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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
January 2011


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Library Receives $150,000 Grant to Scan Augusta County Chancery Records

The Library of Virginia has received a grant of $150,000 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to support the scanning of the Augusta County chancery records, one of the most significant collections of these records in the nation...

Deadline to Nominate Books Is February 11

The deadline to nominate books for the Library of Virginia’s annual literary awards is February 11, 2011. 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...

President Signs Museum and Library Services Act of 2010

President Obama signed into law the Museum and Library Services Act of 2010 on December 22, 2010. The new law reauthorizes the existing programs of the Institute of Museum and Library Services with some important changes. The updated language calls on IMLS to...

Treadway to Moderate Program with Former First Lady

Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway will moderate a Richmond Forum program featuring one of the nation's best-known librarians for a sold-out audience on January 15, 2011. Of course, the speaker is better known for the role she held for eight years—First Lady of the United States...

Library to Honor 2011 African American Trailblazers

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 2011 African American Trailblazers in Virginia history for their contributions to Virginia and the nation...

Governor Appoints Baron to SHRAB

Governor Bob McDonnell has appointed Sara Baron, dean of Regent University Library, to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. Baron earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in speech communication from Southwest Texas State University and...

Erskine Wins National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Charlottesville resident Kathryn Erskine has won the 2010 National Book Award for Mockingbird, her book about a young girl with Asperger’s syndrome whose brother is killed in a school shooting. Erskine was motivated to write Mockingbird by the...

Virginia Libraries Collaborate to Offer Health Information and Advocacy @ your library

In response to the demand for accurate and reliable health information, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center created “Health Information and Advocacy @ your library,” using...
Fun & Free at the Library
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.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Closed so that reading rooms can be open Lee-Jackson and Martin Luther King holidays.
LOBBY, READING ROOMS, AND STACKS WILL BE OPEN ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 14 and MONDAY, JANUARY 17. Someone will be in the main Administrative offices, but otherwise Library staff offices will be closed.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Guided Tour of Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Exhibition Gallery & Lobby. Space is limited. Call 804-692-3901 to register.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Library Board Meeting
Call 804-692-3592 for more information.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Creating the "Union or Secession" Exhibition
As a part of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Library of Virginia developed a unique exhibition on the commonwealth’s path to secession between the autumn of 1860 and the spring of 1861.
Members of the Union or Secession exhibition planning team will discuss the challenges and successes of constructing an exhibition based on archival collections and other contemporary primary sources to give voice to a variety of perspectives about the crisis of 1861.

Friday, February 4, 2011

The Warmth of Other Suns The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Join us for talk by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson on The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, her moving masterwork chronicling the decades-long migration of black people from the South to the northern and western cities of the United States. From 1915 until 1970 almost six million black people fled the South looking for a better life. Wilkerson uses the lives of three unique individuals to tell this story. She interviewed more than a thousand people and researched official records to write this dramatic account of how these journeys changed people and America.

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