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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Drop-In Location for Historical Fiction Writers

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Place: East Reading Room, Free

This November, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebrates its 19th year of encouraging creativity, education, and the power of the imagination through the largest writing event in the world. The Library of Virginia is an official drop-in spot for writers of historical fiction on Saturday, November 18, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM. Whether you’re writing all month or only have time for one day, please join us in the Virginia Authors Collection area. We’ll offer handouts on historical fiction–writing resources and other materials. For more information or to find other write-in locations, go to https://nanowrimo.org.


Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Network Training Center, Free

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). Registration required: http://bit.ly/LVAvolunteer.

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

Monday, April 03, 2017 — Saturday, December 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

Which Virginia county is the Moonshine Capital of the World? The Library of Virginia's upcoming exhibition, Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled, will reveal that and more as it explores the impact of Prohibition on the Old Dominion. On November 1, 1916, Virginia's breweries and distilleries closed their doors as the state began a grand experiment in Prohibition. From that date until 1933, state inspectors and federal agents attempted to stem the flow of illicit alcohol to a thirsty populace. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills will complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. This exhibition is supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.

Donate Food Items Here for FeedMore

Wednesday, November 01, 2017 — Friday, December 15, 2017
Place: Circulation Desk & at Events

Coming to the Library this fall? Please donate to our Fall Food Drive! Help feed our community and visit our “Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries” exhibition while you’re here. Donate a food item and we’ll waive any fines or fees you owe the Library! Donation boxes can be found near the Circulation Desk and at the entrance of events. According to Central Virginia’s FeedMore organization, most-needed items include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, and low-sodium vegetables.

Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

Tuesday, August 01, 2017 — Saturday, February 03, 2018
Place: Second Floor Reading Rooms, Free

Created by the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College, Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries documents the home canning industry developed by local farmers that supplied vegetables and fruits to the commonwealth’s increasingly urban population for more than 50 years. These rural canneries were small operations that also provided cash wages for rural residents. Counties along Virginia’s central Blue Ridge Mountains were particularly rich in canneries, such as Botetourt County, which was home to 193 of them in 1915. The exhibition features colorful and eye-catching labels–on graphic panels as well as on a pyramid of actual cans–many of which were created by the Piedmont Label Company (now Smyth Companies), of Bedford, which donated approximately 10,000 of its pre-1960 labels to the Blue Ridge Institute in 2014.