February 2019 Events
book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, February 13, 2019 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists 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. This month, discuss Code Girls by Liza Mundy (2018’s Nonfiction Award winner and People's Choice Nonfiction Award winner), and pick up March's book, Fire Is Your Water by Jim Minick (a 2018 Fiction Award finalist). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, February 13, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center
PriceFree

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).

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closing

Closed for George Washington’s Birthday

TimeSaturday, February 16, 2019–Monday, February 18, 2019


datathon

[Postponed] GOVERNOR'S DATATHON 2019

Equity in K–20 Education Datathon 

TimeThursday, February 21, 2019–Friday, February 22, 2019
LocationReading Room, Conference Rooms, and Lecture Hall
PriceFree

This event has been postponed until October 3rd and 4th.

volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, February 23, 2019 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center
PriceFree

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).

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storytelling event

Secretly Y'all presents: (im/em)MIGRATION STORIES

TimeMonday, February 25, 2019 from 7:30 PM–9:00 PM
LocationArdent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh Street, Richmond
Price$5 requested donation to go to a charity TBD

The Library of Virginia's exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond has inspired the storytelling organization Secretly Y'all to seek out immigration and emigration stories for its February event. They're looking for stories of the journeys that brought people here: What did it mean to leave one place behind to come to a new one? What had to be left behind in order to do so? What’s it like using English as a second or third language? How did you make a home, a job, a life here in this mid-Atlantic state? Why did you choose the commonwealth? Is there a difference between what it means to be American versus what it means to be a Virginian? If you are a second- or third-generation member of an immigrant family—or even a fourth or fifth—what made your home, upbringing, or experiences unique from others you observed around you?


Come out to Ardent Craft Ales on February 25 to hear fascinating stories, taste delicious beer, and learn more about the Library's New Virginians exhibition, created in partnership with Virginia Humanities and a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. Doors open at 5:30 PM, stories at 7:30 PM.


If you have a story you would like Secretly Y'all to consider, please e-mail a short synopsis and a brief personal bio to secretlyall@gmail.com. Since this is a special event, storytellers will have up to 10 minutes to share their stories. For more information, visit www.secretlyall.org.

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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

TimeMonday, December 10, 2018–Saturday, December 7, 2019
LocationExhibition Gallery & Lobby
PriceFree

Recent estimates place the number of foreign-born Virginians at just under one million, or about one in every eight people in the state. The composite portrait of Virginia is becoming more complex, challenging an older, simpler understanding of what it means to be a Virginian. Whether our roots in the state go back ten thousand years, ten generations, or ten weeks, we must create the future of the commonwealth together. New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond explores the historical and continuous journey toward the ideals of America and seeks to foster an honest discussion about the immigrant and refugee experience and Virginia's increasing diversity. Produced jointly by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities, the exhibition highlights the changing demographics of the commonwealth on the eve of the 2020 federal census through a series of interviews with first-generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia after 1976. The interviews reveal the complexity of the experience for people representing a wide range of personal backgrounds, experiences, ages, and countries of origin—Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. To complement the videos, the exhibition includes objects that have special meaning for the interviewees. New Virginians is a Legacy Project of the American Evolution, 2019 Commemoration.

Ongoing Traveling Exhibitions

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at the Fairfax Museum

TimeMonday, January 7, 2019–Saturday, February 16, 2019
LocationFairfax Museum
PriceFree

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled Traveling Exhibition tells the story of Virginia Prohibition and its legacy, including the establishment of Virginia's Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and NASCAR. Supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

Full Itinerary

True Sons of Freedom

at the Manassas Museum

TimeMonday, December 3, 2018–Saturday, February 23, 2019
LocationManassas Museum
PriceFree

Come visit the True Sons of Freedom Traveling Exhibition and explore the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518. 


To view the online exhibition, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

Full Itinerary

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Library of Virginia

TimeMonday, January 28, 2019–Saturday, February 23, 2019
LocationLibrary of Virginia
PriceFree

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians as the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. The men and women featured offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Shenandoah County Library

TimeMonday, January 28, 2019–Saturday, March 2, 2019
LocationShenandoah County Library
PriceFree

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians as the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. The men and women featured offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

Full Itinerary

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Pittsylvania County Public Library

TimeMonday, February 18, 2019–Saturday, March 30, 2019
LocationPittsylvania County Public Library
PriceFree

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled Traveling Exhibition tells the story of Virginia Prohibition and its legacy, including the establishment of Virginia's Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and NASCAR. Supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

Full Itinerary

Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Radford Public Library

TimeMonday, February 25, 2019–Saturday, April 6, 2019
LocationRadford Public Library
PriceFree

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians as the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. The men and women featured offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

Full Itinerary
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