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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
June 2009


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Broadband Summit Participants Judge Broadband Summit a Success

The Virginia Opportunity Online Broadband Summit held last month brought together representatives from the 17 libraries eligible for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant opportunity with local partners and state leaders. The group quickly became engaged in the summit content...

Poe Young Writers' Competition The People's Pick

The response to the Poe Young Writers' Competition, sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, was wonderful. We received dozens of inspired works of poetry and prose, ranging from mysterious to murderous...

New Library Sign a Community Effort

The Halifax Public Library is displaying an attractive new sign. After most of the letters had worn off the old metal sign that was attached to the building, the library went in search of a new way to identify the library...

Fifty Years of Quality Service to Virginia’s Libraries

Many public libraries in Virginia that got their start in the period from the 1950s through the 1990s owe their success to the efforts and expertise of one unassuming woman—Ida Patton. Of the 91 public library systems in Virginia, Patton worked with nearly half of them...

Obamas to be Honorary Chairs of National Book Festival

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will serve as honorary chairs of the 2009 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress. Now in its ninth year, this popular daylong celebration of the joys of reading and lifelong literacy will be held...

Virginia Poetry Champion Wins National Poetry Out Loud Contest

William Farley, Virginia's Poetry Out Loud champion, won the national competition on April 27 at the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Farley was among 12 finalists and 53 state champions from around the country who participated in the fourth national poetry recitation contest...

Staunton Library Friends Receive Extra Support

The National Home Library Foundation has made a grant to the Friends of the Staunton Library to enhance adult literacy. The grant will be used to purchase additional books...

$1,000 Grant Sparked Young Adult Club

The Halifax County–South Boston Regional Library received a $1,000 grant from the National Home Library Foundation to be used toward the purchase of young adult books...
Fun & Free at the library in June
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.

Signs of LifeTuesday, June 16, 2009

Signs of Life: An Exploration of Family Photograph Albums
Dale Neighbors, the Library's Prints and Photographs Collection coordinator, will explore the conventions of this photographic genre and discuss themes relating to family structure and identity that can often be revealed through an accumulation of family photographs.

Hiding in the SpotlightThursday, June 18, 2009

Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy’s Story of Survival, 1941–1946
Greg Dawson recounts the extraordinary story of his mother, who as a young girl survived the Holocaust in Berdyansk, Ukraine, through her musical genius. Zhanna Arshanskaya escaped the Nazi death march to Drobitsky Yar and used her rare musical gift to help her survive. Performing and giving concerts for the occupying German troops as they moved throughout Europe, she kept her true identity a secret...

Worth a Thousand WordsThursday, June 25, 2009

Worth a Thousand Words
Stacy Hawkins Adams, award-winning author and speaker, will launch her new book, Worth a Thousand Words, with a talk and book signing. It tells the story of Indigo Burns's life, which is going according to plan until, all at once, her family life, love life, and hopes for success are flipped upside down. Worth a Thousand Words dramatically explores the tough decisions one woman must make in the world of love, relationships, and career.

Continues through July 2, 2009

Virginia Is for Tourists
For more than 200 years visitors have traveled to and within Virginia to marvel at its scenery, to bathe in its mountain springs, to soak in the sun on its seashore, and to relive and understand its complex past. The Virginia Is for Tourists exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of the "Virginia Is for Lovers" marketing campaign.

Lighting the FuseContinues through July 25, 2009

Lighting the Fuse
This exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry and the beginning of the national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Among the items displayed are remarkable letters from the papers of Governor Henry Alexander Wise in protest of Brown's conviction of treason against the commonwealth of Virginia and his execution.

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