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The Library of Virginia Newsletter
October 2008


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Budget Cuts to Library Announced

On October 9, 2008, Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced his plan to deal with the state’s budget shortfall for fiscal year 2009. Under the plan, the Library of Virginia will experience a $600,000 cut. This represents a significant challenge for the Library, following a 4 percent reduction last year and another 1.5 percent reduction earlier this fiscal year. The Library will be operating with numerous staff vacancies, which will have an impact on services...

Library Honors Writers

Drue The The Library of Virginia celebrated the beauty and power of the written word on October 18 at the 11th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration hosted by Adriana Trigiani. This year’s winners are R.T. Smith for the poetry prize for Outlaw Style: Poems; Wesley C. Hogan for the best work of nonfiction for Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC’s Dream for a New America; and for the first time since the inception of the awards, two authors, Helon Habila and Janet Peery, are winners of the 2008 Library of Virginia Literary Award for the best work of fiction...

Can You Identify the People in These Photographs?

DrueThe Library of Virginia has placed more than 200 photographs of Richmond taken by Adolph B. Rice onto Flickr, the Internet photo-sharing Web site. This effort is in conjunction with our exhibition Richmond by Rice, which is on view in the lobby through January 3, 2009...

Join Us for the 2008 Holiday Shoppers Fair

An eclectic mix of home décor, jewelry, holiday items, framed prints, and garden accessories, as well as books and authors of Virginia significance will be available at this year’s Annual Holiday Shoppers Fair.

Taking place at the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia, and sponsored by the Museum Stores of Richmond, the 14th Annual Holiday Shoppers Fair ...

Library Acquires a Rare Photo of an "Identified" Former Powhatan County Slave

The Library of Virginia recently purchased a photograph from eBay of an African American gentleman taken in a Richmond studio in the 1880s. While 19th-century photographs of African Americans are hard to come by, those with identifying information are incredibly rare...
Fun & (almost all) Free at the library in october
Most events are free, take place at noon in the conference rooms at the Library of Virginia, and are open to the public. For details on the events listed below please visit our calendar of events.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Richmond, Like Rome, Was Built on Seven Hills: Fact or Legend?
In this book-release event, co-authors Brooks Smith and Wayne Dementi will introduce and sign Facts and Legends of the Hills of Richmond...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate to Other Species and Why It Matters
Janet Lembke, natural historian and author of numerous essays in Audubon, Sierra, and The Southern Review, will discuss and sign copies of her new book...

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Monacan Nation of Virginia: Past, Present, and Future
Join us for a panel discussion featuring Rosemary Clark Whitlock, author of the new book The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: The Drums of Life, along with members of the Monacan Nation whose interviews are part of the book...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"In Conversation He Was Quite Unrestrained": Visitor Accounts of Thomas Jefferson
Ellen C. Hickman, editorial assistant with the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, will discuss contemporary visitor accounts of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello that offer interesting insights on the former president in his retirement years...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Under the Clock: The Story of Miller & Rhoads
George Bryson, a Miller & Rhoads veteran of 39 years, and Earle Dunford, longtime city editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will discuss and sign their behind-the-scenes look at the famous department store...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Visit with Mr. Thomas Jefferson and the Fry-Jefferson Map of Virginia
Bill Barker of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation will portray Thomas Jefferson speaking on his Notes on the State of Virginia and work by his father, Peter Jefferson, on the Fry–Jefferson map of Virginia created in 1751...

Through Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Gone Fishin’ Exhibition
Take Me Fishing is a collection of writings by 50 preeminent authors who donated their works for the benefit of conservation and education...

Through January 3, 2009

Richmond by Rice Exhibition
This selection of images from the Adolph B. Rice Photograph Collection documents Richmond during the 1950s. Rice's commercial studio in Richmond served businesses, industry, and state and local governments, with assignments ranging from studio portraits and advertising shots to aerial views...

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