Saturday, September 6: Get safe with the Alexandria Police Department! They will hold their annual SafeAssured Child ID event in our atrium, where kids can give their photo, fingerprints, and all the information the PD needs to protect them. Hooray for safety! 11 am-2 pm.
Author Talia Newman will continue the lesson in safety with her book, This is My Body and These Are My Parts. 1-2pm.
Sunday, September 7: Spy novelist and 36-year CIA veteran Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest, director of the International Spy Museum, will present and sign their new book, Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, at a special release party two weeks before the book officially comes out! 2-4 pm.
From the invisibility cloak to house passwords to Fred and George Weasley's extendable ears, this book is full of spy lessons for Muggle secret-agents-in-training. Learn how to break codes, gather intelligence, read characters' motives, and why Severus Snape is the best double agent ever.
Saturday, September 13:
Talk Like a Pirate Cruise! To celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day, Hooray for Books! will board a ship down at the Potomac River Boat Company for a special story time featuring author Mary Quattlebaum and her hilarious pirate picture book, Pirate vs. Pirate
. There will be pirate games, face-painting, balloon sculpting, and more! Come dressed as a pirate for a chance to win fun prizes! 11-2 pm. For more information about itinerary and tickets, check the Potomac River Boat Company website
Monday, September 22: The motto of Alexandria Banned Books Week is 'Defend your Intellectual Freedom, and Celebrate your Right to Read!' Celebrate YOUR right to read with our presentation on censorship and children's books with lawyer Mara J. Gassman from Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP! Can't get enough banned books? The Athenaeum has additional events at their website. 7 pm.
Saturday, September 27:
Our regular story time will feature a very special guest: Bob Shea
, author of the hit Dinosaur vs.
books! He'll be reading his new picture book Dinosaur vs. School
and signing copies after story time! 10:30-11 am.
Monday, September 29: S.S. Taylor
, author theExpeditioners
series, will present and sign her new book, The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair
. 7 pm.
Kit, Zander, and M. K. West, students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences, find a mysterious map left for them by their brilliant, famous, missing explorer father. Government agents are determined to seize the maps, but why? What is really going on in an unexplored stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? As two world powers gear up for war, the siblings must follow the trail of maps right to the end, even if it means deadly danger.