Kids Summer Reading Programs in June
Teen Water Bottle Rockets: Tues., June 6 at 3PM
Kids Movie Day: Thursday, June 15 at 3:15PM
Summer Toddler and Story Times begin June 14
Adult & Teen Photo Contest
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Adult Summer Reading

June 5 – July 24, 2017

Adults have a reading program too! Prize drawings held weekly – earn one chance for each book (or audio book) read this summer. Stop in the library for more details.



Teen & Adult Photo Contest

“Build a Better World” Through the Eye of a Lens!

build4The Alexandria Public Library is sponsoring a photo contest as part of our summer reading program. This contest is open to all our adults as well as our young adults (6th grade and older). Photos need to be submitted as .jpg via email to and must be taken by the participant.

If you are having difficulty sending us your photo, please bring your camera or phone to our front desk staff. Photos will be printed on 4X6″ photo paper and displayed  throughout the library as well as on our social media (our website, Facebook and Instagram). Winners will be decided by popular vote! Patrons can easily vote for best in each category and for overall winners online or by visiting the library.

Submit from the following categories:

  1. Structures: buildings, technology, bridges, machine-driven mechanisms, equipment;
  2. Photographer’s Choice: open to a photo of choice;
  3. Nature: flora/fauna found in nature; and
  4. Travel: anywhere in the world.

Rules for submitting entries:

  1. Each entry must include the following: photographer’s name; title of photo; category (see above choices); email address and phone number. Teens please include your age/grade.
  2. Only the title of photo, category letter and identity number will be displayed with the photo.
  3. First, second and third place winners in each category will be awarded ribbons.
  4. Overall winner for teens and overall winner for adults will be awarded an gift card.
  5. A maximum of one entry per category per participant will be accepted.
  6. Photos need to be appropriate for viewers of all ages and the library reserves the right to refuse photos that do not meet contest criteria.

Contest timeline:

  1. Photo submissions will be accepted from May 22 – June 19, 2017.
  2. Display and voting will take place from July 3 – 15, 2017.
  3. Winners will be announced on MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017.

Good luck and may the best photos win!


 Friends_LogoBecome a Friend of the Library!

Our Friends are a group of interested patrons who plan programs for the library. They meet in June to plan programs for the year. The group helps with the book sales, Beggar’s Night, and adult-based programming throughout the year. Anyone is welcome to become a volunteer and help with the library activities. For more information, email Denise at, see any staff member, or download the Friends Member Form.




Kurtz Brothers, Alexandria, donated the materials and time to add gravel to the library’s parking lot today.
NO MORE icy patches and knee deep puddles.



IMG_20151020_174936_281 Operation Round Up Grant Received to Repair Historic Bell

The Historical Society of Alexandria installed the Congregational Church bell on the lawn of the Alexandria Public Library in 1976. The base was built of cement and brick, unfortunately, the base did not withstand the test of time or the weather. Neither the Historical Society nor Congregational Church exists today; no funds were saved for any future care of the monument.

IMG_20151201_145139_500In 2005 The Energy Cooperative’s Board of Directors adopted a community service program called Operation Round Up. The program “rounds up” a member’s bill to the nearest dollar and that amount (which is completely tax deductible) is donated to local charities in their service area. Operation Round Up approved a grant in the amount of $1800 toward the repair and replacement of the bell base.The work is now completed and the bell is in great shape for future generations of our community to enjoy. Please take a moment to visit the library’s front lawn and appreciate the Energy Cooperative Operation Round Up foundation’s generosity.  Included are pictures of before and after.



Library Golden Anniversary, 1985

The Alexandria Library celebrated its Golden Anniversary. Pictured left to right are Helen Dumbauld, Margaret Herreman, Priscilla Horn, Robert Nichols, Deirdre Schedwin and Linda Schneider. ©1985

Priscilla Horn,
Fiscal Officer Retires

Mrs. Priscilla Horn, Fiscal Officer for the library since 1967, retired on June 30, 2015. Her tireless, behind-the-scenes efforts enabling the library to be a sustainable, vibrant gathering spot for everyone, are greatly appreciated by the Board of Trustees and library staff. Mrs. Horn will continue to serve the library as a Trustee.

Thank you, Miss Priscilla for taking such great care of us!




Memorial Chair Donated

The members of the Alexandria Homemakers Club have generously donated a cozy reading chair in memory of former Homemaker, friend and longtime library patron, Mrs. Jo Budd. Their donation is a wonderful gift that all our library visitors will enjoy. The oversize chair (perfect for reading) is located in the nook near our newspapers and magazines. Thank you, Homemakers!