2018 Book to Action

We are happy to announce the 2018 Book to Action cohort! California Center for the Book will support 22 Book to Action projects at 57 library locations throughout California. Local library program coordinators will work with more than 55 community partners to bring book discussions, author presentations, panel discussions, civic/community engagement activities, and service projects to their communities.

2018 Program Timeline

  • September 2017 – Applications posted (now closed). Please use the Book to Action Applications  PDF for planning purposes only.
  • November 22, 2017 – Program Applications Due for 2018
  • December 4, 2017 – Notification of 2018 Application Status
  • January 19, 2018 10AM – 11AM – 2018 Orientation Webinar (required, to be archived)
  • February 2018 – June 2018 – Programs take place
  • July 15, 2018 – Report Due online (see below)

2018 Patron Survey Template – A sample postcard survey is available here. Please email for access to edit.  You may also copy the required patron survey questions 1-4 located at the end of the 2018 Toolkit and use any patron survey format that works for you.

2018 Program Report – Please compile your survey results, your program details and attendance numbers, and your program feedback and complete the 2018 program online report by July 15, 2018. Download the Final Report Planning PDF for planning purposes only.


Library Program Coordinator Title Theme Community Partner(s)
Contra Costa County Library – Bay Point & Pittsburg Libraries Ginny Golden Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael Lopez Literacy, Heritage, Neighborhood Beautification Bay Point Municipal Advisory Council, Ambrose Recreation & Park District, Beautify Bay Point Committee, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Pittsburg Arts & Community Foundation Teen Mural project
County of Los Angeles Public Library – Manhattan Beach Library, Hermosa Beach Library, and Avalon Library Melissa McCollum The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui Inclusion in the Beach Cities Miry’s List, {pages}: a bookstore, South Bay Cares, MBMS Cares, City of Manhattan Beach Older Adults Program
County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries – San Luis Obispo Library Erica Thatcher The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater Teens: identity, inclusion, restorative justice. Restorative Partners; Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA)
Folsom Public Library Lori Easterwood The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healther, and More Creative by Florence Williams Health Impact of Reconnecting to Nature Kaiser Permanente, City of Folsom Parks and Recreation Department
Lake County Library – Lakeport Library, Redbud Library, Middletown Library and Upper Lake Library Christopher Veach Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown Mental Health, Civility and Social Isolation North Coast Opportunities, Lake County BE WELL
Long Beach Public Library – Main Library Alana LaBeaf Dark at the Crossing by Elliot Ackerman Visibility and resources for U.S. veterans Cal Vet, VA Long Beach
Long Beach Public Library – Los Altos Neighborhood Library Pam Carlson I am My Son’s First Sightword: Growing a Child with Autism by Kristin Kucia Resources for Families with Autism Easter Seals, Autism Society, TASK (Team of Advocates for Special Kids), Autism Speaks
Long Beach Public Library – Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library Shiloh Moore 1. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World 2.The Book of Joy Journal: A 365-Day Companion by Dalai Lama Creating Happiness Through Community Engagement Long Beach Time Exchange, Uptown Word & Arts
Los Angeles Public Library – Studio City Library Emily Aaronson We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler Caring for and protecing animals in our midst Best Friends Animal Society LA, Carmelo & Coco’s Comfy Carepacks, Stray Cat Alliance, Wildlife Waystation
Mendocino County Library – Ukiah Library Melissa Eleftherion Carr Citizen by Claudia Rankine Dismantling eveyday racism Mendocino County Health & Human Services, First Five Mendocino
Nevada County Community Library – All 6 branches Crystal Miles Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Mental Health Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Nevada County Dept. of Behavioral Health
Orange County Public Libraries – La Habra Branch Marcos Cerda 1. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams / El Libro de la Alegria
2. Gaby, Lost and Found: A Wish Novel by Angela Cervantes
Emotional Wellness Orange County Animal Care
Orange County Public Library – Heritage Park Branch Library & Irvine Valley College Susan Pina Orange County: A Literary Field Guide Preserving Personal Histories UCI Archives, Orange County Family Search Library, Irvine Senior Center
Rancho Cucamonga Library Services – Archibald & Biane Libraries Margaret Hatanaka The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu Creating a Compassionate Community RC Family Resource Center
Redondo Beach Public Library Susan Anderson Coyote America by Dan Flores Urban Wildlife California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Redondo Beach Police Department, TEDxRedondoBeach, artist/composer Nat Evans
Riverside County Library System – El Cerrito Public Library Nancy Reiter The Bees by Laline Paull Bee Preservation Temescal Valley Heritage Foundation, We Are Temescal Valley Identity, Boy and Girl Scouts of America troops
Riverside Public Library – All Branches Erin Christmas Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea & of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists & Fools Including the Author Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn Clean Waterways and Oceans “Adopt-a-Drain” City of Riverside Public Works Department
San Diego County Library – Ramona Library Chelsie Harris Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Mental Health Palomar Health, North County Health Services, San Diego Sheriff’s Department – Ramona Substation
San Diego County Library – Spring Valley Library Melissa Solis Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl Positive Peer and Mentor Relationships Among Teens Reality Changers, Mental Health America of San Diego County,  Pillars of the Community, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, April Ibarra Siqueiros
San Diego County Library – Valley Center Library Laura Zuckerman Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY guide to Saving the Bees by Lori Weidenhammer Creating Sustainable Environments The University of California, San Diego County Master Gardeners, Dos Valles Garden Club, Valley Center Middle School
San Mateo County Libraries Darren Heiber 1. Be A Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Thompson 2. You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World by Maya Penn Social Justice & Inclusion Social Justice Sewing Academy
Tulare County Library – Visalia, Dinuba, Exeter, & Lindsay Branches Darla Wegener 1. All They Will Call You by Tim Z. Hernandez
2. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
Supporting Citizenship U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, United Farm Workers (UFW), El Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO), Tulare County Library Foundation, Leadership Visalia


2018 Welcome Webinar Slides


2018 Program Contributor

Ashley Kagan is a community-focused librarian who has worked with California libraries since 2001.  Her work spans from community programming and engagement to reference and youth services, in a variety of settings, including public and corporate libraries.  She is a Eureka! Leadership Program Fellow and the 2015 Beatty Committee
Chair and regularly contributes to the California Library Association through conference planning committee work, presentations, and general participation.  Completing her MLIS at UCLA in 2008, Ashley is passionate about the special role that libraries and library staff can play in building community.  She currently lives in Los Angeles with her
husband, Oleg.