Month: June 2020

“Florence Adler Swims Forever” is the next Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club selection for August 9th

Rachel Beanland is a recent graduate of VCU with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Her first novel, Florence Adler Swims Forever, will be released by Simon & Schuster on July 7th. From the publisher’s website: “Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to […]

Corporate Sponsorships debut at VCU Libraries

In FY20, VCU Libraries began pursuing corporate sponsorships for events. The annual Friends of VCU Libraries provided wide appeal to area businesses and VCU Libraries raised $7,500 in corporate sponsorship in our first year. A diverse range of businesses stepped up to sponsor the sale. They were: Black Swan Books; Alli Taylor, Keller Williams Realty […]

VCU Libraries Annual Fund grew in FY20

VCU Libraries grew membership in the Friends of VCU Libraries by 3 percent in fiscal year 2020 and enjoyed a revenue growth of 42 percent from fiscal year 2019. While membership growth lagged behind revenue growth, we finished the year strong despite entering into a pandemic and near shut down of development efforts for the […]

Corporate Sponsorships debut at VCU Libraries

In FY20, VCU Libraries began pursuing corporate sponsorships for events. The annual Friends of VCU Libraries provided wide appeal to area businesses and VCU Libraries raised $7,500 in corporate sponsorship in our first year. A diverse range of businesses stepped up to sponsor the sale. They were: Black Swan Books; Alli Taylor, Keller Williams Realty […]

The Brownell siblings honor their mother with a named endowment

This spring, art history Professor Emeritus Charles Brownell and his sister, Louise, made a gift to establish the Bess T. Brownell Fund in memory of their mother, Bess Trippe Brownell (1910-95) at VCU Libraries. The Brownell Fund supports the acquisition, stewardship and access of rare printed and hand-made publications and ephemera on architecture and the […]

Exhibit celebrates history of pharmacy in Virginia

The VCU School of Pharmacy’s Heritage Trail is a new and permanent exhibition in the lobby of the R. Blackwell Smith Building that documents the history of pharmacy in Virginia.  The project began in 2018 with the development of a video summarizing aspects of pharmacy history from ancient times to today, and is narrated by […]

VCU Health Hub at 25th hygiene supply drive

The VCU Health Hub at 25th will host a hygiene supply drive in partnership with the Richmond Public Library to benefit those experiencing financial hardship and housing insecurity. The drive will be held Oct. 28-Nov. 30 with collection boxes at James Branch Cabell Library, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Institute for Contemporary Art at […]

Celebrating Six Long-time Employees During COVID-19

Six long-time VCU Libraries employees have recently retired or will shortly be retiring: Pam Fraga, administrative office director Mary Jane (MJ) Green, Tompkins-McCaw Library service desk coordinator Diana Lively, library technician Thelma Mack, research and education coordinator Anita Mallory, acquisitions order manager John Ulmschneider, dean of libraries and university librarian An in-person celebration is, unfortunately, […]

Build your summer reading list

Did you miss last week’s “What’s everyone reading?” Community Zoom event but would like some suggestions for building your summer reading list? Here are some of the books that were discussed by Ward Tefft of Chop Suey Books, VCU Libraries staff, and Richmond community members. Titles include new releases by VCU alumni, 14th century pandemic […]

Planned gift will establish a Dean’s Endowment for VCU Libraries

Elizabeth Roderick and John Kneebone are the type of couple that libraries dream about. She is a retired librarian currently enrolled in VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, working toward a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Urban Revitalization (after already earning a Master’s in Public Administration and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management […]