Montana is very sad to not be able to attend this year’s Idea Exchange. But I’ll weigh in as a state center housed within a humanities council. The program Sharon is trying to recall is Think and Drink which is not purely literature based. In Montana we fund over a dozen reading and discussion programs across the state, as well as community conversations based on literature prompts.


Our big excitement is that next week we’re holding a statewide Idea Exchange to talk with publishers, booksellers, librarians, writers, and the state arts council about re-envisioning our state center for the book. I’ll have more to report soon!

All Best,


Kim Anderson

Director of Programs and Grants

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From: Center for the Book state centers communication [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Sharon Shaloo, MCB
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 2:15 PM
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Subject: Re: FW: 2016 State Center Idea Exchange


A few of us spoke about this idea recently ... I think I heard that this was a project in some humanities councils -- "books and brew" (?)  "drink and think" (?) I can't recall exactly what it was called ... one of those.  


Andrea (Maryland) ... do you recall?  Did we talk about this at NBF?  Or was is Lizz (Maine) who mentioned it?  Or did I talk about this with Chris Higashi at BookExpo?  


Argh my memory!



~ Sharon 

Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director
Massachusetts Center for the Book
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On Tue, 29 Mar 2016 16:04:13 -0400, "Boni, Anne" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Does anyone have anything similar they can report to Jane?



From: Kulow, Jane B. (jbk9s) [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, March 25, 2016 6:32 PM
To: Boni, Anne
Subject: Re: 2016 State Center Idea Exchange



Dear Anne,



I’m writing to follow up on your request for discussion topics. This year we have begun a new collaboration with a local reading series, and are looking to network with/support more across the state. In addition, we’ve held a couple of our own programs at a local brewing company, and we are partnering with the regional library to support their own book discussion series at a local brewing company.



Our programs were held during the Virginia Festival of the Book:


Reading Under the Influence: Blues & Brews (featured music and a history of Beale Street)


Drink & Draw (featured prompts and sketch paper for all, with graphic novelists and illustrators)



The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library discussion series is called Books on Tap.



I’d love to hear from other centers that might be doing anything similar.



Thanks very much,







Director, Virginia Center for the Book


Program Director, Virginia Festival of the Book


P 434 924-7548 | C 434 806-4004


Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903


The 23rd annual  Virginia Festival of the Book


takes place March 22-26, 2017. 




From: "Boni, Anne" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 2:13 PM
To: "Boni, Anne" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: 2016 State Center Idea Exchange





February 25, 2016


Dear Friends and Colleagues,




This year our state center for the book “idea exchange” meeting will be held on Monday, April 25 from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  and Tuesday, April 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   As usual, the reception will follow Monday’s meeting from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  Please see the attached TENTATIVE agenda for details..  We are looking for suggestions regarding discussion topics and new collaborations, so please send us your thoughts.  Once again, we are offering a $500 stipend to support your participation in the meetings




The Library is in the process of changing its invoice procedures, which means you will need to send your invoice following the meeting to [log in to unmask] (further instructions to follow). I will, however, need to know if you are able to attend so please send me an email requesting the payment in order for us to get you in the Library’s automated system.   I will send you the document numbers you need to include on your invoice prior to the meetings.




We were only able to hold 18 rooms on Sunday, April 24 and Monday April 25 at the Capitol Hill Hotel, 200 C Street, SE Washington, DC 20003.  The rate is $226 for a Junior Suite – single and $246 for a Superior Suite – double.   The hotel tax in the District of Columbia is $14.5%.  I was also able to reserve a fewrooms for April 23 and April 26.  The cutoff date for making a reservation is March 24 and the hotel will likely be fully booked at this time of year, thus  please reserve your room as soon as soon as possible.  Reservations can be made by calling 202-448-2081and requesting the group rate for the Library of Congress State Center for the Book meeting or providing the block code SCBM416.  You can also book online by visiting




Please send a summary of your center’s activities since the last meeting to Guy Lamolinara ([log in to unmask]) and to me no later than Friday, April 1.  In the interest of brevity, please submit bullet points of no more than two to three sentences each and report on no more than 10 activities. The summaries will be available in a report at the idea exchange.




If you wish to ship brochures, maps, and/or other materials (up to 40 copies each), it is recommended you ship by UPS or FedEx.  Due to offsite security, it will take a few weeks to arrive at the Library.  Material should be sent to Center for the Book, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540-4920.  Attn. Staceya Sistare Anderson.




Any questions, please contact Anne Boni at [log in to unmask] or 202-707-1519.








Draft agenda         


  CFB forthcoming events, including the Poetry and Literature Center and the Young Readers Center






All best wishes,
















Anne Boni


Program Specialist


Center for the Book


Library of Congress


Washington, DC 20540-4920


Ph: 202-707-1519


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