Buy Alexandria Real Estate: Skip the Bookstore -- Skip on Over to Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Alexandria Library

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Skip the Bookstore -- Skip on Over to Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Alexandria Library

Skip the bookstoreDespite our fast-paced internet and television culture, Americans and Northern Virginians still enjoy cracking open a good book from time to time.  The book industry is a mega-billion dollar industry with giants like Barnes & Noble, Borders Books, and online behemoth Amazon.com leading the pack.  Small independent bookstores have increasingly been forced out of the market as the big bookstores add gourmet coffee shops and plush reading couches to their shops to entice the book-reading public.

 

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Alexandria LibraryHowever, if you wish to save some money and get a real sense of community, it's time to skip the bookstore and skip on over to Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Alexandria Library

 

Located at 5005 Duke Street in the West End of Alexandria, the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. library is the central library of the Alexandria City system.  Opened in January 2000, this 60,000+ square foot modern building across Duke Street from the Cameron Station neighborhood offers books, periodicals, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, internet stations, reading areas, meeting rooms and more.  

 

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Alexandria LibraryApproaching the stately entrance between a circle of tall pillars, one senses something special when entering the library. Inside the doors you are greeted by sculptures, paintings, or whatever other public art is on display during the month.  The soaring ceilings inside add grace and presence and a relaxing atmosphere for perusing the neatly laid out stacks of reading material. 

 

Kids at the libraryTo your left you'll find the extensive children's section where your kids can choose from old classics like Winnie the Pooh, Dr. Seuss, and Nancy Drew mysteries and new selections such as Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows.  Walking past the checkout counter, you'll find a multitude of public internet stations where you can surf the internet for fun, research, or work for up to 120 minutes at a time.

Further into the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Library, you'll find neatly laid out areas of interest including literature, non-fiction, instructional, reference, young adult, and in the far end are the periodicals with comfortable, relaxing chairs and couches for catching up on the latest news or reports.

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. LibraryOn any given day, you'll find Alexandrians old and young alike enjoying the library.  High school and college students congregate to quietly study and work together on their homework in the environment of the library.  Seniors enjoy reading, volunteering at the library, and relaxing away from the hustle-bustle of the D.C. area.  The library has several meeting areas that are available for community groups, companies, and individuals to rent for meetings and small functions.  You'd be hard-pressed to find a day when the parking lot at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. library isn't near capacity.  Click here for the library's schedule of events.

Want to find out what's going on around town?  Near the entrance, the library has a community bulletin board with various postings by different community organizations and local performing groups.

Just browsing and not sure what to read?  The staff of the library has produced helpful reference pamphlets to point you to some of the best reads in whatever area may interest you.  Some of their informative guides include:

  • "And the Winner Is...Award Winning Books at Beatley Central Library,"
  • "Whodunnits in History -- Fictional Works Featuring Historical Figures,"
  • "Learning English,"
  •  "Resources for Buying a Home,"
  • "Chick Lit."  -- novels dealing with love, marriage, fidelity, work & friendship, usually written by women for women.

 

Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Alexandria Library

 

 

Stop spending so much time and money at the big bookstores.  Discover and support your community. 

Skip on down to Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library today.  Get your library card and delve in.

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Comment balloon 26 commentsBrian Block • January 24 2008 05:03PM

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Gosh, I love my library too. I log on at home, reserve my books and go pick them up. We are in an expansion stage and using the Middle School. Nothing like a good book, IMO
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) about 10 years ago
Brian I have been waiting to see what you would find at your local library and it looks like you found a really nice place.  The way you describe it here and that added extra link to see the homes in the area is phenominal.  Great Post.
Posted by Linda Futral about 10 years ago

Brian.  In your area which is very densly developed the library offers so much to the community.  I have family members in Arlingon and the library on N. Quincy is always crowded.  Very popular location. 

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Brian,
What an interesting and unique building and it sounds very similar to the Belleville Public Library with what it offers to the public.  Libraries really are amazing places, when you think about it. We're very fortunate to have them in our communities.

Wonderful and very well written, thorough article.....I bet the attendance at the library goes up this week due to your blog!

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Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith about 10 years ago
Apparently we have similar tastes in photos.  Your library looks quite impressive.  Ours is very small.  Libraries are such great resources but we often forget about them in the "Amazon Age"!
Posted by Ginger Wilcox (Sindeo) about 10 years ago
I really got hooked on audio tapes for awhile and still pick up 3 or 4 from the library when I am going to be driving for several hours.  It does make the trip faster and more enjoyable.  I also shop for books at the Salvation Army located on Little River Turnpike as you can find great books for a dollar or two and no guilt about pitching it when you are finished reading.
Posted by Sandra Hughes, Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia (Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia) about 10 years ago
MISSY:  Thanks for your comment.  Libraries are wonderful places and settling down with a good book on the couch is always more comforting that straining your eyes with the television screen or computer monitor.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
LINDA:  Thanks for your comments and accolades. 
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
LENN:  I used to live just across the street from the Arlington Library in Ballston.  Another great community library.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
JO:  Thanks for your comment and for inspiring this post.  I'll have to check with them on their attendance next week. :)
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
Great post, Brian. If more people used their public libraries, local governments would have a more difficult time closing them.
Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago
GINGER:  This Central Library in the system is quite large.  The branch libraries are much smaller, but still have a lot to offer.  I've used the library meeting rooms to host homebuyer seminars in the past.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

SANDRA:  I've never thought about the Salvation Army as a place for books, but I'll check it out.  The library also sells some used books for 50 cents or a dollar.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
PATRICIA:  I'll likely be a more active library patron now myself.  Thanks for your comment.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

Funny - I was just talking with friends this week about Libraries.  The comments made were that we were "concerned" that Libraries were going away.

So many of the Libraries (at least in this city) are going to the dogs.  In the age of digital technology - do we need Libraries?

Of course we do!  So perhaps you don't need to go to the Library for the latest Janet Evanovich book; but there are some great works that a Library offers.

I can also say - that Library in Alexandria is one of the nicest Libraries I have been in - in many years. 

Posted by James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes, When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move (Real Living | At Home) about 10 years ago
Brian - You continue to be an excellent source of information for your readers who live or are thinking of living in Alexandria
Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) about 10 years ago
JAMES:  There are definitely plenty of libraries that are here to stay.  The library in Alexandria is definitely top-notch.  Shirlington Library and the Quincy Street Library in Arlington are also very good.  I understand that Fairfax County has an excellent library system as well, though I haven't been there.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
KATHY:  Thanks you for your comment and compliment.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

Brian...beautifully put together post.

Libraries are the center of so many communities. Ours in Concord is on a fund raising kick...the city has outgrown it!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) about 10 years ago
Brian - It is amazing what the Public Libraries offer, isn't it?  You post is so informative! 
Posted by Candy Henthorne, Spring Texas Real Estate (Results Realty) about 10 years ago
JOAN:  Thanks for your comments and compliment.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago
CANDY:  Yes, it really is wonderful to see everything that is offered by the public libraries.  Thanks for your comment and compliment.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

We hadn't made much use of the library until we started homeschooling. It's amazing how much you can learn with just an internet connection and a library card.

Posted by Jolynne Photography, Creative Wedding Photography, Family Portraits, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, Senior Pictures, Event Photography (Jolynne Photography) about 10 years ago
JOEY:  I'm like you.  I haven't made much use of the library since college days.  There are some wonderful resources there.
Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) about 10 years ago

Great write up on the Library... However, if you get the chance, you should review some of the used and independent bookstores that are in the area. Our used boostore (Already Read Used Books) is about two miles east of Beatley Library on Duke Street. We offer books such as out-of-print and vintage books that may not be found at the library. Plus, some books are relatively new, and we sell them at prices that are less than the big box bookstores' prices. Diane

Posted by Diane over 9 years ago

DIANE:  Thanks for your comment.  I've passed by your bookstore a gazillion times, but never stopped in.  Perhaps that will change.  I do indeed love a good used bookstore so you should expect a visit from me in the near future.

Posted by Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President) over 9 years ago

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