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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
November 2013

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Garstang, Berg, And Keener-Mikenas Receive Literary Awards

Literary Awards The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 16th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards, sponsored by Dominion. The October 19 awards celebration was hosted by award-winning Virginia author David Baldacci. Award categories were fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary lifetime achievement. Winners of the Library of Virginia's Annual Literary Awards receive a monetary prize and a handsome engraved crystal book.

Clifford Garstang is the recipient of the 2013 Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction for What the Zhang Boys Know, which the judges felt was a seamless tale of an immigrant seeking a new wife and mother for his sons. The novel is an enticing collection of interconnected stories about characters who live in a condominium in Washington, D.C.

Clifford Garstang began writing fiction after a career in international law with one of the world's largest law firms and with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. His first book, the story collection In an Uncharted Country (2009), has been described as "impeccably written, sumptuously imagined, and completely enchanting," and....

Save the Dates for the 19th Holiday Shoppers Fair: November 8 & 9

The 2013 Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers Fair will be held at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, 2013, from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM. The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia and the Virginia State Capitol will be there, along with more than a dozen Richmond-area museum gift shops, selling its wares, including many unique and unusual items. Proceeds benefit the museums. The Cultural Arts Center is located at 2880 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Admission is free.A special members-only preview and reception will be held on Thursday, November 7, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. All museums will extend a 10 percent discount to members at the preview.

The Virginia Shops will have author sales and signings by Dale M. Brumfield and Patricia Cecil Hass on Thursday, by Bill Lohman and Mary Miley Theobald on Friday, and by Clay McLeod Chapman and

2013 Jefferson Cup Awards for Children's and Young Adult Literature Announced

The 2013 Jefferson Cup Committee is pleased to announce its selections for this year's awards. The 2013 Jefferson Cup Award for Older Readers went to Steve Sheinkin for Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—The World's Most Dangerous Weapon. The 2013 Jefferson Cup Award for Younger Readers went to Henry Cole for Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad.

The 2013 Honor Books for Older Readers are Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel by Gigi Amateau and The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler.The Honor Books for Younger Readers are Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim and Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern.

The Jefferson Cup Committee reviewed almost 150 books this year...

Library of Virginia Provides National Geographic Kids to Public Libraries and Public Schools

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the launch of National Geographic Kids through Find It Virginia and through public libraries and K–12 public schools. National Geographic Kids provides reputable, authoritative, and appropriate online content that brings children the world in a way they have never seen it before. Geared for children between ages 6 and 14, the website features educational games, videos, and other activities, centered mostly on animals and the natural world. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids will take visitors on amazing adventures in...

Virginia Newspaper Project Connects with Augusta County Genealogical Society

The Staunton Tribune Errol Somay, director of the Virginia Newspaper Project, gave a presentation about the VNP to the Augusta County Genealogical Society at the Waynesboro Public Library on October 16. While there he was presented with a noteworthy gift to the Library of Virginia.

Somay spoke on the history of the VNP, its cataloging and microfilming initiatives as a participant in the National Endowment for the Humanities–funded U.S. Newspaper Program, and recent efforts to digitize thousands of pages as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. The presentation included a slide show of interesting...

Winter Reading Program Focuses on Early Literacy Skills

Baby, is it ever cold outside! What better way to spend a frosty evening than snuggled up with a special child sharing a good book. Perhaps you have warm childhood memories of time spent with a family member or caregiver listening to stories. Maybe you even remember your favorite books. But did you know that time spent reading with a caring adult may have been the key to your being able to read and comprehend this article today? The Library of Virginia does, which is why public libraries all over the state will be offering a Winter Reading Program for children from birth to 5 years of age during the month of February: "Snuggle Up With a Book" features the artwork...

Scanning at Czech-Slovak Festival Attracts a Crowd

The 1st Czech-Slovak Folklife Festival was held at the Prince George Regional Heritage Center in Prince George on October 19. The Library of Virginia was asked by festival organizers to participate in the event and scan family papers that attendees were invited to bring to the event.

Carl Childs and Renee Savits from the Library of Virginia attended the event and scanned 281 images from 27 donors. Savits, the Civil War 150 Legacy Project archivist, was overwhelmed with people waiting in line at the opening of the festival to share their family information and have their items scanned. The lines continued until well past the festival's closing
Fun & Free at the Library

Monday, November 11, 2013
The Library of Virginia will be closed for Veterans Day.

Friday, November 15, 2013
Art & the Bard: The National Gallery of Art and Folger Shakespeare Library
Time: 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
Place: Depart from Library of Virginia,  Cost: $75 for members of the Semper Virginia Society; $100 for non-members
The Library has arranged a trip to Washington, DC, for a private tour of the National Gallery of Art Library, which features some extraordinary items in its collection, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials and other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.  The trip will include time for holiday shopping at the Folger Shop and the National Gallery Shop.  Cost includes round-trip coach transportation from the Library of Virginia, lunch, and a snack en route both ways. For more information or to register email dorian.lemasters@lva.virginia.gov or call 804-356-1928. You can also register online through the Virginia Shop at www.thevirginiashop.org/ArtandTheBard.aspx

Saturday, November 16, 2013
The Library will be closed for the Anthem Richmond Marathon.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Curiosities "Books on Broad" featuring Brian Burns
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
The city of Richmond was under intense strain as the Confederate Capital, setting the stage for extraordinary stories of chivalry, terror, pageantry, and the brave struggles of ordinary civilians. Curiosities brings to light many lesser-known stories of the Civil War in Richmond. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013—Saturday, November 30, 2013
The Library will be closed from noon on Wednesday, November 27 through Saturday, November 30 for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
The Gift of Pets The Gift of Pets: Stories Only a Vet Could Tell
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Veterinarian Bruce R. Coston will share stories from his new book, The Gift of Pets, about his animal patients and the clients who make his veterinary practice fulfilling. Coston is a gifted storyteller and a worthy follower of the James Herriot school of veterinary memoirs. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia.

Friday, December 6, 2013
Cooking with My Sisters: A Culinary Adventure with Adriana Trigiani
Time: 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia Conference Rooms & Lobby,  $65 for members of the Semper Virginia Society; $85 for nonmembers
This elegant luncheon will feature a three-course meal prepared with the cookbook Cooking with My Sisters, a collaborative project of Adriana Trigiani and her three sisters. Trigiani and her family will host the event, which includes a presentation, book signing, and food by Cateraide, one of Richmond's most elegant caterers.

Friday, December 6, 2013
Friends and Family Open House
Time: 2:00–7:00 PM
Place:Virginia Shop
We're celebrating our friends and family this holiday season with some outrageous deals in the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia.  Tons of holiday and regular merchandise will be marked down up to 70% off the original price and any full-priced items will be 10% off.  We'll also provide samplings of our favorite Virginia Finest foods, tastings of Virginia wines and the chance to mingle with some special guests!As a bonus to our Semper Virginia Society members, we're extending 20% off all full-priced merchandise in the Library store through the month of December. Or, join as a new or renewing member and receive a whopping 30% off your entire purchase of full-priced merchandise! Visit us online at www.thevirginiashop.org/foundation-membership.aspx or call Dorian at 804-692-3561.

Through Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute.

Through Saturday, February 22, 2014
No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Explore the evolution of Virginia's roadside lodging along U.S. Route 1, once the main highway for travel along the East Coast, through this exhibition of vintage and current photographs. Early and mid-20th century travelers along Route 1 stopped at camps, motor courts, roadside cottages, and motels to take a break from the hours of driving. Often locally owned, these businesses were full of the local flavor of the area. Today, in the shadows of the bright lights of the Holiday Inns, Best Westerns, and the Hiltons, the remnants of Virginia's roadside culture can still be seen through its rusted signs, overgrown lots, boarded windows, and re-purposed buildings.

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