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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
August 2009


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Library to Host Continuing Education Coordinators

The Library of Virginia is hosting the 2009 State Library Continuing Education Coordinators Forum in Williamsburg, August 24–26. The group is composed of continuing education coordinators and library development staff members from each state library...

Suzy Szasz Palmer Suzy Szasz Palmer Named Deputy Librarian

After a nationwide search the Library of Virginia is pleased to announce that Suzy Szasz Palmer has been selected as deputy librarian. She assumed her new duties on July 10. For the past two years, Palmer has served as director of the Research and Information Services Division at the Library of Virginia...

Last Chance to Buy Tickets to Literary Awards Celebration

The Library of Virginia’s annual salute to Virginia’s finest authors is almost here and we hope that you will join us for the party! The 12th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on Saturday, October 17, 2009, is presented by Dominion...

New Look at Library’s Collections

The Description Services and Local Records Services sections at the Library of Virginia have created a new quarterly report of newly processed collections called Primary Sources...

Maps Reveal Library's Participation in the First International Exchange Program

Système d'Echange International, A.V. Several maps with the stamp "Système d'Echange International, A.V.," indicating that the maps came from the first international exchange system among libraries begun by the world-renowned French ventriloquist Alexandre Vattemare (1796–1864), have been discovered at the Library of Virginia...

Winners of Poe Young Writers' Competition Recognized

The results are in! The response to the Library of Virginia's Poe Young Writers’ Competition was wonderful. The Library received dozens of inspired works of poetry and prose, ranging from mysterious to murderous. In addition, hundreds of people participated in the online People’s Pick for the best work of poetry or fiction...

2010 Virginia Forum Call for Papers

The fifth annual Virginia Forum will meet at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, April 15–17, 2010. The Virginia Forum offers an opportunity for exchanges of ideas among scholars, archivists, librarians, museum curators, K–12 teachers, and all those interested in Virginia history and culture...

Morrison and Polin Selected for 2009 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowships

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the inaugural Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellows for 2009. The Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowship is designed to provide Virginia educators the opportunity to research and study a specific aspect of Virginia history and to produce educational resources to support the Library of Virginia’s ongoing exhibition and education programs...

New Market Library Honored with Green Building Award

Rob Pasco, director of the Shenandoah County Library System, announced that the New Market Area Library project has been selected to win a Green Building of America Award. The branch library will be featured in the upcoming Northeast Real Estate & Construction Review's Green Success Stories Edition...

Minds Wide Open to Celebrate Women in the Arts in 2010

In spring 2010 Virginia will present a celebration featuring performances, exhibitions, literary readings, films, speakers, and panel discussions on the theme of women in the arts...
Fun & Free at the library in August
Most events are free and are open to the public. For specific locations, times, and details on the events listed below please visit our calendar of events.

Poe: Man, Myth, or MonsterJuly 20, 2009 – December 5, 2009

Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster
What do you know about Edgar Allan Poe? Organized in partnership with the Poe Museum, this exhibition commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Poe, America’s first internationally renowned author.

Docent-led Tours of Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster

Join our library docents for a tour of the Library of Virginia’s exhibition focusing on Edgar Allan Poe. Tours occur every Tuesday & Thursday, July 21–December 3, except Tuesday, September 8, and Thursday, November 27.

Curator-led Tours of Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster

Join exhibition curator Chris Semtner for an in-depth tour of the Library of Virginia’s exhibition focusing on Edgar Allan Poe. Tours occur Wednesday, September 23, Wednesday, October 7, Thursday, November 19, and Tuesday, December 1

The Riesling Retribution Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Riesling Retribution: A Wine Country Mystery
Ellen Crosby will launch the fourth in her mystery series featuring wine and great descriptions of the Virginia wine country. Crosby is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. The Riesling Retribution continues the saga of Lucie Montgomery, a wine and history aficionado, who owns and operates a vineyard, a winemaking operation, and a catering business on a historical site near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. A tornado not only destroys some of Montgomery's newest grapevines, but also unearths a grave in abandoned field on her property...

The Riesling Retribution Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison
Dwayne Betts will speak about and sign A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison. Betts was a good student from a lower-middle-class family when, at 16, he and a friend carjacked someone... He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. A bright young kid, weighing only 126 pounds, he served his eight-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in Virginia. A Question of Freedom is a coming-of-age story, with the unique twist that it takes place in prison...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Family Day at the Library of Virginia: I Know Poe
Experience Virginia’s rich past by exploring our collection of documents representing 400 years of the state’s history. Beat the heat with an array of family fun, giveaways, and tours of the exhibition Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster. Parents and children can enjoy activities such as face painting, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and performances by the Haunts of Richmond, a haunted attraction that brings local ghost stories and legends to life.

No Right to Remain Silent Tuesday, September 8, 2009

No Right to Remain Silent: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech
Lucinda Roy, an Alumni Distinguished Professor and former chair of the English department at Virginia Tech, will discuss and sign No Right to Remain Silent: The Tragedy at Virginia Tech. Roy recounts the tragic events of April 2007 and the school's response to the massacre.

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