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Upcoming Events!

Pottery Painting 
Sunday, December 3: 2-4 pm

Spend the afternoon designing your very own ceramic mitten! Cost is $20 and it includes all materials. There are two time blocks available and sign-up is required to participate.

Session 1: 2-3 pm

Session 2: 3-4 pm


YA Author Panel: Becoming a Main Character 
Saturday, December 9: 3:30 pm

Join the discussion as Veronica Bartles (Twelve Steps), Isabel Bandeira (Dramatically Ever After), and Carrie DiRisio (Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character [Almost] as Amazing as Me) talk about writing characters that learn to shine in their own spotlights. Following the panel all three authors will sign their books. Great event for YA readers of all ages!


Meet the Author Matthew Swanson 
& Illustrator Robbi Behr
Wednesday, December 13: 5:30 pm

We welcome husband and wife duo, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr as they present and sign their new picture book, Everywhere, Wonder. In this heartfelt picture book, readers are taken on a stunning journey into the imagination of a young boy--who explores everything from the pyramids of Egypt to a dusty footprint on the moon--and then back out again to the wonderful world right in front of him. From a lost balloon to an endless road, there are stories to discover, to dream about, and to share.

Book recommended for ages 3 and up.


Meet the Author Matthew Swanson 
& Illustrator Robbi Behr
Wednesday, December 13: 6:30 pm

Husband and wife duo, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr join us for a double-header as they present and sign their new middle grade book, The Real McCoys.

Bold, opinionated, and haplessly self-confident, the world's greatest fourth-grade detective faces her biggest challenge! When someone kidnaps beloved school mascot Eddie the Owl, Moxie is on the case--but she's forced to fly solo now that her best friend (and crime-solving partner) has moved away.

Moxie must interview her classmates--both as potential new best friends and as possible suspects. She finds clues and points fingers but can't save the owl on her own. Enter Moxie's little brother, Milton. Quiet, cautious, and boring as a butter knife, he's a good listener.

Can the Real McCoys form an unlikely alliance and solve the crime of the century?

Book recommended for ages 8 and up.


Meet the Author Pamela Ehrenberg:
A Hanukkah Story Time
Sunday, December 17: 3:30 pm

Meet Pamela Ehrenberg, author of the new PJ Library® book, The Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas. Join us for a special story time and book signing, followed by crafts and vegetarian Indian snacks from Namaste in Alexandria (a non-kosher restaurant). Your $25 ticket gets you a copy of the book as well as take-home goodies!

Best for ages 3 and up. 

Brought to you by PJ Library, Federation’s Jewish Food Experience®, JCCNV’s Growing Jewish Families, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Hooray for Books!

Click here to purchase a ticket.



Two Chances to Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus
Saturday, November 25: 12-3 pm
Sunday, December 17: 12-3 pm

Come experience the magic of the holidays with Santa and Mrs. Claus! By donating a Hooray for Books! gift card, you can reserve a five-minute slot for your child(ren) to meet with Santa. Your donation will allow our staff to select books, toys, and games to give to the Alexandria Domestic Violence Program’s Holiday Party. The ADVP expects more than 100 families to participate.

Your gift card donation can be as small or as large as you like, but the bigger, the better! To thank you for donating a gift card of $100 or more, you’ll be invited to an exclusive pre-inventory sale on Monday, Jan. 1, including breakfast treats and 40% off everything in the bookstore!

A photographer from the local studio Tisara Photography has been invited to take pictures for you at these events. You also may take your own photographs.

This event is brought to you in part by Visit Alexandria.


Upcoming Book Fairs

12/1 - 12/3: T.C. Williams High School English Department & Alexandria Tutoring Consortium

How Does It Works?

Hooray for Books! will donate 20% of your purchases during these shopping days to the school. Anyone can dedicate their purchases toward the school. Just mention the school name when checking out at the register or by phone. Shopping local supports your community!


Book Clubs for Adults

Remember, you receive 20% off these titles when purchasing them for one of our book clubs!


Adults Book Club Pick

Wednesday, December 6 at 7 pm

How to Be a Muslim by Haroon Moghul

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Haroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, before interfaith audiences, in print. Moghul was becoming a prominent voice for American Muslims even as he struggled with his relationship to Islam. To be true to himself, he needed to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his beliefs and personality. How to Be a Muslim reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder.  



"A book, too, can be a star...a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." -- Madeleine L'Engle

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