Reading Round Up (RRU) Frequently Asked Questions

1. Reading Round Up is often crowded. Can you find a larger venue?
The Planning Committee has investigated every other large centrally-located facility with multiple breakout rooms but has found nothing suitable. Colleges are only willing to rent space during spring break in March when a snowstorm might cancel the event.
We continue to explore other options and welcome your suggestions.

2. Can you repeat the program in another part of the state to reduce the crowded conditions and make it more accessible?
Speakers are usually unable to commit to more than one day; this is especially true for keynote speakers, authors, and illustrators. Booking multiple venues would also increase the cost, and we try to keep the cost as low as possible to make it affordable. In addition, we often hear that participants find this statewide program a wonderful opportunity to network with colleagues from other parts of Maine.

3. April is such a busy month. Have you considered a different time of year?
The committee has thoroughly explored this idea and continues to study it annually. We try to avoid a conflict with the professional association and regional conferences as well as school vacations and summer reading programs.

4. Can you offer payment by credit card?
Neither the Maine Regional Library System nor the Maine Library Association is currently equipped to do this. However, we hope this will be a possibility in the future.

5. Can the parking situation be improved?
We have been working with the Civic Center to assure that there is dedicated parking for our conference attendees.

6. Can you get multiple booksellers so there will be plenty of books available?
It is difficult to predict how many books will be sold the day of the event. In addition, many booksellers are often too short staffed to commit enough people for a whole day at the conference. We do our best to estimate and adjust the number of books we have available.

7. Why don't you do a boxed lunch? Wouldn't that be faster? And cheaper?
We may offer a boxed lunch choice next year although participants at a recent RRU breakout session who were served boxed lunches found the quality greatly inferior to the buffet. And it is not necessarily cheaper since there is more labor involved.

8. Can you videotape the conference and make the video available to the library community?
We are not currently equipped to do this, but will consider it for the future.

9. Can you decrease the price of the conference if you don't offer door prizes?
All of our door prizes are donated, therefore are not included in the price of the conference.

10. Can my special dietary needs be accommodated?
With advance notice the Civic Center can accommodate your dietary needs. Please let us know what accommodation you need when you register or contact Cheryl Ramsay at Cheryl.Ramsay@maine.gov or Nancy Dumont at the Civic Center at
nancy.dumont@augustamaine.gov.

11. What are the driving directions to the Civic Center? Is there some way to arrange ride shares?
76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME (207) 626-2405. Take I-95 Exit 112 (Civic Center). At Civic Center sign, turn right into the complex. About 100 yards from the sign, bear right past the Best Western/Rooster's Restaurant to Civic Center. Use North Wing entrance. We recommend you post ride share queries to MELIBS or on our Facebook page (find us on Maine Reading Round Up).