October 2019 Events
governor's datathon 2019

Equity in K–20 Education Datathon

TimeFriday, October 4, 2019 from 3:00 PM–5:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

This groundbreaking competition brings together multidiscipline teams composed of individuals from government, higher education, private industry, and nonprofit organizations to take new and existing datasets and turn them into actionable information. That information will support the Commonwealth's goal of using data and analytics to improve educational outcomes and promote equity. Data stewards include education, health, and public safety agencies from federal, state, and local governments. They will provide existing and new non-sensitive, de-identified data for the teams to explore and use. Prizes will be awarded across several categories. Previous datathons have created solutions that have been used across Virginia. The final presentations, held at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 4, are open to the public. Sponsored by the Office of the Governor, the Virginia Department of Education, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, CapTech, GovInsight, Qlarion, Virginia Interactive, and the Library of Virginia. For more information, contact Cindy Sullivan csullivan@captechconsulting.com or visit data.virginia.gov/pages/datathon2019 

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeWednesday, October 9, 2019 from 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center
PriceFree

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, October 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join us for a book discussion with light refreshments, additional historical context, and even occasional author visits. This month, discuss Tony’s Wife, by Adriana Trigiani (a fiction finalist for the 2019 People’s Choice Awards). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792. 

panel discussion

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

TimeWednesday, October 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
PriceFree

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience is a public program featuring documentary film screenings and moderated discussions designed to encourage an informed dialogue around immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history. Hosted in Richmond at the Library of Virginia with discussions led by staff from VCU Globe (Virginia Commonwealth University's Global Education Office), this is the first of the final four fall evening events.


October 9's screening is The Search for General Tso, with discussion led by VCU Globe's Barbara Ingber. Becoming American is designed to engage and enlighten audiences by screening documentary films that represent a selection of diverse immigration experiences drawn from both the past and the present. For more information, contact Emma Ito via emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.


Becoming American is a project of City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of the Sites of Conscience. The project has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. 


This event complements the Library's current exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, presented by the Library and Virginia Humanities, a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. 

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book talk

BOOK LAUNCH WITH BRENT TARTER

Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia 

TimeThursday, October 10, 2019 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Join us for the launch of historian Brent Tarter’s latest book, Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia. The author, a founding editor of the Library of Virginia’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography, will be joined onstage by Brian Cannon (executive director of OneVirginia2021, a nonpartisan organization advocating for fair redistricting in Virginia) and Dr. Julian Hayter (a historian and associate professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond) for a discussion on this timely topic. Many are aware that gerrymandering exists and suspect it plays a role in our elections, but its history goes far deeper, and its impacts are far greater, than most realize. In Gerrymanders, Tarter focuses on Virginia’s long history of gerrymandering to uncover its immense influence on the state’s politics and to provide perspective on how the practice impacts politics nationally. On the eve of the 2021 session of the General Assembly, which will redraw district lines for Virginia’s state Senate and House of Delegates, as well as for the U.S. House of Representatives, Tarter’s book provides an eye-opening investigation of gerrymandering and its pervasive effect on our local, state, and national politics and government. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3726.

closing

Closed for Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day Holidays

TimeMonday, October 14, 2019 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM


literary awards

Art Meets Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award

TimeFriday, October 18, 2019 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall
Price$8 ($5 for Semper Virginia Society members & VMFA members)

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts present the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. This year’s recipient is author Mary Gabriel for Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler – Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art. Join us for a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A book signing and reception will follow the program. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/kotz.htm

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closing

Closed for Event Preparation

TimeSaturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Closed to prepare for our annual Literary Awards Celebration.

literary awards

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration

TimeSaturday, October 19, 2019 from 6:00 PM–10:30 PM
LocationLibrary of Virginia
Price$175

The Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration features speaker Brian Noyes, owner of Red Truck Bakery and author of the Red Truck Bakery Cookbook. Award-winning author Adriana Trigiani will again serve as host for this event. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, and awards program followed by book signings. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3813 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

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workshop

BEGINNER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Finding Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogical Research

TimeFriday, October 25, 2019 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Are you interested in exploring your family tree, but don’t know where to begin? Join Library staff members to learn about basic research strategies, useful websites, and helpful resources found at the Library. No experience necessary. Plan to arrive early to sign up for a Library of Virginia card at the circulation desk before the workshop begins. For more information, contact ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001.

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volunteer opportunity

Transcribe-a-thon

TimeSaturday, October 26, 2019 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center
PriceFree

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).

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Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

TimeMonday, December 10, 2018–Saturday, December 7, 2019
LocationExhibition Gallery & Lobby
PriceFree

Recent estimates place the number of foreign-born Virginians at just under one million, or about one in every eight people in the state. The composite portrait of Virginia is becoming more complex, challenging an older, simpler understanding of what it means to be a Virginian. Whether our roots in the state go back ten thousand years, ten generations, or ten weeks, we must create the future of the commonwealth together. New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond explores the historical and continuous journey toward the ideals of America and seeks to foster an honest discussion about the immigrant and refugee experience and Virginia's increasing diversity. Produced jointly by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities, the exhibition highlights the changing demographics of the commonwealth on the eve of the 2020 federal census through a series of interviews with first-generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia after 1976. The interviews reveal the complexity of the experience for people representing a wide range of personal backgrounds, experiences, ages, and countries of origin—Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. To complement the videos, the exhibition includes objects that have special meaning for the interviewees. New Virginians is a Legacy Project of the American Evolution, 2019 Commemoration.

exhibition

A Culture to Care:

The History of Filipino Nurses in Virginia 

TimeThursday, October 17, 2019–Saturday, December 14, 2019
Location2nd Floor, East Reading Room
PriceFree

In conjunction with our exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, which examines the state's increasing diversity, the Library hosts this exhibition from the University of Virginia’s Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry. Ren Capucao, a PhD nursing student at the UVA, wondered why so many Filipinos were nurses. Based on his dissertation research with support from Virginia Humanities, the Philippine Nurses Association of Virginia, and the Bjoring Center, A Culture to Care tells the fascinating intertwined histories of the Philippines and the United States through the perspective of nursing, which dates back to the early 20th century and American imperialism. Since the 1970s, Filipinos have become the largest group of internationally educated nurses practicing in the United States. The exhibition provides insight into the Filipino diaspora and contemporary issues surrounding the interplay of race, migration, and healthcare.

Ongoing Traveling Exhibitions

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled

at Buchanan County Public Library

TimeMonday, September 16, 2019–Saturday, October 26, 2019
LocationBuchanan County Public Library
PriceFree

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled Traveling Exhibition tells the story of Virginia Prohibition and its legacy, including the establishment of Virginia's Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and NASCAR. Supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Virginia Women in History

at York County Public Library (Tabb Branch)

TimeMonday, September 16, 2019–Saturday, October 26, 2019
LocationYork County Public Library (Tabb Branch)
PriceFree

Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings, yet their contributions as educators, nurses, lay leaders and missionaries, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, business leaders, laborers, civic activists, and community builders have often been overlooked in the history books. As part of National Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia presents the Virginia Women in History to honor eight women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518. 

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New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond

at Massanutten Regional Library

TimeMonday, September 23, 2019–Saturday, November 2, 2019
LocationMassanutten Regional Library
PriceFree

Come visit the traveling version of the exhibition New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond, which explores the changing demographics of the commonwealth on the eve of the 2020 federal census through a series of interviews with first-generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia after 1976. Produced jointly by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities, the exhibition is a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at Central Rappahannock Regional Library

TimeMonday, September 23, 2019–Saturday, November 2, 2019
LocationCentral Rappahannock Regional Library
PriceFree

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians as the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. The men and women featured offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Strong Men & Women in Virginia History

at the Middlesex County Historical Society & Museum

TimeMonday, September 30, 2019–Saturday, November 9, 2019
LocationMiddlesex County Historical Society & Museum
PriceFree

In observance of Black History Month, the Library of Virginia and Dominion Energy honor seven distinguished Virginians as the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History for their contributions to the commonwealth and the nation. The men and women featured offer powerful examples of individuals who refused to be defined by their circumstances. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.

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Virginia Women in History

at Centreville Regional Library

TimeMonday, September 30, 2019–Saturday, November 9, 2019
LocationCentreville Regional Library
PriceFree

Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings, yet their contributions as educators, nurses, lay leaders and missionaries, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, business leaders, laborers, civic activists, and community builders have often been overlooked in the history books. As part of National Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia presents the Virginia Women in History to honor eight women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518. 

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True Sons of Freedom

at Loudoun County Public Library

TimeTuesday, September 3, 2019–Saturday, November 30, 2019
LocationLoudoun County Public Library
PriceFree

Come visit the True Sons of Freedom Traveling Exhibition and explore the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518.


See the online exhibition at www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.

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Virginia Women in History

at Pamunkey Regional Library (King and Queen County)

TimeMonday, October 28, 2019–Saturday, December 7, 2019
LocationPamunkey Regional Library (King and Queen County)
PriceFree

Women have played an integral part in Virginia from its beginnings, yet their contributions as educators, nurses, lay leaders and missionaries, farmers, artists, writers, reformers, pioneers, business leaders, laborers, civic activists, and community builders have often been overlooked in the history books. As part of National Women's History Month, the Library of Virginia presents the Virginia Women in History to honor eight women who have made important contributions to Virginia, the nation, and the world. For more information, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at barbara.batson@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3518. 

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