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To Collect, Protect, and Serve

To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia

The Library of Virginia is the oldest cultural institution in the state and the official archive (a place where history is kept) and library of the Commonwealth. In the book To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia, Archie the Archivist, Libby the Librarian, and Connie the Conservator guide young readers through a visit to the Library of Virginia.

The book lets children explore some of the Library’s most important holdings—an early copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Statute of Religious Freedom, and documents connected to famous Virginians like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and Edgar Allan Poe. They will learn how archivists, librarians, and conservators battle against the threats to historical documents like the Archival Enemies—Mildred Mold, Bartholomew B. Bug, and Liquid Lenny—to keep Virginia’s history safe for the future.

Price: $15.99. Click here to order your copy from the Virginia Shop.

To Collect, Protect, and Serve Programs at the Library of Virginia

Orient your students to primary sources and the history of Virginia’s oldest cultural institution. Using hands-on and detective-style activities that develop analytical thinking, students will learn how to identify a primary source and the stories it can reveal. Documents and themes support the Virginia Standards of Learning for grades 1 through 5, especially for Virginia Studies. For a complete list of SOL correlations, click here.

Programs are designed to last from 45 to 60 minutes, and can be tailored to review material already presented in the classroom or to anticipate forthcoming instruction. At the conclusion of the program, each student will receive a free copy of To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia.

Group size: We can accommodate up to 50 students at a time. For larger groups, it is possible to divide and rotate groups by including a tour of the Virginia State Capitol.

For reservations, please contact Adrienne Robertson at adrienne.robertson@lva.virginia.gov.

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