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SUMMERQUEST 2024

SummerQuest is a reading incentive program offered annually at each of our branches.

Sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge below using the Beanstack app or drop by any Alexandria Library to sign up and receive a paper log.

The program runs from June 1 through August 31.

Adventure Begins

Adventure Begins Early Lit

Sign up for SummerQuest, Jr.

Birth through rising Kindergarten

SummerQuest, Jr. allows children to earn points towards a free book!  Points are earned by logging books they read or books that are read to them.  Children can also earn points by doing early literacy activities. Read enough books and you can earn Washington Nationals tickets!

Adventure Begins child

Sign up for SummerQuest

Rising 1st-5th Grades

SummerQuest participants will log the minutes they spend reading this summer!  Every 20 minutes spent reading earns 1 point.  Use those points and points earned doing other activities to collect a free book! Read enough books and you can earn Washington Nationals tickets!

Adventure Begins Teen

Sign up for SummerQuest Teens

Rising 6th-12th Grades

SummerQuest teens will also log the minutes they spend reading this summer!  Every 20 minutes spent reading earns 1 point.  Participating in other activities will earn more points.  Use these points to collect a free book! Read enough books to earn Washington Nationals tickets, plus an entry for a gift card drawing.

Adventure Begins adult

Sign up for SummerQuest Adults

Ages 18 and up

Don't let the kids have all of the fun! Join in for a chance to win a prize. Read enough books to earn Washington Nationals tickets, plus each book read (up to 10) will be an entry for a gift card drawing.  Read or listen!

Youth SummerQuest Events
Tue, Jul 23, 10:15am - 10:45am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and movement for kids ages 0-5 !

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
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, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Fun, entertaining, & engaging for all ages! If you're a fan of Toddler Rock N' Read this is the SummerQuest show for you!

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
Baby Artsplay Artist Kofi Dennis leads Baby and Toddler Time today!

Tue, Jul 23, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
an after-school maker program for ages 6-12

Wed, Jul 24, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Baby storytime, plus opportunities to build relationships with other caretakers of young children! For ages 0-12 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Jul 24, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join us for stories, songs, and activities for your active, growing little ones! Ages 1-2.

Wed, Jul 24, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
What will Drew have "up his sleeve" today? Magic for ages 6+

Wed, Jul 24, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Periodicals Room
Read the powerful stories of black icons you didn't hear about in school with the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Ages 13-18.

Wed, Jul 24, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Meet a different live animal from every continent and learn about its unique behaviors and adaptations. Presented by Ferrets and Friends. (All ages)

Thu, Jul 25, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Stomp through summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Jul 25, 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, Jul 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Learn about wild animals with Cobra Caroline and her crew of puppets. Ages 2+

Thu, Jul 25, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Stomp through summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Jul 25, 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, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting 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.

Fri, Jul 26, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Sing, jump, and dance with Mr. Lilo and his guitar in English and Spanish. (Ages 0-8)

Sat, Jul 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Experience classic fairy tales in a new way. (Ages 0-5)

Sat, Jul 27, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Rainbow Puppet Productions creates shows that enlighten, entertain, and educate through original music, puppets and dance. Ages 0-8. 

Mon, Jul 29, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, crawl and clap at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Jul 29, 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, Jul 29, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, crawl and clap at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Jul 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mount Vernon Recreation Center
Audience volunteers will help two unlikely heroes conduct exciting science experiments that bring the story to life. (Ages 6-12)

Mon, Jul 29, 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, Jul 29, 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

Mon, Jul 29, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Read about kids meeting their college goals while receiving practical advice from the Alexandria Scholarship Fund to help you reach your own. Grades 6-12.

Tue, Jul 30, 10:15am - 10:45am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and movement for kids ages 0-5 !

Tue, Jul 30, 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, Jul 30, 10:30am - 11:15am
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, Jul 30, 11:00am - 11:35am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Using props, music, sounds, and movement, we will explore the amazing plants, flowers, insects, and animals found in the rain forest. Recommended for ages 0-3.

Tue, Jul 30, 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, Jul 30, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Each African Story Time program will take participants to one African country through dance, storytelling, and language/culture. Ages 6-12

Tue, Jul 30, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
an after-school maker program for ages 6-12

Wed, Jul 31, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Baby storytime, plus opportunities to build relationships with other caretakers of young children! For ages 0-12 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Jul 31, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join us for stories, songs, and activities for your active, growing little ones! Ages 1-2.

Wed, Jul 31, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Lego fun with tons of bricks and a different special theme each week.

Wed, Jul 31, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Meet different live reptiles and learn about their habitats and how they live. (All ages)

Thu, Aug 01, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 01, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Would it be summer without Zucchini? Comic magic for ages 2+

Thu, Aug 01, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 01, 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, Aug 01, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting 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.

Fri, Aug 02, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Ms. Khaleshia on an interactive adventure to the African Savanna. (Ages 0-8)

Fri, Aug 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us to create handmade cards using collage materials to create beautiful and unique gift cards. Please register, as space is limited.

Sat, Aug 03, 11:00am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Spend your Saturday morning laughing with us! As we enjoy stories full of humor and juggling.

Sat, Aug 03, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us in Beatley's youth services area and test out our tabletop games! Ages 5-18.

Mon, Aug 05, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, crawl and clap at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Aug 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Mon, Aug 05, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, crawl and clap at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Tue, Aug 06, 10:15am - 10:45am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and movement for kids ages 0-5 !

Tue, Aug 06, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Rock out this summer with Rocknoceros! Ages 0-5

Tue, Aug 06, 10:30am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
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, Aug 06, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Rock out this summer with Rocknoceros! Ages 0-5

Wed, Aug 07, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Baby storytime, plus opportunities to build relationships with other caretakers of young children! For ages 0-12 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Aug 07, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and activities for your active, growing little ones! Ages 1-2.

Wed, Aug 07, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Lego fun with tons of bricks and a different special theme each week.

Wed, Aug 07, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Periodicals Room
Read the powerful stories of black icons you didn't hear about in school with the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Ages 13-18.

Thu, Aug 08, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Thu, Aug 08, 11:00am - 11:45am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Sing along with Susannah! Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 08, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 08, 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.

Fri, Aug 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Explore one country in Africa; learn fun facts about that country; learn vocabulary in one of the languages spoken in the country; hear a story with a moral lesson; and dance! (Ages 0-8)

Fri, Aug 09, 2:30pm - 4:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Please join us for a free screening of this documentary. Click on the event title for more details.

Fri, Aug 09, 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

Sat, Aug 10, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join Emily and her collection of unique musical instruments to hear your favorite books in a new way! All ages.

Sat, Aug 10, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join Emily and her collection of unique musical instruments to hear your favorite books in a new way! All ages.

Sat, Aug 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us with TACA, as we step into a world of rhythm and tradition at at this performance showcasing African Cultural Education and Dance. Ages: 6-12 and Teens.

Sat, Aug 10, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us in Beatley's youth services area and test out our tabletop games! Ages 5-18.

Mon, Aug 12, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, crawl and clap at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Aug 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Mon, Aug 12, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, crawl and clap at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Aug 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Science right before your eyes! Ages 6+

Mon, Aug 12, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Bring your American Girl (or any other) doll – or borrow one of ours – for a cozy pajama party. Snacks, crafts, and activities provided. (Ages 3-13)

Tue, Aug 13, 10:15am - 10:45am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and movement for kids ages 0-5 !

Tue, Aug 13, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle with glee, Stories and Songs is a great place to be! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the fingerplay, songs and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Aug 13, 10:30am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
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, Aug 13, 11:00am - 11:30am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Baby Artsplay Artist Kofi Dennis leads Baby and Toddler Time today!

Tue, Aug 13, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle with glee, Stories and Songs is a great place to be! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the fingerplay, songs and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Aug 13, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Teens, ages 12-18, will envision how the City can recover and protect against future zombie attacks.

Tue, Aug 13, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
The audience helps the performer act out the tale, as we use the events in the story to explore exciting science concepts! Ages 6-12

Wed, Aug 14, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Baby storytime, plus opportunities to build relationships with other caretakers of young children! For ages 0-12 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Aug 14, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and activities for your active, growing little ones! Ages 1-2.

Wed, Aug 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
In honor of African American Music Appreciation Month in June, lounge, socialize, or dance, dance, dance! With a curated playlist from Freegal. Suitable for all age groups.

Wed, Aug 14, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Lego fun with tons of bricks and a different special theme each week.

Wed, Aug 14, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Periodicals Room
Read the powerful stories of black icons you didn't hear about in school with the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Ages 13-18.

Thu, Aug 15, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Thu, Aug 15, 11:00am - 11:40am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - First Floor
Experience classic fairy tales in a new way. (Ages 0-5)

Thu, Aug 15, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 15, 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, Aug 15, 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, Aug 15, 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, Aug 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Care about the library? Join us and let your voice be heard! Attending a T.A.G. meeting will count as one hour of community service. Ages 12-18.

Fri, Aug 16, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Experience the folklore, myths, legends, and cultures of Central America and the Caribbean through dance. (All ages)

Sat, Aug 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join fellow animal lovers for a Community Pet Show. Registration required for pet participants.

Sat, Aug 17, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us in Beatley's youth services area and test out our tabletop games! Ages 5-18.

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

Sun, Aug 18, 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, Aug 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Tue, Aug 20, 10:15am - 10:45am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and movement for kids ages 0-5 !

Tue, Aug 20, 10:30am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
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.

Wed, Aug 21, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Baby storytime, plus opportunities to build relationships with other caretakers of young children! For ages 0-12 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Aug 21, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and activities for your active, growing little ones! Ages 1-2.

Wed, Aug 21, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Periodicals Room
Read the powerful stories of black icons you didn't hear about in school with the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Ages 13-18.

Thu, Aug 22, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Thu, Aug 22, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 22, 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.

Sat, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us in Beatley's youth services area and test out our tabletop games! Ages 5-18.

Mon, Aug 26, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, crawl and clap at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Aug 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Mon, Aug 26, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle, crawl and clap at Baby Time! Fingerplay and songs for Ages 0-14 Months.

Mon, Aug 26, 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

Tue, Aug 27, 10:15am - 10:45am
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and movement for kids ages 0-5 !

Tue, Aug 27, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle with glee, Stories and Songs is a great place to be! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the fingerplay, songs and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Tue, Aug 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
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, Aug 27, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Wiggle with glee, Stories and Songs is a great place to be! Perfect for toddlers and siblings. Come enjoy the fingerplay, songs and story-telling with us. Ages 0-5

Wed, Aug 28, 10:15am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Baby storytime, plus opportunities to build relationships with other caretakers of young children! For ages 0-12 months, accompanied by an adult.

Wed, Aug 28, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join us for stories, songs, and activities for your active, growing little ones! Ages 1-2.

Wed, Aug 28, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Periodicals Room
Read the powerful stories of black icons you didn't hear about in school with the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Ages 13-18.

Thu, Aug 29, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Ages 0-5 with an adult.

Thu, Aug 29, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Bask in summer fun with Mr. Josstin at Toddler Rock N' Read. Great for toddlers and siblings. Ages 0-5

Thu, Aug 29, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting 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.

Sat, Aug 31, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join us in Beatley's youth services area and test out our tabletop games! Ages 5-18.

Adult SummerQuest Events
Wed, Jul 24, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Meet a different live animal from every continent and learn about its unique behaviors and adaptations. Presented by Ferrets and Friends. (All ages)

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of an inspirational true story of the Homeless World Cup - an international football tournament for homeless people founded in 2001,

Thu, Jul 25, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Free and open to the public.

Wed, Jul 31, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Meet different live reptiles and learn about their habitats and how they live. (All ages)

Thu, Aug 01, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us a screening of the 2022 film, which is based on the 2018 novel, of the same name, by Delia Owens.

Thu, Aug 01, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
If you love reading short stories, join us to discuss these two: "Incident in Aziana" by Evelyn Waugh and "In a Grove" by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. Register

Fri, Aug 02, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us to create handmade cards using collage materials to create beautiful and unique gift cards. Please register, as space is limited.

Thu, Aug 08, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
New venue Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Free and open to the public.

Fri, Aug 09, 2:30pm - 4:15pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Please join us for a free screening of this documentary. Click on the event title for more details.

Sat, Aug 10, 10:15am - 10:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join Emily and her collection of unique musical instruments to hear your favorite books in a new way! All ages.

Sat, Aug 10, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Join Emily and her collection of unique musical instruments to hear your favorite books in a new way! All ages.

Mon, Aug 12, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Mon, Aug 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join us online for a discussion of Candacy A. Taylor's 2020 book that explores the impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists.

Tue, Aug 13, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Wed, Aug 14, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Wed, Aug 14, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
In honor of African American Music Appreciation Month in June, lounge, socialize, or dance, dance, dance! With a curated playlist from Freegal. Suitable for all age groups.

Wed, Aug 14, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join us for an online author talk with Lane Stone, the author of the "Tiara Investigation Mysteries" and the art thriller trilogy "The Big Picture."Register

Thu, Aug 15, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Thu, Aug 15, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of the 2022 Academy Awards' Best International Film, which is based on the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I.

Thu, Aug 15, 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!

Fri, Aug 16, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Fri, Aug 16, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Experience the folklore, myths, legends, and cultures of Central America and the Caribbean through dance. (All ages)

Sat, Aug 17, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Sat, Aug 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Join fellow animal lovers for a Community Pet Show. Registration required for pet participants.

Sun, Aug 18, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Sun, Aug 18, 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, Aug 19, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Tue, Aug 20, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Wed, Aug 21, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Thu, Aug 22, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Thu, Aug 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
New venue Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Free and open to the public.

Fri, Aug 23, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Sat, Aug 24, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Pick up a mystery craft kit at the Information Desk.

Thu, Aug 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of the 2022 Oscar-nominated psychological drama film starring Cate Blanchett who stars as Lydia Tár, a world-renowned conductor facing accusations of misconduct.

Thu, Sep 12, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
New venue Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Periodicals Room
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Sep 26, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden,Large Meeting Room
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Free and open to the public.

Thu, Oct 10, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Jorge Banales as he gives instruction on the Yang Style 24 Movement Tai Chi form on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Free and open to the public.

Thank you Washington Nationals for providing prizes for SummerQuest. 

SummerQuest Jr. is made possible through a generous grant from the James M. Duncan, Jr. Library Foundation, Inc. SummerQuest is made possible through support from the Alexandria Library Foundation, Inc., the Friends of Beatley Central Library, Friends of Barrett Library, Friends of Burke Library, Friends of Duncan Library and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. SummerQuest is also supported by a generous donation from the Brown-Sanchez family. Prizes provided by the Washington Nationals.

* This project is supported, in part, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, which receives support from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For reasonable accommodation for any of these programs, contact jgregorio@alexlibraryva.org or call 703.746.1701 or TTY 703.746.1790.

Last updated: April 2024