuesday, April 16 at 2 p.m.
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Learn how enslaved people on the Underground Railroad used their knowledge of astronomy to find their way to freedom. Presented by a Ranger from the National Park Service's Civil War Defenses of Washington office. (More Info)

Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m.
Monthly Meditation
Bring your yoga mat, and get ready to relax. This free hour-long meditation session will help you center yourself and unwind at the beginning of a busy week. Practice some mindfulness, and connect with your inner self. 
(More Info)
Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Poetry Walk of Avenue Poems
Calling all poetry lovers! Renée Adams of Del Ray’s Poetry Fence invites everyone to walk Mt. Vernon Ave. to read the poems outside 57 businesses, plus church, library, schools and the Farmer’s Market that Renée “poem-bombed” for April, poetry month. (More Info)

Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m.
Asma Elgouacem Presents "Where is Freedom?"
Author Asma Elgouacem has lived as a Muslim woman in Algeria, France, and the United States. As part of All Alexandria Reads, she relates her experiences, and teaches you more about your fellow man.
(More Info)

Wednesday, April 24 through Sunday, April 28 at Various Times
Friends of Duncan Library Book Sale
Our annual Spring Book Sale opens to Friends members for a special preview. Not a Friend? Join at the door! (More Info)

Tuesday, April 30 at 5 p.m.
Día de los Niños/Día de Los Libros
Join us for a bilingual story time in Spanish and English. Food and crafts will be provided. Translators will be on site. All ages welcome. Families encouraged! (More Info)

Local History/Special Collections Branch (717 Queen St.)

Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. (Event Held at Beatley Central Library -- 5005 Duke St.)
Mount Vernon Genealogical Group

This event is open to the public and will be held in the large meeting room at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library. The topic will be genealogical resources at the LH/SC Branch. Come join members of the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society. Leslie Anderson, Librarian II at the LH/SC Branch, will describe and provide pointers in using the genealogical resources available at the Local History and Special Collections Branch. (More Info)

Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m.
AAR 2019: Adding to Your Story - From Genealogist to Family Historian

Join us to learn how to use historical research techniques within Alexandria Library's Local History/Special Collections' archive to give life to your family’s story. (More Info)
Nominate a Stellar Library Worker - Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Nominations may come from library users, students, children, colleagues, faculty, or management.  Please visit the Galaxy of Stars to see your nomination.  It will be updated weekly.

NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
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