It was soo great to see you all at the Festival! Below are Jon Parrish Peede's remarks from the Friday night reception. The NEH crew gave me a copy of his speech and said we are free to use it. I just posted on Facebook. Feel free to use as you wish!
"At NEH, we recognize and celebrate libraries as places of change. In big cities and small towns, they are crucial public spaces for both cultivating democratic engagement and sharing stories, The State Centers for the Book create dynamic public humanities programs that bring people together in libraries - and in less traditional places like outdoor festivals, barbershops, and veterans hospitals - to read, discuss, and reflect on great literature. They too are changemakers in their states." -Jon Parrish Peede"