Like Rocco, I find my calendar open.  (Laughing/crying/worrying)  

Easter is this weekend through Monday and Passover runs thru 4/16.  Since we are going to need a later afternoon slot to accommodate Alaska and Hawaii, should they be able to join, I think we should schedule from 4/17 on so we don't book over Seder preparations for any of our colleagues.

Sharon Shaloo, Executive Director
Mass Center for the Book 
617.872.3718 (office)

On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 9:59 AM Rocco Staino <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I've check my calendar and seem to be available for a Zoom Call.  

Wash Your Hands,


On Thu, Apr 9, 2020 at 8:30 AM Walker, Suzanne <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Hi all,


I’d like to second the idea of an informal Zoom call. Just to check in with everyone.





Suzanne Walker

Director - Indiana Center for the Book

Indiana Young Readers Center Librarian

Indiana State Library

140 N. Senate Ave.

Indianapolis, IN 46204





From: Center for the Book state centers communication [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rebekah Manley
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2020 12:52 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: External: working in the age of coronavirus


**** This is an EXTERNAL email. Exercise caution. DO NOT open attachments or click links from unknown senders or unexpected email. ****



I'm thinking of y'all this week. I've gotten to catch up with a few of you. I'd like to echo the hopes to have an informal zoom catch up soon. I don't have an account (the state is working on it as fast as state purchasing can go).


I know organizing all of us can be tricky. Guy, what would you say to throwing out a meeting a week and varying times. Perhaps those who can pop on will and the others can get the next one. Sort of like if we were all int he same place and we had an informal happy hour. Those that can make it, make it and we maintain connection. Just an idea. 


In addition to this, I like the idea of us having a more organized meeting soon.





Rebekah Manley, MFA

Coordinator Texas Center for the Book

1201 Brazos Street | Austin, TX 78701

512.936.2505 | [log in to unmask]

Please connect on Facebook

We hope you celebrate Lone Star Día: Children’s Day, Book Day!



Rebekah Manley, MFA

Coordinator Texas Center for the Book

1201 Brazos Street | Austin, TX 78701

512.936.2505 | [log in to unmask]

Please connect on Facebook

We hope you celebrate Lone Star Día: Children’s Day, Book Day!




Currently reading: Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai



From: Center for the Book state centers communication <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Matheis, Bonnie <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2020 6:43 PM
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: External: working in the age of coronavirus


Well ... there's nothing like being the last to the party!

The state of Illinois has been on a lockdown since Monday, March 16. Our latest date of return is scheduled for May 1. Despite this, the Director and chief Deputy Direct have been going into the office to hold down the fort. Yesterday, the Library Development Group had our first conference call with them since leaving the office on March 16th - the Center is part of this group.

the Illinois Center is a partner of the ILLINOIS READS program. The Kick-off Book Festival for the program scheduled for March 14 was cancelled amid concerns for the health and safety of the authors, illustrators, families and volunteers. ILLINOIS READS is a reading program highlighting Illinois authors, so it is still a go - people can read the books any time. The only thing that will change is the timing or medium of programs.

The LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE in Illinois judging deadline was today but, due to the abrupt closures of everything across the state,it is being extended until Monday. Our awards ceremony is scheduled for May 12 with the Secretary of State. While this date is still on the Secretary's books, it is unknown and doubtful (my thoughts) that this will be able to happen given this virus. If the ceremony can't happen, we will make sure the winner receives something special from the Secretary.  We will run into the same situation as others - trying to get the student's mailing addresses for certificates with some if not most schools being closed for the rest of the year, but we'll make it work.

We are still moving forward with our ILLINOIS EMERGING WRITERS COMPETITION GWENDOLYN BROOKS POETRY AWARD The entry deadline is June 30. While we depend on Illinois colleges, universities and public libraries to help communicate the competition, they are all closed right now. We do, however, also have the support of the Illinois writing community and the past Illinois Poet Laureate, who helped create the program. The award ceremony usually isn't until late November or early December so we'll hope that should be able to happen!

All the best to each of you

Bonnie Matheis
Illinois Center for the Book, Coordinator

Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 South 2nd Street
Springfield,IL  62701

[log in to unmask]

From: Center for the Book state centers communication [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Lamolinara, Guy [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 2:35 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: External: working in the age of coronavirus

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.


Disclaimer - This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and contain privileged or copyright information. You must not present this message to another party without gaining permission from the sender. If you are not the intended recipient you must not copy, distribute or use this email or the information contained in it for any purpose other than to notify the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately, and delete this email from your system. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender, except where the sender specifically states them to be the views of the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.