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ADULT SUMMER READING 2021

Tales and Tails

How to participate

Don't let the kids have all of the fun! Join in from June 21, 2021 to September 7, 2021 for a chance to win prize. One Book = One Entry. Read or listen!

 

PHYSICAL BOOKMARK

 

The library is open and will accept physical bookmarks as entries for summer reading.

Please pick up your bookmark at your local branch or print one out here.

 

VIRTUAL BOOKMARK

 

While the library is closed you can fill out the virtual bookmark.

The virtual bookmark will be emailed to a librarian who will enter you into the drawing.




 

LOG ON BEANSTACK

 

Since you are already online, try signing up for an account with Beanstack and enter your books there for the prize drawing.

Entering your own books in Beanstack gives you ann 11th entry into the drawing.

Looking for something to read?

 

BOOK MATCH

Book Match

What are your favorite types of books? What book can you not live without? 

Fill out a short questionnaire and receive a personalized list of book recommendations hand-picked by our staff.

 

GET A BOOK MATCH

 

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Books and Authors

Use the Who, What, Where, When tool to discover books matched to your mood or interests.

 

ACCESS BOOKS AND AUTHORS

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

 

NOVELIST

Novelist

Find book recommendations based on appeal factors, curated lists, and read-alikes for titles you enjoy.

 

ACCESS NOVELIST

 

 VIEW TUTORIAL

 

Adult Summer Reading Events
Tue, Jun 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Virtual
Join us for 'happy hour' and learn about the library's digital resources.Register

Thu, Jun 03, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a reading by Richard Peabody: a romantic poet, a keen writer of farce, a master of satire, a political activist, and a pop-culture explorer. Register

Thu, Jun 03, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
join us to discuss the following stories: “The School” by Donald Barthelme and “Conventional Wisdom” by Stanley Elkins.Register

Sat, Jun 05, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Virtual
After viewing video from the MGNV website, tune in for a virtual Q&A with a Master Gardener from Northern Virginia.Register

Mon, Jun 07, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Come hear first-time authors Pam Clark, Jeffrey James Higgins, and C.A. Rowland talk about what went into writing their mysteries. Register

Tue, Jun 08, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Discover 5 apps to help you overcome writer's block, get inspired to draw new things or compose some new music.Register

Thu, Jun 10, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual discussion of Ann Cleeves' first novel in her Shetland Island series "Raven Black."Register

Mon, Jun 14, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual discussion of the gripping life story of the great war correspondent Marie Colvin.

Tue, Jun 15, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Learn how to get access to thousands of recipes, cooking instructions, travel information and maps of all kinds!Register

Thu, Jun 17, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Join us for a virtual discussion of "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion.Register

Tue, Jun 22, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Learn to use the library's resources to help with updating your resume and job searching.Register

Thu, Jun 24, 10:00am - 11:00am
Virtual
Did you know that your library card allows you to learn online? Learn languages, software instruction, digital skills, and expand your personal development with library resources.Register

Thu, Jun 24, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Dana Cameron will describe how she went from being an archaeologist to writing crime and speculative fiction and how being an archaeologist is like being a detective.Register

Thu, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Kristen McGill, a registered dietitian and in-store nutritionist with Giant Food, will present on tips to lead a healthier lifestyle. Register

Thu, Jun 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Join Oddball Cinema and Alexandria Library for Social Distancing Cinema with "An Intervention." Watch the movie any time before the event & then join our Zoom discussion.Register

Wed, Jun 30, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Watch the selected films at your leisure, and join the Friends of Duncan Library Film Club on the last Wednesday of the month to discuss! Register

Thu, Jul 01, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Virtual
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM. All are welcome!Register

Wed, Jul 07, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Monthly Meditation, lead by our Friends at Yoga in Daily Life, is a free one-hour meditation class open to everyone.Register

Sat, Jul 10, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts and feelings about all topics related to death and dying. Register

Wed, Jul 14, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Alexandria author Serena Wills discusses her poetry and non-fiction. Plus she will provide valuable tips on getting your works published. Register

Mon, Jul 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
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. Register

Wed, Jul 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Register

Wed, Jul 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Watch the selected films at your leisure, and join the Friends of Duncan Library Film Club on the last Wednesday of the month to discuss! Register

Mon, Aug 02, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Food writer Michael Twitty joins us to talk about his book, "Rice."Register

Wed, Aug 04, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Monthly Meditation, lead by our Friends at Yoga in Daily Life, is a free one-hour meditation class open to everyone.Register

Thu, Aug 05, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Virtual
The Afternoon Book Discussion Group meets on the first Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM. All are welcome!Register

Sat, Aug 07, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Virtual
Death Cafes are an opportunity to demystify the death experience. We offer an open, safe environment for discussing thoughts and feelings about all topics related to death and dying.Register

Last updated: April 2021