Iowa Center for the Book
Advisory Council Meeting
September 27, 2002
Iowa State University Memorial Union, Ames
ISU President Gregory Geoffroy, John Cole of the Center for the Book, Library of Congress, and Katherine Von Wald, coordinator of the Iowa Center for the Book were introduced.
Christopher Rossi, Executive Director, Humanities Iowa, presented Mary Wegner, State Librarian, with a $10,000 check for the development of an Iowa Center for the Book web-based literacy calendar for book-related events in Iowa, including festivals, readings, programs and performances.
Dr. Geoffroy spoke briefly to the group.
The All Iowa Reads committee announced their book selection, "Peace Like a River". A press conference to announce the book title will take place Thursday, October 10 at the Iowa Library Association (ILA) Conference in Des Moines. Programs and book discussions will take place in 2003. John Cole suggested this information be added to the National Center for the Book website.
The following groups were mentioned as possible partners in the project: IEMA, Rotary clubs, ILA, care centers and nursing homes, Upper Midwest Booksellers group, Writer’s Workshop, Prairie Lights, WOI radio, and other independent book sellers. It was suggested that author Leif Enger be invited to Iowa for book readings and/or next year’s ILA Conference, and that celebrity readers take part in other programs.
Information and publicity tools will be made available on a web site.
John Cole said he was impressed with the numerous groups involved with the Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Committee and that it had wonderful potential. Nationally, Centers for the Book have slightly different constituencies and approaches, and there are currently myriad projects being developed.
Cole spoke about the upcoming “Celebrating America’s Stories,” a national book festival, being held October 12 in Washington, DC. In addition to 70 award-winning authors and story-tellers, there will be a “Pavilion of the States,” featuring representatives from Centers for the Book from around the country. Mary Cameron, State Library, will represent Iowa.
--Stories 2000 - First Lady Christie Vilsack reported that the three Promise Fellows are busy working with 51 communities involved in Stories 2000 projects. She mentioned specific projects in Decorah (teaching Spanish to business leaders), Clarinda (middle-school children are visiting nursing homes to find out what residents like to read, then getting reading materials for them), and Anita (containers of books are being left in stores around town and people are encouraged to read them and pass them along. Vilsack also said that 39,000 “I is for Iowa” books were distributed in May to kindergarteners.
--University of Iowa Center for the Book Outreach - Tim Barrett said he is looking for volunteers to go around the state to do demonstrations on paper making and book production. Barrett said there were to be some leadership changes, but that he would like to remain on as the key liaison to the ICFB.
--New Projects - Sid Huttner distributed a handout titled “Iowa Treasurers: A Traveling Exhibition of Books and Manuscripts from Iowa Libraries5." The idea of Iowa Treasurers is to negotiate an exhibit theme and identify 300-400 items which illustrate that theme and which can be drawn from Iowa repositories. These items would be brought together in a single exhibit that would travel over a period of 18-24 months to four or five Iowa museums.
There was discussion about creating a program on book making and book arts for the blind and physically handicapped, especially kids who are not sighted.
The possibility of developing a program to help transition sighted people to books-on-tape when they being having difficulty reading was discussed, as was a program to reach out to kids with reading problems.
There was also some discussion about a program on Intellectual Freedom, maybe piggybacking on an issue with Judith Krug of ALA. Kay Runge suggested a program on the Des Moines man (name??) who wrote the Library Bill of Rights in 1938. [Forrest Spaulding]
--Website - There was discussion about the statewide literary events calendar. It should have links to all the agencies participating on the ICFB Advisory Committee. The State Library will identify and begin working with a web developer.
Cole suggested the committee look into fundraising opportunities and 501C3 status. It was also suggested that the group have an annual ICFB membership drivewith a big event and incentives for joining.
The committee will meet again on May 9, 2003, at the Hoover Library. Von Wald will attend a meeting in Washington DC on May 12 for Center for the Book coordinators from around the country.