23rd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Award Winners Announced

Last month the Library of Virginia honored Virginia authors as we celebrated the 23rd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards for the first time virtually. We extend our thanks to Dominion Energy once again for its annual support as the presenting sponsor.

If you missed viewing any of these live events, you can visit our 2020 Literary Awards video collection here and watch at your convenience.


During this Giving Season, Support the Library of Virginia

Thanks in part to our supporters, the Library of Virginia is able to enrich the lives of those we serve. As we near the end of 2020, don’t forget to renew your annual support. Haven’t joined yet? Why wait?


History or Literature Lovers on Your Holiday Shopping List?

We’ve got books, prints, home décor, apparel and accessories, toys and puzzles, and more—plus, Richmond and Virginia-themed items and state seal merchandise. Visit the Virginia Shop Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 AM–4:00 PM, or shop online for the perfect gift or stocking stuffer.


An Archives for All Seasons: 2021 Monthly Calendar

Losing track of the day, month, or even the year during the pandemic? Give time meaning again with the 2021 “An Archives for All Seasons” monthly calendar available exclusively at the Virginia Shop.


"Finding Her" with Melissa Tennant

Melissa Tennant, assistant manager of the Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, leads the upcoming virtual genealogy workshop "Finding Her: Our Female Ancestors," with techniques to aid in finding elusive women in family histories.


History Can Hide in the Pages of a Cookbook

Some family and community cookbooks can hold as much history as a family Bible! Beloved recipes get notated and dog-eared, stained and personalized from years of use. What a community chooses to collect and assemble into a cookbook often tells a tale of both tastes and values.


From the UncommonWealth blog:

Unfinished Business: The Fate of the Equal Rights Amendment 

Although woman suffrage became part of the Constitution with the passage of the 19th Amendment, thousands of men and women in the United States were still disenfranchised by various means. Even women whose ability to vote was unrestricted faced other forms of legal discrimination and were kept from true equality by a number of legal and social barriers.