Book to Action 2021: Health

Book to Action 2021 Health Announcement

Book to Action initiatives are launching soon in libraries across California. We are excited to announce the Book to Action 2021: HEALTH projects. These initiatives are focused on mental health and the ways that mental health and physical health are connected. Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. Book to Action initiatives, aimed at adults and intergenerational groups, also focus on building sustainable community partnerships, encouraging civic engagement, and supporting collaborative efforts between library staff and communities across the state. We invite all Californians to learn more about the Book to Action 2021: Health titles, community partnerships, and program plans.

Book to Action 2021 Special Event

Please save the date for a very special conversation with Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic.  In collaboration with participating libraries, a virtual conversation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Participating libraries and community members will be invited to join others across the state for this special event. More information and registration will be shared soon.

Book to Action 2021 Toolkit

Library staff and community partners are invited to explore and contribute to the Book to Action 2021 toolkit. The toolkit contains examples of community partners and connections, links to documentaries with discussion and action guides, and more. The Book to Action 2021 webinars on topics such as community partnerships, planning for evaluation, and more are available on the main Book to Action page and on our YouTube channel.

About Book to Action 2021

Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. The Big 3 themes that libraries and communities are focused on in 2021 are equity, sustainability and health. Together, we are almost 200 participating library staff members, 36 unique Book to Action initiatives, 35 California library jurisdictions, and 110+ participating library locations.

About California Center for the Book

Our mission is to help the librarians of California get their communities reading and connecting. We help librarians develop and expand programs that promote reading, community engagement, and lifelong learning for adults and intergenerational groups. We also offer professional development opportunities and share resources to help librarians and community partners achieve these goals. We value resource sharing, collaboration, community-building, and innovation.

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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