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Thursday, December 01, 2011

"Books on Broad" Featuring Caroline Preston: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston is the first-ever scrapbook novel, transporting us back to the vibrant, burgeoning bohemian culture of the 1920s and introducing us to an unforgettable heroine, the spirited, ambitious, and lovely Frankie Pratt. For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father's old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie's dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a college scholarship to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau. Preston is the author of three previous novels: Jackie by Josie, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Lucy Crocker 2.0; and Gatsby's Girl, which chronicles F. Scott Fitzgerald's first girlfriend. Inspired by her interest in manuscripts and ephemera, Preston worked as an archivist at the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Peabody/Essex Museum, and Harvard's Houghton Library. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served (5:30–6:15 PM), followed by author talk (6:15–7:15 PM), and book signing (7:15–7:30 PM).


Connect with Us
Monday, November 07, 2011 — Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

Connect with Us explores how the Library of Virginia uses social media—YouTube, Flickr, Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. New acquisitions and unusual items will be displayed and visitors will be encouraged to post comments about the materials or about other programs at the Library or what they are working on at the Library that day.


The Forgotten War: The War of 1812
Monday, November 07, 2011 — Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812 highlights a forthcoming digital archive of materials in the collections of the Library of Virginia that relate to the War of 1812. Selections from the archive will address Virginia's role, including the impressment of American citizens as one cause of the war, the British blockade of the Chesapeake Bay, and military engagements at Craney Island and Washington, D.C.