June 2014


Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Richmond author Kathryn Starke will join us to debut her new novel, Because of You, and speak on her transition from children's author to novelist. An urban elementary school reading specialist, literacy consultant, and keynote speaker, Starke travels to schools and organizations across the nation presenting workshops on urban literacy education for children, parents, teachers, and administrators. She was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading in 2012.
5:30–6:15 PM: Reception (wine and cheese)
6:15–7:00 PM: Book discussion and questions
7:00–7:15 PM: Book signing

Find Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Friday, June 06, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/find-your-family-history-at-the-library-of-virginia-getting-started-registration-11470046217?aff=es2&rank=1

Geared for beginners, this workshop will explore our collections and offer advice on how to organize your research. This is part of an ongoing series of workshops on researching your family history.

Mapping Inequality in Richmond Panel Discussion
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

In conjunction with the exhibition Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference, the Library of Virginia will host a panel discussion featuring John Moeser, senior fellow at the University of Richmond's Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, and Brian Koziol, from HOME. Dr. Gregg Kimball, director of public services and outreach at the Library of Virginia, will moderate the discussion. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions following the talk and will then be invited to join the panelists on a guided tour through the exhibition.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bus leaves Library of Virginia at 8:00 AM, returns at 6:00 PM

Cost: $75 for members of the Semper Virginia Society; $100 for non-members

The Library of Virginia has arranged a day trip to beautiful and historic Lexington, Virginia. Join us for a private tour of the James G. Leyburn Library at the campus of Washington and Lee University, conducted by Tom Camden, Head of Special Collections and Archives and a former staffer with the Library of Virginia. Among the collection are the Robert E. Lee Papers, the Jessie Ball duPont Papers, and the George West Diehl genealogical collection. Lunch will be on-site, followed by a tour of the Lee Chapel and Museum. We will wrap up the day at the Marshall Museum at the Virginia Military Institute. Trip fee is $75 for Semper Virginia Society members and $100 for nonmembers. Fee includes transportation, lunch, tours, and morning and afternoon refreshments. You can register online through the Virginia Shop at www.thevirginiashop.org/lexingtonvirginiadaytrip.aspx. For more information or to register call 804-692-3561.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

With its darkly candid sense of humor, Tribe: Homeroom Headhunters reveals the wilder side of middle school, where students embrace their inner animal and go native. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Lecture on the Botany of Virginia
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Donna Ware, professor emeritus at the College of William and Mary, discusses the history of botany in Virginia. Ware served on the Flora of Virginia Project's board and ontributed a chapter on the history of botanical exploration in the state, along with author Nancy Hugo Ross. She also wrote a treatment for one of the plant families. . Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition Flora of Virginia.

Rewarding Virginia's Warriors: Commemorating 70 Years of the GI Bill
Monday, June 16, 2014—Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Reading Rooms, Second Floor

The GI Bill turns 70 this year. Prior to this groundbreaking legislation being signed into law in June 1944 by President Franklin Roosevelt, postwar benefits for veterans were skimpy and spotty at best. This display of pre-World War II portions of the Library's military collection highlights Revolutionary War land bounties, petitions for pensions, and post-Civil War applications for prosthetics. Artifacts from Hanger, Inc, a prosthetic company founded by Virginian James Hanger after the Civil War will also be on display.

Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference
Monday, June 02, 2014—Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Voorhees Map Reading Room, Second Floor

Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) presents Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference, a multimedia exhibition of nine maps created using geographic information systems to display a unique history of the Richmond metro area. In this iteration of the traveling exhibit, maps from the Library of Virginia's holdings will be presented alongside the maps created by HOME's director of research, Brian Koziol. The current circumstances of Richmond's neighborhoods have roots in state and federal policies that have had lasting effects on concentrations of poverty and growth, lending patterns, homeownership, and educational outcomes for children.

Flora of Virginia

Flora of Virginia
Monday, March 17, 2014—Saturday, September 13, 2014
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free

Discover the power of the flower. Delve into Virginia's natural environment through Flora of Virginia, an exhibition featuring hundreds of colorful illustrations from the Library of Virginia's collections. Learn fun facts about Virginia's native plants. Examine the history of botanical description and illustration. Explore the personalities behind the folks who collected and described these plants. Try your hand at sketching a specimen at the drawing station. Check our Web calendar for information about exhibition-related events.

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