I love our little of the Alexandria Public Library. I think it's one of the great unsung heroes of our town. With book fairs and the summertime Kids Quest program, there's always something cooking.
September kicks off the library's back-to-normal story time schedule, which is a fun way for local parents and kids to meet up. On Mondays, there is a storytime geared for babies only (0-11 months) at 11 a.m. Ages 1 to 4 can come on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. for stories and songs, which is perfect for siblings. On Thursdays, children ages 12 to 24 months have Mother Goose Time at 10 a.m., and ages 3 to 5 can come on their own for storytime at 11 a.m.
They also have occasional foreign language story times, and bedtime stories for pajama-clad kids ages 3 to 7 (the next is Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.). A master calendar of all branch activities is available online or you can pick up a Duncan-only calendar on site.
Aside from the events, I have found the library to be an awesome spot to just hang out. My kids love crawling into the rocking chairs and snuggling with Elmo and Winnie the Pooh while I read to them.
For the grownups, I am in love with the book club kits. They set you up with books and discussion questions. You add wine, cheese and friends. Just like that, you have a budget social life.
Some other free storytimes in the area include Friday mornings at 10 a.m. at in Old Town, and Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. at the .
My advice for all storytimes is to show up at least 15 to 20 minutes early.