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July 2010

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Saturday, July 03, 2010—Monday, July 05, 2010

Independence Day weekend


Backroads & Byways of Virginia: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions

Backroads & Byways of Virginia: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Bill Lohmann, a writer and columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will discuss and sign Backroads & Byways of Virginia, his new book giving readers 15 itineraries for great drives and day trips of roads less traveled. Follow the Crooked Road, a music trail; hit all the points in the historic triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown; and wend your way along the Blue Ridge Parkway through some of the loveliest scenery the region has to offer.


Curator-led Tour of The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Time: Noon–12:45 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby

Join curator Lisa Goff for an in-depth tour of the exhibition, which explores immigrants' varied stories and their contributions to the state's increasingly diverse cultural composition. RSVP by April 16 to 804-692-3901. Space is limited.


"Books on Broad" Featuring Meredith Cole
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Join us for the "Books on Broad" Book Club at the Virginia Shop, an informal gathering where Meredith Cole will speak about and read from Dead in the Water, her second mystery featuring Lydia McKenzie. McKenzie is taking portraits of prostitutes on the waterfront of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when her art project takes a deadly turn. Dead in the Water is a thrilling adventure, boasting memorable characters and a vivid setting.


The Sounds of South America: Music by Solazo
Friday, July 23, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, $10 Tickets are available through the Virginia Shop (804-692-3524)

Hailing from Chile, Argentina, and Ecuador, the four members of Solazo will offer up a unique blend of Latin folk, contemporary dance music, and soulful ballads that appeal to all ages and cultures. Their newest CD, Mindful Journeys, is an exciting compilation of original music inspired by traditional styles borrowed from Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and Ecuador. Layered with sensual Cuban rhythms and spiked with the unusual flavors of Andean sounds (panpipe, charango, and mandolin), the authentic and artful arrangements move fluidly from flamenco to mambo within the course of a single song. The band's sound is further distinguished by enchanting and pure vocal harmonies that consistently captivate. A crowd favorite at the Richmond Folk Festival, this group of immigrants currently calls Floyd County, Virginia, home. This concert is offered in conjunction with the Library of Virginia's exhibition The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People.


Money Makers: Inside the New World of Finance and Business

Money Makers: Inside the New World of Finance and Business
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Dr. Chris Howard, president of Hampden-Sydney College, a Rhodes Scholar, and recipient of the Bronze Star for Distinguished Service in Combat in Afghanistan, will discuss and sign Money Makers, a book he co-wrote with David Snider. Money Makers illuminates the often secretive industries of the private sector that drive the modern economy. Snider and Howard draw on interviews with top executives to reveal the histories, mechanics, operations and challenges of investment banking, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, management consulting, and the management of Fortune 500 companies. In today's volatile market, Money Makers is a must-read—an indispensable guide that puts the current financial world into perspective.


The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Monday, January 11, 2010—Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases

Raising his glass at a July 4th celebration in 1852, a young Irish-American resident of Richmond toasted "the land we live in; not forgetting the land we left." The sentiment reflects the history of more than four centuries of Virginia immigrants, who nurtured the traditions of their homelands even as they participated in the mainstream Virginia economy and culture. Their stories come alive in this exhibition, which explores the lives of immigrants from a wide variety of homelands who settled in every part of the state. Current debates over the treatment of illegal immigrants in the state and the nation make this a timely exhibition.


The Art of Liberty
Friday, May 07, 2010—Saturday, November 06, 2010
Place: Café Extension

This year marks the 65th anniversary of both V-E Day (Victory in Europe, May 8) and V-J Day (Victory over Japan, August 15). To commemorate the occasions and to honor those who fought overseas and on the home front, The Art of Liberty highlights a few of the WWII posters sent to the Library of Virginia as part of the Federal Depository Library program.