Building Community, One Zoom at a Time

In a typical year, VCU Libraries hosts an impressive number of public events and welcomes the community to join us in our comfortable lecture hall. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel an exciting schedule of spring events. To try and fill the void left by these cancellations and keep our community connected during the days of lockdown and social distancing, we launched a series of Community Zooms on a variety of topics.


In the event that you had hoped to attend a session and were unable to do so, here is a list of all past events with a link to the recorded program. Enjoy and we hope to see you at a Community Zoom soon!

April 30: Celebrating Preservation Week: Collections Care Activities at VCU Libraries and Preserving Your Personal Treasures, Led by Nora Bloch

May 7: Virtual Awards Program: Student Book Collecting Contest and Friends of VCU Libraries T-shirt Design Contest, Led by Matteo Pangallo and Antonia Vassar

May 14: Finding Trusted Information About COVID-19, Led by Dana Ladd and John Cyrus

May 21: Walkthrough of the New VCU Libraries Website, Led by Ashley Brewer

May 28: Docent-guided Virtual Tour of VCU Libraries Galleries, Led by Alice Campbell

June 4: What’s Everyone Reading? Led by Kelly Gotschalk, Gregory Kimbrell and Ward Teft of Chop Suey Books

June 11: Collaborative Poetry of Empowerment, Led by Oscar Keyes and Gregory Kimbrell (this session was not recorded).

June 18: They Closed Our Schools: Making a Documentary of Racial Injustice in Prince Edward County, Led by Brian Grogan of Mercy Seat Films

June 25: 21 Years of Leading VCU Libraries, Led by John E. Ulmschneider, Emeritus Dean of VCU Libraries

July 2: New Life for Old Books: Paper Flower Making Workshop, Led by Kelly Gotschalk

July 9: Catching Up with VCUarts Qatar Libraries, Led by Amy Andres

Of you have an idea for a Community Zoom session, please let us know! Send us an email at libdevelop@vcu.edu.