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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
May 2015

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Cast Your Vote for the 12th Annual People's Choice Awards

The Library of Virginia is pleased to sponsor the 12th Annual People's Choice Awards. Finalists in fiction and nonfiction that have been published in the past year were selected by Virginia librarians and independent booksellers. Awards are given for the best fiction and nonfiction books by Virginia authors; in the case of nonfiction, books on a Virginia subject are eligible.

The winners will be chosen by votes from the public from among five finalists in each category. Readers may vote online at the Library of Virginia's website...

Carol Hampton Governor Names Carol L. Hampton to State Library Board

Governor Terry McAuliffe has named Carol L. Hampton, of Richmond, to the Library Board. Hampton was on the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University in areas of instructional development, faculty development, program innovation, and application of technology to health sciences education for 34 years. She retired as associate dean for faculty and instructional development, VCU...

The 2015 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowship Is Open to Virginia 4th—12th-Grade History and Social Science Educators

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the 2015 Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowship. The goal of the program is to enhance knowledge and training in history and social science instruction in the commonwealth of Virginia by providing educators with an opportunity for in-depth study and the development of teaching materials in collaboration with members of the Library of Virginia's professional staff. Over the course of the summer, Brown Fellows work with Library of Virginia staff members to pursue research on an approved topic and produce educational materials based on the results of their findings. Brown Fellows are also required to make presentations relating to their research and finished projects at...

Two Virginia Cities Named Pacesetters by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Richmond and Roanoke are among 30 communities across the nation that have been named 2014 "Pacesetters" by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. The Richmond Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized for making measurable progress on student attendance outcomes. The city has seen a solid reduction in chronic absenteeism, with attendance improving in the elementary grades from 89.5 percent in 2012—2013 to 94.1 percent in 2013—2014. The Richmond Public Library is one of 20 collaborating organizations that helped make possible Richmond's selection for Pacesetter honors. Star City Reads, the Roanoke Grade-Level Reading Campaign, was honored for its strong and extensive relationships among coalition partners providing programs and services for children and their families. Star City Reads reaches approximately 8,300 low-income children in a school district of more than 13,000 students. Roanoke Public Libraries supports Star City Reads through a parent engagement program targeting low-income...

30 for 30 Sale at the Virginia Shop: Congratulations to 2015 Graduates!

For the month of May, the Virginia Shop will feature 30 percent off collegiate items purchased online (www.thevirginiashop.org). Items include collegiate flags, wine glasses, and napkins.

The Virginia Shop will feature 30 percent savings for 30 days on a different collection of merchandise each month. Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest) for each month's great sale.

Jefferson Cup Committee Announces 2015 Winners and Honor Books

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow is the winner of the 2015 Jefferson Cup Award for Older Readers. Hello, I'm Johnny Cash by G. Neri took the 2015 Jefferson Cup Award for Younger Readers. Red Madness traces the story of pellagra, a life-threatening disease, in the United States from isolating the disease to an eventual cure. The book includes archival photographs and first person account of people afflicted with the disease and the doctors, researchers, and public health officials searching for the cause and cure. Hello, I'm Johnny Cash, the committee's unanimous choice as the winner for younger readers, is an exceptionally well-written and beautifully illustrated (by A. G. Ford) book on one of country music's most beloved and gifted musicians. It is an age appropriate free-verse biography of Cash that stretches from the poverty of his upbringing to his eventual success.

Halley by Faye Gibbons, Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mark Cronk Farrell, and Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana are the 2015 honor books for older readers.

For younger readers, Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention by Barb Rosenstock, George Washington's Rules to Live By: Good Manners Guide from the Father of Our Country by K.M. Kostyal, President Taft Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett, and Thomas...

Lynchburg Museum Is One of Ten to Receive Nation's Highest Museum and Library Honor

Amazement Square, a hands-on Lynchburg museum that creates unique learning experiences with lasting impact on the lives of children and their families, is one of ten recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that present extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The award will be presented at an event in Washington, D.C., on May

These ten honorees exemplify the nation's great libraries and museums; demonstrate outstanding impact and quality of programs, services, and...

Fun & Free at the Library

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
BOOK LAUNCH BY TED MARIS-WOLF Family Bonds: Free Blacks and Re-enslavement Law in Antebellum Virginia
Family Bonds Time: Noon-1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Between 1854 and 1864, more than a hundred free African Americans in Virginia proposed to enslave themselves and, in some cases, their children. Author Ted Maris-Wolf, Interim Vice President of Research and Historical Interpretation and Abby and George O'Neill Director of the John D. Rockefeller Jr Library at Colonial Williamsburg, explains this phenomenon as a response to state legislation that forced free African Americans to make a terrible choice: leave enslaved loved ones behind for freedom elsewhere or seek a way to remain in their communities, even by renouncing legal freedom. Maris-Wolf paints an intimate portrait of these people whose lives, liberty, and use of Virginia law offer new understandings of race and place in the upper South. A book signing follows the talk.

Friday, May 8, 2015
Coffee and Conversation with Trailblazer Ruth Coles Harris: A Virginia Women in History Event
Ruth Harris Time: 10:30–11:00 AM
Place: Conference Rooms. Free. RSVP at 804-692-3999.
Join us for coffee and conversation with business pioneer Ruth Coles Harris, one of the Library of Virginia's 2015 Virginia Women in History and the recipient of the Virginia Business and Professional Women's Foundation Business Leadership Award. The first African American woman to become a certified public accountant in Virginia, Harris was the founding director of the Sydney Lewis School of Business at Virginia Union University.

Saturday, May 23-Monday, May 25, 2015
Closed for the Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 29, 2015
Slaves Waiting for Sale:Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms
Dr. Maurie McInnis, curator of the Library's exhibition To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade, demonstrates how art can be used to interpret America's slave trade. Library staff will lead a discussion of whether the landmark exhibition accomplished its goals.

Friday June 5, 2015
Find Your Family History at the Library of Virginia: Getting Started
Time: 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms. Fee
Join Library of Virginia archivists as they help introduce you to the types of records that are held in the Library's collections and help you get started with your genealogy research. No experience necessary.

Pre-registration required. For registration and more information, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/o/adrienne-robertson-6504598681?s=31424249.

Closing Saturday, May 30, 2015
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 explores the pivotal role that Richmond played in the domestic slave trade. Curated by University of Virginia professor Maurie McInnis, To Be Sold draws from her book, Waiting to Be Sold: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, and is 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. Virginia was the largest mass exporter of enslaved people through the Richmond market, making the trade the most important economic activity in antebellum Virginia.

Opening Monday, July 6, 2015
Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation

Time: 9:00 AM—5:00 PM, Monday—Saturday
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free
Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost a half-million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. They anticipated the promise of change from their former status as slaves: the promises of education, political participation, and full citizenship. Yet, in their struggle to achieve these goals, freedmen and freedwomen faced the hostility of their former masters and the society that had long benefitted from their labor. Union troops and U.S. government officials reconstructing the Southern states were often indifferent. What challenges did African Americans face in their struggle to achieve what they believed freedom would bring them? What obstacles blocked their efforts to gain citizenship? How successful were African Americans during Reconstruction in claiming their objectives? Did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution significantly aid them in their struggles? The Library of Virginia's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation offers a look at the changing world Virginians faced during Reconstruction.

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