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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
September 2009


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LVA Foundation Celebrates Two More Adopt Virginia's History Success Stories

The Library of Virginia Foundation's new Adopt Virginia's History program is off to a great start. A recently adopted book has just returned from the conservator, while a historic Virginia map has been sent off for stabilizing and freshening...

Library of Virginia Receives ABC Historical Records

Système d'Echange International, A.V. On August 20, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Board transferred official historical records dating back to the agency’s beginning in 1934 to the Library of Virginia for archiving. The series includes 157 bound documents consisting of Board minutes, Board orders for administrative hearings, and indexes of the volumes for the first 50 years in alphabetical order...

Doreen Rappaport Wins the Third Annual Cardozo Award for Children's Literature

Doreen Rappaport's Abe's Honest Words: The Life of Abraham Lincoln has been selected by the public as the winner of the third annual Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature. The passion for humanity that defined Lincoln’s life shines through in this exceptional book on one of America's most revered presidents, with an emphasis on Lincoln's growing opposition to slavery...

Governor Announces Board Appointments

Governor Tim Kaine has announced the reappointment of Clifton A. "Chip" Woodrum to the Library Board. Woodrum, an attorney and former member of the House of Delegates from the city of Roanoke, was appointed to the Board in 2004 by former Governor Mark Warner...

Governor Reports Dismal Revenue Forecast

On August 19 Governor Timothy Kaine gave the money committees of the Virginia General Assembly a grim assessment of the state’s revenue forecast. He told legislators that fiscal year 2009 ended nearly $300 million below the official revenue forecast and that the state budget for fiscal year 2010 will have to be cut by nearly $1.5 billion. Taken with previous cuts of $5.6 billion in the biennial budget, the fiscal year 2008-2010 budget will have been reduced by nearly $7.1 billion...

"No Copies Known" - Updating Cappon

Virginia Newspapers 1821–1935, published in 1936 and compiled by Lester J. Cappon, PhD, then archivist and assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia, has been invaluable to the search for historic newspapers in the commonwealth. While Cappon’s introduction discusses the development, growth, and importance of the press, as well as its political and economic influence on Virginia's geographically and culturally diverse localities, the balance of the volume comprises his identification of 1,763 unique Virginia newspapers, listed alphabetically by location of publication. For each title he provided any additional information available—including publishers, dates of publication, frequency, and items of historical interest—and holdings at various repositories. Unfortunately, Cappon could find no extant copies for almost 40 percent of the titles listed in Virginia Newspapers. He identified these elusive newspapers with the designation "No Copy Known"...

ALA Approves Certification for Support Staff

The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) has approved the establishment of a certification program for library support staff. The Library Support Staff Certification Program is the first national, voluntary certification program for library support staff...

Have a Good Story? We Want to Hear It!

Have you discovered something interesting or exciting in your research at the Library? Unlocked a family secret? Learned something new at an exhibition? Been inspired at a book talk? We'd like to hear about it. Please send us your story by e-mailing Katarina Spears at the Library of Virginia Foundation at katarina.spears@lva.virginia.gov. Your experience could be featured in an upcoming issue of Broadside or our E-newsletter. We will not use your story or publish your name without your permission.

Local Library and VEC Office Team Up to Help the Community

A new agreement between the local Virginia Employment Commission and the Halifax County – South Boston Regional Library System allows VEC staff members to be located at local public libraries four days per week...
Fun & Free at the library in September
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 Monster Tuesdays & Thursdays through December 3, 2009

Docent-led Tour of Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster
RSVP by calling 804-692-3592. Join our library docents for a tour of the Library of Virginia’s exhibition focusing on Edgar Allan Poe, whose influence on writers and artists was profound. Learn just how well you know this Master of Macabre. Space is limited. Tours occur every Tuesday & Thursday through December 3 except Tuesday, September 8, and Thursday, November 27.

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.

Haunts of Richmond Thursday , September 10, 2009

Poe Mania! Theatrical Performances by Haunts of Richmond
Join us for a manically energetic, dramatic tribute to the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, in celebration of the bicentennial of his birth. Witness some of Poe's darkest and most riveting tales spun live, onstage in a rich tapestry of terror and suspense. We'll take you on a psychological thrill ride down Poe's unique "murderer's row" of anti-heroes in such classic tales as "The Cask of Amontillado," and "The Tell-Tale Heart." You'll cringe as hapless victims endure the trials and tribulations of ill fortune in stories such as "The Pit and the Pendulum," and "Berenice." You'll emerge from this exploration of Poe's dark world with a renewed appreciation for the artistry and genius of one of America's most influential literary craftsmen.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Virginia Made: Researching the Southern Decorative Arts through County and State Records
Chris Kolbe, archives research services coordinator at the Library of Virginia, will discuss the value of using original Virginia county, city, and state government records to locate information about Virginia furniture makers and decorative arts craftspeople.

Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Curator-led Tour of Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster
RSVP by calling 804-692-3592 by Monday, September 21, 2009. Join exhibition curator Chris Semtner for an in-depth tour of the Library of Virginia’s exhibition focusing on Edgar Allan Poe, whose influence on writers and artists was profound. Learn just how well you know this Master of Macabre. Space is limited.

Virginia in Verse Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Virginia in Verse: The Poetry of Michelle Boisseau and John Casteen
Michelle Boisseau, author of A Sunday in God-Years, and John Casteen, author of Free Union: Poems, will discuss and sign their books of poetry. A Sunday in God-Years is centered on the long poem "A Reckoning," made up of 15 shorter poems/sections (some sections are documents like wills and runaway slave notices). The poems in Free Union revolve around physical work, the Appalachian landscape, and family relationships. Casteen, for 10 years a designer and builder of custom furniture, covers subjects ranging from the farm to the shop floor, from the rivers of the Piedmont to the wooded shoulders of the Blue Ridge, and from the hyper-attentiveness of childhood through the anxieties and joys of fatherhood.

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