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The Library of Virginia e-Newsletter
July 2016

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Space Available for the 2016 Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute, August 1–2

Every summer, the Library of Virginia's Education Department offers a teacher development workshop, made possible by the Anne and Ryland Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund, that presents content relevant to the ever-changing developments in the Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools.

In conjunction with the Library's current exhibition, First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom, the 2016 workshop will focus on the...

Light and Sims to Lead State Library Board

R. Chambliss Light, Jr., of Lynchburg, who was elected chair of the State Library Board in January 2016 after the death of Ernestine Middleton, has been elected as chair for a full term by the Library Board at its annual meeting in June. Light recently retired after 30 years with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, where he held a number of legal and management positions.

Marcy Sims, of Virginia Beach, was elected vice chair of the Board...

Teresa Muse Is 2016 Brown Fellow

Teresa MuseTeresa Muse is the 2016 Anne and Ryland Brown Fellow. She was born and raised in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she gained an appreciation and fondness for history. After earning an associate degree in history from Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, she served an 18–month mission for her church in Utah, which inspired her to pursue teaching. She continued her education at Brigham Young University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in social studies education.

In 2006, Muse moved to Virginia and began teaching in the Orange County Public Schools. She has taught eight different courses within the social science curriculum, and completed her master's degree in curriculum and...

State Depository Program Reaches a Milestone

The Library of Virginia's State Publications Depository Program reached a significant milestone on June 1 when it posted the 100th list of digital state publications for the use of librarians around the state. The program started with two publications in 2007 and has since acquired nearly 10,000 state publications in electronic format, which are accessible to the public while also being securely archived. The Library thanks the staff members who have contributed to the success of the State Publications Depository, including Dorothy Harrison, Kathy Jordan, and Nathan Verilla...

Library Adds Two Map Exhibitions to Google Galleries

This year the Library of Virginia has posted two map exhibitions in Google Cultural Institute, recently renamed Google Arts & Culture,
www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/library-of-virginia. An exhibition of select maps and charts from the Alan M. Voorhees Map Collection, Geographia, is divided into four sections that include an introduction and a present-day map that georeferences the area of focus. The sections are titled: 'Early Views of Europe and the World," "Early European Views of America," "British and French Claims of North America," and "Maps of...

The Merlot Murders is the Virginia Center for the Book's Choice for "Route 1 Reads"

For the second consecutive year, the Virginia Center for the Book is participating in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The 2016 theme is mysteries, and the book selected to represent the state is The Merlot Murders by Ellen Crosby. This is the first novel in Crosby's Wine Country Mysteries series. Set near Middleburg, Virginia, in the heart of...

Fun & Free at the Library

Friday, July 15, 2016
Find Your History
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon, Fee: $15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)
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-18422851244.

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: Noon—2:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Network Training Center
Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe–a–thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult). Registration required.

Monday, August 1–Tuesday, August 2, 2016
ANNE & RYLAND BROWN TEACHER INSTITUTE: First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom & Its Legacy
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms. Free, register at http://edu.lva.virginia.gov/brown/brown-institute/
Brown Institute logoTeachers, join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers in this year's two-day Brown Teacher Institute focusing on the history of religious freedom in Virginia and its modern-day legacy. Teachers will explore how to use primary sources to enhance student learning in their classrooms, learn about new digital resources available, and explore the Library's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom. Free to attendees, with continuing education credits offered.

Saturday, September 3, 2016—Monday, September 5, 2016
The Library will be closed for the Labor Day weekend.

Through March 2, 2017
First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free
Brown Institute logoNo 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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