Susan, thanks for your response. Yes—we all hope the National Book Festival comes off as planned. It’s our 20th festival.
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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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