Book to Action Success Story – Millbrae | San Mateo County Libraries

We are pleased to share this success story from one of the 2017 Book to Action participants. The video covers YANovCon, an impressive event that utilized Book to Action funds to fund some of their speaker fees. This event used the power of a strong partnership and multiple opportunities for community involvement. Way to go Millbrae Library and SMCL!

Read more about the program below and start thinking about your Book to Action proposal for the upcoming year. Please share your Book to Action program videos, pictures, and stories with us by email and use the Book to Action hashtag on social media to help us get the word out!  #BookToAction

Librarian’s Update
We hosted our Book-to-Action event in late January. We originally intended to host a general YA book convention, but Book to Action motivated us to include a social action theme. We teamed up with National Alliance on Mental Illness of San Mateo County to focus on Teen Mental Health.This video highlights a very successful Book To Action event. –Darren Heiber, Millbrae Library, San Mateo County Libraries.

Project Proposal 
We will host a two-day young adult novelist event (YANovCon), with at least twelve confirmed writers, that includes author visits to local juvenile detention centers and schools Friday, and a half-day convention open to all on Saturday. Our conference will include special focus on the 2016 California State Library Mental Health Initiative through teen mental illness education and calls to action. Three participating young adult novelists advocate strongly around this cause including Neal Shusterman, who fundraises for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Stephanie Kuehn, who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is passionate about mental health advocacy, and Ann Jacobus, who also sheds light on this issue through her novels and volunteers weekly on a suicide crisis line. Representatives from NAMI will also share stories about personal struggles with teen mental illness. We will challenge participants to get invested through multiple community service activities including: the creation of an oversized poster at the Saturday event on mental illness issues for teens that will travel to multiple library branches; a social media campaign challenge to bring awareness to the issue; and a countywide poster contest open to 5th-12th graders that includes partnerships with local schools to have winning posters displayed at their locations.


Intended Audience
San Mateo County young adults. Middle school-high school. 300. Action project will target local school populations, foster care and incarcerated youth, the social media networks of youth, and library users throughout the county.


Project Partner
NAMI San Mateo, our local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will provide first-person-accounts, information about mental illness and local resources, and guidance about how to approach an awareness campaign with compassion and consideration. Local middle and high schools will provide appropriate space for awareness-raising posters created by area youth.