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SummerQuest and SummerQuest, Jr.
Special Events Program
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
Learn, Explore, Create, Connect
Alexandria Library Reveals New Building Hours and Allows Fully Vaccinated Persons to Enter Facilities Mask-Free

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library is now open to the public and offering in-person service on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limited reference services and no passport services will be available during these additional Friday hours due to Library staffing shortages.

Face masks are no longer required in Alexandria Library facilities for those persons who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Unvaccinated persons are strongly encouraged to continue to wear a face mask and to practice physical distancing while inside Library facilities.

For more information about the Library's reopening plan and face mask changes, please visit
Upcoming July Closure
Happy Independence Day, America! Alexandria Libraries will be closed on Monday, July 5 for Independence Day. View our list of other 2021 holiday closures.
Upcoming Programs at Alexandria Library
Join us online for a virtual program!
Some events require registration prior to attending. View entire list here.

2040 - Film Screening
Tuesday, July 06 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Please join us for a screening and discussion of the film "2040", a hybrid documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important now!

Q&A with Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia -
Living with Wildlife without Losing Your Garden

Saturday, July 10 from 11:00am - Noon
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.

Acting Out Theatre Workshop - Educational Theatre Company
Saturday, July 10 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ever wonder what it takes to be an actor? Let the Educational Theatre Company (ETC) give you the acting tools you need! Ages 9-12.

Tuesday, July 13 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hear stories from teen changemakers and adult experts about their experience advocating for change in Alexandria and learn different ways to get involved. Grades 6-12.

Tales and Ales
Tuesday, July 13 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for a book club with a beer! Tales and Ales meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Self-Publishing 101
Wednesday, July 14 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm  
Alexandria author Serena Wills discusses her poetry and non-fiction. She will also provide valuable tips on getting your works published.

SAT/ACT Practice Test Session
Thursday, July 15 from 11:00am - Noon
Sign up for a free SAT or ACT practice test with the Princeton Review.

Tasty Tomes
Friday, July 16 from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Pick up a kit and join in the workshop to learn how to make a simple, but adorable treat to enjoy on your own or for a get together. For ages 12-17.

Intro to Bonsai
Monday, July 19 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm  
Aaron Stratten, President of the Northern Virginia Bonsai Society (a Potomac Bonsai Association club), will introduce the art and practice of bonsai. Learn what bonsai is
and how to get started.

Culinary Mystery Authors Panel
Monday, July 19 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
July is National Culinary Arts Month! Sisters in Crime authors Maya Corrigan, Maureen Klovers, Cathy Wiley, Libby Klein, and Shari Randall will share and discuss cozy culinary mysteries and recipes.

Social Distancing Cinema Discussion - "The Tangle"
Thursday, July 22 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Oddball Cinema and Alexandria Library for Social Distancing Cinema with The Tangle. Watch the movie any time before the event & then join our Zoom discussion.

How to Improve Your Credit Score
Thursday, July 22 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us to learn the importance of a good credit score and how to improve yours.

The Feminine Lens - A History of Women Behind the Movie Camera
Thursday, July 22 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for a talk by Bill Newcott, film critic for the Saturday Evening Post, as he traces the rise and fall of women in film, including the new age of female directors.

Romance Book Club
Monday, July 26 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us for our Romance Book Club!

Arts On the Horizon: The Whirligig
Wednesday, July 28 from 11:00am - 11:30am
Travel with Whirligig, a maple seed, from the treetops into the great wide world.
Arts on the Horizon programs are nonverbal theater, featuring puppets & dance,
perfect for toddlers & preschoolers.
Join us on YouTube for Crafts, Songs and More
Want to get involved with Alexandria Library?
Did you know we are on social media? Alexandria Library's social media pages highlight various events, programs and services. Follow us on these social media accounts to keep up-to-date with our news: Are you interested in online book discussions? Visit our Goodreads page. You can discuss books, give recommendations, participate in our book clubs, and learn what is going on at the library.

Did you know we have an Adult Services blog? Our blog, Out of the Stacks, includes bi-weekly news and updates about the Library’s collection, services, resources, and programs for adults. It also features book recommendations by staff and periodic interviews.
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