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January 2014

Closed
Tuesday, December 31, 2013—Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Time: Noon

The Library will be close at noon on December 31, 2013 and remain closed through January 1, 2014 for the New Year's holiday.


Establishing Religious Freedom: Virginia's Work in Progress
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

Scholar Thomas Buckley is joined by Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Jeff Shapiro and Ben Campbell, pastoral director of Richmond Hill, in a free-wheeling discussion of church-state relationships during key points in Virginia's history. Moderated by historian Brent Tarter, the panel will use Buckley's recently published book—Establishing Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Statute in Virginia—as their point of departure. This program is offered in partnership with the Council for America's Freedom. The Act for Establishing Religious Freedom in Virginia appeared to separate church and state completely. It helped shape the First Amendment and American ideas about church-state relations; but in Virginia, the law of unintended consequences repeatedly required legislative and judicial intervention for a century and a half after the act was passed. And it still does. Introductions by Randolph Wyckoff, executive director, Council for America's First Freedom.

Audio recording of book talk Video


BOOK LAUNCH: VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES

BOOK LAUNCH: VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  FREE

Virginia is for Mysteries is a collection of sixteen short stories set in the state of Virginia. All of the authors are Virginia residents as well as members of the Sisters in Crime writers group, and their stories are written with “murder” in mind. Each story features a Virginia landmark, such as the Lake Charles Lighthouse, Richmond's Old Hollywood Cemetery and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and transport readers across Virginia's rich, unique and very deadly landscape. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the book talk.


Closed
Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Library of Virginia will be closed for the inauguration of the governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.


Film Screening: Bottle Rocket

Film Screening: Bottle Rocket
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

Join us for a screening of Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, a cult classic about a trio of friends who end up hiding out in a motel. The film was co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson. In addition to being Anderson's directorial debut, Bottle Rocket was the debut feature for brothers Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson, who co-starred with James Caan and Robert Musgrave. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture.


Aministrative Offices Closed
Friday, January 17, 2014

Administrative offices closed for Lee-Jackson Day. Lobby, reading rooms, and stacks will be open.


Closed
Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Library will be closed so the reading rooms can be open Lee-Jackson and Martin Luther King Day holidays.


Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, January 20, 2014

Administrative offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Day. Lobby, reading rooms, and stacks will be open.


Inclement Weather
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Due to inclement weather, Executive Branch Agencies in the Richmond Metropolitan area, including the Library of Virginia, will open with a 2-hour delay on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.


"BOOKS ON BROAD" FEATURING SARAH KENNEDY | The Altarpiece
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Sarah Kennedy is a professor of English at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton and holds a PhD in Renaissance literature. The Altarpiece introduces us to Catherine Havens, a young nun in Henry VIII's England. Catherine has grown up knowing Henry as the "Defender of the Faith," and when he breaks up with Rome, she begins her long journey towards self-discovery. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:30 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.


Inclement Weather
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Due to inclement weather, State agencies in the Richmond Metro area including the Library of Virginia, will open with a two hour delay on Wednesday, January 29th.


No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture
Tuesday, October 15, 2013—Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery,  Free

Explore the evolution of Virginia's roadside lodging along U.S. Route 1, once the main highway for travel along the East Coast, through this exhibition of vintage and current photographs. Early and mid-20th century travelers along Route 1 stopped at camps, motor courts, roadside cottages, and motels to take a break from the hours of driving. Often locally owned, these businesses were full of the local flavor of the area. Today, in the shadows of the bright lights of the Holiday Inns, Best Westerns, and the Hiltons, the remnants of Virginia's roadside culture can still be seen through its rusted signs, overgrown lots, boarded windows, and re-purposed buildings.


The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia

The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013—Saturday, March 01, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby,  Free

Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute. This entertaining exhibition focuses on the relationships that have existed between Virginians and their pets since the advent of photography. Vintage images from the Library of Virginia's collection allow visitors to explore more than a century and a half of pet photography, including photographs from Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives. Today's visitors will be able to participate by submitting a picture of their furry loved ones to become part of the exhibition.


Virginia General Assembly in Session. Parking at the Library will be very limited.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014—Saturday, March 08, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Please note that the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest continuous law-making body in the New World, will be in session for 60 days beginning January 8. Parking for Library of Virginia patrons will be very limited during that time because construction on the Ninth Street Office Building is closing the gravel parking lot at Ninth and Broad streets.