Don't Miss 2019's

Literary Awards Events

October 18–19!

The festivities kick off Friday, October 18, at 6:00 PM, with the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award, presented by the Library and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

On Saturday, October 19, at 6:00 PM, the Literary Awards Celebration Gala will draw library supporters and authors to the Library for a spectacular evening.

Tickets to the Friday and Saturday events are available at or by calling 804.692.3813.


Fry-Jefferson Map Society Fall Happenings

The Fry-Jefferson Map Society’s Fall Lecture, Richmond City Planning: Evolution Through Maps, is a free presentation on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 10:00–11:30 AM, with Mark A. Olinger, director of the Department of Planning and Development Review for the City of Richmond.


Explore Book Arts for Archives Month

Archives do not always have to be places of serious research—they can be about serious (or not so serious) creativity, too! To that end, the Virginia caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) is once again holding a contest called REMIX | Book Arts, which runs through October 31, 2019. The public is invited to create redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, memes, and other digital interventions using archival images found in the 2019 Virginia Archives Month Flickr album.


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Inclusive Resources

Help Public Libraries Serve Everyone

This month we launch the first in a series of challenges to increase awareness and strengthen the skills of librarians in serving those with different abilities, from dyslexia to autism spectrum disorder. In observance of October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month, the Library Development and Networking Division presents the Dyslexia Services Challenge in concert with Decoding Dyslexia-Virginia, a grassroots organization dedicated to improving access for those with dyslexia through advocacy, support groups, and education.


There’s Still Time to Donate to Our Chinese Takeout Menu Project

The Library of Virginia's Visual Studies Collection staff has been collecting Chinese takeout menus from across Virginia during 2019. The Library collects restaurant ephemera from all kinds of businesses, and the impermanent nature of takeout menus makes them worth preserving as a cultural resource for the future.


Become a Supporter of the Semper Virginia Society

Please join us and receive all of the benefits that come with membership to the Semper Virginia Society, including an annual print subscription to Broadside magazine, 10 percent off all purchases at the Virginia Shops, and future invitations to exciting members-only events and programs.


Fall into Some Great

New Cookbooks

The recipes in our cookbooks are sure to

satisfy a southern palate. Enjoy 30 percent off cookbooks purchased online and 20 percent

off when you visit us in-store during the month

of October.


From the UncommonWealth blog:

“Unwarrented, Unnecessary, Undemocratic”

In June 1919, Congress proposed an amendment to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing women’s right to vote (with only one vote in favor from Virginia’s congressional delegation, Republican C. Bascom Slemp). Virginia suffrage advocates expressed their hopes that ratification would happen quickly.


Ongoing through December 7, 2019

EXHIBITION New Virginians: 1619-2019 & Beyond

Ongoing through December 14, 2019

A Culture to Care:

The History of Filipino Nurses in Virginia

Thursday, October 10


Gerrymanders: How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, and Partisan Minorities in Virginia

Tuesday, October 15

Sharing the Table with The Mantu

Friday, October 18

Art Meets Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award

Saturday, October 19

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration

Friday, October 25


Finding Your Family History: An Introduction to Genealogical Research

Saturday, October 26


Saturday, November 2


Richmond City Planning: Evolution Through Maps

Wednesday, November 6


Monacan Millennium: A Collaborative Archaeology and History of a Virginia Indian People

Thursday, November 7


A Conversation with Deepak Singh & Seyoum Berhe