Hi Guy and all, 

Even though I normally work from home (consultant for CA Library Association) this has been a huge shift, having my son out of school and my husband’s work essentially closed. For CA Center for the Book, we’re hosting several initiative check ins via Zoom and will likely be extending program, survey, speaker payments from June/early July to end of August (or possibly beyond). We are busy busy creating several panels from what was once our in person Symposium professional development event (scheduled for 3/26). 

And scrambling to cancel / postpone hold all events for next few months, while figuring out how to move ahead with our work, which is all LSTA grant funded etc. We haven’t heard too much official word from IMLS yet, but I’m sure there will be extensions / modifications ? made. 

Hang in there all!

Julianna Robbins
Program Manager
California Center for the Book
California Library Association
Facebook & Instagram: @CaliforniaCenterfortheBook
Mobile: 562-277-8168

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

On Mar 23, 2020, at 12:35 PM, Lamolinara, Guy <[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.