Year-End Giving Supports the Commonwealth’s Treasures

As we approach the end of 2019, please consider a gift in support of the Library of Virginia Foundation. Funding from individuals like you—people who appreciate the importance of the Library’s work—plays a vital role in sustaining our collections, exhibitions, and programming.


Library Awarded National Archives Grant

The Library of Virginia is in line to receive a “major initiatives” grant from the National Archives for its “Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative” project. Major initiatives grants are reserved for projects that will significantly improve public discovery and use of major historical records collections. Virginia Untold was one of just three major initiatives grants awarded this cycle.


Nominate Your Favorite Virginia Authors & Books for the Literary Awards

Now is your chance to nominate books for the 2020 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. The deadline for all nominations is February 10, 2020. Books eligible for the awards must have been written by a Virginia author or, in the case of nonfiction, cover a Virginia subject. A Virginia author is defined as a writer meeting one or more of the following qualifications: a native-born Virginian, an author living in Virginia, or an author whose permanent home address is in Virginia.


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Dyslexia-Friendly Public Libraries in Virginia

Earlier this fall, we reported that up to 15 percent of Americans (about 43.5 million people) have some form of dyslexia and that Virginia public library staff could participate in an awareness challenge for National Dyslexia Awareness Month in October. We are pleased to report that 172 librarians from 55 localities across the commonwealth completed this challenge!


Enjoy 30% Off Holiday Items Online at the Virginia Shop

Get in the Virginia holiday spirit! We have home décor, cooking accessories, and gifts galore to please anyone on your shopping list.

Visit our stores or our online shop. As a special gift to you, holiday items ordered online are 30 percent off during the month of December. For additional assistance, contact us at 804.692.3524.


From the UncommonWealth blog:

Abandoned Papers:

The Naturalization Certificates of Ow Chuck Sam And Eng Yick Yu

Unclaimed property from banks, estates, or other repositories often ends up in the possession of the Virginia Department of the Treasury. If they are not claimed within 20 years, papers and other items are transferred to the Library of Virginia, where they are filed and cataloged by lot number. The files may be viewed in the Archives Research Room.

Two lots from Norfolk contain the naturalization papers of Chinese immigrants Ow Chuck Sam (Lot 778) and Eng Yick Yu (Lot 4976934). The path to naturalization was surely difficult for both men due to laws that restricted Chinese immigration and naturalization. In fact, according to census data, there were only 543 Asian and Pacific Islanders in Virginia in 1940.


Ongoing through December 14, 2019

A Culture to Care:

The History of Filipino Nurses in Virginia

Wednesday, December 11


Wednesday, December 11

Literary Book Club

Wednesday, December 11

Becoming American