In Iowa the only thing we have that is time sensitive is the Letters About Literature program, we are in the final judging portion of the program. We are holding virtual meetings this week to determine winners. However, we don't know how we will move forward at this point, especially if schools are now closed until the end of the school year. We might not be able to get the W9's we need to actually pay the winners. We've already determined that we won't have a reception as normal to do the awards. It was scheduled for May 1st. 
For other programs, we have committees working on the title selection for our All Iowa Reads programs which we don't announce until late fall, so any of those meetings  can be virtual. 
We were supposed to participate in the DSM Book Festival with a booth and publicity about our All Iowa Reads programs, but that was scheduled for this Saturday, and that has been cancelled. 
At this point, we're waiting to see what the financial fallout might be to this, both at the state and federal levels, before we think about starting new programs. And even hiring a new coordinator, although we are scheduling virtual interviews for that. Time will tell.....


Nancy Medema Program Director

Coordinator, Iowa Center for the Book

State Library of Iowa | Des Moines Office
515.281-4328 | [log in to unmask]
1112 E. Grand Avenue | Des Moines, IA 50319

On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 11:31 AM Lamolinara, Guy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi—thanks for responding, Sharon. Yes—we have had to cancel so many events as well. We are still working on the National Book Festival as planned but of course we don’t know what things will be like come Aug. 29. It has occurred to a number of us that we may have to rethink what a “festival” means but nothing has been decided. Take care and thanks again. As soon as I know more re our online kids weekly offerings, I will share with everyone.



From: Center for the Book state centers communication <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Sharon Shaloo
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:44 AM
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Subject: Re: working in the age of coronavirus


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 

617.872.3718 (office)



On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 3:36 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.