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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
January 2010


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Homemades by Suzanne to Operate Library Café for Three Months

Great Foods to Go at the Library of Virginia has closed. The Library will begin the process to secure a new vendor as soon as possible, but working through the procurement steps means that a permanent replacement will not be secured for a few months...

2010 African American Trailblazer Program Honors Eight Outstanding Virginians

In observance of African American History Month, the Library of Virginia, in partnership with Capital One Financial Corporation, is honoring eight distinguished Virginians as the 2010 American Trailblazers in Virginia History for their contributions to Virginia and the nation. Those being honored this year are...

Library of Virginia to Host Naturalization Ceremony for 75 New U.S. Citizens

The Library of Virginia will host a special naturalization ceremony on January 13 in conjunction with its exhibition The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People.  Seventy-five people from 33 countries will take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens...

Battle of Williamsburg Library Offers Online Guide to Civil War Research Materials

Fresh off the anniversary of John Brown's Raid, the Library of Virginia introduces a new resource in conjunction with the impending Civil War Sesquicentennial. The Civil War Research Guide provides researchers with examples of books, manuscripts, digital collections, and other resources found at the Library of Virginia...

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announces New Support for Public Libraries to Help Provide Broadband Access

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed nearly $3.4 million in grants to bolster Internet connections for libraries in five states. It also announced partnerships with 14 additional states to help public libraries compete for federal broadband stimulus funds...

Lillian Lambert: A Road to Someplace Better Lillian Lambert's Book Launch Set for February 4 at the Library

Lillian Lambert, local entrepreneur and speaker, will celebrate the launch of her first book at The Library of Virginia on February 4, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public...

Selected 2009 Library Acquisitions

The Library's limited budget for collection development is generously augmented by grants from the Library of Virginia Foundation and donations from individuals and organizations as well as through the Federal Depository Library Program and the State Publications Depository Program. Materials are selected to expand our resources in areas such as Virginia history and culture, southern history, and genealogy, and to complement our archival, manuscript, and special collections...

Snuggle Up with Peter Rabbit

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce Snuggle Up with Peter Rabbit, a winter reading program focusing on children from18 months to four years old. This is the second year that the Library has offered a winter reading program. For more than two decades the Library has sponsored the hugely popular summer reading program in the state’s public libraries. The winter reading program is designed to instill a love of reading in young children by having the child's parent or other special adult read to them. The program will begin in February and run through March 2010...

Special Acquisitions Fund Established

A special acquisitions fund was created in honor of Ann N. Harris, Conley L. Edwards III, and Elizabeth M. "Libby" Lewis, three longtime Library of Virginia employees who retired in December. This special fund will be used during the coming year to purchase books, manuscripts, and other items for the collections that the Library of Virginia otherwise would not be able to purchase given the recent budget cuts...
Fun & Free at the library in January
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.

Please note that the members of the General Assembly use the Library’s underground parking deck during the session.

Every Child Deserves a Home Through Saturday, May 1, 2010

Every Child Deserves a Home
The exhibition Every Child Deserves a Home highlights the recent donation of business records from the Children's Home Society of Virginia and marks the 110th anniversary of the agency's founding. The goal of CHSVA is to find permanent homes for all needy children in the state and to provide services to birth families, adoptive families, and adoptees. Since 1900, the nonprofit agency has placed more than 12,500 children into adoptive homes. The agency’s signature program, Partnership for Adoptions, established in 1998, focuses on finding permanent homes for older children in the custody of local departments of social service.

Through Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Raising his glass at a July 4th celebration in 1852, a young Irish-American resident of Richmond toasted "the land we live in; not forgetting the land we left." The sentiment reflects the history of more than four centuries of Virginia immigrants who nurtured the traditions of their homelands even as they participated in the mainstream Virginia economy and culture. Their stories come alive in this exhibition, which explores the lives of immigrants from a wide variety of homelands who settled in every part of the state. Current debates over the treatment of illegal immigrants in the state and the nation make this a timely exhibition.

Birthright: The True Story that Inspired Kidnapped Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Birthright: The True Story of the Kidnapping of Jemmy Annesley
Roger Ekirch, an award-winning author and a professor of history at Virginia Tech, will discuss and sign his new book, Birthright, which relates for the first time the remarkable story that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. No saga of personal hardship so captivated the British public in the 18th century as that of James Annesley, the heir of five aristocratic titles and scion of the mighty house of Annesley. Kidnapped at 12 years of age by his uncle, James was shipped from Dublin to America in 1728 as an indentured servant.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

General Assembly convenes.
Please note that during the General Assembly session there is very limited public parking in the Library's underground deck.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Naturalization Ceremony
Seating for the general public is limited. RSVP to 804-371-2126. In the spirit of the exhibition The Land We Live In and its story of immigration to Virginia, the Library of Virginia, in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will host a naturalization service. Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals will preside over the ceremony and give the keynote address.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Closed
The Library of Virginia will be closed on January 16 so that lobby, exhibition hall, and reading rooms can be open on the Lee-Jackson (January 15) and Martin Luther King (January 18) holidays.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond
Lillian Lambert will discuss and sign her book The Road to Someplace Better: From the Segregated South to Harvard Business School and Beyond describing her journey from her rural roots in Powhatan County to her historic achievement as the first black woman to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. A reception will follow this event.

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