Book to Action Webinar 1 – Community Partnerships

Book to Action Webinar #1: Community Partnerships – Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for an informal webinar all about the role of community partnerships in Book to Action 2021. Whether you’re focusing on Equity, Sustainability or Health, you’ll benefit from exploring:

  • why community partnerships are essential to effective community engagement
  • the various types of community partners other libraries are working with on their Book to Action initiative
  • how to navigate and strengthen your community partnerships to ensure a mutually beneficial relationship

Community Partnerships Webinar Panelists

Armando Rivera, Senior Librarian Adult Services, San Leandro Public Library
Armando got his MLIS from San Jose State University. He has worked for the library for 17 years in different areas. Former President of Bibliotecas Para la Gente. Armando just finished the Local Government Leadership Academy in Alameda County 2019-2020. He enjoys working for the San Leandro community, where he also resides.


Hoi-Fei Mok, PhD, Sustainability Manager, City of San Leandro
Dr. Hoi-Fei Mok, PhD (they/them) is the Sustainability Manager at City of San Leandro, leading the City’s implementation of the Climate Action Plan and other sustainability programs. With a strong interdisciplinary background in environmental science, climate policy, and social justice, Fei aims to build out equitable community-driven strategies for local resilience and agency to climate change in their hometown of San Leandro. Fei currently serves on the national NAACP Centering Equity in Building Energy Sector Initiative, the National Adaptation Forum equity advisory committee, and the Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN) equity working group.

Community Partnerships Webinar Outline

  • 1:50 PM – Webinar Opens
  • 2:00 PM – Webinar Begins / Welcome
  • 2:05 PM – Community Partnerships Overview
  • 2:15 PM – Community Partnership Book to Action 2021 Conversation with participating librarian and their community partner (TBA)
  • 2:40 PM – Sharing among Book to Action participants
  • 2:50 PM – Webinar officially ends with time for Q&A for those who wish!

Who Should Attend

Current Book to Action 2021 participating libraries (up to 5 team members per project) are invited to attend. All professional development events will be one hour Zoom webinars. Live webinars will be recorded and shared with participating libraries and the general library community after the events.


Registration is required and open to current Book to Action 2021 participating libraries only.  Please use your work email to register here. Reminders with connection information will be sent out both one week and one day before the event.

Background Reading / Viewing

In order to start the wheels turning, please review the materials below. If you have stellar community partnership resources, please let us know on Slack and we’ll add them here.

Webinar Recording

The recorded webinar may be viewed at and is embedded below.

Webinar Survey

After the webinar, please complete the survey at Survey closes November 11, 2020.

Related Upcoming Training Opportunity

The training opportunity below is supported by the CALL Initiative.

Learning To Share Your Sandbox: Developing Effective Partnership Agreements
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 – 9:30am – 10:30am Pacific /  12:30 – 1:30pm Eastern

Do you have a “love-hate” relationship with your community partners? You love the potential impact your combined efforts can create but hate how exhausting it is to maintain timely and effective communication.

This training teaches nonprofits leaders how to evaluate the organization’s current needs, identify potential partners, and cultivate partnerships that are efficient and effective.

Funding For Good’s Marie Palacios will break down the written partnership agreement process and share tips and templates for key agreements such as “Memorandum of Understandings (MOU). Finally, she will explain why strategic partnerships are more important than ever and how partnership agreements can hinder or help your partnerships efforts.