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FREE VLA Webinar: So You Want to Be a Book Reviewer

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time: 1pm-2pm

Location: Your desk!

Description: Always wanted to see your name in print, or been curious about trying your hand at book reviewing? Trying to get published so you've got something to put on your CV/resume? Just want some free books for yourself or your library? Join two experienced book reviewers with a combined 12 years of reviewing experience for a practical, tip-filled webinar that will tell you all you need to know about becoming a successful book reviewer, regardless of the type of library you work for. There will be plenty of time to ask all your burning review questions, too!

Click here to register in advance.

This webinar is FREE.

Presenters Barbara Ferrara (Chesterfield County Public Library) and Megan Hodge (Virginia Commonwealth University) have reviewed for the following publications:

  • Library Journal
  • Library Management
  • Library Quarterly
  • LOEX Quarterly
  • NMRT Endnotes
  • NMRT Footnotes
  • School Library Journal
  • Women in Libraries



2015 Election Results

Please join us in congratulating VLA’s newly-elected officers for 2015:

Vice President/President Elect: Martha Hutzel of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg

VLA Secretary: Cindy S. Church of the Library of Virginia, Richmond

ALA Councilor:  Rebecca K. Miller of the Virginia Tech Libraries, Blackburg

Martha, Cindy and Rebecca will be installed into their new offices at the VLA Annual Conference Business Meeting, Friday, October 24, at 8am in the Auditorium of the DoubleTree Williamsburg. They will join the following previously-elected members of the 2015 VLA Executive Committee:

  • Kevin Smith, York County Public Library
  • Suzy Szasz Palmer, Longwood University
  • Nathan Flinchum, Roanoke Public Libraries
  • Shari Henry, Arlington Public Library
  • Lisa R. Varga, VLA Executive Director (ex-officio)

Thank you to all of our candidates, and thank you for voting!


The 2015 VLA Executive Committee


Please join the VLA Youth Services Forum for 2 free webinars on STEM/STEAM programming!

Using STEM in Preschool Programs, Monday, September 22nd @ 2pm

Three youth services providers from around the state will present how they designed and implemented STEM programming for preschoolers.  Wini Ashooh will share how she put the STEM into storytime at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.  Awnali Mills of Henrico County Library system will share how you can absolutely incorporate science discovery into your preschool storytimes.  Jeanine Osther will share Chesapeake Public Library’s Little STEAMers program.  At the end of the presentations we will open up the panel for questions and discussion.

Please register for Using STEM in Preschool Programs on Sep 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT at:

STEM and STEAM for Elementary Students and Teens, Friday, September 26th @ 2pm

Katie Lane from Campbell County Public Library system will share how she designed and implemented STEM programs for older children.  Wini Ashooh will share Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s STEM in a BOX program.  Jessica Chatham of Chesapeake Public Library will share how she has incorporated STEAM into in-house and outreach teen programming.  Find out how they were successful in their programming and how you can be too!  Have your questions ready, at the end of presentations we will open it up for discussion!

Please register for STEM and STEAM for Elementary Students and Teens on Sep 26, 2014 2:00 PM EDT at:

These programs are free to attend!  Please sign up to reserve your spot by following the links above. 

If you have any questions please contact Allyson Renell at [email protected]

Allyson Lauer-Renell
Youth and Family Services Manager
Suffolk Public Library
Morgan Memorial Library
443 W. Washington Street
Suffolk, VA 23434

VLA Offices Closed August 25-September 3

The Virginia Library Association offices will be closed August 25-September 3. We will have limited access to email and will respond to all messages as soon as we return to the office. Thank you for your patience, and have a wonderful week!

Lisa R. Varga
Executive Director
Virginia Library Association
P.O. Box 56312
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Phone: (757) 689-0594 Fax: (757) 447-3478
[email protected]




Banned Books Week 2014

Planning your fall programming? Don't forget that Banned Books Week is September 21-27, 2014 -- and we want to see how creatively your library encourages your patrons to support the right to read! The VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee supports access to information in all its wonderful varieties, formats and genres. We want to help libraries across Virginia highlight their collections, including materials which have been challenged. 

Please share photographs (and any other PR materials) of your creative displays or programs with us (email to [email protected]) by October 10th. The winning library will be announced at the VLA conference in October. 

You'll get bragging rights for the whole year -- good luck!

M. Teresa Doherty, MLIS
Head, Information Services
James Branch Cabell Library
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 842033
Richmond VA 23284-2033
804 828-8658
[email protected]

member, VLA Intellectual Freedom Committee; member, ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee

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