These sounds great! 
We have a program Oregon Humanities created called Think & Drink that is becoming pretty popular:
Lizz Sinclair
Director of Programs
Maine Humanities Council / Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book
674 Brighton Avenue 
Portland, Maine 04102
Phone: ( 207) 773.5051 ext. 206
Fax-  (207) 773.2416

The power & pleasure of ideas


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Subject: Re: 2016 State Center Idea Exchange

We are talking to the Mississippi Humanities Council about developing a similar program. The CFB hosted a pub crawl a few days before the inaugural Mississippi Book Festival last year (called Liquor-ature) that had an unexpectedly high turnout.


Tracy Carr

Mississippi Library Commission



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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. 



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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

Email: [log in to unmask]