September 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014—Monday, September 01, 2014

The Library of Virginia will be closed for Labor Day weekend.

Illustrated Lecture on Seeing Flowers

Illustrated Lecture on Seeing Flowers
Friday, September 05, 2014
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Llewellyn discusses his book Seeing Flowers, a visual feast that highlights more than 300 garden flowers through the use of large macrophotographs.

Personal Histories: Civil Rights in Black and White
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, FREE

Dr. Edward H. Peeples Jr. (author, civil rights activist, and associate professor emeritus of preventive medicine and community health at Virginia Commonwealth University) and Dr. Carmen Foster (organizational leadership consultant and educational historian) will take part in a lively panel discussion about their involvement in the Massive Resistance movement in Richmond during the civil rights era. Retired Judge James W. Benton Jr. will moderate the discussion.

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.

Ask A Curator Day on Twitter

Ask A Curator Day on Twitter
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

On September 17, 2014 you'll be able ask curators from cultural institutions around the world questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskACurator. They can be inquiries about collections, processes, personal favorites, or the field as a whole. Questions can be directed to specific institutions, or you can just use the hashtag and see who responds from around the world. In 2013, 622 museums participated in 37 countries with a total of 26,000 tweets. We'll be participating again this year with an enlarged panel of LVA specialists to field questions throughout the day. We're here to open a window onto our process and the brains behind what the public sees. Our schedule of experts can be seen below. Get those questions ready!

9 am: Barbara Batson, Exhibitions Coordinator
10 am: Leslie Courtois, Conservator
11 am: Vince Brooks, Senior Local Records Archivist and Blog Editor
12 pm: Meghan Townes, Visual Studies Collection Registrar
1 pm: Audrey McElhinney, Senior Rare Book Librarian
2 pm: Adrienne Robertson, Education and Programs Coordinator
3 pm: Dale Neighbors, Prints & Photographs Collection Coordinator
4 pm: Dana Puga, Prints & Photographs Collection Specialist

Tweet your questions @LibraryofVA with #AskACurator on Sept. 17th!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Sway is the debut novel from the Library of Virginia Foundation's own Kat Spears. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Limited Patron Parking
Thursday, September 18, 2014—Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

The Virginia General Assembly is currently in special session. During the session, patron parking at the Library of Virginia will be very limited while the space is used to accommodate parking for the members of the legislature and key staff supporting the General Assembly.

The Forage House: Book Talk with Tess Taylor at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Monday, September 22, 2014
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: St. Paulís Episcopal Church, 815 East Grace Street, Richmond, This free book talk does not require registration. To sign up for an optional catered buffet lunch available for $12, visit

Poet Tess Taylor uses a form of lyric journalism to unravel a rich and troubling family history that includes New England abolitionists, dirt-poor Appalachians, and even Thomas Jefferson. Moving between past and present, East and West, these poems reveal an uneasy genealogist struggling with an ambiguous legacy. A book signing follows the event. Limited free parking available at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. A book signing follows the event.

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