February is Library Lover’s Month!

Did you know VML Insurance Programs provides coverage for 124 libraries throughout Virginia? These libraries are owned by 63 different member entities and include 14 regional library systems.

February is National Library Lover’s Month – and we are taking this opportunity to highlight our insured libraries.

LeTour d'Alexandria Bike Tour

Cyclists of the LeTour d’Alexandria Bike Tour pose in front of the James M. Duncan Jr. Branch of the Alexandria Library

Did you know that the Alexandria Library was the site of the earliest library sit-in held in 1939? The 1939 sit-in on Alexandria’s own Queen Street was celebrated by the Alexandria Library throughout 2014 through events honoring the 75th anniversary of the peaceful protest.

One of the nation’s most little-known historical events involved leadership from native Alexandrian, attorney Samuel W. Tucker, and five young African American men who demonstrated an act of civil disobedience at the Barrett Branch after being denied library cards. The commemorative events at Alexandria Library locations centered around civil rights, human rights and the African American diaspora. Honoring the sit-in gives the institution the opportunity to shed light on a civil rights act that took place more than 15 years before the Civil Rights Movement.

In 2014 the Alexandria Library honored the 75th anniversary of the first library sit-in

In 2014 the Alexandria Library honored the 75th anniversary of the first library sit-in

“The boldness and orchestration of the sit-in was unparalleled by anything else at the time,” said anniversary co-chair, Alexandria civil rights legend Ferdinand Day, who played a pivotal role in Alexandria’s school integration during the 1960s. “Its place in history is not just an achievement for African Americans—it paved the way for providing free access of the library to the entire public.”

Did you know that the Pamunkey Regional Library is named after the Pamunkey River, a 90-mile river that begins 20 miles north of Richmond, Virginia,  where it joins the North and South Anna rivers. The Pamunkey River goes on to divide Hanover and King William counties – both served by the library system.

Libraries provide their communities with so much more than books. They host a variety of events for citizens of all ages throughout the year that encourage not only reading – but a love of learning.

A recent Maker Fair at the  library  was hosted by the local 4-H chapter and involved kids in building structures using marshmallows and toothpicks.  Lots of fun was had and marshmallows eaten.

A recent Mini Maker Fair at the Mechanicsville Library was hosted by the local 4-H chapter and involved kids in building structures using marshmallows and toothpicks. Lots of fun was had and marshmallows eaten.

The Hanover Branch Library opened on October  22, 1942 as one of 11 libraries donated to rural Virginia counties by Mr. David K. E. Bruce, an American diplomat and politician.  The library was built to resemble 18th century architecture to complement the historic Hanover Courthouse next door.

The Hanover Branch Library opened on October 22, 1942 as one of 11 libraries donated to rural Virginia counties by Mr. David K. E. Bruce, an American diplomat and politician. The library was built to resemble 18th century architecture to complement the historic Hanover Courthouse next door.

Julie Goyette, library director of the Rockbridge Regional Library System has undertaken a campaign to collect patrons sharing the top reason they love their local library. A video compilation can be found below.

For more information on Library Lover’s Month, visit this website. More pictures submitted from our libraries can be found below.

Story time at the Buena Vista Public Library

Story time at the Buena Vista Public Library

Egg hunting at the Alexandria Library

Egg hunting at the Alexandria Library

Marcus Richey, age 7, one of Mechanicsville’s young patrons submitted a note showing his love for the library.

Marcus Richey, age 7, one of Mechanicsville’s young patrons submitted a note showing his love for the library.

Clifford the Big Red Dog visited the face-painting station during the Pamunkey Library's annual Back to School Celebration for preschoolers. A school bus is on-site during the program and the little kids love to get on board for the first time and ride around the library.

Clifford the Big Red Dog visited the face-painting station during the Pamunkey Library’s annual Back to School Celebration for preschoolers. A school bus is on-site during the program and the little kids love to get on board for the first time and ride around the library.

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