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December 2017

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.


A TALK BY FILMMAKER JAMIE S. ROSS<br>At the Common Table: Food, People, and Place in the American South

A TALK BY FILMMAKER JAMIE S. ROSS
At the Common Table: Food, People, and Place in the American South

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free, with a suggested donation of one item for our Fall Food Drive benefitting FeedMore

Join filmmaker Jamie S. Ross, a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow and director of Red Dirt Productions, as she talks about her upcoming film, At the Common Table, which traces the path of southern foods across the miles and centuries. By delving deeply into the core cuisine of the South, the film explores the creativity and ingenuity of those at the bottom rung of southern society—enslaved Africans, dispossessed Native Americans, and landless European laborers. Ross is the producer of APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People—a PBS film series that chronicles the history of one the oldest mountain ranges on earth and the diverse peoples who have inhabited them. This talk complements the exhibition Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries, which runs through December 30, 2017, in the Library’s second-floor reading rooms and our Fall Food Drive benefitting FeedMore. Donate a food item and we’ll waive any fines or fees you owe the Library (through December 15, 2017).


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, December 06, 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.


FALL FOOD DRIVE
Donate Food Items Here for FeedMore

Wednesday, November 01, 2017—Friday, December 15, 2017
Place: Circulation Desk & at Events

Coming to the Library this fall? Please donate to our Fall Food Drive! Help feed our community and visit our “Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries” exhibition while you’re here. Donate a food item and we’ll waive any fines or fees you owe the Library! Donation boxes can be found near the Circulation Desk and at the entrance of events. According to Central Virginia’s FeedMore organization, most-needed items include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, and low-sodium vegetables.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, December 16, 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.


Closed
Friday, December 22, 2017—Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Closed from noon on December 22 through December 26 for the Christmas holiday


SRC Reading Room Closed
Wednesday, December 27, 2017—Thursday, December 28, 2017

The State Records Center Reading Room will be closed on Wednesday, December 27th and Thursday, December 28th.


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.


Closed
Saturday, December 30, 2017—Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Closed for the New Year's Day holiday