Events

Pennsylvania student selected Step Up to the Plate @ your library® grand-prize winner

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Eleven-year-old Elizabeth Ann Bishop has a Baseball Hall of Fame connection - her neighbor is the widow of Hall of Famer and Chicago White Sox player Nellie Fox. But thanks to a trip to her school library, Bishop went to the Hall of Fame herself, as the winner of Step up to the Plate @ your library®.

In early October, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith drew Bishop’s name as the grand-prize winner of the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program. Bishop’s name was randomly selected from eligible contestants who correctly answered a series of baseball trivia questions developed by the Hall of Fame’s library staff.  Entries were sent in from across the country and Puerto Rico.

Nation’s libraries participate in inaugural Reader’s Digest Make It Matter Day

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Libraries across the country will play an important role in celebrating the cause of reading during Make It Matter Day, sponsored by Reader’s Digest magazine.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, more than 100 events will be held on this national volunteer day of reading, writing and learning in support of literacy and education. Libraries will join schools, Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs in taking part in the inaugural event.

State Library Inventorying WPA Art

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Hollywood movies often show a band of heroes searching for priceless treasures believed lost, stolen, or mythical. Right now, the State Library is on its own quest for treasure, but this time the hoard may be in many different locations. From the early 1930s to the outbreak of World War II, the federal government invested substantial funds in back-to-work programs, including work projects in the arts.

The Chesapeake Poetry Festival

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For the last sixteen years, Russell Memorial Library has been the home of the Chesapeake Poetry Festival. The first festival, held in 1993, was the result of a casual conversation between Norfolk attorney C. Edward “Eddie” Russell Jr. and Chesapeake Public Library Director Margaret “Peggy” Stillman. The idea began when Russell was taking a class in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University taught by his longtime friend and Poet Laureate of Portsmouth Dave Smith. Russell asked Stillman if she thought holding a poetry workshop in a public library might be interesting and if Dave Smith could help. Not one to miss an opportunity (or a beat), Stillman enthusiastically agreed. With Russell and Smith helping, she began planning what would become an annual event. The Chesapeake Poetry Festival was introduced to the community as a celebration of the richness of Virginia’s regionally, nationally, and internationally known poets, presented through poetry readings and workshops.

New York Library Association Lobby Day

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The New York Library Association held their annual Library Lobby Day, which brought over 1,000 librarians, trustees and library patrons to Albany to ask the Legislature to restore the Governor’s proposed $18 million or 18 percent cut in Library Aid.

The event started with a Legislative Breakfast Reception for legislators and library leaders.  At the Breakfast Reception, 87 legislators had their photos taken for the very popular READ posters, which legislators can send to the libraries in their districts to promote the Statewide Summer Reading program.

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