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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
August 2014

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Governor Announces Board Appointments

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the reappointment of Jon Bowerbank and David Skiles to the Library of Virginia Board. Bowerbank is president and CEO of EMATS, Inc., of Rosedale, Virginia, and chairman of the Russell County Board of Supervisors. Skiles is director of Northern Virginia client services for the Vectre Corporation, a government relations and advocacy firm.

The governor also announced the appointment of a new Library Board member. Joining the board is Kristin Cabral, community leader and a trustee on the Fairfax County Public Library Board...

Library of Virginia Sends Public Librarians to Boot Camp

The Library of Virginia is sending three public library employees to boot camp. That's PLA (Public Library Association) Boot Camp—not the Camp Lejeune version. Gearing up for the four-and a-half day session to be held this month in Nashville, Tennessee, are Virginia Cordial, director of the Chesapeake Public Library; Clint Rudy, director of the Suffolk Public Library; and John Huddy, director of the Handley Regional Library.The Public Library Association offers intensive management training to library staff. This summer's program, which focuses on management tools and techniques to improve library services and programs, is led by Sandra Nelson...

Sayre to Deliver Annual Slatten Lecture on September 20

Pamela Boyer Sayre Pamela Boyer Sayre will be the featured speaker at the 15th Annual Slatten Lecture at the Friends of the Virginia State Archives annual meeting and conference on Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Library of Virginia, with registration starting at 8:30 AM. The registration fee is $50 ($35 for FVSA members).

Sayre will offer sessions on eBooks for genealogists and evaluating Internet sources, and discuss case studies such as a murder in a close-knit rural community (research from arrest through the court system) and tracking rumors of a Virginia ancestor's Revolutionary War...

People of the Founding Era: A Prosopographical Approach 

The People of the Founding Era database provides an interesting twist on biographical research. A prosopographical approach focuses on connections between individuals. These connections can be through family, friendship, commerce, or some other association—or simply by date or place. Since 2007, the University of Virginia Press's digital publications division, Rotunda, has made more than 200 volumes of Founding Fathers content available online. People of the Founding Era aggregates biographical information taken from the annotations of these volumes and other documentary editions of the American Founding Era Collection to create...

Festival Celebrates Virginia's Literary Scene

Taking place October 1419 and anchored by the popular James Rivers Writers Conference and the elegant Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration, the 2014 Virginia Literary Festival celebrates Virginia's rich literary resources with a variety of events aimed at diverse literary audiences of all ages. Events include a writing workshop for teens, a movie screening, an evening exploring the relationship between poetry and the visual...

Brown Institute Focused on Teaching Tough Topics

Brown Institute attendants Each summer, the Library of Virginia's Education and Programs department holds the Brown Institute, a teacher development workshop made possible by the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Endowment Fund. The workshop's theme and format change each year in order to take advantage of Library resources and exhibition content, to relate to the latest Virginia Standards of Learning, and to appeal to a broad range of teachers.

This year's theme, "Teaching Tough Topics in Virginia History," focused on addressing controversial issues in the classroom. Participating teachers learned how original documents can be used to show multiple sides of controversial issues, and how to moderate and facilitate thoughtful and productive classroom discussions. Presenters from outside organizations were Cricket White and Sylvester "Tee" Turner of Hope in the Cities: Initiatives of Change; Dr. Karenne Wood, director of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Indian...

General Assembly to Reconvene in September, Limiting Library Parking

The Virginia General Assembly will reconvene late in September to debate Medicaid expansion. The General Assembly is currently in a special session called by Governor Terry McAuliffe to adopt a budget and fill judicial vacancies. The legislative session agenda will be modified to include Medicaid expansion to the list of items to be acted upon in the special session...
Fun & Free at the Library

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Natural Virginia: Panoramic Photographs by Ben Greenberg
Place: Conference Rooms
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Photographer Ben Greenberg and author Deane Dozier will discuss production of Natural Virginia, a collection of more than 100 images that range from the state's most well-known to its rarely explored landscapes.

Saturday, August 30—September 1, 2014
The Library of Virginia will be closed for Labor Day weekend.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Seeing Flowers: An Illustrated Lecture
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Robert Llewellyn discusses his book Seeing Flowers, a visual feast that highlights more than 300 garden flowers through the use of large macrophotographs. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition Flora of Virginia.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Personal Histories: Civil Rights in Black and White
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
Dr. Edward H. Peebles Jr. (author, civil rights activist, and associate professor emeritus of preventive medicine and community health at Virginia Commonwealth University) and Dr. Carmen Foster (organizational leadership consultant and educational historian) will take part in a lively panel discussion about their involvement in the Massive Resistance movement in Richmond during the civil rights era. Retired Judge James W. Benton Jr. will moderate the discussion.

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. Explore the personalities behind the folks who collected and described these plants. Try your hand at sketching a specimen at the drawing station.

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