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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
February 2009


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Budget Shortfall Increases as Revenues Decline

As a result of the state’s budget deficit, several bills that would increase state spending were "laid on the table" (one of many methods of killing a bill without killing it) in subcommittee or full committee. The message is clear–any proposal that increases the state's costs will have a tough time this year...

Library Supports Reading Initiative

When elementary and middle school students receive their 2010 Standards of Learning (SOL) test reports next spring and summer, their reading scores will be accompanied by a corresponding "Lexile measure." A Lexile measure ranks reading ability and text difficulty on a single scale, allowing parents–and teachers–to select books at or slightly above a student's reading level....

Library Launches New Web Sites

The amount of Web-based information related to the Library’s collections and services has grown exponentially over the past several years. As users-whether the public, government employees, or educators–increasingly look online to do their research, find necessary forms, and learn about Virginia history and culture, it has become clear that the Library's current Web site can no longer accommodate the amount of new material that we continually add...

2009 African American Trailblazers Honored

In observance of African American History Month, the Library of Virginia, in partnership with Capital One Financial Corporation, is pleased to honor eight distinguished Virginians as African American Trailblazers in Virginia for their contributions to the state and nation...

LVA on YouTube

The World Wide Web’s evolution from a text-heavy medium into a multimedia platform that embraces moving images and sound is clearly showcased by the popularity of YouTube. What energized teenagers and casual Web users–the ability to provide on-demand video to a wide audience for very little cost–undoubtedly appeals to government offices working within limited budgets...

Deadline to Nominate Books is February 13

The deadline to nominate books for the Library of Virginia’s annual literary awards is February 13. Books eligible for the awards must have been written by a Virginia author or, for nonfiction books, have a Virginia-related theme. A Virginia author is defined as a writer meeting one or more of the following qualifications...

2009 Symposium Explores "Generals Behaving Badly"

The Museum of the Confederacy's 2009 Symposium, "General Behaving Badly," cosponsored and hosted by the Library of Virginia, will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2009, in the Lecture Hall of the Library from 9:30 AM to 4 PM...
Fun & (almost all) Free at the library in october
Most events are free, take place at noon in the conference rooms at the Library of Virginia, and are open to the public. For details on the events listed below please visit our calendar of events.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

People of the BookPeople of the Book
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Geraldine Brooks will discuss and sign her intricate, ambitious novel, People of the Book, which traces the journey of a rare illuminated Hebrew manuscript.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education
Editors Mildred W. Robinson and Richard J. Bonnie will offer an overview of the moving stories of those who attended public school soon after the Brown decision and saw the course of their lives and their society change...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Closed, in order to be open George Washington Day.

Monday, February 16, 2009

(staff offices closed)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Piedmont Blues with Wiggins and Friends: A Tribute to John Cephas
The River City Blues Society and the Library of Virginia will sponsor a special tribute concert, "Piedmont Blues with Wiggins and Friends: A Tribute to John Cephas," at the Capital Ale House. Phil Wiggins, a long-time recording and performing partner of Cephas, will be joined by other notable blues players Rick Franklin, Mike Baytop, and Gregg Kimball, to honor Cephas and the Piedmont Blues tradition.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

2009 African American Trailblazers: Program and Reception
Eight honorees—five historical (deceased) figures from the 17th through the 20th centuries as well as three contemporary African Americans—who have had a significant impact on the history of Virginia will be honored at this celebration hosted by Daphne Maxwell Reid. A reception follows the program.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The 2009 session of the Virginia General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn sine die.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gallery Walk: From Williamsburg to Wills’s Creek
Space is limited. Please RSVP to 804-692-3592 by March 6. Join exhibition curator and map specialist Cassandra Farrell for an in-depth tour of the Library of Virginia’s exhibition focusing on the various states and derivatives of the Fry-Jefferson Map of 1755.

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