Program Information

May 11 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Five Nights at Freddy’s – Join us at FNAF club to play the game, watch videos, have snacks, and more. Feel free to dress up if you want! Must be in grades 6-12. Registration is required.

May 15 at 3:30 p.m. – Cosplay Club -This is a new club for teens interested in cosplay and costumes of any kind. We’ll talk about and practice different ways you can create your own costumes, and we’ll have games and activities. Registration is required and begins April 17. For grades 6-12.

May 16 at 1:00 p.m. – LITerally Speaking Book Discussion – Join us as we discuss “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu” by Joshua Hammer. Books are available at the Circulation Desk for checkout.

May 16 at 4:15 p.m. – APL Board Meeting – This meeting is open to the public.

May 22 from  3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Dungeons & Dragons -Join us for a short game of Dungeons and Dragons. For grades 6-12 only. Registration is required and begins April 25.*

May 24 at 6:00 p.m. – A Concert with “Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe – Join us as “Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe explores and explains the beginnings of ragtime and jazz at the turn of the 20th century; the “Big Bang” of country music in Bristol, Virginia, in 1927; and the evolution of music as it reflects social change through the second half of the 20th century.

May 25 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  – Star Wars Day -The Force will be with us as Alexandrian Public Library celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars!   There will be events and activities for the whole family from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with “Rogue One” and “Star Wars” the original movie being shown in the evening.   There will be a costume contest, trivia contest, Galactic foods and more.   Some crafts are sign-up while others are drop in to do when you can.   Teens and adults can create Star Wars wall art or make an ewok.There will be crafts and activity stations in the children’s area along with a Star Wars Yoga Moves program at 3:45 p.m. and again at 4:15 p.m. No registration is needed for any of the children’s activities.

May 29 – Memorial Day – The library will be closed.

June 1 – Summer Reading Program begins.

June 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 at 10:00 a.m. – Drawing and Watercolor Workshop – We will be working on development skill in drawing and watercolor. Some supplies provided. Registration is required but if you have your own supplies feel free to just walk-in.

June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 9:30 a.m. – Summer Babies/Toddlers Storytimes – A program for children ages birth to 36 months features books, movement, music, and rhymes to promote early literacy. Parents/caregivers help their children follow along by participating in this storytime with them. Register for Mondays or Tuesdays. Registration begins May 22.

June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 at 10:30 a.m. – Summer Preschool Storytimes – A program for ages 3 – 5 introduces children to reading and language in a fun way through stories, crafts, and other activities. Parents/caregivers are not required to attend this storytime along with their child, but must remain in the library. Register for Mondays or Tuesdays. Registration begins May 22.

June 5 at 3:30 p.m. – How to Make Comics – Ever dreamed about making your own comics? Join us to learn how! We’ll talk about the process of making comics from scratch, including story development, script writing, formatting, publishing and more. For those entering grades 6 to 12.

June 6 at 6:00 p.m. – Every Hero Has a Story: A Visit with Abraham Lincoln – Join us as Dean Dorrell brings Abraham Lincoln to life in “A Visit with Abraham Lincoln.”  Mr. Lincoln will talk about his early life, his adult years in and around Springfield, and his years as President.

June 7 at 2:00 p.m. – Magic Show – “Balloon Guy” Daniel Herron enhances his magic with his talent for balloon artistry in this energetic and entertaining show. For all ages. No tickets or registration required.

June 22 & 29 at 2:00 p.m.- Laughs and Crafts Club – A fun and educational program for kids entering grades K-5.  Jokes, stories, games, crafts, and snacks will be offered.  Registration is required and starts June 8. Online registration will not be available after June 22

June 12 at 3:30 p.m.- Otaku Manga – Like manga and anime? We watch anime, discuss manga and titles to order for the library, have snacks, and just hang out with other otakus. The club is always looking for new members! For those entering grades 6 to 12. Stop on by, there is no registration.

June 13 at 10:00 a.m. – Getting Crafty: Magazine Wall Art – Bring your old magazines, or use some of ours, to create a unique piece of wall art!  Registration starts May 14.

June 13 at 6:00 p.m. – Novels at Night – Meet us at Bliss, 111 E. Water St., to discuss “Faithful” by Alice Hoffman. You can get your copy at the Circulation Desk.

June 14 at 2:00 p.m. – The Kasey Show – The Kasey Program© teaches children fire and life safety skills by using Kasey, a black Labrador Retriever, to perform the skills taught, i.e., stop, drop & roll, checking the door to see if it’s hot, knowing two ways out, etc.  For ages 3-12.  No tickets or registration required.

June 15 at 6:00 p.m. – Every Hero Has a Story: LST-325 – Celebrate the USS LST-325 during American Naval Month!  The USS LST 325 has been in operation since 1943.  This ship served during the North African operations, the Invasion of Sicily, the Invasion of Salerno, Italy.  The USS LST 325 also participated in the landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy France for D-Day June 6, 1944 and made the landing on June 7. On December 28, 1944, the LST 325 rescued 700 men from the torpedoed troop transport ship the Empire Javelin, earning Comdr. Mosier a Bronze Star.

June 19 at 3:30 p.m. – Cosplay Club – For teens grades 6-12 who are interested in cosplay or costumes of any kind. We’ll talk about and practice different ways you can create your own costumes, plus have games and activities. For those entering grades 6 to 12. Registration required.

June 20 at 1:00 p.m. – LITerally Speaking Book Discussion – We will be discussing “A Truck Full of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success” by Tracy Kidder. You can get your copy at the Circulation Desk.

June 20 at 4:15 p.m. – APL Board Meeting – This meeting is open to the public.

June 21 at 2:00 p.m. – Superhero Training – Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Put your skills and strength to the test! Come dressed as your favorite superhero if you want. For ages 5-12. Registration is required and begins June 7.

June 28 at your choice of 10:30 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. – Make a Sharpie Tie-dye T-shirt – Use Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol to create one-of-a-kind designs. Bring a clean, white t-shirt to decorate. For ages 7-12. Registration is required and begins 14. You may register for either the morning or afternoon program, but not both.

June 28 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for grades 6 to 8 and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for grades 9 to 12 – Dungeons & Dragons – Join us for a short game of Dungeons and Dragons! Registration required.

July 3 at 3:30 p.m. – Tie Dye Shirts – Bring a white t-shirt or any other white item you would like to dye! A limited number of t-shirts will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For those entering grades 6 to 12. Registration required.

July 4 – Independence Day – The library will be closed all day.

July 6 & 13 at 2:00 p.m. – Laughs and Crafts Club – A fun and educational program for kids entering grades K-5.  Jokes, stories, games, crafts, and snacks will be offered.  Registration is required and starts June 8. Online registration will not be available after June 22

July 10 at 3:30 p.m. – Otaku Manga – Like manga and anime? We watch anime, discuss manga and titles to order for the library, have snacks, and just hang out with other otakus. The club is always looking for new members! For those entering grades 6 to 12. Stop on by, there is no registration.

July 11 at 6:00 p.m. – Every Hero has a Story: Jane Austen and Her Letters – Carrie Wright, instructor of geology at USI and a Jane Austen devotee, will present a program on Jane Austen and her letters.  This program is open to all ages.

July 11 at 6:00 p.m. – Novels at Night – Meet us at Bliss, 111 E. Water St., to discuss “All the Ugly and Wonderful Things” by Bryn Greenwood. You can get your copy at the Circulation Desk.

July 12 at 2:00 p.m. – Silly Safaris – Amazon John returns for another fun-filled show with live animals. For all ages. No tickets or registration required.

July 13, 20 & 27 at 10:00 a.m. – Drawing and Watercolor Workshop – We will be working on development skill in drawing and watercolor. Some supplies provided. Registration is required but if you have your own supplies feel free to just walk-in.

July 13 at 3:30 p.m. – Five Nights at Freddy’s Club – Join us at FNAF club to play the game, watch videos, have snacks, and more. Feel free to dress up if you want! For those entering grades 6 to 12. Registration required.

July 18 at 10:00 a.m. – Getting Crafty: Driftwood and Glass Bead Wind Chime – Join us to make a driftwood and glass bead wind chime.  Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you would like to use as well.   Registration required.

July 18 at 1:00 p.m. – LITerally Speaking Book Discussion – We will be discussing “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.  You can get your copy at the Circulation Desk.

July 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Book Signing:  Martha Conway and “The Underground River” – Author Martha Conway will be autographing and selling her novel, “The Underground River,” a moving, page-turning story of a charmingly frank and naive seamstress who is blackmailed into saving runaways on the Underground Railroad, jeopardizing her freedom, her livelihood, and a new love.  Martha came to Mount Vernon to do research on the novel.

July 18 at 4:15 p.m. – APL Board Meeting – This meeting is open to the public.

July 19 at 2:00 p.m. – Superhero Science – Discover the secrets behind superhero special powers with hands-on science activities and games. For ages 5-12. Registration is required and begins July 5.

July 17 at 3:30 p.m. – Shaving Cream and Water Fight – Wear some old clothes, or ones that you do not mind getting wet or dirty. In addition, do not forget to bring a towel! This program will take place in the courtyard behind the library (right off Main Street). It will be on rain or shine, but will be cancelled in case of storms.  For those entering grades 6 to 12.

July 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Saturday Adult Drawing and Watercolor Workshop – This is an expanded version of our weekly workshop. We will be working on development skill in drawing and watercolor. Some supplies provided. Registration begins June 17 and is required.

July 24 at 5:30 p.m. – Wilderness Survival: Shelters – Learn from survivalist Clint Jivoin how to build survival shelters using natural and man-made materials! This program will be hands-on, and you will have built a fully functioning campsite by the end of the program! Open to teens and adults alike. Registration required.

July 25 at 6:00 p.m. – Every Hero Has a Story: A Visit with Founding Father Benjamin Franklin – David Wolfe portrays Benjamin Franklin, author, printer, political theorist, politician, inventor, statesman and diplomat.  All ages welcome.

July 26 at 2:00 p.m. – Superhero Bingo – Have fun and win prizes playing this bingo game featuring your favorite superheroes. For ages 6-12. Registration is required and begins July 12.

July 26 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for grades 6 to 8 and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for grades 9 to 12 – Dungeons & Dragons – Join us for a short game of Dungeons and Dragons! Registration required.

July 31 at 3:30 p.m. – Cosplay Club – For teens grades 6-12 who are interested in cosplay or costumes of any kind. We will talk about and practice different ways you can create your own costumes, and we will have games and activities. For those entering grades 6 to 12. Registration required.

July 29 – Summer Reading Program Concludes – Last chance to turn in your reading records and enter for the grand prizes.

 All library programs are sponsored and underwritten by the Friends of APL.
Without Friends support, the above programs would simply not be possible.