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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
November 2009


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Radulescu, Gordon-Reed, and Sparr Receive Literary Awards

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards honoring Virginia authors or, in the case of nonfiction, works on a Virginia subject. This year’s awards celebration was hosted by award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani. Awards categories were fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary lifetime achievement. Winners of the Library of Virginia’s Annual Literary Awards and the People’s Choice Awards receive a $3,500 prize and a handsome engraved crystal book...

Map Collection Includes Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Materials

10_0497_002.jpg T. Gibson Hobbs helped obtain the Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O) Railway Company records from Chessie System Railroads for the Library of Virginia in 1978. The C & O Railway collection includes 288 maps, plans, and charts, almost all of which are manuscripts. An additional 15 items are filed with these maps...

George Washington Carver Wins 2009 Jefferson Cup

The 2009 Jefferson Cup Award Winner is George Washington Carver by Tonya Bolden. The Jefferson Cup honors a distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history book for young people. Presented since 1983, the Jefferson Cup Award's goal is to promote reading about America's past; to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography, and historical fiction for young people; and to recognize authors in these disciplines...

New Vendor to Operate Library Café

Sweetpeas Café at the Library of Virginia has closed. We look forward to the opening of Great Foods to Go @ the Library of Virginia in December 2009. Great Foods to Go is a catering business in the Richmond area with more than seven years of success. It operates cafés at the Department of Corrections Administration Center and the Perimeter Center on Mayland Drive...

Museum Stores of Richmond's 2009 Holiday Shoppers Fair

Byers' Choice Miller & Rhoads Santa The 2009 Holiday Shoppers Fair will be held on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the Visitors Center & Education and Library Complex. Admission to the Holiday Shoppers Fair is free and open to the public...

What's New at the Library

The latest issue of Primary Sources, the quarterly report of newly processed collections from Description Services/Local Records, is now available. To find it, click open the "News and Events" section on the Library's Web site and scroll to the bottom of the screen under "What's New in the Collections." This issue lists all collections processed, microfilmed, or digitized between July and September 2009.

Transitions at the Library

November 1 marked the retirement of three members of the Library of Virginia’s senior staff: Conley Edwards, State Archivist and director of Archival and Records Management Services; Ann N. Harris, director of Finance and Administrative Services; and Elizabeth M. “Libby” Lewis, director of Library Development and Networking...

VGS Donates Books to Libraries

The Virginia Genealogical Society generously donated selected genealogical books to Virginia's public libraries at the annual conference of the Virginia Library Association in Williamsburg last month. VGS also offered other titles from its backlist to libraries at a substantially reduced cost. As an added benefit, VGS representatives passed the books along to interested libraries at the conference...

Community College System Works with Lyrasis and Library of Virginia to Provide Resources for Job Seekers

Virginia's Community Colleges Workforce Development Services, the Library of Virginia, and Lyrasis, a regional membership for libraries and information professionals, have collaborated, to create a customized collection of current e-books and electronic reference sources for job seekers in the state. The resources will be available to public library users across Virginia through a link on public libraries' online catalogs...
Fun & Free at the library in November
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

Join our 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. Every Tuesday and Thursday (except Nov. 27). RSVP by calling 804-692-3592.

Distorted Mirrors Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Distorted Mirrors: Americans and Their Relations with Russia and China in the Twentieth Century
Eugene Trani, former president of Virginia Commonwealth University, will discuss and sign his latest book with writing partner Donald E. Davis, Professor Emeritus of History at Illinois State University. Distorted Mirrors traces American prejudices toward the two countries in the title by focusing on the views of influential writers and politicians over the course of the 20th century. The authors show where American images of Russia and China originated, how they evolved, and how they have often helped sustain foreign policies generally negative toward the former and positive toward the latter. The book marks a fresh approach to U.S. relations with these countries, emphasizing long-term attitudes that influenced policies rather than the reverse.

Broken Jewel Friday, November 13, 2009

Broken Jewel
David L. Robbins, the best-selling author of nine novels including War of the Rats, will discuss and sign his book Broken Jewel, a powerful story of war, love, and survival set against the backdrop of the Los Baños prison raid—one of the most daring episodes of World War II. Robbins is currently writer in residence at his alma mater, the College of William and Mary.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Samuel Davies and Patrick Henry: Prophets of Liberty in Presbyterian Virginia
9th Annual Governor Henry Lecture
C. Jan Swearingen, professor of English at Texas A&M University, will deliver this annual free lecture sponsored by the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation, Hampden-Sydney, and the Library of Virginia. Swearingen received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for her study of Henry and Davies: "From Church to State: Rhetoric, Religion, and the Transformation of Liberty in Colonial Virginia, 1740–1776." Her work involved research on the Scottish background and immigration of Patrick Henry's family and on the history of Presbyterians in Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, where Samuel Davies and many other Presbyterian “dissenting” clergy were educated.

Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster Thursday, November 19 and Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Curator-led Tour of Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster
RSVP by calling 804-692-3592 by Tuesday, November 17, 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.

November Closings and Late Opening

The Library of Virginia will be closed in honor of Veterans Day on November 11. The Library will open at 11 AM on November 14 because of road closures associated with the 2009 Richmond SunTrust Marathon. The Library will close at noon on November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen at 9 AM on Monday, November 30. Please remember that our Web sites are open 24/7 for your use.

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