Dear Centers for the Book, 

I can vouch for PPO and Sara Ostman, who also edited the BOOK CLUB REBOOT from ALA Publications which has gone on to become a bestseller for ALA.  I expect what she puts together is going to very well.  

Thanks for forwarding this out to your networks, 


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

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From: Sarah Ostman <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 11:36 AM
Subject: [pubprgms] Tell us about your virtual library programs!

ALA’s Public Programs Office is compiling a collection of virtual library programs to share in an forthcoming book from ALA Editions.

What virtual program has worked well at your library? Please tell us about it in this brief survey by Friday, July 3!


With COVID-19, many libraries were thrown into uncharted terrain when it came to programming. And so — as libraries do — they quickly innovated, coming up with a vast array of virtual programs in a short time. Some were twists on old favorites while others were brand new concepts. 

A few important notes:

  • All library types are welcome!
  • We would love to hear about multiple virtual programs held at your library, but please fill out a separate survey for each program.
  • Virtual programs held at any time are acceptable; we are not restricting submissions to those offered during the pandemic.
  • If your program is featured in our book, you will be acknowledged in the publication.

Looking for some examples of virtual library programs? Here are a few from our website:

Questions? Email me at [log in to unmask].

Thank you!!


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

American Library Association
Public Programs Office



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