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Celebrate the 82nd Anniversary of the 1939 Library Sit-In
82 years ago, one of America's first sit-ins took place at Alexandria Library on Friday, August 21, 1939 at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library on 717 Queen Street.

One of the nation’s most little-known historical events involved leadership from native Alexandrian, attorney Samuel W. Tucker, and five young African American men who demonstrated an act of civil disobedience at the Barrett Branch after being denied library cards. Every year, Alexandria Library hosts events honoring the anniversary of the peaceful protest.

Beginning Monday, August 16, Local History/Special Collections Branch located within Kate Waller Barrett Branch will host the 'Anniversary of the 1939 Sit-In' exhibit to honor Samuel W. Tucker and the five courageous young men. The exhibit tells the story of Mr. Tucker, the five men, and what transpired as a result of the 1939 Library Sit-In.
Join Alexandria Library's virtual SummerQuest program through August for music, magic, storytelling, reading, nature shows, hands-on activities and more! Scheduled events for this year’s virtual summer reading program are listed here.

Also, our Adult Summer Reading program is in full effect! For more information on summer programs for all ages, please visit our website at
Mask-Wearing Update
Alexandria Library Requires Masks For All Persons Entering
Library Facilities
Beginning Friday, July 30, Alexandria Library will require all persons regardless of vaccination status to wear a mask in Library facilities due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Alexandria, VA and its surrounding areas. Due to the City's recent announcement of substantial COVID-19 community transmission, the Library has implemented measures to ensure the safety of its staff and patrons. 

For more information, please visit
Celebrate Racial Equity
Support Alexandria Library and donate to the
Samuel Tucker Fund!
Your donations to the Samuel Tucker Fund will help us purchase material and offer programs and training that center on civil rights, human rights, social freedoms and equality. Select "Samuel Tucker Fund" as your designation when making a donation.
We appreciate your continued support to the Alexandria Library Foundation!
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library
Join us online for a virtual program!
Some events require registration prior to attending. View entire list here.

Rice: An Author Talk with Michael Twitty
Monday, August 2 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Michael Twitty, food historian, writer, and creator of Afroculinaria, joins us to discuss his book Rice: A Savior the South Cookbook. Rice is a cookbook that explores that southern staple's culinary history and African diasporic identity. Learn why rice has deep roots in southern food culture.

How Consumers Can Make Better Healthcare Decisions
Tuesday, August 3 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Learn how to manage and control garden critters affecting your vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, and lawn with Kirsten Conrad, the Agricultural Natural Resource Extension Agent for Arlington County and City of Alexandria.

CAPE Science: Virtual Star Party
Wednesday, August 4 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ever wonder what it takes to be an actor? Let the Educational Theatre Company (ETC) give you. Join us to explore the skies and learn what we can see right now in the night sky. All ages.

Introduction to Finding Grants - Presented by Candid
Thursday, August 5 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join Susan Shiroma of Candid (formerly the Foundation Center) for this free virtual workshop via Zoom to learn about the Foundation Directory Online database available
at the Alexandria Library.

The Uncle Devin Show!
Saturday, August 7 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Join Uncle Devin for a live, interactive musical experience that uses percussion instruments to cultivate children's minds. Ages 0-5.

Let's Talk - An ESL Conversation Class
Monday, August 9 from 2:00pm - 3:30pm 
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English? Join us for an
ESL Conversation class with other friendly faces.

Kofi Dennis
Tuesday, August 10 from 11:00am - Noon
Join Kofi Dennis for a story time full of music, song, dance and drums!

Place Matters in the DMV: The Past, Present & Future - Communities of Color in the D.C. Metro Area
Tuesday, August 10 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dr. Delario Lindsey will present the research of the Sociology program at Marymount University, which examines the multitude of forces on communities of color in the Washington, DC. Metro Area.

Racial Segregation via Real Estate - Talk by Dr. LaDale Winling
Wednesday, August 11 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dr. LaDale Winling joins us virtually to discuss his work around racial segregation in the real estate market.

Scribble Book Club - featuring "A Snicker of Magic"
Friday, August 13 from 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Celebrate National Ice Cream month with Scribble Book Club! We are diving into the delicious read A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd.

Yappy Hour
Saturday, August 14 from 10:00am - 11:30am
We are wagging our tails with excitement Yappy Hour is back! Meet adoptable dogs in Duncan's Garden and decorate our sidewalks with chalk.

Groovy Nate
Saturday, August 14 from 11:00am - Noon
Groovy Nate creates fun and educational shows using exotic musical instruments, interactive movement, and puppet skits.

Black Ice - Film Screening
Monday, August 16 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for a virtual screening and discussion of the documentary Black Ice.

String Art Pet Portraits - Craft Kit Pick Up
Wednesday, August 18 through Wednesday, August 25 | All day
Celebrate Adult Summer Reading by making a string art portrait of your pet (or other animal). Kits include materials and instructions for one string art project. Pick-up kits at Beatley Central Information desk starting August 18. Kits are available on a first come,
first serve basis.

Green Burials
Monday, August 23 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn what a green burial is, and how it differs from a traditional burial in this interactive meeting.

Sisters in Crime: Stand Alone Mysteries
Monday, August 23 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A panel of mystery authors from the Chessie Chapter of Sisters in Crime will discuss writing their stand alone mysteries.

We Are Bored (Game) Club: Animal Trivia
Tuesday, August 24 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm
This month, as part of Alexandria Library’s Summer Quest program Tales and Tails, we will be playing Animal Trivia.

Affordable Housing and Co-living in Alexandria
Tuesday, August 24 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Learn about the City’s efforts to preserve and expand safe, decent and affordable housing for all Alexandrians.

Enslaved to Statesmen
Tuesday, August 24 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The National Parks Service joins us for a talk about African Americans in public office following the Civil War.

Achieve Financial Independence & Retire Early
Wednesday, August 25 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us to learn how to arrange your finances for an early retirement!

Social Distancing Cinema Discussion - "Love and Time Travel"
Thursday, August 26 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Oddball Cinema and Alexandria Library for Social Distancing Cinema with Love and Time Travel. Watch the movie any time before the event, then join our Zoom discussion.

The Backstory - An Author Talk with Linda Smolkin
Monday, August 30 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Learn more about writing and self-publishing from a local author.
Join us on YouTube for Crafts, Songs and More
Tax-Free Weekend in Virginia (August 6-8)
Donate to the Alexandria Library Foundation while Shopping Tax-Free for School Supplies on August 6-8

Virginians can shop tax free this weekend, Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, using our link. By using the link, a portion of your purchase is donated to one of your favorite organizations, Alexandria Library Foundation.

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. Each eligible school supply item must be priced at $20 or less, and each eligible article of clothing and footwear must be priced at $100 or less.
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