2019 Voorhees Lecture Features Pictorial Maps

The Fry-Jefferson Map Society hosts the 16th Annual Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography on Saturday, April 27, 2019, with a focus on “Pictorial Maps: The Art, History, and Culture of this Popular Map Genre."


Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Enrichment Fund Supports Professional Opportunities

2019 Teacher Institute

Join Library of Virginia staff members and guest speakers for the Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Institute, Thursday–Friday, August 1–2, 2019. This year's event will examine the history of women and their impact on the commonwealth, with a particular focus on suffrage and women’s role in social reforms.

2019 Teacher Research Fellowship

Now in its 10th year, the Library of Virginia's Anne & Ryland Brown Teacher Research Fellowship was established to enhance knowledge and training in history and social science instruction in Virginia. Open to Virginia 4th–12th grade history and social science educators, the program provides an opportunity for in-depth study and the development of teaching materials in collaboration with members of the Library of Virginia’s professional staff.


Tier 7 Café

at the Library of Virginia Opens Monday, April 15

Looking for lunch in downtown Richmond? Now you've got more options. Tier 7 Café launches at the Library of Virginia on April 15, 2019, with 10:00 AM–3:00 PM hours, Monday through Friday. Owner Tierra Terrell, who also owns Tier 7 Eatery within the Petersburg Public Library, says the café will offer "mouth-watering meals made from fresh, local ingredients."


Find It Virginia

Supports English-Language Learners

Find It Virginia (www.FindItVa.com) has many digital resources to help new Virginians learn English, prepare to become citizens, and gain a deeper understanding of American culture.


Show Your Support

on National Library

Giving Day – April 10 

There's no better way to celebrate National Library Week—April 7–13, 2019—than by making a donation on National Library Giving Day, Wednesday, April 10. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Donations starting at $50 provide all the benefits that come with Library membership.


The Virginia Shop's

April "30 for 30" Sale

April is National Library Month. Show your literary spirit with library-themed totes, socks, and stationary. Items purchased online are 30 percent off or 20 percent off in-store.


Photograph of Charles E. Hodges published in Luther Porter Jackson's Negro Office-Holders in Virginia, 18651895 (1945).

From the Library's Blog:


During the night of April 23, 1829, six African American men made a daring escape from the Norfolk County jail. One of them was William Johnson Hodges, a free man suspected of forging free papers and passes for enslaved Virginians. In this case, he had been convicted of changing the amount owed on a bill for another man and sentenced to five years imprisonment. He fled to Canada and later settled in Brooklyn.

The Hodges family of Princess Anne County and Norfolk played an important role in Virginia’s postbellum political landscape. Four members of the family are included as part of the Library of Virginia’s Dictionary of Virginia Biography project, in collaboration with Encyclopedia Virginia, to document the lives of African American legislators and members of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1867–1868. 


Ongoing through December 7, 2019

EXHIBITION New Virginians: 1619-2019 & Beyond

Friday, April 5

Finding Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogical Research

Tuesday, April 9

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

Wednesday, April 10

Literary Virginia Book Group

Wednesday, April 10


Friday, April 12

The Heart of the Story

Tuesday, April 16

Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience

Saturday, April 20

Researching African American Lives in Richmond | RVA LitCrawl

Wednesday, April 24


After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings

Saturday, April 27


Saturday, April 27

16TH ANNUAL ALAN M. & NATHALIE P. VOORHEES LECTURE ON THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY Pictorial Maps: The Art, History, and Culture of this Popular Map Genre

Tuesday, April 30


The Riverkeepers: The Cherokees, Their Neighbors, and the Rivers that Made America