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October 2017

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Closed for Columbus Day


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). Registration required: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.


ART MEETS LITERATURE: THE MARY LYNN KOTZ AWARD
Friday, October 13, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center, $8 ($5 for Semper Virginia Society members & VMFA members)

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts present the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. Join us for a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the program. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Closed to prepare for annual Literary Awards celebration


LITERARY LUNCHEON
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Greater Richmond Convention Center, $65 ($55 for Semper Virginia Society members)

The Library of Virginia's 2017 Literary Luncheon features a question-and-answer session with this year's Literary Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, David Baldacci, as well as medal presentations for Literary Award finalists. Baldacci and some finalists will be available for book signings after the luncheon. This event is held in association with the 2017 James River Writers Conference. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.


LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA LITERARY AWARDS CELEBRATION
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM–10:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, $175

The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Awards Celebration will feature Lifetime Achievement Award honoree David Baldacci. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, presentation, and open bar. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.


WORKSHOP
Sparks for Creative Expression in the Library’s Collections

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $30 ($25 for Semper Virginia Society members and students)

Registration required: https://sparksforcreativeexpression.eventbrite.com
Want to add mystery, suspense, or wonder to your October? Find sparks for spellbinding stories, poems, films, or other creative arts by examining artifacts and documents related to the Teetotalers & Moonshiners exhibition, coroner’s reports detailing acts of murder and mayhem, freedom suits that reveal tenacious fights for justice decades before the Civil War, and more. In this workshop led by poet-librarian Wendy DeGroat, you’ll see original documents up close, learn how to find and access digitized records, discuss guidelines for ethical use of sources, and kindle your imagination—all in the company of creatives like you. Feel free to bring a laptop or tablet if you’d like (not required). Both emerging and experienced writers and artists are welcome. Minimum age is 16. This is the first in a three-part series, with more workshops to come in 2018. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). Registration required: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.


EXHIBITION
Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

Monday, April 03, 2017—Saturday, December 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

Which Virginia county is the Moonshine Capital of the World? The Library of Virginia's upcoming exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, will reveal that and more as it explores the impact of Prohibition on the Old Dominion. On November 1, 1916, Virginia's breweries and distilleries closed their doors as the state began a grand experiment in Prohibition. From that date until 1933, state inspectors and federal agents attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty populace. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills will complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. This exhibition is supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.


EXHIBITION
Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017—Saturday, December 30, 2017
Place: Second Floor Reading Rooms, Free

Created by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries documents the home canning industry developed by local farmers that supplied vegetables and fruits to the commonwealth’s increasingly urban population for more than 50 years. These rural canneries were small operations that also provided cash wages for rural residents. Counties along Virginia’s central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries, such as Botetourt County, which was home to 193 of them in 1915. The exhibition features colorful and eye-catching labels–on graphic panels as well as on a pyramid of actual cans–many of which were created by the Piedmont Label Company (now Smyth Companies), of Bedford, which donated approximately 10,000 of its pre-1960 labels to the Blue Ridge Institute in 2014.