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Join Alexandria Library and Author Valerie Tripp as we welcome American Girl doll Felicity Merriman™
 

On Saturday, November 9th, join Alexandria Library and Valerie Tripp, author of the American Girl™: Felicity Series, as we welcome American Girl™ doll, Felicity Merriman™, at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library at 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304.
 
This event will be limited to 125 attendees. Tickets are available the day of the event beginning at 10:30 am. The event will start promptly at 11:00 am. On November 11th, both the Felicity™ and Melody™ dolls will be available for checkout at the Barrett Branch Library located at 717 Queen Street. The dolls have been funded by the Friends of Barrett Library in honor of the Library’s 225th Anniversary and the 80th Anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In.
November Library Closures
We will be closed on the following dates:

Monday, November 11

Veteran's Day (
Law Library Closed Only)

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29

Thanksgiving Day and Day After Thanksgiving

View our list of other 2019 holiday closures here.

 

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month (November 1-30)
During Native American Heritage Month, we highlight the contributions and accomplishments of the Native American people. Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke Street), Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen Street), and Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road) are hosting Native American Heritage Month programs during the month of November to include but not limited to:

Native American Heritage Month: Dovie Thomason
Monday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. (Beatley Central Library - 5005 Duke Street)
Join storyteller Dovie Thomason as she presents We Call the Earth Our Mother: Stories of Thanks. The imagery and values in the stories from Dovie’s Native ancestry pair the “whys” of science with the very contemporary “hows” of living in balance on our shared Earth. This program is for all ages

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. (Beatley Central Library - 5005 Duke Street)
This revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

 
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Urban Rez - Diverse Documentaries
Monday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. (Barrett Branch Library - 717 Queen Street)
Urban Rez explores the impact of the Voluntary Relocation Program, which ran from 1952 until 1973 and encouraged Native Americans to leave homelands and move to cities.
 
Native Americans in the Civil War - Presented by the National Park Service

Saturday, November 9 at 2 p.m. (Barrett Branch Library - 717 Queen Street)
To commemorate the month, the Civil War Defenses of Washington will be presenting a free short lecture about the approximately 29,000 Native Americans who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. They were found in the Eastern, Western, and Trans-Mississippi Companies. They fought bravely and passionately for their sides and were instrumental in achieving victories in certain key battles.

Let's Talk Books - There, There by Tommy Orange
Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. (Barrett Branch Library - 717 Queen Street)
November is National Native American Heritage Month. Join Let's Talk Books to discuss There, There by Tommy Orange.

 
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Native Americans in the Civil War - Presented by the National Park Service
Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m. (Burke Branch Library - 4701 Seminary Road)
Kenya Finley from the National Park Service will be making a presentation about the approximately 29,000 Native Americans served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. They were found in the Eastern, Western, and Trans-Mississippi Companies. They fought bravely and passionately for their sides and were instrumental in achieving victories in certain key battles.

Afternoon Book Club - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Wednesday, November 20 at 2 p.m. (Burke Branch Library - 4701 Seminary Road)
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by joining us for a discussion of a true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

For more information about our Native American Heritage Month programs, please visit our events calendar.
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library

Beatley Central Library (5005 Duke St.)

Friday, November 1 and November 15 at 3 p.m.
Sensory Playtime

Join us every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month for a special playtime geared towards children with sensory processing disorders and intellectual and physical disabilities. Ages 2-12 with adult. (More Info)

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m.
International Games Week Program

Celebrate International Games Week at Your Library with Human Hungry Hungry Hippo, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, and other games. Ages 12 and up. (More Info)

Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
Fall Prevention and Healthy Aging
Join INOVA physical therapist, Jill Pace, as she shares ways to prevent falls in the home and the community. (More Info)

Saturday, November 16 at 10 a.m.
SAT Practice Test with the Princeton Review

About to take the SAT? Come take a practice exam to see what it’s like! Ages 13-18. (More Info)

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
Sustainability Series: DIY Beeswax Wraps/Disinfecting Wipes

First in a series to help people reduce their carbon footprint! Make two projects: beeswax wraps, which takes the place of plastic wrap in the kitchen, and disinfecting wipes. (More Info)
 

Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen St.)

Saturday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Succulents for Small Spaces - From the VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

This free presentation will explore what makes a plant a succulent and why they are great for small spaces. Advanced registration requested at MGNV.org. (More Info)

Tuesday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
Microgreens! - From the VCE Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Microgreens: you've likely seen them but what makes them so good for you? You will learn all about microgreens in this free presentation. All supplies provided. Registration requested at MGNV.org. (More Info)

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
Meal Planning 101

Is your hectic schedule causing you to throw meals together at the last minute? Join us in a discussion on meal planning strategies - learn how to save money, save time and eat well! (More Info)

Tuesday, November 26 at 7 p.m.
Quick Comics - Plug-n-Play Comic Strips in 1 Minute (TEENS)

Choose from random pre-made characters and speech bubbles and in 1 minute try to cohesively put a story together. The best story wins! After several rounds, you'll get to pick your own personal favorite and make it into a full color comic. Ages 12-18. (More Info)
 

Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Rd.)
 
Friday, November 1 at 10:15 a.m.
Get Your Business Online
Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating your business profile or a simple website. (More Info)


Friday, November 8 at 4 p.m.
When Justice Isn't Just - 80th Anniversary Film Festival
In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In, the first known sit-in of the civil rights era, the library will screen films that celebrate black history and civil rights. (More Info)


Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m.
Investing 101
Attend this class and gain basic investing skills and confidence to grow your resources. Class is led by a Master Financial Volunteer from the VA Cooperative Extension. (More Info)
 


Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Ave.)
 
Monday, November 4 through Sunday, November 10 (Various Times)
Friends of Duncan Library Book Sale

The Friends of Duncan Branch Library's annual fall book sale will begin with Friends First Choice Night on Monday, November 4th from 6 PM until 8:45 PM. Not a Friend? Join at the door! (More Info)

Wednesday, November 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Stories for the telling - Book club

Join us at the library for an in depth book club discussion. (More Info)
 
Saturday, November 16 at 3 p.m.
Out of Obscurity - 80th Anniversary Film Festival

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Alexandria Library Sit-In, the first known sit-in of the civil rights era, the library will screen films that celebrate black history and civil rights. (More Info)
 
Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.
Duncan Book Group - The World According to Garp

The Duncan Book Discussion Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. This month, we are discussing The World According to Garp by John Irving. (More Info)

Saturday, November 23 at 3 p.m.
Death Cafe

Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts, feelings about all manner death and dying. (More Info)
Want to get involved with Alexandria Library?
Donate this holiday season to Alexandria Library Foundation

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1875224, AmazonSmile donates to Alexandria Library Foundation Inc? Your donations help support the Library's programs, 
 
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