If you would like to suggest an addition to this list of reading-related resources throughout Virginia, please email [email protected] with details.
One Book & Big Read Programs
- Alexandria: All Alexandria Reads, a program of the Alexandria Library
- Arlington: Arlington Reads, a program of the Arlington Public Library
- Buchanan County: Buchanan County Reads, a program of the Buchanan County Public Library
- Charlottesville: Same Page, a program of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
- Churchville: Churchville Reads, a program of the Churchville Branch Library
- Hampton Roads: Tidewater Reads, a literary collaborative
- Henrico Reads: All Henrico Reads, a program of the Henrico County Public Library
- Newport News: Peninsula READS, a community-based adult literacy program
- Radford and the New River Valley: Big Read NRV, a program of Radford University
- Roanoke: Roanoke Valley Reads, a program of Blue Ridge Literacy
- Winchester: One Book One Community, a program of the Handley Regional Library
Literary Festivals & Series
- Arlington: NoVa Teen Book Festival, takes place annually in March
- Charlottesville: Virginia Festival of the Book, takes place annually in March
- Emory: Emory & Henry Literary Festival, takes place annually in October
- Fairfax: Fall for the Book, takes place annually in October
- Farmville: Virginia Children’s Book Festival, takes place annually in October
- Fredericksburg: Books and Beer Club, ongoing at the Adventure Brewing Company
- Norfolk: Tidewater Community College Literary Festival, takes place annually in April
- Norfolk: Old Dominion University Literary Festival, takes place annually in September
- Radford: Radford Reads, takes place annually in May
- Roanoke: Lex Allen Literary Festival, takes place annually in March
- Williamsburg: Williamsburg Book Festival, takes place annually in October
- Charlottesville: Rare Book School, summer intensives and public lecture series
- Charlottesville: Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, reference archive
- Richmond: Studio Two Three, studios and public workshops
- Richmond: Virginia Commonwealth University Book Art Collection, archive and research guides; repository for the Women’s Studio Workshop—largest publisher of hand-printed and hand-bound artists’ books in the U.S.
- Richmond: Visual Arts Center of Richmond, public letterpress studio and classes plus gallery
- Winchester: Cattail Run, hand bookbinding
- Nearby resources: Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, studios and workshops in Hyattsville, Maryland
- Online: Boxcar Press, printers and polymer plates
- Online: Briar Press, a letterpress community
- Online: NA Graphics, letterpress supplies
Browse public libraries throughout Virginia in the Library of Virginia Public Library Directory, which is searchable by county or city.
Additional library resources in the Commonwealth can be found through the Virginia Library Association.
- Resources and program information related to adult literacy in Virginia may be found by exploring the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center and the Virginia Literacy Foundation.
- Virginia State Reading Association is a professional organization actively engaged in promoting literacy throughout Virginia, sharing current instructional strategies and research, and advocating for the elimination of illiteracy in our state.
- In Central Virginia, Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA) provides free one-on-one, confidential tutoring in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults living or working in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
- The Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) is the voice for excellence in Virginia’s school libraries through the promotion of literacy, information access and evaluation, love of literature, effective use of technology, collaboration in the teaching/learning process, intellectual freedom, professional growth, instructional leadership and lifelong learning. VAASL also hosts an annual conference each fall.
- The Literacy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University advances the quality and accessibility of literacy instruction and support services across the lifespan through professional learning, research and development, evaluation, and public policy.
Live Author Events
For a how-to guide and sample documents to help plan and promote live author events at your library or organization, please click here.
- If you are an author who is interested in participating in Virginia reading series, we recommend creating a profile on Have Book Will Travel.
- If you are planning a reading series, the Center has curated recommendations of Virginia-based authors that is available upon request. For more details, please email Sarah Lawson. You may also view a general list of authors available for readings at Have Book Will Travel.
Little Free Libraries
For a searchable map of little free libraries in Virginia—or to add yours to the map—please visit LittleFreeLibrary.org/OurMap.