Friends of Duncan Library

Friends of Duncan Library FODL sponsors a variety of educational and enrichment programs that include children’s programming, enhancing the overall collection, a cinema club & etc.
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Join the Friends of Duncan Library! Your membership donations, along with book sale proceeds, supplement the branch's budget and provide needed funds for equipment, programs and materials. Pick up a membership form at the circulation desk on your next visit. James M. Duncan Branch Library 2501 Commonwealth Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301 Monday, Tuesday: 10am-7pm Wednesday, 1pm-9pm Thursday: 10am-7pm Friday: 10am-6pm Saturday: 10am-5pm

Mission: Our organization supports the Duncan Library, located in the heart of Del Ray in Alexandria, VA. We sponsor a variety of educational and enriching programs, host annual book sales, and support the library's services through our volunteer efforts.

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Join us Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 PM for "We Were Always Free." Robin Lyttle, the President of the Shenandoah Vall...
11/11/2020

Join us Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 PM for "We Were Always Free." Robin Lyttle, the President of the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project, will present on one free black family in Virginia, and what it meant to be a freeborn person of color in colonial Virginia. https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4650014

Yes!
10/22/2020

Yes!

In the comments: what is a narrative you like to recommend to other beings?

On the fourth Monday of each month, we welcome our friends at Yoga in Daily Life. Join us on Oct. 26 at 7:00 PM, when a ...
10/22/2020

On the fourth Monday of each month, we welcome our friends at Yoga in Daily Life. Join us on Oct. 26 at 7:00 PM, when a yoga instructor will guide us through an hour of meditation and relaxation. More information: https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4465124

Thank you to our landscaping volunteers, helping the library grounds thrive into the Fall! Even the bees want to enjoy t...
10/19/2020

Thank you to our landscaping volunteers, helping the library grounds thrive into the Fall! Even the bees want to enjoy the last of the orange cosmos.

On Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 PM, Duncan's evening book group will meet to discuss "A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir by Kur...
10/19/2020

On Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 PM, Duncan's evening book group will meet to discuss "A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir by Kurt Eichenwald." The book covers Eichenwald's life and career with a focus on his battle with epilepsy, and is available for check out as a book or ebook from Alexandria Library. More info: https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4465128

Do you have your estate plan in order? Back by popular demand, Bryan MacAvoy of the Smolen Plevy law firm in Vienna will...
10/15/2020

Do you have your estate plan in order? Back by popular demand, Bryan MacAvoy of the Smolen Plevy law firm in Vienna will go over the basics of an estate plan with a special focus on topics surrounding health, care planning, and incapacity. Join us October 15 at 7:30 PM. More info: https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4573010

On October 14th at 7:00 PM, local Death Doula Valoria Walker presents a webinar on the significance of advanced care pla...
10/14/2020

On October 14th at 7:00 PM, local Death Doula Valoria Walker presents a webinar on the significance of advanced care planning, how to start having conversations, who is your health care agent, and why we don't plan. More info: https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4520029

Curious about Duncan Library's monthly Death Cafe? Join us October 10 at 3:00 PM to discuss all manner of topics related...
10/07/2020

Curious about Duncan Library's monthly Death Cafe? Join us October 10 at 3:00 PM to discuss all manner of topics related to death and dying. This is a group-directed discussion with no agenda, products, or objectives. Any topic related to death is fair game. More info: https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4451430

Back by popular demand! On Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:00 PM, Dr. Reed speaks about his book, Building the Federal School ...
09/28/2020

Back by popular demand! On Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7:00 PM, Dr. Reed speaks about his book, Building the Federal School House, and about how the historical experiences of racial segregation and integration continue to impact ACPS today. More information: https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4551959

Author David Stewart closes out #ConstitutionWeek with a talk on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 PM about his book "Th...
09/22/2020

Author David Stewart closes out #ConstitutionWeek with a talk on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 PM about his book "The Summer of 1787 : The Men Who Invented the Constitution." More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4525589

#ConstitutionWeek continues with Daniel Thorp, associate professor of history at Virginia Tech. Join us on Tuesday, Sept...
09/21/2020

#ConstitutionWeek continues with Daniel Thorp, associate professor of history at Virginia Tech. Join us on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00 PM for a conversation about the impact of slavery on the drafting, ratification, and interpretation of the United States’ Constitution. More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4505343

It's #ConstitutionWeek! Sheila Arnold, one of the first African-American Mount Vernon Research Fellows, speaks to her ex...
09/21/2020

It's #ConstitutionWeek! Sheila Arnold, one of the first African-American Mount Vernon Research Fellows, speaks to her experience and research at Mount Vernon Library on September 21st at 7:00 PM. More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4519504

Have you been getting overdue notices from Alexandria Library for books you've already returned? Don't sweat it! For the...
09/15/2020

Have you been getting overdue notices from Alexandria Library for books you've already returned? Don't sweat it! For the health and safety of our community, Alexandria Library is quarantining all returned items for at least seven days before checking them in. If you return an item and it hasn't been checked in, but it has been less than a week — don't worry! The item is probably still in quarantine. If the item is still on your account 7+ days after returning it, give your local branch a call to resolve the situation. You can reach the Duncan Circulation Desk at 703-746-1705.

Local ornithologist Bill Young will present on Antarctica and the wildlife there in his talk "A Million Penguins" on Mon...
09/11/2020

Local ornithologist Bill Young will present on Antarctica and the wildlife there in his talk "A Million Penguins" on Monday, September 15th at 7:00 PM. More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4431470

Do you know the name of the only woman in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Author Bob Luke will lecture on his book "...
09/08/2020

Do you know the name of the only woman in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Author Bob Luke will lecture on his book "The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues" on September 10th at 7:00 PM. More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4499599

Author and historian Henry Wiencek presents on his book, "The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White" on Septe...
09/08/2020

Author and historian Henry Wiencek presents on his book, "The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White" on September 9th at 7:00 PM. More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4517276

On September 8th at 7:00 PM, Duncan Library will host author Eugene Meyer to discuss his book "Five for Freedom: The Afr...
09/04/2020

On September 8th at 7:00 PM, Duncan Library will host author Eugene Meyer to discuss his book "Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army." More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4499623

FYI
09/02/2020

FYI

ALERT: Due to Emergency Conditions, Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library - located at 5005 Duke Street - is closed until further notice.

Yay!
08/18/2020

Yay!

Duncan Branch Library is open! Stop by your neighborhood library today! We hope to see you soon!

More info on our new hours and locations: alexlibraryva.org/reopen

#alexlibraryva #reopening

Alexandria Library
08/09/2020

Alexandria Library

Sun, August 9 at 3 p.m. (ONLINE) | Interested in being part of a book club? Join us for Black lives matter Book Club! Many people have started reading books on the subject of race in the United States. This club aims to unite individuals to discuss these works and the themes they contain. This club is for all people. More info: http://ow.ly/ZOOF50ATY5d

From the Friends volunteers who garden at Duncan: We have many kinds of milkweed, and here are two varieties — orange bu...
08/09/2020

From the Friends volunteers who garden at Duncan: We have many kinds of milkweed, and here are two varieties — orange butterfly weed and pink swamp weed.

On Wednesday, August 5th, ACPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Hutchings and Georgetown Professor Dr. Douglas Reed unpack str...
07/31/2020

On Wednesday, August 5th, ACPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory Hutchings and Georgetown Professor Dr. Douglas Reed unpack structural racism throughout the history of Alexandria’s education system. More information and registration: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4475332 #summerofsocialjustice

Looking to get involved in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election? Join Duncan Library's information session about beco...
07/30/2020

Looking to get involved in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election? Join Duncan Library's information session about becoming a poll worker on Tuesday, August 4th! You must be eligible to vote in the state of Virginia to work the polls. More information and registration: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4441918

Check out Alexandria Library's #SummerOfSocialJustice programming, including programs included in the City of Alexandria...
07/29/2020
Summer of Social Justice

Check out Alexandria Library's #SummerOfSocialJustice programming, including programs included in the City of Alexandria's 30-Days of EJI Challenge, and special interviews with African-Americans important to the library's history. https://alexandrialibraryva.wordpress.com/2020/07/29/summer-of-social-justice/

Summer of 2020 has been a difficult season for many. The murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other people of color have taken a toll on the country and brought soc…

Alexandria Library
07/28/2020

Alexandria Library

Library Executive Director, Rose T. Dawson, paying her respects to the late Congressman John Lewis by visiting memorial in downtown Washington D.C. #AlexLibraryVA #JohnLewis

Alexandria Library
07/23/2020

Alexandria Library

Fri, July 24 at 2 p.m. (ONLINE) | Are you looking for new book suggestions? Join us for our Book Buzz event! Annie Mazes of Workman Publishing will tell you all about their upcoming fall titles that you may want to check out. More info: http://ow.ly/x34L50AGh2o

Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 PM, Alexandria's elected prosecutor Bryan Porter speaks on his book The Parable of the Knocke...
07/22/2020

Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 PM, Alexandria's elected prosecutor Bryan Porter speaks on his book The Parable of the Knocker, which tells the story of Alexandria's serial killer Charles Severance. More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4352162

Tuesday, July 21: Virginia Tech professor and author Dan Thorp presents on the topic of Scotch Irish and German Westward...
07/20/2020

Tuesday, July 21: Virginia Tech professor and author Dan Thorp presents on the topic of Scotch Irish and German Westward Migration Through Virginia. More information: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4414668

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