We are now accepting applications for the Book to Action 2018 cohort. Public librarians, like you, are needed to create dynamic, action-oriented programming and California Center for the Book is here to help you succeed on your Book to Action journey. We hope that this will be an exciting and rewarding professional opportunity for you and your community partner to focus on engaging adults and intergenerational groups.
About Book to Action
During the program, you’ll select a book that addresses a relevant social issue and inspires you and your community to act. You will assess community needs and search for a community partner. You’ll invite the community to gather, read, and explore the book and the topic in book clubs, discussions, activities or meet-ups. Together with your community partner, you will plan an author visit or expert presentation that deepens community understanding and involvement with the issue and with your community partner. Then you will act by organizing or participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity. Along the way, you will share your marketing and promotional material with the 2018 cohort, document your Book to Action journey, and get support from both the librarians in the cohort and the California Center for the Book. By participating in the Book to Action program, you will see a benefit to your library, your community partner, and the individuals in your community.
In 2018, California Center for the Book plans to support 20 Book to Action programs in 20 California libraries with up to $1,250 worth of books for community members and up to $1,000 worth of author or speaker fees for each library. Books and author/speaker fees are paid directly by California Center for the Book. Programs will take place February 2018 – June 2018. Final reports and compiled survey results are due July 2018. More information can be found in our newly updated 2018 Toolkit. Details and instructions will be shared during the orientation webinar in January 2018. The timeline, application (due 11/22/17), toolkit and more information can be found at calbook.org/programs/bta/.
Many thanks to Ashley Kagan for spearheading the 2018 toolkit overhaul. Sally Thomas also deserves special mention for incredible work developing Book to Action. Along with Sally, the entire California Center for the Book Advisory Council has been key in supporting this program and the mission of California Center for the Book.
Help and Community
We want you to succeed with your Book to Action applications and programs. If you have questions about the application process, your program planning, or the 2018 Toolkit, please reach out to us. The toolkit and program resources are living documents. The Google Docs are published to the web and auto-update every five minutes. We welcome your ideas and additions!
Need real-world examples of past Book to Action programs? Join us at #CLA2017 for the Adult Program Showcase on Friday, November 3, 1:00PM – 1:45PM. A panel of librarians will share their Book to Action and Californians: Community Conversations program stories. Be sure you’ve followed @CaliforniaCenterfortheBook on social media and joined our CCFB Librarians Facebook group. More information can be found at calbook.org/contact/ or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, we make #BookToAction happen!
California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.