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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
November 2011


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Boggs, Skloot, and Graber Receive Literary Awards

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 14th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards, sponsored by Dominion. The October 15 awards celebration was hosted by award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani. Awards categories were fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary lifetime achievement. Winners of the Library of Virginia’s Annual Literary Awards receive a $3,500 prize and a handsome engraved crystal book...

Iconic Images of Hatch Show Print Fill Library of Virginia

The Library of Virginia is pleased to present American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print opening December 5, 2011 and running through February 4, 2012. The exhibition illustrates the fascinating fusion of art with popular culture and music history. Featuring the work of one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating printing shops – Nashville’s Hatch Show Print—the exhibition highlights the uniquely vibrant American posters produced to advertise everything from vaudeville shows, state fairs, and stock car races to the Grand Ole Opry, Norah Jones, Elvis Presley, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, and Herbie Hancock...

Stafford County Court Records Jersey City Library Returns Stafford County Ledger Taken During Civil War to Library of Virginia

A leather-bound ledger with transcriptions of Stafford County records from 1749 until 1758 has made its way back to Virginia after being taken from the Stafford County Courthouse by Union army Captain William A. Treadwell on March 30, 1863. The volume was transcribed in 1791 by Stafford County deputy clerk John Fox...

Connect with Us

On November 7, Connect with Us, an exhibition exploring how the Library of Virginia uses social media to engage and encourage the community, opens at the Library. The exhibition will run through September 15, 2012. New acquisitions and unusual items from our collections will be displayed and visitors will be encouraged to post comments about the materials and their experiences at the Library. Each month throughout the exhibition’s run...

Civil War 150 Legacy Project Coming to Your Area

Archivists from the Library of Virginia with the Civil War 150 Legacy Project are crisscrossing the state scanning privately held letters, maps, diaries, daguerreotypes, and records of the Civil War. The Civil War 150 Legacy Project: Document Digitization and Access is a multi-year initiative to locate, digitize, and provide worldwide access to the private documentary heritage of the American Civil War era located throughout Virginia. Working with local sesquicentennial committees established by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, the Civil War 150 Legacy Project is preserving the rich historical record found in Civil War manuscript materials...

Pew Research Center Announces New Research Initiative to Study the Changing Role of Public Libraries and Library Users in the Digital Age

The Pew Research Center will study how the role of public libraries is changing in the digital age and how library patrons’ needs and expectations are shifting. The new research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a three-year, $1.4 million investment and will be conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project...

Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade McInnis to Discuss Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade

On the evening of December 8, Maurie D. McInnis, professor and associate dean for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, will discuss and sign Slaves Waiting for Sale, her innovative book featuring the work of Eyre Crowe, a young British artist. On March 3, 1853, Crowe visited a slave auction in Richmond and later used his sketches of the scene to develop a series of illustrations and paintings, including Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia. His paintings captured the complexities and pathos of American slavery...

Cote and Halliday Win Lewis Award

Donna Cote, director of Central Rappahannock Regional Library, and John Halliday, director of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, are the winners of the 2011 Elizabeth M. Lewis Award, named for the former director of public library development at the Library of Virginia and awarded yearly by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association. Also nominated for the award was Laurie S. Roberts, director of the Tazewell County Public Library. The winners were selected by a vote of public library directors in Virginia...

2011 Jefferson Cup Awards Announced

Beverly Gherman’s book Sparky: The Life and Times of Charles Schultz took top honors by winning the 2011 Jefferson Cup from the Youth Services Forum of the Virginia Library Association. Gherman focuses on how Charles “Sparky” Schulz’s love of drawing shaped his life and how he used his own life experiences to shape his work. Like his beloved character Charlie Brown from his Peanuts comic strip, Schultz was not always successful in what he did. What Gherman’s biography drives home is that, in spite of his flaws and setbacks, Schulz was tenacious, self-deprecating, and hard working, and these traits played a large part in his success. Sparky is written for readers in grades five and up...

Defend the Freedom to Read: It’s Everybody’s Job

On the heels of Banned Books Week this year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom is kicking off a new awareness campaign to increase the reporting of challenges to library materials...
Fun & Free at the Library
All events are free and take place from noon until 1 PM in the conference rooms at the Library of Virginia unless otherwise noted.

Friday–Saturday, November 4–5, 2011

17th Annual Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers' Fair
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard
Fourteen of the Richmond area's finest museum gift shops come together for the annual Holiday Shoppers' Fair at the VMFA. Event hours will be from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM on Friday, November 4 and from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Saturday, November 5. Support your local cultural institutions by shopping at this unique venue. For more information, call the Virginia Shop at 804-692-3524.

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life Tuesday, November 8, 2011

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
And So It Goes is the culmination of five years of research and writing—the first-ever complete life story of Kurt Vonnegut, one of the most influential, controversial, and popular novelists of the 20th century. Author Charles J. Shields will discuss and sign his latest book. Shields has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in American history from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he was a James Scholar. He lives in central Virginia with his wife, Guadalupe Shields.

Friday–Saturday, November 11–12, 2011

The Library will be closed for Veterans Day.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

11th Annual Governor Henry Lecture Henry, Madison, Jefferson, and the Contest for Religious Liberty in Revolutionary Virginia
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Thomas S. Kidd, associate professor of history and senior fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, will deliver the annual Governor Henry Lecture. The lecture is jointly sponsored by the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation and the Library of Virginia. Kidd is the author of Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots, The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, and American Christians and Islam: Evangelical Culture and Muslims from the Colonial Period to the Age of Terrorism.

Early Modern Virginia: Reconsidering the Old Dominion Friday, November 18, 2011

Early Modern Virginia: Reconsidering the Old Dominion
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Doug Bradburn and John Coombs, editors of Early Modern Virginia, will speak about a wide range of topics and offer a fresh look at the early religious, political, economic, social, and intellectual life of the colony. A reception, hosted by the University of Virginia Press, follows the talk and book signing.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Library will close at noon for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thursday–Saturday, November 24–26, 2011

The Library will be closed for Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Books on Broad" Featuring Caroline Preston: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston is the first-ever scrapbook novel, transporting us back to the vibrant, burgeoning bohemian culture of the 1920s and introducing an unforgettable heroine, the spirited, ambitious, and lovely Frankie Pratt. For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie receives a scrapbook and her father's old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie's dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a college scholarship to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau. Preston is the author of three previous novels: Jackie by Josie, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Lucy Crocker 2.0; and Gatsby's Girl, which chronicles F. Scott Fitzgerald's first girlfriend. Inspired by her interest in manuscripts and ephemera, Preston worked as an archivist at the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Peabody Essex Museum, and Harvard's Houghton Library. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served (5:30–6:15 PM), followed by author talk (6:15–7:15 PM), and book signing (7:15–7:30 PM).

Friday, December 2, 2011

Exibition Preview for American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print
Time: 5:30 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall and Lobby, Free
An exhibition preview will include a talk by exhibition curator Jim Sherraden, tours of the exhibition, music, a silent art auction, a wine tasting, and much more.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Woodblock Printmaking Workshop
Time: 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Place: Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main St.
Exhibition curator Jim Sherraden offers attendees the rare opportunity to print their own artwork from Hatch Show Print wwodblocks. Paper and ink provided, but bring a t-shirt or two to print on.

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