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.

The Book to Action 2021 team consists of 110 participating library locations, almost 200 library staff members, 36 unique Book to Action initiatives, and 35 California library jurisdictions. The Book to Action statewide events and case studies will be shared with libraries across California throughout fiscal year 2020/2021. Please join California Center for the Book, California Library Association, and the California State Library in welcoming the participating libraries to this community engagement initiative.


Book to Action 2021 County of San Luis Obispo








Participating libraries receive:

  • Approximately $1,000 worth of books (print and Overdrive) to distribute to community members
  • Speaker/author/moderator support ranging from $500 – $1,000 per participating library
  • Opportunity to shape three collaborative state-wide virtual events (one each for Equity, Sustainability and Health)

Participating staff agree to:

  • Collaborate with at least one community partner
  • Actively participate in staff development, toolkit development, communication, and reflection opportunities
  • Complete program requirements outlined in the timeline
  • Plan a Book to Action series that encourages lifelong learning, connection, and volunteerism/community engagement among adults and intergenerational groups

Note: Book to Action is grant funded. No funds are distributed to libraries. All books are ordered and paid for by California Library Association. Speaker fees are arranged by the library and paid directly by California Library Association. 

Book to Action 2021 Toolkit

Book to Action Chula Vista parent event

Book to Action 2021 Chula Vista

The Book to Action 2021 initiative is based on library staff and community input, collaboration with other state-wide projects, and ongoing evaluation and reflection. The Book to Action Toolkit will be updated throughout the grant period. Jump to the Book to Action 2021 title selections and project information for:


Book to Action 2021 Timeline

Flexibility and collaboration are key concepts in FY2020/2021. Below is the Book to Action 2021 timeline.

  • Planning Survey Open – Mid-August 2020 through September 8, 2020
  • Pre-Application Webinars – September 9 & 16, 2020 @ 1pm
  • Applications Open – September 14, 2020
  • Applications Due – October 2, 2020 @ 5pm
  • Notifications Made – October 16, 2020
  • Staff Development Webinars  – October 2020 through February 2021
  • Statewide Event Collaborative Planning – December 2020 through January 2021
  • Book to Action Public Programming – March 2021 through July 2021
  • Reporting due (See Toolkit) – August 5, 2021 or 2 weeks after programming is complete, whichever comes first
Dear America book cover

Book to Action 2021 Sunnyvale

Book to Action 2021 Webinars & Collaboration

All professional development events will be one hour Zoom webinars, by invitation for participating libraries. There will be optional pre-webinar readings or media shared in advance.  Live webinars will be recorded and shared with participating libraries and the general library community after the events.

Book to Action 2021 Whittier Wilder than Wild cover

Book to Action 2021 Whittier

IMLS and Statewide Aligned Program Goals & Outcomes

  • Outcome 2b: Californians discover and participate in learning opportunities at the library
  • Outcome 3c: Californians connect and collaborate through their library
  • Outcome 7: California library staff is well-prepared to meet the diverse needs and effect positive change in their communities

Book to Action 2021 Rancho Cucamonga