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Virtual Events & Videos

While the library is in phase three of the reopening plan, all of our events and programs will still be online.  Last updated: September 11, 2020

Virtual Events
Sat, Oct 31, All day
Welcome to Spooksville! Come tour the neighborhood. Travel through each haunted house and hunt for clues about which monster lives there! There are four houses to choose from but tread carefully!

Sat, Oct 31, All day
Escape a terrifying mansion with your wits and limbs in tack. Recommended for ages 10+.

Sat, Oct 31, 11:00am - 11:45am
During the 1900s Potomac Yards was one of the busiest rail yards on the east coast. Things changed rapidly in the late 1900s. With recent changes bringing attention, come learn about its history.Register

Sat, Oct 31, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join Miss Katie for a Spooky fun story time featuring your favorite monsters, ghouls and ghosts. We know Halloween will look a little different this year, so join us virtually for story time. Register

Mon, Nov 02, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English? Register

Mon, Nov 02, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
A selection of items from the LH/SC archival materials will be available to use as writing prompts for your novel. Engage with the materials and enjoy quiet time to write.Register

Mon, Nov 02, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Girls Who Code is a virtual club that meets weekly to learn, experiment and create with coding.
This event is full

Tue, Nov 03, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for your favorites stories and songs with Miss Venetta! Register

Tue, Nov 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Eli from her home for this virtual Spanish-English storytime. Sing songs and she'll read a book or two. Intended for ages 2 to 4, but all children and families are welcome to join in! Register

Tue, Nov 03, 11:00am - 11:40am
Let's explore the Alphabet, 1 letter at a time with stories, music and more. Recommended for ages 2+Register

Tue, Nov 03, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join Miss Venetta each week for finger play and singing with your littlest ones from the comfort of your own home. Register

Tue, Nov 03, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Join Miss Katie each week for a selections of themed stories and a craft. Register

Tue, Nov 03, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 7:00pm. Register

Wed, Nov 04, 10:00am - 11:00am
Utilize library resources and a few free online programs to inspire and organize your holiday cooking this year! Register

Wed, Nov 04, 10:30am - 11:45am
This conversation class is for all levels, but will cater particularly toward beginners. Intermediate students will be broken off into a separate group to read a current event and discuss. Register

Wed, Nov 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Suzanne to sing songs and listen to a story about what we can see outdoors. Designed for ages 2 to 4, but anyone can join!Register

Wed, Nov 04, 11:00am - 11:30am
Yoga+Great Picture Books= Storytime Fun!Register

Wed, Nov 04, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Join us as we celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week with a workshop that will help grow your veteran-led business. Register

Wed, Nov 04, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Join Miss Kayla as we dive into "First Light" by Rebecca Stead.Register

Wed, Nov 04, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, rhymes, and other fun activities! This program is geared toward ages 3-5, but children of all ages are welcome to participate. Register

Wed, Nov 04, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join Miss Kayla for cozy bedtime stories each Wednesday night. Register

Thu, Nov 05, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us on Zoom for virtual moving and grooving stories and our favorite songs!Register

Thu, Nov 05, 10:30am - 11:10am
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.Register

Thu, Nov 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join Miss Christian for Native American stories and songs. Registration is required. Miss Christian will greet each child by name, so please register using your child's name. Register

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

Thu, Nov 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us online for Barrett's knitting and crochet group! Register

Thu, Nov 05, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join us for a virtual discussion of the following two stories: "The Cracked Looking Glass Full" by Katherine Anne Porter and "Lullaby" by Leslie Marmon Silko. Register

Thu, Nov 05, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us virtually as we compete with trivia, play mad libs, tell jokes and listen to stories. Come with ideas for other games we can play! Bring a craft to work on while we meet. Ages 8-18.Register

Fri, Nov 06, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join Miss Amy each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes. Register

Fri, Nov 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Suzanne on Fridays for a story, a craft and some silly songs. Ages 3 - 5.Register

Sat, Nov 07, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Learn about what is available and what resources are available for researching the traditions of prior generations at the Local History and Special Collections Branch.Register

Sat, Nov 07, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Learn a few tricks to brighten your fall table!Register

Sat, Nov 07, 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. Register

Mon, Nov 09, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Interested in building your confidence in your use of English? Register

Mon, Nov 09, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
A selection of items from the LH/SC archival materials will be available to use as writing prompts for your novel. Engage with the materials and enjoy quiet time to write.Register

Mon, Nov 09, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Girls Who Code is a virtual club that meets weekly to learn, experiment and create with coding.
This event is full

Mon, Nov 09, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Let's Talk Books book discussion club to read and discuss "An American Sunrise: Poems" by Joy HarjoRegister

Mon, Nov 09, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Please join us for a virtual discussion of "Lost in America" by Sherwin Nuland.

Mon, Nov 09, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Meet the artists, learn about the project, ask questions and share your thoughts!

Tue, Nov 10, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us for your favorites stories and songs with Miss Venetta! Register

Tue, Nov 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Eli from her home for this virtual Spanish-English storytime. Sing songs and she'll read a book or two. Intended for ages 2 to 4, but all children and families are welcome to join in! Register

Tue, Nov 10, 11:00am - 11:40am
Let's explore the Alphabet, 1 letter at a time with stories, music and more. Recommended for ages 2+Register

Tue, Nov 10, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join Miss Venetta each week for finger play and singing with your littlest ones from the comfort of your own home. Register

Tue, Nov 10, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Join Miss Katie each week for a selections of themed stories and a craft. Register

Tue, Nov 10, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
25 years ago, "Toy Story" was released by Disney/Pixar. To celebrate, the November Tween Art 101: Home Edition Craft Kits will feature a beloved character from the first and fourth movie. Register

Tue, Nov 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Local author and genealogist Char McCargo Bah will discuss how she used genealogical research and creative writing to write her two books and the articles for her column, “The Other Alexandria.”Register

Tue, Nov 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Tue, Nov 10, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us for a book club with beer. Register

Wed, Nov 11, 10:00am - 11:00am
In the year of doing everything from home, it may be time to upgrade some of your devices. Join us as we discuss ereaders, tablets, laptops and mobile phones that are the best buys for 2020.Register

Wed, Nov 11, 10:30am - 11:45am
This conversation class is for all levels, but will cater particularly toward beginners. Intermediate students will be broken off into a separate group to read a current event and discuss. Register

Wed, Nov 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Suzanne to sing songs and listen to a story about what we can see outdoors. Designed for ages 2 to 4, but anyone can join!Register

Wed, Nov 11, 11:00am - 11:30am
Yoga+Great Picture Books= Storytime Fun!Register

Wed, Nov 11, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Join Miss Amy for stories, songs, rhymes, and other fun activities! This program is geared toward ages 3-5, but children of all ages are welcome to participate. Register

Wed, Nov 11, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Join Miss Kayla for cozy bedtime stories each Wednesday night. Register

Wed, Nov 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kristen McGill, a registered dietitian and in-store nutritionist with Giant Food, will present on strategies to make the most of your holiday food indulgences. Register

Thu, Nov 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join us on Zoom for virtual moving and grooving stories and our favorite songs!Register

Thu, Nov 12, 10:30am - 11:10am
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.Register

Thu, Nov 12, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join Miss Christian each week for stories and songs. Registration is required. Miss Christian will greet each child by name, so please register using your child's name.Register

Thu, Nov 12, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Join us for a virtual edition of our monthly Mystery Book Club. Register

Thu, Nov 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us online for Barrett's knitting and crochet group! Register

Thu, Nov 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
A brief history of one free black family in Virginia, and what it meant to be a freeborn person of color in colonial Virginia. Register

Thu, Nov 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join us virtually as we compete with trivia, play mad libs, tell jokes and listen to stories. Come with ideas for other games we can play! Bring a craft to work on while we meet. Ages 8-18.Register

Fri, Nov 13, All day
A monthly program that features a story, craft, games, trivia, and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life was like in Kit Kittredge's™ era this November!

Fri, Nov 13, 10:00am - 10:30am
Join Miss Amy each Friday morning for stories, songs and rhymes. Register

Fri, Nov 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Join Ms. Suzanne on Fridays for a story, a craft and some silly songs. Ages 3 - 5.Register

Sat, Nov 14, All day
A monthly program that features a story, craft, games, trivia, and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life was like in Kit Kittredge's™ era this November!

Sun, Nov 15, All day
A monthly program that features a story, craft, games, trivia, and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life was like in Kit Kittredge's™ era this November!


 

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ONLINE RESOURCES


• Checkout an eBook or eAudiobook from Overdrive/Libby. Just getting started? Use the eBook Guide.

Read a magazine using RBdigital, a free service that offers full digital copies of your favorite magazines to view on a computer or mobile device.

Search databases for articles and information for you or your students.

• Use Heritage Quest from home to work on that genealogy project you've been putting off.

• Expand your music collection by downloading music from Freegal. You can also stream up to 3 hours of music each day.

• Ask a librarian a question via email or request a Book Match if you need some suggestions on what to read.

• Learn a new language with Mango or Rocket Languages.

Take an online class to learn something new!

• You can build your resume and get career help with Career Transitions.

• Grow your Google skills with Grow with Google classes online.

• Use the Gardening and Horticulture database to get information for planting your garden.

• Cook up some new recipes from the AtoZ World Food database.

• Kids need something to do? Check out this list of free, online resources curated by our Youth Services Librarians.

• Trying to search for grants from home? You can access Candid’s Foundation Directory Online with this link.

• Have questions about any of the digital services? Email the Digital Services Librarian.