Hi, Andersen,

Thanks for responding. I like your idea. Let’s add it to our agenda for the next time we meet virtually. Take care and thanks.

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Good morning from South Carolina,

I, too, am working from home (what a weird adjustment). At this time, I’m primarily rescheduling in-person author talks starting in August. I’m considering livestreaming author talks with just me and the author, but state agencies (such as the State Library, where the SCCFTB is based) and all of our public libraries are closed for the time being, so finding a venue would be a challenge. Additionally, this is dependent upon whether or not authors even want to participate in a livestream when we can’t guarantee book sales.

We had to cancel our fifth Literary Landmark unveiling for James Matthewes Legare in Aiken (so disappointing because the ALA president had planned to come! And the Read-In (for the second year in a row)! We also had to cancel the Letters About Literature award ceremony and postpone three author talks.

We aren’t involved in a state literary festival. We used to have one, Deckle Edge, but their event planners were not very strong. I wouldn’t be surprised if last year was the last year. For now, anyway.

Since many of us are working virtually, I wonder if there would be a way to do a marathon book reading, or something to highlight authors across the country for 24 hours or… something? It’s not a fully fleshed out idea, just a thought. Let me know if you’re interested in a good brainstorm! (This isolation thing is a struggle for me).

Thanks all – wishing you good health.


Andersen Cook
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From: Center for the Book state centers communication <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> On Behalf Of Sharon Shaloo
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:44 AM
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Thanks for opening the convo on this, Guy.  I've been interested to read the reports from the field rolling in.

Mass had planned a series of events this year linked to our 20th anniversary -- and we are now not only rethinking all of them but also interrogating our delivery model ... understanding how dangerous it is to have nearly all of our activities culminate in large social gatherings.  Even those that are promoted at more of a distance presume that the commonwealth libraries will be open as sites for the promotion ... Diversification in delivery is our new programming priority!

I'm spending the next two weeks catching up on admin tasks and asking our two very part-time folk to keep our book awards (the 20th annual) and lal (yep also 20th annual) programs moving forward while we rethink how we will deliver the performance of them in public. I am betting dollars to doughnuts that we won't have access to the State House (where each of these programs  normally culminates) until at least the fall and so we, like Minnesota, are exploring video and how to make it exciting.

I will be eager to get the news about author resources from LOC, Guy.  I'm about to darken the commonwealth events calendar we host and replace it with a page of online resources and streaming events and will be happy to have that to add.

Guy, do you think LOC is rethinking National Book Festival?  I ask not to be alarmist but to factor in our Great Read announcement and what may or may not happen to that ...

Take care everyone ... last week I felt as if the sky were falling ... now I feel that calamity is easier to deal with after it's arrived than when it was only anticipated.

Regards to all,


Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director
Mass Center for the Book
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On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 3:36 PM Lamolinara, Guy <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
Dear Affiliates,

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.