Book to Action Webinar 5

Book to Action Webinar #5: Pre-Launch Check-in, Putting the Action in Book to Action, and Kick-off Party
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 2pm

The fifth and final Book to Action 2021 webinar. Program overviews and updates from three participating libraries, review of the ‘actions’ in Book to Action, and a tiny little kick off party!

Webinar Panelists

Mara Cabrera, LibrarianChula Vista Public Library – Otay Ranch Branch
Mara Cabrera is a librarian at the Chula Vista Public Library developing programs for all age groups. Before moving to the San Diego area, Mara lived in Los Angeles and worked at the Santa Monica Public Library as a Teen Librarian. Her passion is to look for ways to make the library more accessible to all and create programming that responds to the needs of the community and inspires change. At Santa Monica, she contributed to the creation of college prep programming including a College Summit and at Chula Vista, she’s worked developing a Día del Niño event and extensive STEAM programming. Mara graduated in 2015 from SJSU’s MLIS program. She also has a B.A. in Modern Languages and a M.A. in International Relations. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico. 

For Book to Action 2021, Chula Vista Public Library has selected Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds under the theme of Equity.

Rachel Fiore, Adult Services Librarian – Whittier Public Library
Rachel Fiore is one of the Adult Services Librarians for the Whittier Public Library. Rachel is also a co-coordinator for the Veterans Resource Center and has recently added overseeing the local history room to her responsibilities. Before coming to Whittier, she worked as a Business Research Librarian in Downtown, LA for an investment company. This is her second time working with the California Center for the Book. The first time was the Community Conversations with Veterans initiative. My current position allows me to serve two communities that are most important to me – the library and Veteran communities.

For Book to Action 2021, Whittier Public Library has selected A Fire Story by Brian Fies under the theme of Sustainability.

Brittany Garcia, Teen and Adult Services Supervisor – Rancho Cucamonga Public Library
Brittany Garcia is the Adult and Teen Services Supervisor for the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library. In 2016, she graduated with her MLIS from SJSU with an emphasis on young adults and technology. In her role, she spends her time managing the Library’s Adult and Teen service staff, all social media channels, teen and adult programming and outreach, large scale events including RCPL’s quarterly Cultural Arts Nights as well as the day to day core services. This is her second time being part of a Book to Action team at RCPL. These year’s book and theme are very near to her heart due to the impact that mental health and illness has played in her teen community within the last few years.

For Book to Action 2021, Rancho Cucamonga Public Library has selected (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health by Kelly Jensen under the theme of Health.

Webinar Recording

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

Webinar Outline

  • 1:50 PM – Webinar Opens
  • 2:00 PM – Webinar Begins / Welcome
  • 2:05 PM – 2:30 PM – Pre-Launch Check In: 3 Program Overviews & Action Discussions!
  • 2:30 PM – 2:45 PM- Putting the Action in Book to Action
  • 2:45 PM – 2:50 PM – Kick off Party
  • 2:50 PM – Webinar officially ends (stay on for questions)

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 Viewing

In order to start the wheels turning, please watch Lessons on Leaving the World Better than you Found it a TED talk by Sophie Howe.

Webinar Survey

After the webinar, please complete the survey at Comments are optional. Survey closes March 3, 2021.