September 25 – Family Storytime at 6:30 p.m. (Note the time change only for this program.) – We are having a Drive-In Movie Night. Kids will make their own cars to sit in when they watch the movie outside on our patio. Adults are asked to bring their own lawn chair. Admission is free and no registration necessary. Popcorn and a drink will provided.
September 29 – Mini Con from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Join us for a fun celebration of comic books, movies, graphic novels, anime, comic art and much more! We will have crafts, games, vendors, artists, and a cos-play runway! Everyone who shows up in costume will receive a special prize. This is a free family friendly event. No registration required. Open to all ages.
October 1 through October 31 – Can My Fines! – This October will be your opportunity to redeem yourself and help the local Food Pantry. The Alexandrian Public Library will again be clearing one overdue fine from a customer’s account for each nonperishable food item brought in for “Can My Fines”.
October 4, 11, 18 and 25 – Adult Drawing and Watercolor Workshops at 10:00 a.m. – This series is for anyone wishing to learn or perfect skills in drawing or watercolor. Registration is required if you need art supplies to begin. (Please note that if you have your own art supplies you need not register).
October 8 – Haunted Gingerbread Houses from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Join us for a screening of a favorite Halloween movie and let’s see your haunted graham cracker house creations! Registration is required to participate in the haunted house decorating and begins September 10.
October 10 – Lego Club at 3:30 p.m. – Legos will be provided for projects that will be displayed in the library. Snacks will be provided. Kids in grades kindergarten to Fifth grades are invited to attend. Come and create with your friends at the Kids Corner in the library. Registration is required and begins September 26.
October 11 – Novels @ Night at 6:00 p.m. – Join us at Bliss for a Novels @ Night discussion of “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett. Ask for your copy at the Library Check Out Desk.
October 15 – Otaku Manga at 3:30 p.m. – 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! Stop on by, there is no registration.
October 16 – LITerally Speaking Book Discussion at 1:00 p.m. – Join the LITerally Speaking Book Discussion of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith. Ask for your copy at the Library Check Out Desk.
October 16 – Gems and Geology at 6:00 p.m. – USI Geology instructor Carrie Wright will be at the library to do a presentation on how gems are related to geology. Gemstones will be available to look and touch. This free program will take place in the Ohio Room.
October 17 – Fabric Arts: Mug Rugs at 10:00 a.m. – Monica will show you how to sew adorable mug rugs (fabric coasters). This series will have you create a different, applique mug rug each month. If you have an iron and/or sewing machine, please bring it along! Registration required and started on September 17.
October 22, 23, 29 and 30 – Baby/Toddler Storytime at 9:30 a.m. – Stories, rhymes, and songs for children ages birth to 36 months and their caregivers. We will be meeting in the Kid’s Corner. You may register for either the Monday or the Tuesday program. Registration started on October 8. (Please note: if you register after October 22, you will need to call the library.)
October 22, 23, 29 and 30 – Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. – This is a program for children ages 3-5 years that introduces reading in a fun way through stories, crafts, and other activities. Parents/caregivers are not required to attend storytime with their child, but must remain in the library. You may register for either the Monday or the Tuesday program. Registration started on October 8. (Please note: if you register after October 22, you will need to call the library.)
October 22 – Makers Club at 3:30 p.m. – Join us for some simple DIY crafts and projects! This may include tech, wearable crafts and jewelry, or cosplay projects. Some supplies will be provided. Already working on a project of your own? Bring it in and you can work on it here! It always helps to get feedback and ideas from friends! Registration begins September 24.
October 22 – APL Board Meeting at 4:15 p.m. – This meeting is open to the public. Will be held in Study Room A.
October 24 – Dungeons & Dragons from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. – Bring character sheets and dice if you have them, if not, they will be provided! Registration is required and begins September 26.
October 25 – Laughs and Crafts at 3:30 p.m. – Laughs and Crafts Club is an after school program that offers educational and fun activities, including a variety of crafts, literature, games, short movies and snacks. This will be a six-week session because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Registration is required, but attendance at all six programs is not required. To register after October 25, please call the library. Join us for lots of laughs! This program is for kids in kindergarten through the 5th grade.
October 26 – Family Storytime: Monstrously Fun Halloween Party at 6:00 p.m. – Doors open at 5:50 p.m. Mary Jo Huff, storyteller, will present a fun-filled program. Great games, prizes and candy, photos, dancing, parade, monster munch, and more! Registration is required and begins October 12. Come in costume if you like. All ages. Do not miss it!
October 30 – Go on a Mock Paranormal Investigation with Mount Vernon Paranormal Society at 6:00 p.m.- Join Mount Vernon Paranormal Society as they walk through a mock investigation of the Alexandrian Public Library. Participants will experience the elements required for an investigation: pre-screening, equipment set-up, debunking methods and examining the evidence gathered. NOTE: While this will be set up like an investigation, we do not anticipate any paranormal results.
All library programs are sponsored and underwritten by the Friends of APL.
Without Friends support, the above programs would simply not be possible.