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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
November 2015

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Weil, Schulte, and Scafidi Receive 2015 Literary Awards

AWARDSThe Library of Virginia is pleased to announce the winners of the 18th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards, sponsored by Dominion. The October 17 awards celebration was hosted by award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani. Awards categories were fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary lifetime achievement. Winners of the Library of Virginia's Annual Literary Awards receive a $2,500 prize and an engraved crystal book.

Josh Weil is the recipient of the 2015 Literary Award for Fiction for...

Library Adds Latrobe Exhibition to Google Cultural Institute

The Library of Virginia's Manuscript and Special Collections holds a two-volume sketchbook by architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe entitled Essay on Landscape. The two volumes, completed between 1798 and 1799, contain numerous entries about Latrobe's travels as well as watercolor and pen-and-ink sketches on more than 150 pages. These sketchbooks were presented...

Outstanding African American Information Professional Award Goes to Wayne Crocker

At the 2015 Conference on Diversity and Inclusion in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS), the James A. Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award, presented jointly by the Citizens for Maryland Libraries and the Maryland College of Information Studies, was awarded to Wayne Crocker, the director of the Petersburg Public Library System. Crocker is a graduate of Virginia State University, holds an MLS earned at Atlanta University, and has been a librarian for 36 years, almost...

To Be Sold Symposium Videos Available on YouTube

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Library of Virginia and the Historic New Orleans Collection cohosted a one-day, two-city symposium, To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans. The sold-out symposium complemented the Library's groundbreaking exhibition To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave...

First Freedom Exhibition to Open in April 2016

In April the Library of Virginia will present First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom, an exhibition centering on one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history – the Act for Establishing Religious Freedom. Commonly known as the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, the act is celebrated as the bellwether of religious freedom in America. Next year marks the 230th anniversary of the passage of the statute...

Photographs from Library of Virginia's Literary Awards Available Online

SchluteWhether you attended the fabulous 2015 Literary Awards Celebration or missed it because you had an unavoidable conflict, you can now check out photographs from the event by Pierre Courtois and Paige Buchbinder, Library of Virginia photographers. The photographs capture images of many of Virginia's outstanding authors and members of the state's vast community of readers and supporters of all things literature. To access the photographs, visit

Paula Alston Receives 2015 Libby M. Lewis Award

Virginia's public library directors have awarded Paula Alston, director of the Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, the 2015 Elizabeth M. "Libby" Lewis Award, named for the former director of public library development at the Library of Virginia. Also nominated for the award were Bess Haile, director of the Essex Library; Wayne Crocker, director of the Petersburg Public Library; and Diane Atkins, director of the...

Nominations Sought for Representative Women of Achievement for Wall of Honor

The Virginia Women's Monument, Voices from the Garden, will be the first monument of its kind in the nation recognizing the full range of women's achievements. The monument will be erected on the west side of the Capitol Square grounds in Richmond. Voices is designed as an oval-shaped garden encompassing 12 bronze statues of significant women from across the state representing four centuries of Virginia history. A glass panel etched with the names of other noteworthy Virginia women will enclose one side of the monument, while a bench...

Library Mourns the Passing of Board Chair Ernestine Middleton

Ernestine Middleton Ernestine Middleton, of Virginia Beach, chair of the Library Board, died October 30 after a brief illness. Middleton, who was appointed to the board in 2011 by Governor Robert F. McDonnell, received her bachelor's degree from James Madison University and her master's degree from the College of William and Mary.

A retired librarian who worked in the Virginia Beach School System, she was also a committed community volunteer. She was the widow of former Delegate Beverly Randolph Middleton. She is survived by...

Fun & Free at the Library

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
L. Douglas WilderSon of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena
Time:5:30–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free
L. Douglas Wilder, governor of Virginia from 1990 until 1994 and the first African American in the United States to be elected governor, will speak about and sign his new memoir, Son of Virginia: A Life in America's Political Arena. His candid memoir details the struggles he faced during his long career in public service and offers a portrait of the changing face of America. Throughout his public life Governor Wilder has been in the forefront of the fight for social justice.

Wednesay, November 11, 2015
The Library of Virginia will be closed in honor of Veterans Day.

Friday, November 13, 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 Virginia-based genealogy research. No experience necessary.

Pre-registration required. For registration and more information, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/find-your-family-history-at-the-library-of-virginia-getting-started-tickets-14578429475

Wednesday, November 25–Saturday November 28, 2015
The Library of Virginia will be closed from noon on November 25 through Saturday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thursday, December 24–Saturday, December 26,2015
The Library will be closed for the Christmas holiday.

Friday, January 1–Saturday, January 2, 2016
The Library will be closed for New Year's.

Through Saturday, March 26, 2016
Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
Remaking Virginia 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.

Coming Monday, April 18, 2016
First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM, Monday–Saturday
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free
No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.

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