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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
October 2010


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Virginia Literary Festival Will Be Launched in October 2010

The Library of Virginia Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of the Virginia Literary Festival. Taking place from Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 16 and anchored by the popular James River Writers Conference and the elegant Virginia Literary Awards, the Virginia Literary Festival celebrates Virginia’s rich literary resources with a ten-day series of events taking place at venues throughout the metropolitan Richmond area...

Unite or Die Jacqueline Jules Wins the Fourth Annual Cardozo Award for Children's Literature

Jacqueline Jules’s Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation has been selected as the winner of the fourth annual Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature...

"Live From the Heart" Features Trigiani, Walls, and Weil

Join us for a live literary discussion and seated luncheon with best-selling authors Adriana Trigiani, Jeannette Walls, and Josh Weil on Friday, October 15 at the Jepson Center at the University of Richmond. The program starts at 11:30 AM. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance...

Carpenter Receives VLA Presidential Citation

Paranita Carpenter came to the Library of Virginia in 1994 to work as a temporary secretary. Her talents soon caught the eye of staff members and in 1995 she became a full-time employee. She quickly earned a reputation as hard worker and a go-to person on issues involving computers and databases...

Central Rap Has Talent

Take a moment to check out these YouTube videos produced by the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for staff day. They are great morale boosters. Inspired by the 1978 disco hit "I Will Survive," the video features lyrics rewritten to proclaim support for libraries, particularly under the stress of tight budgets. It begins with a send-up of a typically hectic day in the life of a professional librarian...

Find It Virginia Site Has a new look

Check out the new Find It Virginia Web site from the Library of Virginia. Find it Virginia is a collection of databases that provide free, 24/7 access to newspapers, magazine and journal articles, and reference books for all age ranges and interests...

Hardwick to Deliver Annual Governor Henry Lecture

Dr. Kevin R. Hardwick, associate professor of history at James Madison University, will deliver the tenth Annual Governor Henry Lecture at the Library of Virginia at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 16, and at Hampden-Sydney College at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 17...

Library of Virginia Offers Trustee Workshops

In Virginia the governance of most public libraries is placed with citizens of the community, organized as a library board of trustees. Board members are public officials and the powers delegated to them are a public trust. Library boards have both legal and practical responsibilities. They are responsible for carrying out their legal duties correctly and, consequently, are accountable under law for the actions they take...

Get Ready for the Holiday Shoppers Fair

The annual Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers Fair will be held this year at the Virginia Historical Society, located at 428 North Boulevard. The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia is one of 15 area museums participating in the event, which takes place Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

October Is Archives Month in Virginia

The theme of 2010 Archives Month is "Making Connections: Archives and Imagination." October is a great time to explore Virginia history by visiting an archives collection near you. Virginia is home to more than 75 archives and special collections repositories that preserve and make available Virginia’s history...

Restored Portrait to Hang in the Executive Mansion

A new lady is gracing the walls of Virginia’s Executive Mansion—a recently restored portrait of Mary Randolph Harrison. The painting was purchased at auction for the Executive Mansion on September 19, 2009, from the Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the portrait was listed as “Unknown artist, late 18th/early 19th century, portrait of Mary Harrison, nee Randolph, with family history indicating that the portrait...

Staunton Public Library's Computer System Earns Award

The City of Staunton received a Governor's Technology Award for Innovation in Local Government for implementation of virtualized public access workstations at the Staunton Public Library during a September 7 ceremony at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium conference in Richmond...

Tumblebooks Are Coming to a Public Library Near You!

Tumblebooks The Library of Virginia has purchased the TumbleBook Library for use by Virginia’s public libraries. The TumbleBook Library is a collection of animated, talking picture books suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books by adding sound, animation, music, and narration to create an electronic picture book...
Fun & Free at the library in October
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.

Soul of a People Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Soul of a People
Join us for a noontime talk and book signing for David Taylor’s Soul of a People. His book explores the lives and experiences of a handful of people who were on the Federal Writer's Project in the 1930s and offers a glimpse of America at a turning point. Drawing on new discoveries from personal collections, archives, and recent biographies, a new picture has emerged in the last decade of how the participants' individual dramas intersected with the larger pictures of their subjects...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

MLK Revealed
A discussion on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with Hampton Sides and Nick Kotz. The discussion will be moderated by Edward L. Ayers, president of the University of Richmond.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Writers Workshop: Nonfiction
A half-day of insightful guidance and hands-on instruction for writers of articles, essays, and nonfiction books featuring authors James Campbell, Phaedra Hise, Dean King, Jason Tesauro, and Logan Ward, with special guest Hampton Sides.

Secretariat’s  Meadow Thursday, October 14, 2010

Secretariat’s Meadow
Join us for a talk and signing by co-authors Kate Chenery Tweedy and Leanne Meadows Ladin as they give us the complete story of Secretariat’s birthplace and the family, who raised and raced him. Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, The Family, The Legend reveals an intimate picture of Meadow Farm from the viewpoint of Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery (Tweedy) and granddaughter of Meadow Stable's founder, Christopher T. Chenery.

Friday, October 15, 2010

From the Heart
Join us for a live literary discussion and seated luncheon with best-selling authors Adriana Trigiani, Jeannette Walls, and Josh Weil. Three of Virginia’s most beloved and highly acclaimed fiction writers discuss their works. Author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy, Trigiani wows audiences with her humor. Walls does it with her poignant stories. Weil, whose dark Appalachian tales have brought him critical kudos, is the new voice on the block. Journalist Lisa LaFata Powell will moderate the discussion, which promises to be not only lively but heartfelt.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Virginia Arts & Letters Live
Virginia actors read short stories by Virginia writers, accompanied by Virginia musicians.
Pat Carroll is the guest host and this year’s production is directed by Irene Ziegler. This event is co-produced by James River Writers and the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen in association with the READ Center.

Unite or Die Saturday, October 16, 2010

Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation
Cardozo Award–winning author Jacqueline Jules will read and discuss her book Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation, which delightfully depicts how the constitution was created. This is a perfect program for elementary school children.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

13th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards
Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani will host this year's fabulous literary event featuring the best writing about Virginia or by Virginia authors. Awards will be given for best works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary lifetime achievement. Other awards include the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, the People's Choice Awards, and the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature.

The Art of Libery Through Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Art of Liberty
This year marks the 65th anniversary of both V-E Day (Victory in Europe, May 8) and V-J Day (Victory over Japan, August 15). To commemorate the occasions and to honor those who fought overseas and on the home front, The Art of Liberty highlights a few of the WWII posters sent to the Library of Virginia as part of the Federal Depository Library program.

Through Wednesday, November 3, 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.

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