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 A "Tail” of One City: All Alexandria Reads Marley & Me

The Alexandria Library invites the community to read Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, by John Grogan this spring as part of the inaugural All Alexandria Reads program. All Alexandria Reads is designed as a “one book” program that focuses on a selected book that the entire community reads and discusses. Marley & Me, a bestselling memoir, was chosen for its universal appeal to people of all ages through its themes of dogs, family, love and loss.

From April through June, all residents of Alexandria are encouraged to check out Marley & Me, and get involved in discussion groups, special events, and activities that focus on animal-based themes from the book. Extra copies of the book are available at every library in Alexandria—check out your copy today and be a part of this exciting program!      

"We're excited about all of our special events," said Renee DiPilato, Branch Manager of Duncan Library, who initiated the “one book” program. "We are especially proud to host an event that promotes local authors like Emily Yoffe, who wrote What the Dog Did.” Yoffe will be discussing her book on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at Beatley Central Library, 5005 Duke St.; her book, like Grogan's, is a humorous, nonfiction account of a rambunctious family pet.

As part of this year’s All Alexandria Reads activities, the Alexandria Library has planned a number of other spring programs featuring information on dog health, obedience, and even massage. Other program highlights include several shows where dogs will perform tricks for audiences of all ages; a reception for patrons who are visually impaired and their service dogs at the Library’s Talking Books department; and two workshops about pet adoption, sponsored by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. For a complete listing of events, visit a branch of the Alexandria Library or visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us