StoryLines New England

Fact Sheet for Participating Libraries

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Thirteen consecutive Sundays, beginning Sunday, October 3, live at 6 p.m. EST; 5 p.m. CST, and ending on December 26, 2004. Note: Some radio stations may broadcast programs on tape at a different time, so check with your station for local broadcast times.


Participating libraries and public radio stations in New England and other areas of the country (see the web site for an up-to-date list of radio stations and libraries)


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provided a major grant for production of the StoryLines series. Please credit the NEH in local publicity according to the guidelines found in this packet.


On each program, one book will serve as a starting point for discussion of many different aspects of New England history and culture. StoryLines is not a "Let's Talk About It" program in which most of the discussion is based on the book. On-air hosts will provide background on the books and interview guests in the studio and by telephone. All living authors and many other guests will be invited to appear on the programs. A toll-free telephone number will be announced on the air for listeners to call and join the discussion.


Books--The first 15 libraries from each state who have sent in participation forms and whose radio stations have agreed to broadcast the series will receive one set of the 13 books selected for your region under separate cover from our book jobber. A limited budget means that we cannot supply sets of books for all libraries. The books are our "thank you" to your library for participating in StoryLines. (Caution: the packing slip sent by the book jobber may look like an invoice--it isn't.)

Printed materials--Libraries will receive StoryLines brochures, posters, bookmarks, and discussion guides. We have a limited supply of printed materials, so we will send the same amounts to all participating libraries. However, you are welcome to reproduce any of the materials or create new materials using the camera-ready art in this package or digital materials from the web site.


Use as is, adapt, or combine any of the press releases, sample letters, and other printed materials contained in this folder in promoting "StoryLines" in your area. If you have any questions about preparing materials, contacting authors or others for interviews,or about library public programs connected to the "StoryLines" series, please contact Susan Brandehoff at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5054;

Radio stations:

Please keep in touch with your local public radio station: thank them for carrying StoryLines, let them know what the library is doingto attract attention to the series, and share listener/patron comments with them.

Final Report:

A separate flyer in this packet gives some tips on compiling information for the final report. Final reports from participating libraries are requested by January 31, 2005.

Listener evaluation:

Listener evaluation and comments on the "StoryLines" project are very important to us. Enclosed in this packet are Listener Survey forms, which may be duplicated. We suggest that you make them available at the circulation desk, in displays, in books, with discussion guides, at local bookstores or other community sites. We welcome feedback from patrons in the form of anecdotes told to librarians, email (, letters, etc. Encourage patrons to send comments to us. Please attach remarks from patrons to your final report or summarize them in the final question of the report.

Prize Drawing:

At the end of the series, one Listener Survey form from New England will be drawn from all of those submitted. The winner will receive one set of the StoryLines New England books. We hope this encourages listeners to send in their survey forms.

Thank you for contributing your time and energy to "StoryLines New England." We hope it will be a great success in your library.