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Tuesday, December 12, 2017  |  Calendar of Events 

EXHIBITION
Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries

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.

FALL FOOD DRIVE
Donate Food Items Here for FeedMore

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.

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Current News Releases  |  Archive 

Dove, Shetterly, Brown, and Baldacci Receive Literary Awards
The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 20th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards, sponsored by Dominion Energy. The October 14 awards celebration was hosted by best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker Adriana Trigiani. Awards categories were poetry, nonfiction, fiction, People’s Choice (nonfiction and fiction), art in literature, young adult literature, and literary lifetime achievement.

Stories from Montgomery County Chancery Records Freely Available Online
Nearly 150 years of Montgomery County history is now freely available online to anyone with Internet access, thanks to the digital reformatting of the county’s chancery causes. In a partnership between the Library of Virginia and the Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, the project was accomplished with funds from the Circuit Court Records Preservation (CCRP) program.

Library of Virginia Announces Finalists for the 20th Annual Literary Awards
Nine authors are the finalists for the Library of Virginia’s 20th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards honoring Virginia authors or, in the case of nonfiction, works on a Virginia subject. The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges from hundreds of books nominated for the awards. The winner in each category will be selected from among these finalists and announced at a gala celebration on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the Library of Virginia.


What's New In The Collections  |  Archive 

The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
July 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017

A report including the creator, title, size, brief description, and accession number of the local, map, private, and state archival collections described and/or received during the time period. Some collections may be closed for processing; check with Archives Reference Services regarding availability for research use.

The Library of Virginia Quarterly Report of Newly Available Accessions
April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

A report including the creator, title, size, brief description, and accession number of the local, map, private, and state archival collections described and/or received during the time period. Some collections may be closed for processing; check with Archives Reference Services regarding availability for research use.



Featured Events

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY<br>Transcribe-a-thon
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Transcribe-a-thon

Saturday, December 16, 2017
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.

 

BroadsideThe magazine of the Library of Virginia Our quarterly magazine describes and illustrates the holdings and happenings at the Library of Virginia. Discover fascinating items from the collections as well as events, exhibitions, educational programs, and opportunities to become more involved. More.

 

 

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