The 2015 UCI Road World Championships are coming to Richmond, September 19-27. The courses will pass in front of the Library and will affect Library access. The Library’s lobby, exhibition, and the Virginia Shop will be open; the reading rooms and parking deck will be closed from September 21 through 25 and the entire Library will be closed on September 26. Please check our online calendar and for more details.

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September 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013—Monday, September 02, 2013

The Library will be closed for the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

Shape Note Singing Lecture and Performance
Friday, September 06, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

In conjunction with First Fridays, John Del Re and Kelly Macklin—who are recognized as master shape note singers by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities—will present a lecture and demonstration on the history and "how-to's" of shape note singing and then invite the audience to join in.

Book Launch: Brotherhood by Anne Westrick

Book Launch: Brotherhood by Anne Westrick
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Join us for the launch of Anne Westrick's debut, Brotherhood, a young-adult novel set in Virginia in 1867. The book highlights an often-overlooked period in American history, post–Civil War Reconstruction, and explores the social and economic upheaval created by the war. Reception (wine and cheese) with the author, 5:30–6:00 PM; author talk and reading, 6:00–7:00 PM; and book signing, 7:00–7:30 PM.

"Books on Broad" featuring Dr. Barbara A. Perry
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Dr. Perry is a senior fellow at the University of Virginia Miller Center and is an acknowledged expert on the Kennedy administration. Her new biography, Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch provides previously unexplored insights into the life and personality of Rose Kennedy. 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 Launch: The Grandees of Government by Brent Tarter

Book Launch: The Grandees of Government by Brent Tarter
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Historian Brent Tarter offers an extended commentary based in primary sources on how undemocratic institutions and ideas arose, and how they were both perpetuated and challenged within America's so-called democracy. A book signing follows the talk.

Audio recording of book talk Video

Slatten Lecture featuring Dr. John Philip Colletta
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM–3:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Fee, $35 for FVSA members, $50 nonmembers

Join the Friends of the Virginia State Archives on September 28 to welcome Dr. John Colletta as speaker at the 14th annual Richard Slatten Lecture. For more information, please e-mail SlattenLecture2013@gmail.

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.