Michigan Center for the Book
Friday, July 22, 2011
Call to Order The meeting of the Michigan Center for the Book (MCFB) Board was called to order by
Nancy Johnson at approximately 10:05 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011 at the Library of
Michigan in Lansing, Michigan.
Christine Byron – Grand Rapids Public Library
Elaine Erickson (via phone) – Ironwood Carnegie Library
Linda Farynk – Saginaw Valley State University
Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin – Canton Public Library
Lynne Johnson (via phone) – Ann Arbor Editions
Mary Killian – West Bloomfield Township Public Library
Nancy B. Johnson (Chair) – Brighton District Library
Cecilia Ann Marlow – Cromaine District Library
Sheryl Mase (for Nancy Robertson) – Library of Michigan
Diane McKee – Howell Carnegie Library
Thomas Moore – Delta Township District Library
Lori Poznanski-Mason (Recording Secretary)- Library of Michigan
Karren Reish (Center for the Book Coordinator) – Library of Michigan
Kelly Ireland Rembert (Chair-elect) – Southfield Public Library
Carol Souchock – Adrian Public Library
Sue Stoney - Plymouth District Library
Ray Arnett – Fremont Area District Library
Pamela Christensen – Peter White Public Library
Steven Flayer – Shiawassee District Library
Cory Grimminck – Hillsdale Community Library
Bambi Mansfield – Crawford County Library System
Metta Lansdale – Traverse Area District Library
Joanne Lumetta – Madonna University Library
John Martin – Oak Park Public Library
Mary Murphy – Hackley Public Library
Bonnie Reed – Kalkaska County Library
Steve Rybicki – Macomb Community College Library
Marty Stilwell – Kellogg Community College
Mary Ellen Wood – Schuler Books & Music
Welcome and Board members introduced themselves.
Approval of DIANE MCKEE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MARCH 4, 2011 MEETING
March 4, 2011 MINUTES. THE MOTION WAS APPROVED.
2011 Budget Karren presented the budget report. A revised budget was distributed at the meeting. There
was a 2010 correction in the amount of -$334.96 found by the Foundation auditors
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COSLA has approved a grant for up to $2,000 for the National Book Festival
Two-thirds of the grant funds have been distributed. As more grants are completed, Karren
will feature a PR piece about the grants on Michlib-l and will market MCFB grants at MLA.
The Letters about Literature funds have been received and distributed.
Karren will look into changing the MCFB fiscal year to match the LM Foundation fiscal
year. Karren will talk to LM Foundation Director, Carolyn Sparks, about the National Book
Festival expenses extending into October.
2011 Michigan Tom Moore reported that the 2011 Michigan Author Award winner is Gary Schmidt.
Letters about A copy of the Letters about Literature press release was in the Board packet. Target is no
Literature longer able to fund this program. The Library of Congress and the National Center for the
Book are looking into alternative funding. Karren reported that Michigan had a national
winner this year!
2011 Grants All reports have been submitted by the 2011 MCFB grantees.
National Book MCFB Board members Carol Souchock and Kelly Ireland Rembert and LM staff member
Festival Randy Riley will be attending the National Book Festival this year. The Mysteries and
Murders in Michigan brochure, found in the Board packet, will be shipped along with other
materials to the National Book Festival for distribution. The book chosen from Michigan is
For the love of the Tigers: an A-to-Z primer for Tigers fans of all ages. This year’s stamp
will be in the shape of a mitten.
One Book Karren noted that the One Book Archive currently has 50 books by 40 authors, and there
Archive have been many positive comments from schools using these materials.
MLA MLA accepted the MCFB proposal. Cecilia Marlow, Pam Christensen, Carol Souchock or a
Conference staff member from her library, and Margaret Bentley from Shiawassee District Library will
Session Panel participate on the panel.
Summer The beginning draft of the 2012 Summer Reading bookmarks was distributed at the meeting
Reading and emailed to MCFB members. A survey was done via Michlib-l for suggestions for a
Program slogan. Karren welcomes additional slogan and book ideas. Karren described the process to
Bookmarks create the bookmarks and, after the bookmarks are designed, a .pdf version of the bookmarks
is placed on the MCFB website for libraries to use.
Idea Exchange The 2011 Idea Exchange Report was distributed at the meeting and emailed to MCFB
members. Karren reported on behalf of Cory Grimminck who attended the Idea Exchange.
Highlights from the Idea Exchange were included in the packet. Board members are
encouraged to let Karren know if they would like to pursue any of the ideas listed in the Idea
Exchange Highlights. Karren will send the Letters about Literature (LAL) posters as a .pdf
document for Board members to use. Funding for LAL is being looked into, but the program
is expected to continue.
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The River of Words program has returned. Karren will contact the man from Houghton-
Hancock who was originally involved with this program and she will contact local arts
councils to see who might be interested in managing this program for Michigan.
Nancy Johnson thanked Cory for attending the Idea Exchange meeting and thanked Karren
Marketing Elaine Erickson reported on behalf of the Ad Hoc Marketing Committee. A written report
Committee from this committee was distributed at the meeting. The goal of the committee is to find
Report ways to promote MCFB to libraries whenever possible. Determining what MCFB would give
back to its supporting members and what the fee would be needs to be discussed further.
Christine Byron and Lynne Johnson agreed to join the Marketing Committee.
Some marketing ideas discussed at the meeting included:
-Create a bookmark to the public and ask for membership, possibly an avid reader
-Segregate advocacy members from corporate or individual memberships.
Prior to the next MCFB Board Meeting, the Marketing Committee will work on formalizing
a tagline, reviewing the bookmark option, and proposing fees and benefits for various
supporting members (booksellers, publishers, authors, readers), and will report on it at the
Interest A memo regarding interest income on MCFB funds was in the Board packet. Any interest
Income income would be donated to the Foundation since the MCFB and the Foundation have a joint
Discussion and common purpose. The Foundation will provide quarterly updates with regard to the
MCFB account. Karren will revise the memo so it states that the interest income donated to
the Foundation would come from affiliate dues and membership income only, and that
interest income on substantial gifts or endowments would require a separate agreement.
Karren will edit the memo and will present it at the next meeting. Any additional
comments/suggestions with regard to the memo may be emailed to Karren.
Kerrytown Randy Riley and Karren Reish from the Library of Michigan will attend the September 11
Bookfest Kerrytown Bookfest. Board members interested in attending should contact Karren. Diane
McKee may attend; Cecilia Marlow will be there at some point as well. Karren will post the
Kerrytown Bookfest schedule to the listserv. Last year, the Bookfest did a nice job of
promoting 2010 Michigan Notable Books.
Brochure Christine Byron presented the Mysteries and Murders in Michigan crime brochure. The
brochures will be distributed at the National Book Festival, at the MLA Annual Conference,
to MCFB members, and at the Rural Libraries Conference. A .pdf version of the brochure is
posted on the website so libraries can revise the text and relate it to their holdings.
Future recommendations for brochures include food/cooking/wines and history or the Civil
War. Christine Byron will work on drafting the next brochure.
Literary Christine Byron will bring a proposal to the next MCFB meeting in November to create a
Landmark literary landmark in Bridgman to honor writer Carl Sandburg. If approved, the event would
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be planned for the summer of 2012.
Local Updates Board members provided updates on their previous, current, and upcoming activities.
Other The Library of Michigan has a Facebook page; the Michigan Center for the Book does not.
However, MCFB is represented on the LM Facebook page.
Karren hopes to have the standing committees meet at the MLA Annual Conference.
Karren asked members to please respond to the summer reading program survey in the fall.
Karren encouraged members to complete the IMLS survey related to the LSTA 5-Year Plan.
Sheryl Mase reported that the Rural Libraries Conference is scheduled for May 2012 and a
call for programs will be sent out in the fall.
The Michigan Reads! program will kick-off on September 8, which is International Literacy
Day. The book this year is Memoirs of a Goldfish. The Library of Michigan will send a
toolkit to the Michlib-l and MCFB listservs. Michigan Reads! kits will also be sent to
libraries by the third and fourth week in August. About 5,000 kits will be sent to libraries and
public schools. Target has agreed to sponsor the program again this year.
Work on the MIAI database is in progress and may take three to five months to complete.
Next Meeting The next Michigan Center for the Book Board meeting will be November 4. The meetings
Date will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon and will be held in the 5th floor Board Room of the
Michigan Library and Historical Center.
Adjournment The meeting adjourned at 12:05 p.m.