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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
September 2014

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CoSA Rising Star Award Goes to the Kaine E-mail Project Team

A team at the Library of Virginia has put Virginia's state archives on the forefront of open government in the modern age. With the innovative Governor Tim Kaine Administration E-mail Project, a dedicated group of archivists and information technology professionals has earned Virginia the distinction of having the first state government archives in the United States to make the e-mails of a previous governor's administration freely available to the public online. This effort, which ultimately will place online in an organized, searchable database all of the archival records identified in the 1.3 million emails transferred from the Kaine administration, has received the Council of...

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Announce 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are pleased to announce the winner of the second annual Mary Lynn Kotz Award for art in literature This unique award recognizes an outstanding book in fiction or nonfiction that demonstrates the highest literary merit as a creative or scholarly work on the theme of visual artists or art. Categories include works of journalism, poetry, fiction, biography, history, and museum exhibition catalogs. This year’s finalists for the Art in Literature Award are: Arts and Crafts Embroidery by Laura Euler, The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo by Carolyn Kreiter Foronda, The Melancholy Art byMichael Ann Holly, Labyrinths: The Art...

Say Cheese! Library of Virginia Joins Instagram

Hanger Artificial Limb The Library of Virginia has recently expanded its social media presence to include an Instagram account. Instagram is an online, mobile photo- and video-sharing social network. Users take photos within the distinctive square frame, apply optional digital filters to them, and share. The images can be shared to the Instagram network itself, as well as to larger social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Though it is primarily a mobile medium meant to be accessed through a smart phone or tablet, all of our images can be accessed on the Instagram website...

Library of Virginia Building to Undergo Joint Repair

It is hard to believe, but the "new" Library of Virginia building has been open since January 1997, and the time has come for some repairs to the building's exterior. The sealants used to waterproof the joints between the stone and metal panels that form the "skin" of the Library of Virginia building have begun to fail. The Department of General Services has secured a contractor to replace the sealants in all of the joints on the Broad Street facade of the building. The major effort has begun and will take approximately 90 days to complete. The other...

Brotherhood and Bluffton Win 2014 Jefferson Cup

The Jefferson Cup Committee is pleased to announce its selections for this year's awards. The 2014 Jefferson Cup Award for Older Readers went to A. B. Westrick for Brotherhood. The 2014 Jefferson Cup Award for Younger Readers went to Matt Phelan for Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton. Brotherhood offers a glimpse into the enormous social and political upheaval of the period immediately following the Civil War. Judges felt that Westrick wrote of "a complicated chapter in history with empathy and balance." Bluffton, set in 1908 Minnesota, features a small town, future comedian and actor Buster Keaton, a young boy, and a visiting vaudeville troupe. Judges cited this gentle coming-of-age story for its...

Spears Is Featured Author at September 17 Books on Broad Event

The Library has a fair number of published authors on staff, including the Librarian of Virginia, the deputy librarian of Collections and Programs, the director of Public Services and Outreach, and staff members past and present. But these Library of Virginia authors gained their good reviews pursuing all matters historical. Library of Virginia Foundation staffer Kat Spears goes in a different direction with the September release of her debut young adult novel, Sway.

Spears has a starring turn at the Foundation's September 17 Books on Broad event, a monthly program started when she was manager of the Virginia Shop at the...

New Library Professionals Celebrated at Commencement Ceremony

Sandra Treadway and Kevin Smith The Virginia Cohort of the University of North Texas College of Information celebrated its 2014 graduates on August 9 during the commencement ceremony held in the Main Branch Auditorium of the Richmond Public Library. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of 24 graduates of the program.

Guests, students, and faculty members were welcomed by Dr. Phil Turner, professor emeritus at UNT. Kevin Smith, president of the Virginia Library Association and director of the York County Public Library, gave the salutatory remarks. Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway was the convocation speaker...
Fun & Free at the Library

Friday, September 5, 2014
Seeing Flowers 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. Peeples 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.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 5:30–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall
In this debut novel from the Library of Virginia Foundation's own Kat Spears, a high school senior who specializes in getting things people want—good grades on term papers, a date with the prom queen, fake IDs—but who also claims to have no feelings, is forced to let his guard down when he falls in love for the first time, causing him to confront his quiet devastation over a life-changing event a year earlier. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:30 pm, book talk 6:00–7:00 pm, and book signing 7:00–7:30 pm.

Monday, October 13, 2014
The Library of Virginia will be closed for Columbus Day.

Tuesday, October 14 through Sunday, October 19, 2014
Virginia Literary Festival
Times vary
Venues throughout Richmond
Anchored by the popular James River Writers Conference and the elegant Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration, the Virginia Literary Festival celebrates Virginia's rich literary resources with a week-long series of events.  For information about tickets and events, visit the Virginia Literary Festival website at www.literaryva.com.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Library of Virginia will be closed to prepare for the annual Literary Awards Celebration.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration
Time: 6:30–10:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Awards Celebration will once again feature host Adriana Trigiani for 2014, plus Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Barbara Kingsolver. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, presentation, and open bar for $175 per person. For more information, call 804-692-3813 or visit www.literaryva.com.

Monday, October 27, 2014–Saturday, May 30, 2015
To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Gallery
This groundbreaking exhibition will explore the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold will draw from her recent book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and be anchored by a series of paintings and engravings by Eyre Crowe, a British artist who witnessed the slave trade as he traveled across the United States in 1853. This internal trade accounted for the largest forced migration of people in the United States, moving as many as two million people from the Upper South to the Cotton South. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia. This exhibition will not be merely a story of numbers and economic impact, but also one that focuses on individuals and the impact that the trade had on enslaved people.

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