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June 2013

Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy

Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy
Thursday, June 06, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

In Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, author John Ragosta focuses on the importance of personal religious beliefs in shaping Thomas Jefferson's attitude toward religious freedom. Basing the idea for the First Amendment on Jefferson's vision, Ragosta redefines the views of how and why the amendment was adopted. A book signing follows the talk.


"Books on Broad" featuring Virginia Pye
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

River of Dust
This beautiful novel is set in China during the early years of the 20th century and follows a missionary's epic search for his stolen child. Join us as Virginia Pye reads from and discusses her new novel. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.


Book Signing and Reception with author Elizabeth Buhmann

Book Signing and Reception with author Elizabeth Buhmann
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Virginia Shop (Lobby Level of Library of Virginia),  Free

Join us in the Virginia Shop to celebrate the launch of Lay Death at Her Door. Author Elizabeth Buhmann will be on hand to sign copies of her debut novel, which is set in Virginia. A wine and cheese reception will begin at 5:30 PM.


Defending the Old Dominion: Virginia and Its Militia in the War of 1812

Defending the Old Dominion: Virginia and Its Militia in the War of 1812
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Churchland Branch, Portsmouth Public Library Portsmouth, Virginia,  Free, call 757-686-2538 for details.

Stuart L. Butler will discuss the effects of Virginia's politics and military on the War of 1812 within the commonwealth and the United States. Defending the Old Dominion examines the role of Virginia's militia in the War of 1812, outlining the militia's lack of preparedness, lack of adequate ordnance and arms, and how that affected its ability to defend the state against the British during the war. The author also will share the fascinating story of nearly 2,000 former slaves who fled to British ships to fight in Virginia with British forces.


Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Although Donald McCaig is a noted fiction author, his latest book, Mr. and Mrs. Dog, features the adventures of his beloved sheepdogs, June and Luke. McCaig draws on 25 years of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his—and his dogs'—unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales. As always, McCaig will share more than dog training tips. He will offer vivid recollections of cross-country trips with his first dog and stories of relocating from New York City to Bath County. Above all, he'll show the powerful connection between humans and their animal companions. A book signing follows the talk.


Arts & Culture Xpo
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Greater Richmond Convention Center - Exhibit Hall A,  
Free admission and free parking in lot at Third and Marshall


Support the Library of Virginia at the Arts & Culture Xpo! The Xpo is an explosion of the arts, history, science, and family fun for the Richmond Region. This is an annual event presented by CultureWorks that spotlights Central Virginia's non-profit arts and culture organizations. The day includes free performances and tons of opportunities to learn about membership, classes, education programs and so much more from hundreds of participating organizations. Register as a Cultural Shareholder and spend free XpoBucks at the Library of Virginia booth to support our efforts. Register at the event, or online at https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/RichmondCultureWorks/cultsha.html.


Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia

Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013—Saturday, October 05, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall,  Free

Night photography compels viewers to look at the world from a slightly different perspective. Dark Side: Night Photography In Virginia introduces us to the unique world of darkness and shadows. The exhibition surveys the many ways in which professional and amateur photographers have used their cameras over the past century to create compelling nocturnal images of the commonwealth. While it examines the materials and historic processes that made night photography possible, Dark Side, also introduces several contemporary Virginia photographers who are currently using it as an artistic medium.


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.