Book to Action Webinar 2 – Designing a Community Engagement Series

Book to Action Webinar #2: Designing a Community Engagement Series – Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 2pm

Join us for an informal webinar on designing a Book to Action community engagement series. Whether you’re focusing on Equity, Sustainability or Health, you’ll benefit from exploring ways to put together an impactful and engaging series of programs for adults and intergenerational groups in your community. We cannot know exactly what the potential programing period (March 2021 – July 2021) will bring, so bring an open mind and flexible mindset to this training.

The recording of the webinar can be found at and embedded below.

Webinar Panelists

Jennifer Boyce, Librarian I – Public Services, Santa Monica Public Library

Jennifer has been a public librarian for over thirteen years. In 2007, she received her MLIS degree from UCLA and started her career at Glendale Public Library. For five years, she learned the ropes of Youth Services librarianship before taking a supervisory Librarian II position at Santa Monica Public Library. At Santa Monica, Jennifer has worked in a variety of roles with youth and adults, including Acting Branch Manager. She currently works at Main Library and splits her time between Youth and Public Services. For two years, Jennifer has chaired the Library’s citywide reads program, Santa Monica Reads All Summer. Through this experience, she learned many valuable lessons about community engagement. Jennifer is fluent in Spanish and recently participated in the State Library’s Mental Health Initiative, facilitated by California Center for the Book.

Jennifer will share Santa Monica’s plan for producing an online 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge with related programming, such as: 1.) Book Discussion: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 2.) Author Talk: Dr. Norma Mendoza-Denton on Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies.

Hector Villaseñor, Librarian I, Hayward Public Library

Hector has worked in the library profession since 1999 starting as a librarian assistant with the Alameda County Library system. The last 5 years, he has worked as a Librarian I with the City of Hayward Public Library. During this time, he has worked with HPL’s Book to Action program in 2018, collaborated with the Hayward Counts census project this past year, and more recently is helping with the HPL to Go, or curbside pick-up program. He was born, raised, and still resides in Hayward, and graduated from California State University of Hayward in 1993 with a B.A. in Political Science. Hector also loves stumbling across an old book, news article, and or website pertaining to California history. 

Hayward Public Library has selected Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson for their Book to Action 2021 series. Hector will share what the Hayward Public Library is considering for their Book to Action 2021 series.

Anika Johnson Crittendon, Literacy Program Assistant, Solano County Library

Anika Johnson Crittendon has worked in literacy and volunteer management for 20 years. Her work in tolerance, inclusion, and socio-economic inequities are at the core of both her personal and professional lives. A lifelong passion, activism began in high school as an inaugural member of the SACLU and continued as an undergrad at UCLA. Literacy as a focus to affect change at a community level began as a Program Director at a Bay Area non-profit providing mentors and tutors for Berkeley and Oakland youth and in 2003, Anika began working in the field of adult literacy at the Solano County Library. She believes that empowering adults to read, write and to speak English is vital to our communities and our national discourse on the intersection of race, economics, policy, and education.  Connecting volunteers and students that come from different racial and socio-economic backgrounds to work as a team to eradicate illiteracy is the focus of her work and her belief that change is possible. Anika is the chair of the Solano County Library Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and a member of Solano County’s Community Action for Race Equity (CARE) team.

Solano County Library has selected Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson for their Book to Action 2021 series. Anika will share what the Solano County Library is considering for their Book to Action series.

Webinar Outline
  • 1:50 PM – Webinar Opens
  • 2:00 PM – Webinar Begins / Welcome
  • 2:05 PM – Jennifer Boyce shares Santa Monica Public Library’s Racial Equity community engagement series in progress
  • 2:15 PM – Q&A with Jennifer Boyce
  • 2:20 PM – Hector Villaseñor shares Hayward Public Library’s Just Mercy community engagement series planning in progress
  • 2:30 PM – Q&A with Hector Villaseñor
  • 2:35 PM – Anika Johnson Crittendon shares Solano County Library’s Just Mercy community engagement series planning in progress
  • 2:45 PM – Q&A with Anika Johnson Crittendon
  • 2:50 PM – Webinar officially ends with time for optional open conversation and networking

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.

Resources to Share

See Santa Monica Public Library’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Plan with Twitter posts and resource links. The challenge was based on a resource from Robin DiAngelo’s website. SMPL adapted the challenge to meet the Library’s needs and incorporated some of their own activities/resources. The original 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge can be found at Both the SMPL plan and 21 Day Challenge are also linked in the Book to Action Toolkit.

Webinar Survey

After the webinar, please complete the survey at Comments are optional. Survey closes December 3, 2020.

Santa Monica Public Library Press Release – Racial Equity Community Engagement Series

Santa Monica, California – Santa Monica Public Library recognizes and acknowledges the systemic anti-Black racism that pervades our nation and institutions. In support of the City’s commitment to Social Justice, the Library recognizes our role and responsibility to bring out meaningful change, equity and racial justice through mutual learning and dialogue. As such, we are creating and facilitating opportunities for conversations to discuss race, civic engagement, equity, diversity, inclusivity, and cultural awareness.

We invite you to join the Library’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which runs from October 1 through 21, 2020. For 21 days, we encourage you to do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity. Follow the Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn about the daily suggested activity. Activities include readings, podcasts, videos, observations and other ways to form and deepen community connections. Learn more at The Challenge has a social media focus, with some posts tied to related programming that will take place in October and November.

Join us for these free special online events:

Book Discussion: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – In this true story about the redeeming potential of mercy, lawyer Bryan Stevenson establishes the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit law office in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned. For teens and adults.
Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00pm | Register via Zoom

Author Talk: Norma Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D. on Language in the Trump Era: Scandals and Emergencies – Using many detailed examples, Dr. Mendoza-Denton’s fascinating and highly topical book reveals how Trump’s rallying cries, boasts, accusations, and mockery enlist many of his supporters into his alternate reality. Join us for a virtual presentation and discussion about the mechanisms by which language in the Trump era has widened social divisions.
Saturday, November 21 at 2:00pm | Register via Zoom

Santa Monica Public Library’s vision is Preserving the Past, Serving the Present, Shaping the Future, a framework on which we build a strong commitment to ourselves and our community to shape policies and actions that contribute to a society in which every individual can realize their full potential. We want to encourage all of us, and all of you, to actively engage in the work of racial equity and social justice.