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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
October 2014

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Rita Dove to Receive 2014 Weinstein Prize in Poetry

Rita Dove Rita Dove has served as Poet Laureate of the United States and consultant to the Library of Congress and as Poet Laureate of Virginia. She holds honorary doctoral degrees from more than 20 American universities. She has won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and numerous other literary awards and honors, including the Library of Virginia's Literary Lifetime Achievement Award.

Now another prestigious honor is going to the multitalented poet. Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry. Established in

Kimball to Set Table for "Fire, Flour, and Fork" on October 31

Fire, Flour and Fork "Fire, Flour and Fork" is Richmond's upcoming culinary gathering for the food curious—and the Library of Virginia is hosting! On Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1, experience Fire, Flour and Fork's culinary track series at the Library of Virginia, where ticket holders will experience one–of–a–kind demonstrations, book signings, film screenings, artisanal tastings, and more. Gregg Kimball, the Library of Virginia's director of public service and outreach and the author of American City, Southern Place: A Cultural History of Antebellum Richmond, will set the table on October 31 with...

Library of Virginia to Host 2014 Holiday Shoppers' Fair, November 7 and 8

The Map Thief The Museum Stores of Richmond Holiday Shoppers' Fair is a unique event that offers the Richmond region more than a dozen of the best local museum stores under one roof. This year's event, hosted by the Library of Virginia, is the 20th anniversary of the fair held each November.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the fair will host a birthday party on Friday evening with 20 percent off all merchandise, an engaging story time for children on Saturday morning, and Virginia author meet–and–greets throughout the weekend.

Shopping the booths will give visitors a feel for each museum and historical site while they find educational, engaging, and local gifts...

Libary's Collections Continue to Amaze and Grow!

The Library of Virginia has a well–deserved reputation as the best place to research your family history if your ancestors were born in Virginia or the territory that once comprised the Virginia colony. It also is the place researchers come to investigate the arcane workings of Virginia government or to search for the obscure or not–so–obscure details about events and personalities related to Virginia history and culture. Researchers are drawn to the Library by its unmatched collections of materials about Virginia, which continue to grow as new items are purchased, donated, or sent...

Virginia Senate Publication Honored as a Notable Document

Points of Personal Privilege, a collection of essays based on the personal experiences of Virginia's state senators and presiding officers, has been designated as a 2014 Notable Document by the Legislative Research Librarians staff section of the National Council of State Legislatures. The award recognizes excellence in documents that explore topics of interest to legislators and staff, and that present substantive material in an outstanding format. Points of Personal Privilege is a publication of the Virginia Senate Clerk's Office under the guidance of Susan Clark Schaar...

Celebrate Archives Month in Virginia

Archives Month October is here and so is Archives Month. At the Library of Virginia we are celebrating with free tours featuring our wonderful archival staff and incomparable archives. To sign up for a tour, visit http://tinyurl.com/lvaarchtour.

Archives Month in Virginia is part of a nationwide commemoration of the value of archives and archival collections and of the dedicated professionals who care for our shared history and make it accessible to all. Archives preserve the records of an open democracy and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all citizens. Virginia's archival treasures document the history and accomplishments of the...

Ten Receive Scholarships to Leadership Workshop

The Library of Virginia offered scholarships to 10 public librarians to attend the Lead the Change! What Great Library Leaders Know and Do workshop presented through Library Journal in late September at the Chesterfield Public Library. Lead the Change! is an interactive workshop that guides attendees through a series of collaborative exercises to help them harness their ideas, clarify their goals, and create a personal leadership plan. "The Library of Virginia is pleased to be able to underwrite the cost for these librarians to attend the workshop," said Librarian of Virginia Sandra G. Treadway. "Virginia's public libraries play pivotal roles...
Fun & Free at the Library

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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Poetic Principles featuring Hal Crowther & Margaret Gibson
Time: 6:00–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free
The Library of Virginia, in partnership with Blackbird, an online journal of literature and the arts, presents an evening of poetry with National Book Award finalist Margaret Gibson and a discussion of famed satirist H. L. Mencken by National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Hal Crowther.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Library of Virginia will be closed to prepare for the annual Literary Awards Celebration.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Literary Luncheon
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: John Marshall, 101 N. 5th St., Fee
The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Luncheon features medal presentations for all Virginia Literary Award finalists and a keynote presentation. Finalists will be available for book signings after the luncheon.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration
Time: 6:30–10:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Fee
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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Map Thief The Map Thief
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free
Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for stealing maps out of books in the Yale University Library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high–stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
History of Cartography: Revolutionary War
Time: 1:00–3:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall and Conference Rooms, Fee
The Fry–Jefferson Map Society will host a fall event featuring lectures by Martin Brückner and Max Edelson on American Revolutionary War cartography. This event includes a special one–day exhibition of maps relating to the talks. For more information, please call 804-692-3561.

Monday, October 27, 2014–Saturday, May 30, 2015
To Be Sold To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, Monday–Saturday
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free
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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Library of Virginia Tours
Time: 10:00–Noon and 2:00–4:00 PM, Free
In honor of Archives Month in Virginia, we're offering a morning and afternoon tour of the Library on October 28. Tours are free, but limited to 20 people per tour. The morning tour runs from 10 AM until noon. The afternoon tour runs from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/behind-the-scenes-tours-for-archives-month-tickets-12708097261. For more information, contact Adrienne Robertson at 804-692-3001.

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