Resources to help libraries host programming about the often-controversial issues involving water in our state.

Public Libraries Are Talking About Water

With major assistance from the Water Education Foundation, the California Center for the Book has developed resources to help public libraries host screenings, panel discussions, book groups and community forums about the often-controversial issues involving water in our state. Libraries are not only a source of information and lifelong learning; they often serve as a community hub where dialogue can take place.

The list below has several downloadable resources for library use. We especially call your attention to “Uncertain Waters: Navigating California’s Water Priorities,” a 16-page issues guide giving an overview of three possible approaches to the future of California water. This guide was produced by the California Network of National Issues Forums, who will also supply trained nonpartisan moderators to community forums around the state. Please contact us if your library is interested in hosting a forum, and we will refer you to a moderator and send you print copies of the issues guide.

  • The California Center for the Book promotes reading throughout the state and co-sponsored the 2002 statewide reading program “Reading The Grapes of Wrath.” The Center is affiliated with the California State Library and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. (www.calbook.org)
  • The California State Library is the central reference and research library for state government and the Legislature; it also directs state and federal funds to support local public libraries and statewide library programs and services. (www.library.ca.gov)
  • The Water Education Foundation is an impartial non-profit organization striving for a better understanding of water issues and resolution of water resource problems through educational programs. (www.watereducation.org)
  • The California Network of National Issues Forums is a nonpartisan network of individuals and organizations who conduct forums that encourage public deliberation. (www.nifica.org)

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