#BookToAction 2017 Summary

Book to Action 2017 programming and reporting has come to a close.  The infographic shows a summary of accomplishments. Below the infographic is more information about the programs, including the outcomes survey summary and quotes from librarians who participated.  Thank you to our Program Coordinators who made the Book to Action 2017 programs happen.

Want to know more? If you’re going to CLA Conference in November,  be sure to join the Adult Program Showcase: How CCFB Can Help you Explore New Worlds in Adult Services session. A panel of librarians will share best practices and lessons learned for both Book to Action and Californians: Community Conversations on Friday November 3, 2017, 1:00pm-1:45pm.

Also, be sure to visit the Book to Action page to learn more about the 2018 timeline. In 2018, Book to Action will reach 20 library systems. The 2018 application and updated toolkit is coming in September 2017.


94% of participating librarians said they would definitely participate in a Book to Action program again. Below is the summary of community member responses from participating libraries.

  • 65% of participants learned something new and valuable about a current topic by reading and discussing the book chosen for this project.
  • 88% of those surveyed participated in the community service project offered.
  • 92% learned something new and valuable about a service need in their community.
  • 95% would be interested in engaging in a community service project again.
  • 91% found participation in the Book to Action program to be a meaningful experience.

2017 Book to Action Program Coordinators (Librarians) Are Saying: 

Our film screening was a huge success in that we reached a different segment of our population, some of which weren’t aware of our Book to Action programs from previous years. It worked well to start handing out copies of selected book a few weeks before the program officially started as an advertising tool and to let people have a chance to read the book and participate in the discussions more fully. Our book discussions were very well received and people gave us great feedback that they were a worthwhile program. It worked well for messaging to have one clear action for people to perform, instead of a variety, which we did in the past. — Christopher Veach, Lake County Library

Making connections with and holding presentations by local community organizations was one of the best and most fulfilling parts of the Book to Action program. The La Habra Branch Library was able to make contacts that helped us not only connect patrons to services related to our Book to Action theme, but hold other programming relevant to our patrons. The library is continuing to hold programming involving organizations such as 2-1-1 OC and VCC: The Gary Center and this has been a positive outcome for both the library and the relevant organizations. In addition, working with the La Habra Family Resource Center enabled us to rekindle a relationship with a community organization that had gone dormant.  — Cassandra Wenzel, Orange County Public Libraries, La Habra Branch

When it comes to getting people to open up about death or other sensitive topics, I believe it takes an approach that tapers up the expectations of engagement. By starting with a film and moving through progressively participatory programs, our final event, the Death Cafe, became an enormous success. The events were spread out over the course of a week and a half to give people time to process the information, get familiar with the other attendees, and get comfortable with addressing mortality publicly. When we reached the Death Cafe, it was actually very difficult to stop the conversation as people had become very invested in sharing their feelings and supporting each other.  –Justin Wasterlain, Santa Clara City Library

The 2017 Book to Action Infographic is also available here.