This is Tim Gleisner from the Library of Michigan and the Michigan Center for the Book.
We were going to start our Michigan Notable Books tour on April 1st. This tour is based upon our annual Michigan Notable Books program where we select the top 20 Michigan related titles. From this list we send out willing authors to 50 libraries around Michigan to give talks about their works. Right now all most of the April tour dates are tentatively cancelled, but this is a call for the individual libraries and authors to make. Generally we have the tour between April 1st and June 30th, but I was able to get the funder to alter the dates to end at the end of August.
We also have a Night for Notables event at the Library of Michigan on April 25th. This event has many of the authors attend with food and refreshments and one past Notable author giving the keynote address. This year’s event has been cancelled.
Stay Healthy Everyone,
From: Center for the Book state centers communication <[log in to unmask]>
On Behalf Of Susan Mark
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 11:00 AM
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Subject: Re: Working in the age of coronavirus
Wyoming had no events planned, so we're not worrying on that front. We are scrambling to cope with the influx oc COVID-19 tasks that we need to do to get news out and support our libraries, so it's not certain whether we will operate on our original schedule for Letters About Literature. Going to try, although with all schools closed, we'll need to collect home addresses to send out certificates and gift cards, and the kids in school won't get to have it presented at a school assembly. It seems like it's also pushed back the announcement on the State Literacy Award. We hope things settle down in time for National Book Festival, but of course, we'll have to see.
Mostly, it's just been a scramble of immediate tasks, and CFB has had to temporarily take a back seat.
From: Center for the Book state centers communication <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Lamolinara, Guy
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:36 PM
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Subject: working in the age of coronavirus
It is hard for me sometimes to believe how are lives and work activities have so drastically changed in just the past two weeks!
I just started teleworking last week and am still getting used to the lack of social interchange with my colleagues face-to-face. I have never teleworked before because I have always enjoyed coming into the office each day. It also puts me in a “work” mindset. The constant racket from the construction project next door is a constant and annoying distraction. If you know Alexandria, Va., and its historic district, then you know we all live in rowhouses in a densely populated neighborhood. I live in one of those rowhouses, attached on only one side. Right next door, about 12 feet away, they are erecting a large Sunrise senior living facility on what has been a parking lot for the entire 33 years I have lived in this house. At least when the times comes, I won’t have to move very far!
On a more serious level, I am writing to reach out and learn how all of you are coping, how your work, activities and plans have changed, and what I (and the Library of Congress) can do to support you. I can tell you we are planning to release online later this week the beginning of a series of reading and learning activities with some top authors who have agreed to work with us to reach out to young readers who are home from school. As soon as I have details, I will let you know. Perhaps it is something you can offer your users.
Can you tell us if you are engaging in any novel approaches to reaching your constituencies?
What activities have you been forced to cancel? Are you doing any virtual programming?
Are you involved in a state or local book festival? Are you making contingency plans?
Anything you would like to say to get the conversation going, please share.
Take care. I hope we return to “normal” soon, whatever the new normal may be.
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