June 2016

Online Genealogy Resources
Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon, Fee: $15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)

While not everything is available online, you can still get a start on your Virginia genealogy research by using the internet. Join Library of Virginia archivists to explore the online world of genealogy research through the Library's website and academic databases. Your experience will be enhanced if you have already signed up for a Library of Virginia card, which you can do at the Library circulation desk the morning before the class. For registration and more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/LoVGenWrkshp.

Parking Deck Closed
Friday, June 10, 2016—Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM–1:00 PM

The Library of Virginia's parking deck will be closed to the public on Monday, June 13, until 1:00 PM. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Panel Discussion: Religious Diversity and Immigration in Virginia

Panel Discussion: Religious Diversity and Immigration in Virginia
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free, but registration required. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/religious-diversity-and-immigration-in-virginia-tickets-23115485038

As a complement to First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom, the Library will partner with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities to host a panel discussion exploring the intersection of religious freedom and immigration, focusing on how the concept of religious freedom informs or influences an immigrant's perceptions of citizenship. Aprilfaye Manalang, a sociologist and assistant professor in the Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Norfolk State University, will serve as moderator for a group of panelists representing the Asian Indian, Muslim, and Latino communities in the metro Richmond area. A native of Mumbai, India, Rumy Mohta completed graduate studies in chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University and is CEO of Atlas Branding and Communications. A practicing Zoroastrian, he is married to a Catholic. Dr. Imad Damaj is a pharmacology professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of Lebanon and a Muslim, Dr. Damaj is the president and founder of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs and is involved in multiple interfaith and community organizations in the Greater Richmond area. A native of Guatemala, Oscar Contreras is a program host on Radio Poder WBTK 1380AM. This program is made possible through a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Book Talk Featuring Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness by James "Plunky" Branch
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free but registration required. http://tinyurl.com/zpcqa26

Saxophonist James "Plunky" Branch will discuss his new memoir, Plunky: Juju Jazz Funk & Oneness, in an interview with Peter Solomon, host of Jazz with Peter Solomon on WCVE 88.9 FM. A 2015 Strong Men and Women honoree, Branch has released more than 20 albums through his independent record label; worked as a studio musician, including for the hit sitcom The Cosby Show; composed hundreds of songs; and produced a documentary, Under the Radar: A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music. The talk will begin with a brief musical set from Branch. Plunky & Oneness will perform starting at 5:30 PM followed by the interview at 6:15 PM, a question-and-answer session, and a book signing.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Frree, but registration required: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.

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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016—Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Discovery CafÉ is closed.

First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Monday, April 18, 2016—Thursday, March 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.

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