2017 Strong Men and Women Essay Contest Winners Announced

Please join the Library of Virginia and Dominion Virginia Power in congratulating the winners of the student essay contest for the 2017 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History program. This program highlights seven African American leaders and their achievements. High school students in Virginia were invited to participate in the annual essay contest

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Still Time to Participate in Women’s History Month Student Writing Contest

Virginia students in grades 6–12 are invited to submit a 400-word original essay on the importance of casting an informed vote, using the life story of Nora Houston, one of the honorees in the 2017 Virginia Women in History program as inspiration. Houston was a tireless advocate all her life for women’s right to vote. The deadline for entries is Friday, March 10, 2017

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Library Launches “Snuggle With A Book” Winter Reading Program

This month the Library has launched the "Snuggle with a Book" Winter Reading Program, an annual effort in partnership with Virginia’s public libraries to encourage adults to read to young children. Participating libraries receive bookmarks, stickers, posters, reading logs, certificates, early literacy tips, and access to an online manual of program ideas to help children up to age five develop reading skills

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Register Now for the 2017 American Civil War Museum Symposium

The Library is proud to host the American Civil War Museum’s 2017 symposium titled “The Past, Present, and Future of Civil War Monuments,” to be held at the Library on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 9:30 AM. Cosponsored with the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia, the symposium will explore the past, present, and future of Civil War monuments on the American commemorative landscape

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Smithfield Times and Southern Collegian Now Available Through Virginia Chronicle

The Virginia Newspaper Project has recently added two new titles to Virginia Chronicle, the Library’s online database of digitized Virginia newspapers. All issues (1928–2013) of the Smithfield Times, the paper of record for Isle of Wight County, are now available to researchers and all who wish to delve into local news of a bygone day through the Virginia Chronicle portal

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Historic Circuit Court Records Preserved Through Library’s CCRP Grant Program

The Library of Virginia is pleased to announce that the Circuit Court Records Preservation Grants Review Board met on January 18 and evaluated 80 applications submitted from 79 localities. The board awarded 79 grant projects to local circuit courts totaling $250,429.75. Among the items to be conserved are deed books, surveyors' records, will books, order books, marriage registers, birth records, minute books, death registers, and plat books

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