July 2018

Closed
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Closed for Independence Day holiday


NEW BOOK CLUB!<br>Literary Virginia Book Group

NEW BOOK CLUB!
Literary Virginia Book Group

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Orientation Room, Free

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and nominees in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join us for a book discussion with light refreshments, additional historical context, and even occasional author visits. Discuss June's book, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere by John Gregory Brown (2017's fiction award winner), and pick up July's book: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (2017's nonfiction award winner). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Network Training Center

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).


INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP
How to Trace Your Virginia Roots

Friday, July 13, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Preregistration required: https://virginiaroots2018.eventbrite.com
Library of Virginia reference archivists Amanda Morrell and Tricia Noel and reference services librarian Sarah Huggins introduce you to the types of records in the Library's collections and help you get started with your Virginia-based genealogical research. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.


EXHIBITION-RELATED BOOK TALK WITH ROSEMARY THORNTON
Penniman: Virginia's Own Ghost City

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Join author Rosemary Thornton as she discusses her new book, Penniman: Virginia's Own Ghost City. If you've never heard of Penniman, you're not alone. It's a lost chapter of Virginia history. Located on the York River between Williamsburg and Yorktown, Penniman was the site of a DuPont munitions plant that produced artillery shells for World War I in 1918. At its peak, it had 15,000 inhabitants, many of whom lived in newly built Sears Modern Homes, catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck, and Company. The predominantly female workforce loaded TNT into 2.8 million shells. When the war ended, so did the town.

Within the pages of this fascinating story, you'll learn about:
• German espionage at Penniman
• Why the Great Atlantic Fleet remained anchored in the York River–at the town's front door
• Why 90 percent of plant's shell-loaders were female
• What happened to Penniman's houses

A book signing follows the talk. This event complements the Library's exhibition True Sons of Freedom. The Richmond Times-Dispatch is media sponsor for our book talks. Additional funding provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Virginia Authors and the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, July 28, 2018
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center

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).


ANNE & RYLAND BROWN TEACHER INSTITUTE
Immigration in Virginia: Democracy, Diversity, and Opportunity

Wednesday, August 01, 2018—Friday, August 03, 2018
Place: Conference Rooms

Preregistration required: http://edu.lva.virginia.gov/brown/brown-institute/

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year's three-day Teacher Institute, presented in collaboration with Virginia Humanities and with support from the 2019 Commemoration. The ninth annual Brown Teacher Institute will examine the implications of immigration and the experiences of immigrants as they come to Virginia, focusing on the themes of democracy, diversity, and opportunity. The event features remarks by keynote speaker Atif Qarni, Virginia's secretary of education. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in their classrooms, discover new digital resources, and learn about the lives of immigrant and refugee students and their families in anticipation of the Library's upcoming exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond, on display December 10, 2018–November 23, 2019. Free to attendees, with continuing education credits offered.


EXHIBITION
True Sons of Freedom

Tuesday, January 16, 2018—Friday, November 09, 2018
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.

For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.



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