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Banned Books Week -- September 27 - October 3, 2020!

Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 3, 2020) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. This year's Virtual Banned Books Read-Out will be held on Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information about Banned Books Week and how to participate, visit the Library in person or online at
October Library Closure
Libraries closed for Indigenous Peoples' Day

All Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Monday, October 12 in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day. For complete list of Library closures, click here.
Celebrate with Alexandria Library
October is Archives Awareness Month
Keep an eye out for blogs and social media posts about Archives throughout this month. While many archives and special collections are severely limited in access at this time, please know that the profession is committed to working towards solutions. At the Local History/Special Collections Branch, we have limited time on site as well as space available for researchers, however, we are supplementing our onsite appointments using video conferencing. We wanted to say thank you for your patience as we work with each of you on your questions and requests.
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.

Virtual Programs at Alexandria Library
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.
Thursday, October 1 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Alexandria Library is hosting a Virtual Banned Books Read-Out on Zoom!

Mexican Straw Painting With Cesar
Friday, October 2 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Cesar Carbajal, a third-generation popotillo artisan, will discuss and demonstrate the Mexican straw painting tradition.

Let's Talk - An ESL Conversation Class
Monday, October 5 at 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English? Join us for our conversation class.

From My Window with Ms. Suzanne
Wednesday, October 7 at 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Suzanne on Zoom to sing songs and listen to a story about things we can see from our windows. Designed for ages 2 to 4, but anyone can join!

Yoga Story Time With Miss Lisa
Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00am - 11:30am
Yoga + Great Picture Books = Storytime Fun!

Wednesday, October 7 at 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM. All are welcome!

Social Justice Storytime Series
Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00pm - 4:30pm 
Children’s books can help us open conversations with our kids about challenging topics. Join us during this five-week series as we explore different social justice issues. Registration required.

1000 Books Storytime - A Story Time For Our Preschools With Miss Lisa
Thursday, October 8 at 10:30am - 11:00am 
A special story time for our local preschools, but all families are welcome to join in. Books that we read count for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Cooking with Kole - A Nutritious Cooking Class for Fall
Saturday, October 10 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm 
Learn a few tricks to brighten your fall table!

Death Cafe
Saturday, October 10 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm   
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

Tween Art 101: Home Edition - Hispanic Heritage Mosaic Craft Kit
Tuesday, October 13 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
Register in advance for a craft kit then join Miss Amanda as she guides you through making your own mosaic masterpiece. Ages 8-14.

Yoga Story Time With Miss Lisa
Wednesday, October 14 at 11:00am - 11:30am   
Yoga + Great Picture Books = Storytime Fun!

Introduction to Advance Care Planning
Wednesday, October 14 at 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
In this one-hour webinar, Valoria Walker presents the significance of advance care planning, how to start conversations, who is your healthcare agent, and why we don’t plan.

Crafts Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Thursday, October 15 | All Day
Swing by Beatley Central Library anytime between September 15 and October 15 to pick up a bag of craft supplies celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Ages 6-12.

1000 Books Storytime - A Story Time For Our Preschools With Miss Lisa
Thursday, October 15 at 10:30am - 11:00am 
A special story time for our local preschools, but all families are welcome to join in. Books that we read count for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

Burke Book Club - "A Friend" by Sigrid Nunez
Thursday, October 15 at 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by joining us for a discussion of Sigrid Nunez's National Book Award-winning novel, The Friend.

Mummy at the Mystery Mansion - Presented by Science Tellers and Talewise
Thursday, October 15 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
Register in advance and join us for an hour of mystery and history as we explore the Mystery Mansion with Talewise (formerly Science Tellers!

Estate Planning 202 - Estate Planning with an Eye Toward Health and Incapacity
Thursday, October 15 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm 
Join us for Estate Planning 202: The Basics of Estate Planning, with an Eye Toward Health and Incapacity.
Join us on YouTube for Crafts, Songs and more
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