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EVENT REGISTRATIONS

Alexandria Library presents and hosts a wide variety of events to the local community.  Our events include author talks, book clubs, STEAM/STEM activities, computer and technology classes, English conversation groups, storytimes and more.

Most of the programs at Alexandria Library do not require advanced registration. You can choose to attend a program at your convenience. Please be mindful of age and time restrictions when attending a library program.

Ticketed Programs

There are certain youth services programs that require parents or caregivers to pick up a ticket prior to the start of the program. Tickets are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. These programs will include information about tickets in the event description on the calendar.

Registration Programs

Programs that require advanced registration may contain a purple registration box on the event calendar that allows for online registration.  Other programs may require you to register by email, phone or by filling out a form at the library.  Online registration start dates may vary by age and program but are usually available a month in advance.

 

 

REGISTER

In order to register for an event you may need:

  • First & Last Name
  • Library Card Number & Pin
  • Email Address

 

 

 MANAGE EVENTS

 

 

 

WAIT LIST

If there is a wait list for an event, an email address is required. This allows the registration system to notify you when a spot has opened up.

Failure to include an email address may result in being skipped for the next person on the list.

 

 

MANAGE YOUR EVENTS

If you choose to use your library card number on your registration form you can login and manage your event registrations from the library website.

You do not have to have a library card in order to attend events.

 

 

CANCELLATIONS

If you can no longer attend an event, please call or email the contact person for the event to cancel your registration.

If you included your library card number, you can also cancel your registration online.

 

Upcoming Events
Fri, Jun 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Grammy nominated performer Culture Queen for an interactive musical storytelling show and learn the meaning of the Juneteenth holiday. (All ages)

Fri, Jun 14, 11:00am - 11:30am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Join us for a brief tour of the library led by a staff person.

Fri, Jun 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Can your team beat the heat? Attendees will be put on a team and given a prompt with 1 hour to complete their build! Our esteemed judges will evaluate and choose a winning team. Ages 6- 12

Fri, Jun 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Have fun on Fridays after school, building, making, playing word bingo, and winning prizes! Grades K-5. *Includes slime-making every last Friday of the month!*

Sat, Jun 15, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join Mr. Josstin for a Pop Up, Pop In Story Time at 10:15am. This will be a singular spectacular story time on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Ages 0-5

Sat, Jun 15, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Interactive West African percussion performance and workshop. (All ages)

Sat, Jun 15, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Periodicals Room
Hey Board Game fans! Looking for a new challenge? Come to our Board Game Swap and trade in your old games for new ones.

Sat, Jun 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Prepare for an experience filled with imagination and ventriloquism, and puppet performance as Ty-Rone shows us that with a little bit of magic, anything is possible. Suitable for all age groups.

Canceled
Sat, Jun 15, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Come play Dungeons & Dragons. No experience necessary. Open to ages 8-13.

Sat, Jun 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room,Large Meeting Room
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Sat, Jun 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Check out the Library’s selection of tabletop games. (Ages 5-18)

Sun, Jun 16, 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This is a twice-monthly forum for writers to network, share moral support, and offer constructive criticism. Meets first and third Sundays. All are welcome!

Sun, Jun 16, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Play Dungeons & Dragons. No experience necessary. Open to ages 13-18.

Sun, Jun 16, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Let's celebrate the joy of playing games! Play a wide variety of games, the classics and the new. Bring a friend or make new friends.

Sun, Jun 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters. Click on the event title for more info!

Mon, Jun 17, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, scoot and sing at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Jun 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Mon, Jun 17, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, scoot and sing at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Jun 17, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Celebrate your favorite June holiday with this simple paper folding craft. Ages 6+

Mon, Jun 17, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Board Room
Regular meeting of the Alexandria Library Board

Mon, Jun 17, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Bring your American Girl (or any other) doll -- or borrow one of ours -- for a fancy tea party. Snacks, crafts, and activities provided. (Ages 3-13)

Mon, Jun 17, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Where teens can socialize, strategize and learn tabletop games. All materials will be provided. Ages 12-18
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 17, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Mon, Jun 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Celebrate Pride Month by joining us for a discussion of Maia Kobabe's 2019 banned graphic novel.

Canceled
Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and movement for kids ages 0-5 !

Tue, Jun 18, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Clap and cheer summer is here for Stories and Songs! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the fingerplay, songs and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Meet your old friends and make new friends at an unstructured, outdoor playtime in the library's Reading Garden! Toys will be supplied. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Songs, games, movement and more for ages 0-23 months

Tue, Jun 18, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Clap and cheer summer is here for Stories and Songs! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the fingerplay, songs and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Teens, ages 12-18, will try to uncover what caused a zombie outbreak in the DMV.

Tue, Jun 18, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join us for a play hour to build, create, and explore! Ages 6-12. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tue, Jun 18, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Introducing the community to D&D through introductory sessions, one-shots, and campaigns. Email Dungeon Master Josstin at jgogue@alexlibraryva.org if you're interested in joining. Ages 12-18

Tue, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. Register

Tue, Jun 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!Register

Rescheduled
Wed, Jun 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
New date Wednesday, June 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom
Join our ONLINE book club that meets in the evening, every third Wednesday of the month, to discuss a book chosen by one of the members!

Thu, Jun 20, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
From Thursday to Saturday, stop into the Barrett Branch to add your sustainable, zero-waste, community-building idea to our wall of ideas. Check out and jot down what others share too!

Thu, Jun 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Take a bite out of summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Join our friends Willie Bob and Boogie Bennie, also known as Rocknoceros! Favorite classic kids songs and Rocknoceros's own catchy tunes. Ages 2+.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn basic line dance steps while you workout to Golden Oldies music. This is a great class for beginners. Bring a friend or come alone. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Take a bite out of summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Celebrate summer by joining us for a 2022 film based on a 1958 novel about the story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Join Barrett Branch’s knitting and crochet group making items to donate.

Thu, Jun 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
New venue Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Attention all handcrafters! Join us to share what you are working on, see what others are creating, and just chat while we craft together!

Thu, Jun 20, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Social group that focuses on nail painting and designs for members of the community. All materials will be provided. Ages 8-18

Thu, Jun 20, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Thu, Jun 20, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Oddball Cinema brings you all of the weird, eclectic, and lesser-known films you probably never saw in theaters. Click on the event title for more info!

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
⭐ Please email Ally Zomchek at azomchek@alexlibraryva.org if interested in joining ⭐

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Learn programming basics with books and games, plus computers. We'll take on this adventure with the support of a professional computer programmer. No prior coding knowledge necessary. Ages 8-12.

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Both beginners and advanced fiber artists are welcome! Ages 12+

Thu, Jun 20, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Join us on Zoom the third Thursday of each month! We are discussing selections from "The 7 Deadly Sins Sampler, a Great Books Foundation Anthology."  Click on the event title for more info!Register

Fri, Jun 21, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
From Thursday to Saturday, stop into the Barrett Branch to add your sustainable, zero-waste, community-building idea to our wall of ideas. Check out and jot down what others share too!

Fri, Jun 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Dance along with us as Rhythmaya shares Indian culture through music, art, and movement. (All ages)

Fri, Jun 21, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for an evening of celebration and connection as we honor the artistry and diversity of West African music and dance! Ages: 6-12 and Teens.

Fri, Jun 21, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Celebrate Pride Month by joining Professor Collen K. Vesely of George Mason University as she discusses the experiences of trans children and offers strategies for adults who work with them. Register

Fri, Jun 21, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Have fun on Fridays after school, building, making, playing word bingo, and winning prizes! Grades K-5. *Includes slime-making every last Friday of the month!*

Sat, Jun 22, All day
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
From Thursday to Saturday, stop into the Barrett Branch to add your sustainable, zero-waste, community-building idea to our wall of ideas. Check out and jot down what others share too!

Sat, Jun 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Experience the joy of music in an exuberant concert with Ukulele Jon of The Unlikely Strummers, an award winning ukulele group from Rhode Island, and his daughter Melissa. All ages.

Sat, Jun 22, 11:00am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join us for a fantastic musical performance! Your child will learn about shapes, colors, movement, and more! All Ages

Sat, Jun 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
The summer solstice is here! Join us for a special presentation from Amy K, where participants will learn how to use the summer energies to manifest their intentions for the coming months ☀️

Sat, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Check out the Library’s selection of tabletop games. (Ages 5-18)

Sun, Jun 23, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bring your preschooler to the Duncan Library on Sunday afternoons to explore STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)! This is a drop in event. Recommended ages 3-6

Mon, Jun 24, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, scoot and sing at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Jun 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Children love to be outdoors! Join us in Beatley Central Library's beautiful outdoor Reading Garden for stories, songs and movement. Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Mon, Jun 24, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, scoot and sing at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Jun 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Barrett Recreation Center
Audience volunteers will help two unlikely heroes conduct exciting science experiments that bring the story to life. (Ages 6-12)

Mon, Jun 24, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Patrick Henry Recreation Center
Audience volunteers will help two unlikely heroes conduct exciting science experiments that bring the story to life. (Ages 6-12)

Mon, Jun 24, 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Celebrate Pride Month by joining us for a 2023 film screening featuring a deeply emotional drama with outstanding acting and a strong story.

Mon, Jun 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Carlyle House
Stories and other activities at historic Carlyle House in Old Town. (121 N Fairfax Street). Ages 4-8

Mon, Jun 24, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Teen Area
Where teens can socialize, strategize and learn tabletop games. All materials will be provided. Ages 12-18
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Mon, Jun 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Hot Dog Summer at the Library! Does your 1st-6th grader want to practice reading with a dog? We have 3; 15 minute slots from 5:30-6:30PM. Come read with us! Please call to register. Ages 6-12

 

THIRD PARTY

Library programs may be presented by non-library organizations. These organizations may require you to register in advance.

With these events, there will be a link to the organization's website where you need to follow their rules for registering.

 

Last updated: May 2021