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Engage with Literature, History, Maps, and Genealogy through the Library of Virginia’s Fall Virtual Events

Book club meetings, genealogy workshops, map lectures, volunteer “research sprint” opportunities, author talks, and even the annual Literary Awards Celebration have moved online.

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Fans of cultural events looking for virtual offerings will find plenty of ways to engage with the Library of Virginia this fall. Our book club meetings, genealogy workshops, map lectures, volunteer “research sprint” opportunities, author talks, and even the annual Literary Awards Celebration have moved online. All events except genealogy workshops are free. For more information, registration details, and instructions on how to join virtually, visit the Library’s Events Calendar: https://www.lva.virginia.gov/news/calendar/

 Virtual Literary Virginia Book Group 

Read and discuss the best of today’s Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction—on the second Wednesday evening of the month.

  • Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 | 6:00–7:30 pm
  • The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger | Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 6:00–7:30 pm
  • Slay Like a Mother by Katherine Wintsch | Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 6:00–7:30 pm
  • The Substitution Order by Martin Clark | Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 6:00–7:30 pm

 Virtual Genealogy Workshops

The Library’s genealogy workshop series explores our vast collection of materials documenting the lives of Virginians to help you organize your family history research. Cost: $15 ($10 for members)

  • Virginia Genealogy to ca. 1850 | Friday, September 18, 2020 | 10:00–11:00 am
  • Historic Census Records at the Library of Virginia | Friday, October 16, 2020 | 10:00–11:00 am

Finding Her: Our Female Ancestors | Friday, November 20, 2020 | 10:00–11:00 am

Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Virtual Talk

In the wealthiest country in the world, people still go hungry. The food stamp program was created in the 1960s to ease abundant agricultural surpluses and help feed struggling families who fell through a limited social safety net. Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Tracy Roof, PhD, an associate professor of political science at the University of Richmond, as she explores the often contentious politics of the food stamps program.

Addressing Hunger in the Midst of Plenty: 

The Political History of Food Stamps

Tracy Roof, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond | Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 pm

Virtual Voorhees Lecture Series on the History of Cartography

Explorations of the Albemarle Sound region and the first English settlements of the Roanoke Islands in the 1580s are the topic of the 17th Annual Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Lecture on the History of Cartography—this year presented as a series of virtual events. These free online talks are hosted by the Fry-Jefferson Map Society.

Uncharted Territory: How Maps Launched—And Nearly Sank—English Colonization of the New World

Andrew Lawler, Author & Journalist | Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 7:00–8:30 pm

 17th-Century Maps of Virginia, Maryland & the Southeast, 1590–1720

Cassandra Britt Farrell, Library of Virginia Senior Map Archivist | Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 7:00–8:30 pm

Virtual Volunteer “Research Sprints”

Volunteer to help uncover history with us! What did Virginia newspapers report about Nazi persecution during the 1930s and 1940s? In partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Virginia Holocaust Museum, the Library offers virtual “research sprints” into our newspaper collection. Identify Holocaust-related articles in Virginia newspapers to help us understand what the average Virginian could have known during WWII.

History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers & the Holocaust

Saturday, September 26, 2020 | 10:00–11:30 am

History Unfolded: U.S. Newspapers & the Holocaust

Saturday, November 21, 2020 | 10:00–11:30 am

Virtual Panel Discussion

Moderated by Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan, this virtual panel discussion with historians Lauranett Lee (a visiting lecturer in the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies) and Megan Taylor-Shockley (an author and former professor of history at Clemson University) explores the struggle for the vote that remained for many citizens after the passage of the 19th Amendment. This event complements the Library’s exhibitions We Demand: Women’s Suffrage in Virginia and Unfinished Business.

Unfinished Business: What the 19th Amendment Didn’t Do

Thursday, October 8, 2020 | 5:00–6:00 pm

23rd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Virtual Celebration

Celebrate the Library of Virginia Literary Awards virtually this year with a week of author conversations and special events, which will be accessible to the public. This annual event, sponsored by Dominion Energy, attracts library supporters, authors, publishers, and those who enjoy the written word. Award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani will again serve as host on Saturday, October 17 for the awards celebration. Details on how to support and participate in the events are coming soon. The 2020 virtual Literary Awards are sponsored by Dominion Energy. For more information, visit https://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

  • Author Talks & Special Events | Tues–Thurs, October 13–15, 2020
  • Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award | Friday, October 16, 2020
  • Library of Virginia Literary Awards | Saturday, October 17, 2020

Please visit our website at www.lva.virginia.gov and follow us on social media to find online resources, virtual events, and other ways to engage with the Library.

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At approximately 11:20 p.m., officers were called to the circle on Monument Avenue for the report of an assault.

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An arrest was made last night after an assault at the circle on Monument Avenue.

At approximately 11:20 p.m., officers were called to the circle on Monument Avenue for the report of an assault. Officers arrived and found an adult male who had suffered injuries. He was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening.

Officers spoke to several witnesses and located the suspect, Brandon Fountain, at the scene. He was arrested and charged with malicious wounding. His photo is attached.

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Motivation and support come in many forms, including a cold nose and a warm heart. Sheltering Arms Institute has welcomed its newest team member, Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, Clara.

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Motivation and support come in many forms, including a cold nose and a warm heart. Sheltering Arms Institute, a collaboration with VCU Health, has welcomed its newest team member, Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, Clara. Clara will assist handler Dr. Cynthia Rolston, Director of Psychosocial Services and Inter-Professional Science, in her work with patients.

Clara is a two-year-old Lab/Golden Retriever cross and has been training since she was eight weeks old. After being carefully matched with one another, Clara and Dr. Rolston spent the last two weeks working with professional Canine Companions instructors to prepare for their new roles. Training consisted of intensive lectures, hands-on practice and simulations, and multiple examinations in order to acquire public certification.

In just her first few days on the job, Clara has already acclimated to the many changes in her life and settled into her new home and work environment, bringing smiles to our patients’ faces.

“This is a new and exciting program for all of us, and I can’t wait to see how Clara helps our patients achieve independence,” Dr. Rolston said. “We will be working together as a team as we integrate Clara into patient therapy sessions at Sheltering Arms Institute.”

Since 1975, Canine Companions has bred, raised, and expertly trained assistance dogs in more than 40 commands designed to assist people with disabilities or to motivate and inspire patients with special needs. Clara can pull toy wagons, push drawers closed, and retrieve all kinds of items. She has specific commands that allow her to interact with patients in a calm and appropriate way.

“We have full confidence Clara will be an exceptional facility dog for Sheltering Arms Institute and bring a host of skills and smiles to the halls daily. She will assist the patients with their therapies, help patients practice their activities of daily living, and bring an added psychological assist,” said Debra Dougherty, Northeast Region Executive Director for Canine Companions for Independence.

Canine Companions for Independence enhances the lives of people with disabilities by training and placing more than 6,000 assistance dogs with program graduates. Canine Companions depends on the support of tens of thousands of donors and volunteers to match our facility with an assistance dog like Clara entirely free of charge. The support for staff training and Clara’s ongoing needs is being provided by generous Sheltering Arms Foundation donors.

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Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pam Northam both test positive for COVID-19

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have both tested positive for coronavirus after coming in close contact with a staffer who was showing symptoms. The First Lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a release, while the Governor remains asymptomatic.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pam Northam have both tested positive for coronavirus after coming in close contact with a staffer who was showing symptoms. The First Lady is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a release, while the Governor remains asymptomatic.

From the Governor’s Office:

On Wednesday evening, Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam were notified that a member of the Governor’s official residence staff, who works closely within the couple’s living quarters, had developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Both the Governor and First Lady received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday afternoon, and both tested positive. Governor Northam is experiencing no symptoms. First Lady Pamela Northam is currently experiencing mild symptoms. Both remain in good spirits.

Consistent with guidelines from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Governor and First Lady will isolate for the next 10 days and evaluate their symptoms. The Governor is in constant contact with his cabinet and staff and will fulfill his duties from the Executive Mansion.

“As I’ve been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, COVID-19 is very real and very contagious,” said Governor Northam. “The safety and health of our staff and close contacts is of utmost importance to Pam and me, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure that everyone is well taken care of. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this seriously.”

The Governor and First Lady are working closely with VDH and the Richmond Heath Department to trace their close contacts. The Executive Mansion and Patrick Henry office building will be closed for deep cleaning this morning. The work of the Governor’s office continues remotely and uninterrupted.

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