Dont worry about bringing a card or wearing a party hat, but do come celebrate West Virginias birthday at Elizas coffee shop in West VirginiaUniversitys Downtown Campus Library.


On Tuesday, June 20, the WVU Libraries will be celebrating the 143rd anniversary of the MountainStates founding with birthday cake, the return of the Librariescelebrated West Virginia Day poster and the launch of a new digital resource.


The event, which begins at noon, is open to the public.


This years celebration is dedicated to highlighting the Librariesgrowing digital resources in the field of West Virginia history. Included among those is the highly popular West Virginia OnView (http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/wvconline/), which offers online access to some 12,000 historical photographs. A new comprehensive Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection will make its debut online (www.libraries.wvu.edu/wvcollection/) and at a special booth in Elizas on Tuesday.


The guide will bring catalog records for all archival collections in the West Virginia Collection together in a single finding aid for the first time in several decades. The new resource should be welcome news for many as the collections existing guide has been the most popular hit on the WVU Libraries Web site since its founding.


The 2006 edition of the West Virginia Day poster features items from the West Virginia and Regional History Collection: a WVU cadet cap, a letter from a Civil War soldier and a drawing by David Hunter Strother.


Traditionally, the number of free posters available corresponds with the states birthday. That means the first 143 people in line will be presented with a free numbered poster. After that, posters will be available for $10.


The last West Virginia Day poster to be printed was in 2004 and featured artwork by artist Richard Miller. In previous years, posters consisted of artwork, photographs and maps relating to West Virginia history.