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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
July 2014

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Finalists for the Library of Virginia's 2014 Literary Awards Announced

Stories of love, honor, and intrigue. Rhymes of death and mourning. All these and more are included in the finalists for the Library of Virginia's 2014 Literary Awards.

In the nonfiction category three faculty members from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville are this year's finalists.

Barbara Perry, a senior fellow and associate professor at the University of Virginia in the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program, claimed one of the top three nonfiction spots for her biography...

Metz Is New Deputy of Collections and Programs for the Library

John Metz, current director of the Library's Archives, Records, and Collection Services Division, is the new deputy of Collections and Programs at the Library of Virginia, responsible for overseeing the Library's collections, public services, outreach activities, and educational programs. He will coordinate agency activities in the areas of research, reference, archives, records management, special collections, circulation, collection...

Peter Broadbent to Serve as Library Board Chair

Peter E. Broadbent, Jr. Peter E. Broadbent, Jr., of Richmond, has been elected chair of the Library Board. A partner in the law firm of Christian & Barton, LLP, he is a graduate of St. Christopher's School in Richmond and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Duke University and a juris doctorate from the University of Virginia. Broadbent chaired the...

Women's History Gems Discovered at Antiquarian Book Fair

The Library of Virginia's Special Collections Department recently added two extremely rare titles to its collection of Virginia women's history–related materials. The items were purchased at the third annual Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Library in May.

Girl Scouts in Richmond

Girl Scout Troop 35 Girl Scout Troop 35, Richmond, Virginia, Annual Report for 1937–1938
This annual report details the beginnings of the African American Girl Scott Troop 35, organized and run by Richmond's Ebenezer Baptist Church, with 33 girls invested during its first year. It contains a brief history of the origins of African American Girl Scout troops in...

2014 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellows Selected

After receiving a record number of applicants this year, the Library of Virginia is pleased to announce that Cathy Nichols-Cocke and Dan Tulli have been awarded the 2014 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowships. Endowed by Ellen and Orran Brown in honor of his parents, Anne and Ryland Brown of Forest, Virginia, the fund is a legacy to their lifelong belief in the power of education to improve an individual's well being and that of his or her family. The Brown Teacher Research Fellowship provides Virginia educators...

IMLS Releases Report on Public Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released its Public Libraries in the United States Report, an in-depth examination of Fiscal Year 2011 survey data with important findings about the state of public library service in the U.S. For the first time, the agency used statistical modeling to examine the relationship between investments in public libraries and library use and found that, in most cases, when investment increases, use increases, and when investment

Montgomery County Circuit Court Records Project Reaches Midway Point

The end of June marked the midway point for the Library of Virginia's two-year project entitled "Preserving and Providing Access to the Montgomery County Circuit Court Records Collection," which is funded in part with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project employs three archivists to arrange, describe, and preserve 150 cubic feet of archival material...

Board Releases Meeting Schedule

At its annual meeting in June the State Library Board approved its meeting schedule for the upcoming fiscal year. Meetings of the Board are open to the public, begin at 10:30 AM, and are preceded by committee meetings, which are also open to the public...

Revamped Kids InfoBits Available to Public Library Cardholders

The Library of Virginia, in partnership with Gale/Cengage Learning, is pleased to provide Virginia libraries with the new and improved Kids InfoBits database, which boasts improved navigation on many platforms (including mobile devices), text translation to 12 languages, Lexile levels (information on text difficulty), and technology that reads the text to the user.

Kids InfoBits provides access to reference content, magazines, newspapers, maps, charts, graphs, and more than 13,000 searchable images. The updated version...
Fun & Free at the Library

Friday, July 4—July 5, 2014
The Library of Virginia will be closed for the Independence Day weekend

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Appomattox Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Elizabeth R. Varon, Langhorne Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, will discuss and sign her thought-provoking examination of the substantive and symbolic meanings of the surrender at Appomattox. Varon dispels many of the simplistic myths surrounding the surrender and explains the ongoing struggle that persisted in the newly united nation.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
What So Proudly We Hailed "BOOKS ON BROAD" FEATURING MARC LEEPSON | What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key: A Life
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian and former staff writer for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, D.C. What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key: A Life is a full-length biography of Key, the first in more than 85 years. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:30 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Apocalypse and the Millennium in the Civil War Era "BOOKS ON BROAD" FEATURING ZACHARY W. DRESSER | Apocalypse and the Millennium in the Civil War Era
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Apocalypse and the Millennium in the Civil War Era explores the diverse ways in which beliefs about the end times influenced 19th-century American lives, including reform culture, the search for meaning amid the trials of war, and the social transformation wrought by emancipation. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:30 pm, book talk 6:00–7:00 pm, and book signing 7:00–7:30 pm.

Friday, August 8, 2014
GENEALOGY WORKSHOP | Find Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Geared for beginners, this workshop will explore our collections and offer advice on how to organize your research. This is part of an ongoing series of workshops on researching your family history. Fee. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/find-your-family-history-at-the-library-of-virginia-getting-started-registration-11470046217?aff=es2&rank=1

Through Saturday, July 19, 2014
Rewarding Virginia's Warriors:  Commemorating 70 Years of the GI Bill
Place: Reading Rooms, Second Floor
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
The GI Bill turns 70 this year. Prior to this groundbreaking legislation being signed into law in June 1944  by President Franklin Roosevelt, postwar benefits for veterans  were skimpy and spotty at best. This display of pre-World War II portions of the Library's military collection highlights Revolutionary War land bounties, petitions for pensions, and post-Civil War applications for prosthetics. Artifacts from Hanger, Inc, a prosthetic company founded by Virginian James Hanger after the Civil War will also be on display.

Through Saturday, August 23, 2014
Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference
Place: Reading Rooms, Second Floor
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) presents Mapping RVA: Where You Live Makes All the Difference, a multimedia exhibition of nine maps created using geographic information systems to display a unique history of the Richmond metro area. In this iteration of the traveling exhibit, maps from the Library of Virginia's holdings will be presented alongside the maps created by HOME's director of research, Brian Koziol. The current circumstances of Richmond's neighborhoods have roots in state and federal policies that have had lasting effects on concentrations of poverty and growth, lending patterns, homeownership, and educational outcomes for children

Through Saturday, September 13, 2014
Flora of Virginia Flora of Virginia
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Discover the power of the flower. Delve into Virginia's natural environment through Flora of Virginia, an exhibition featuring hundreds of colorful illustrations from the Library of Virginia's collections. Learn fun facts about Virginia's native plants. Examine the history of botanical description and illustration.

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