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

Operating as usual

Alexandria’s elected prosecutor Bryan Porter will discuss his book Parable of the Knocker - about the capture and prosec...
04/12/2021

Alexandria’s elected prosecutor Bryan Porter will discuss his book Parable of the Knocker - about the capture and prosecution of Alexandria’s notorious, serial killer Charles Severance – April 15 at 7p. Register: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4698781

Alexandria’s elected prosecutor Bryan Porter will discuss his book Parable of the Knocker - about the capture and prosecution of Alexandria’s notorious, serial killer Charles Severance – April 15 at 7p. Register: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4698781

: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4698785Ever wonder if you’ve got what it takes to self-publish?  Hear what local author...
04/07/2021

: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4698785

Ever wonder if you’ve got what it takes to self-publish? Hear what local author Serena Wills has to say April 13 at 7p when she talks about the different self-publishing platforms, and what should happen once you publish your first book. Make a list of questions you have and register here http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4698785.
@serenawills

: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4698785

Ever wonder if you’ve got what it takes to self-publish? Hear what local author Serena Wills has to say April 13 at 7p when she talks about the different self-publishing platforms, and what should happen once you publish your first book. Make a list of questions you have and register here http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4698785.
@serenawills

How are California’s wildfires fueled by the growing climate crisis? Author Bill Young will lead a Duncan Library virtua...
04/02/2021

How are California’s wildfires fueled by the growing climate crisis? Author Bill Young will lead a Duncan Library virtual discussion April 8 at 7pm about the devastating effects of climate change and how bigger and wilder fire seasons impact the environment. Please register to attend: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4752452

How are California’s wildfires fueled by the growing climate crisis? Author Bill Young will lead a Duncan Library virtual discussion April 8 at 7pm about the devastating effects of climate change and how bigger and wilder fire seasons impact the environment. Please register to attend: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4752452

Want to read a great book and discuss it with others? Check out The Library Book by Susan Orlean. One reviewer wrote, “i...
04/02/2021

Want to read a great book and discuss it with others? Check out The Library Book by Susan Orlean. One reviewer wrote, “it is a treatise on the value of our public libraries, the most democratic spaces in our country.” Find out at http://alexlibraryva.org/aar what programs All Alexandria Reads plans for The Library Book.

Want to read a great book and discuss it with others? Check out The Library Book by Susan Orlean. One reviewer wrote, “it is a treatise on the value of our public libraries, the most democratic spaces in our country.” Find out at http://alexlibraryva.org/aar what programs All Alexandria Reads plans for The Library Book.

It's time to get your Scribble Book Club Book! Our March selection is "Under the Egg" by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. This vir...
03/15/2021

It's time to get your Scribble Book Club Book! Our March selection is "Under the Egg" by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. This virtual book club is for kids in grades 2-5. For discussion dates and info on how to get your copy, visit http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4862260

The Duncan Branch is slowly opening for book business! New hours kick off the week of March 15 - Mon: closedTues: 11a – ...
03/15/2021

The Duncan Branch is slowly opening for book business! New hours kick off the week of March 15 -

Mon: closed
Tues: 11a – 7p
Wed: closed
Thurs: 11a -7p
Fri: curbside only
Sat: 11a – 5p
Sun: closed

Everyone over 5 must wear a mask! Curbside is still available. PLEASE NO BOOK DONATIONS YET!!

If you like talking about stolen rare books over legal thrillers def join The Afternoon Book Group tomorrow March 4 @ 1:...
03/03/2021

If you like talking about stolen rare books over legal thrillers def join The Afternoon Book Group tomorrow March 4 @ 1:30p when they discuss John Grisham's Camino Island. Register: https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4654185

Expand you knowledge about the #Oscars when you join Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.  Feb 24 at 7 pm for a virtual discuss...
02/24/2021

Expand you knowledge about the #Oscars when you join Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. Feb 24 at 7 pm for a virtual discussion about his book "Black Oscars." Dr. G will draw on American, African American and film history to reflect on how the Oscars have recognized black actors from the award’s inception to the present. Register:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FSiLCKFFRKKK-7_5d4akFQ

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What is there to ❤️about the Duncan Library? Only 8 days left of Library Lovers Month so tell us why you ❤️ Duncan.
02/20/2021

What is there to ❤️about the Duncan Library? Only 8 days left of Library Lovers Month so tell us why you ❤️ Duncan.

Get the latest scoop on George Washington & Abe Lincoln from WaPo reporter and Presidential podcast creator @lily_cunnin...
02/18/2021

Get the latest scoop on George Washington & Abe Lincoln from WaPo reporter and Presidential podcast creator @lily_cunninghan who will share her insights about #1 and #16 during a Duncan Library virtual event Feb. 22 at 7p. Register at : http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4860076

Who is the most famous man you might never have heard of? Find out 2/19 when The Smithsonian American Art Museum virtual...
02/15/2021

Who is the most famous man you might never have heard of? Find out 2/19 when The Smithsonian American Art Museum virtually explores the works of a superstar in its special exhibition “Alexander Von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture.” An @americanart docent will lead the lecture and audience Q&A. Register: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4797415

Confused? Don't be. Alexandria Libraries will be closed Monday 2/15 in observance of President's Day. But you can still ...
02/13/2021

Confused? Don't be. Alexandria Libraries will be closed Monday 2/15 in observance of President's Day. But you can still use the library website, check out e-materials, and view recorded programs on the library's YouTube page. Normal curbside operations resume Tuesday 2/16.

The Duncan Book Group will meet virtually Wednesday, February 17, to discuss Michelle Obama's bestselling book, "Becomin...
02/11/2021

The Duncan Book Group will meet virtually Wednesday, February 17, to discuss Michelle Obama's bestselling book, "Becoming." All are welcome. Please register in advance: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4654192

Sheila Arnold returns to Duncan Library! On Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 PM, Miss Sheila will appear (virtually) in ...
02/06/2021

Sheila Arnold returns to Duncan Library! On Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 PM, Miss Sheila will appear (virtually) in character as Madame CJ Walker to talk about her life, business and her fight against segregation. Register in advance: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4711060

Our friends at Yoga in Daily Life Alexandria will join us for Monthly Meditation on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM. ...
01/21/2021

Our friends at Yoga in Daily Life Alexandria will join us for Monthly Meditation on Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:00 PM. This virtual class is free and open to everyone. Register online at http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4672430

Join the Duncan Book Group on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00 PM as we discuss "The Secrets We Kept" by Lara Prescott. Nev...
01/12/2021

Join the Duncan Book Group on Tuesday, January 19th at 7:00 PM as we discuss "The Secrets We Kept" by Lara Prescott. Never joined us before? No problem--all are welcome! Register online at: http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4654193

Join us for the next Friends of Duncan Library Board meeting, Jan. 11, 2021, at 7pm, where we talk about library operati...
01/10/2021

Join us for the next Friends of Duncan Library Board meeting, Jan. 11, 2021, at 7pm, where we talk about library operations, budgeting for library materials, and upcoming projects. Get your Zoom link by registering here: https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4657258

Looking for a way to give back this holiday? Consider a gift membership or a gift donation to the Friends of Duncan Libr...
12/10/2020

Looking for a way to give back this holiday? Consider a gift membership or a gift donation to the Friends of Duncan Library, which supports library materials, programs and activities. Online donations are easy, and you can download a certificate to email or print for your gift recipient. Makes a great stocking stuffer! Start now at https://www.friendsofduncanlibrary.org/donations/

The Alexandria Library is excited to announce that we will offer free academic resources and online tutoring from Tutor....
12/08/2020

The Alexandria Library is excited to announce that we will offer free academic resources and online tutoring from Tutor.com! Join our digital services librarian on Tuesday, December 15th to learn how to make the most of this new e-resource. https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4708382

Give the gift of book recommendations! The Duncan Book Group is having a holiday get together on December 16th, and you'...
12/07/2020

Give the gift of book recommendations! The Duncan Book Group is having a holiday get together on December 16th, and you're invited! Join us via Zoom armed with your favorite title you read this year. Register http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4662309

Announcement from Alexandria Library: Due to the upward trend of positive COVID-19 cases and increasing risk of transmis...
12/03/2020

Announcement from Alexandria Library: Due to the upward trend of positive COVID-19 cases and increasing risk of transmission in Alexandria and its surrounding jurisdictions, Alexandria Library will resume its Phase 2 curbside-only and virtual services until further notice effective Monday, December 7. (This means no patrons inside the branches.) Schedule your curbside pickups here: https://alexlibraryva.org/curbside

It's #GivingTuesday! Show your support for Duncan Library by donating to the Friends of Duncan Library, which supports l...
12/01/2020

It's #GivingTuesday! Show your support for Duncan Library by donating to the Friends of Duncan Library, which supports library materials, programs and activities. Online donations and memberships — whether for you or as a gift — are easy. Plus, you can download a certificate to email or print for your gift recipient. Start now at https://www.friendsofduncanlibrary.org/donations/

Looking for a way to give back this holiday? Consider a gift membership or a gift donation to the Friends of Duncan Libr...
11/30/2020

Looking for a way to give back this holiday? Consider a gift membership or a gift donation to the Friends of Duncan Library, which supports library materials, programs and activities. Online donations are easy, and you can download a certificate to email or print for your gift recipient. Makes a great stocking stuffer! Start now at https://www.friendsofduncanlibrary.org/donations/

Time for some holiday baking! On December 6th, Amy Duvall of @frompoliticstopastry will teach you how to make Italian Al...
11/30/2020

Time for some holiday baking! On December 6th, Amy Duvall of @frompoliticstopastry will teach you how to make Italian Almond Cookies. Bake along at home, and have Amy troubleshoot any issues and answer your questions. For registration and an ingredient list, visit http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4669207

Happy Thanksgiving! The library will be closed to the public on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. We ar...
11/23/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! The library will be closed to the public on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. We are back in the building on Saturday!

The Friends of Duncan Library Board has an opening for Secretary. This role is a voting member of the board, creates age...
11/17/2020

The Friends of Duncan Library Board has an opening for Secretary. This role is a voting member of the board, creates agendas for monthly board meetings, takes notes and distributes minutes. Want to find out more? Email [email protected] or join our next board meeting on Dec. 14. https://alexlibraryva.org/event/4465137

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

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