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May 2013

Barbara Johns: The Making of an Icon A Documentary Film by Fabrice Chiambretto
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall and Capitol Square,  Free

This film by French filmmaker Fabrice Chiambretto follows the creation of the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial, unveiled on Richmond's Capitol Square in 2008. It also tells the story behind the memorial: the 1951 Moton High School Student Strike led by 16-year-old Barbara Rose Johns in Farmville, Virginia. The students' courageous actions catapulted Prince Edward County into the center of the U.S. civil rights movement and ultimately resulted in the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board decision outlawing racial segregation in America's public schools. A tour of the memorial with individuals directly related to the strike will conclude the evening. The film is presented in partnership with the Robert Russa Moton Museum. This program complements the Library's latest exhibition, You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Thanks to our programming sponsors: Style Weekly (media) and Middleburg Trust Company (education).


Second Annual Library of Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair

Second Annual Library of Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair
Friday, May 03, 2013—Saturday, May 04, 2013
Place: Library of Virginia Lobby

In conjunction with the Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and the support of the Southeast Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America, the Library of Virginia will host the commonwealth's premier rare book event featuring over 40 of the region's finest dealers in mass-market titles, rare books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera. Items are available for every wallet and interest!

Friday, May 3, 2013
Noon–8:00 PM with evening wine reception 5:30–7:30 PM

Saturday, May 4, 2013
9:00 AM–3:00 PM


State Record Center Reading Room Late Opening
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Due to a Library of Virginia all-staff meeting, the State Records Center Reading Room will open at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.


Poetic Principles Featuring Lisa Russ Spaar and Kelly Cherry
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Poetic Principles at the Library of Virginia celebrates the diversity and strength of poetry being written in Virginia. This evening features poetry from central Virginia, in particular—which has been supported by the generosity of Carole Weinstein—with a reading of recent work by Lisa Russ Spaar and Kelly Cherry, the most recent winners of the Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry. Spaar, the author of three books of poetry, has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. Her latest book of poetry is Vanitas, Rough. Cherry has authored numerous books of poetry, fiction, and essays, including a new collection of poems, The Life and Death of Poetry, appearing this spring from LSU Press. She has also served as Poet Laureate of Virginia.


"Books on Broad" featuring Jonathan Coleman
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Coleman has collaborated with LA Lakers legend Jerry West (whose NBA-logo silhouette is recognizable to millions) to produce a sports memoir like none other. Coleman's book explores West's difficult childhood in West Virginia through his incredible success as general manager of the Lakers. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

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David Baldacci: Researching Law and Justice in a Novel Way
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

Since release of Absolute Power in 1996, attorney and best-selling Virginia author David Baldacci has thrilled readers with suspenseful, fast-paced stories of politicians, assassins, and government agents. Baldacci will discuss and answer questions about how he researches and uses contemporary legal issues in his novels. Laws are not perfect and there are occasional breakdowns where justice is not necessarily served, as his novels prove. This program complements the Library's latest exhibition, You Have No Right: Law and Justice in Virginia. Style Weekly is the media sponsor for programming for this exhibition.


You Have No Right: Law and Justice
Monday, September 24, 2012—Saturday, May 18, 2013
Place: Exhibition Hall,  Free

Using Virginia cases—and the stories of the people behind them—You Have No Right: Law and Justice will demonstrate how the law affects individuals directly and how people have used the law to achieve political and social goals. Using original records and electronic resources to convey the themes of human rights, citizenship, and the rule of law in a lively and engaging presentation, visitors will explore questions about citizenship, marriage rights, eminent domain, and why prosecutors have to prove guilt and defense lawyers don't have to prove innocence.


The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys by Dean King

The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys by Dean King
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Americans have long been fascinated with the story of the Hatfields and McCoys, much of it sensationalized. Dean King's book attempts to set the record straight by using previously unknown or ignored documents. The story begins before the feud and describes the influence the Civil War had on the relationship between these two families. A book signing follows the talk.

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Panel Discussion: Overcoming Adversity
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Central Rappahannock Public Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg,  Free, 540.372.1144

The lives of two of the Library of Virginia and Dominion's Strong Men and Women in Virginia History—Xavier Richardson and Robert Russa Moton—are explored as examples of men who have overcome adversity and achieved great success in their respective eras.


Closed
Saturday, May 25, 2013—Monday, May 27, 2013

The Library will be closed for Memorial Day Holiday weekend.