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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
November 2010


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Kingsolver, Holton, and Nystrom Receive Literary Awards

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 13th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. Winners of the Library of Virginia’s Annual Literary Awards receive a $3,500 prize and a handsome engraved crystal book...

Visit Shutterfly to See Celebration Photographs

13th Annual Library of Virginia Celebration If you attended the 13th Annual Library of Virginia Celebration, you know what a marvelous event it was. Great company, great writers, witty commentary from host Adriana Trigiani, and heartwarming acceptance speeches from this year’s honorees made the night special...

Jan Karon to Speak at Library of Virginia on November 12

Author Jan Karon will speak at the Library of Virginia at noon on November 12 about her new book, In the Company of Others: A Father Tim Novel, as part of her nationwide book tour. Karon is the author of “The Mitford Years” and the “Father Tim” series of books. The event is Karon’s only scheduled stop in Virginia...

Five Million Images from Across Virginia Reveal Stories of Our Past: Library of Virginia Makes Goochland County Chancery Records Available Online

Goochland The Library of Virginia has completed digitizing more than five million chancery images. The milestone was reached in the scanning of the Goochland County Chancery Records from 1731 through 1913. This county’s chancery records join those from 46 other localities...

Microfilm Scanners Available in the Library's West Reading Room

Through a grant from the Library Services and Technology Act, the Library of Virginia has acquired new digital microfilm scanners. The ScanPro 2000 machines are able to produce digitized images from microfilm reels and microfiche sheets...

Library Presents Civil War Exhibitions

The Library of Virginia is offering two exhibitions that open in December highlighting the debate leading up to Virginia’s decision to leave the Union. Union or Secession: Virginians Decide opens December 6, 2010, and...

Coalition Holds its First Seminar on FOI, Records

Nearly 100 people attended the Virginia Coalition for Open Government’s first-ever seminar on records management and the Freedom of Information Act at the Library of Virginia in September. Attendees, who represented 48 different state and local agencies throughout the commonwealth...

Firestine Wins Lewis Award

Scott Firestine Scott Firestine, director of the Appomattox Regional Library, is the recipient of the inaugural Elizabeth M. Lewis Award, named for the former director of public library development at the Library of Virginia. Also nominated for the award were Donna Cote...

Library Holds Wealth of Resources on Virginia's Wartime Experiences

Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Veterans Day—all are commemorated on November 11. World War I—known at the time as “The Great War” —officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. Fighting ceased seven months earlier, however, when an armistice between...

All the Broken Pieces Wins 2010 Jefferson Cup

The 2010 Jefferson Cup Award Winner is All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg. The Jefferson Cup honors a distinguished biography, historical fiction, or American history book for young people. Presented since 1983, the Virginia Library Association’s Jefferson Cup Award promotes reading about America's past; encourages the quality writing...
Fun & Free at the library in November
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.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day.

In the Company of Others Friday, November 12, 2010

In the Company of Others
Jan Karon will discuss In the Company of Others, the second novel in Karon’s new series, The Father Tim Novels, featuring Father Timothy Kavanagh, the beloved retired Episcopal priest from her Mitford series. In this novel, Father Tim and his wife, Cynthia, travel to Ireland to do genealogical research and discover family secrets. In the Company of Others is a moving testament to the desperate struggle to hide the truth at any cost and the powerful need to confess. Of all her winning novels, this “dark-haired child” is Karon's favorite—a sentiment readers everywhere are certain to share.
Please Note: Karon will not be signing books. A limited number of autographed copies are available from the Virginia Shop. To pre-order your copy of In the Company of Others or Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader visit the shop's site at www.thevirginiashop.org.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Library will open late, at 11 A.M., due to Sun Trust Richmond Marathon.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Partners in Liberty: George Mason and Patrick Henry
Kevin Hardwick, associate professor of history at James Madison University, will deliver this year's annual Governor Henry Lecture, comparing and contrasting Patrick Henry and George Mason. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation and the Library of Virginia.

Bible Babel Thursday, November 18, 2010

"Books on Broad" Featuring Kristen Swenson
Join us for the November installment of Books on Broad where Virginia Commonwealth University associate professor of religious studies Kristin Swenson will discuss her new book, Bible Babel: Making Sense of the Most Talked About Book of All Time. The Bible informs much of our culture, but most people know little about the book itself. In this intelligent yet humorous and highly accessible guide, Swenson uses pop culture references from Wall-E to Battlestar Galactica to help people understand how the best-selling book of all time affects our daily lives. Light refreshments served.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Library will be closing early, at Noon for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 25, 2010 – Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Library will be closing for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Facts and Legends of Sports in Richmond Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Facts and Legends of Sports in Richmond
Wayne Dementi and Brooks Smith will discuss and sign Facts & Legends of Sports in Richmond, a delightful book celebrating the venues, memorable events, and athletes of Richmond. The book features essays first aired on WCVE, the Community Idea Station, together with new and vintage photographs collected or personally captured by the Dementi family of photographers.
Please Note: Time change – This event, sponsored by Leadership Metro Richmond and Richmond Sports Backers, will now start at 6:30 PM.

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