Californians: Community Conversations About the Arts 2018


Californians: Community Conversations About the Arts 2018
Californians: Community Conversations about the Arts, our 2018 focus, will serve as a springboard for community conversations and programming opportunities that explore how the Arts – visual arts, literary arts, performing arts –  impact both individuals and the community.

2018 Details
California Center for the Book plans to support 20 libraries in 2018. Participating libraries will receive a curated bookshelf of approximately 20 titles ($350 value) to use as programming inspiration and add to the library collection, plus up to $350 paid directly to one community partner, nonprofit organization, speaker, or moderator for programming assistance.

Participating libraries agree to work with a community partner or partners, participate in the orientation webinar,  produce 2 quality public programs between January 2018  and June 2018, actively share programming ideas and publicity with other librarians and California Center for the Book, gather surveys from participants at each public program, and report compiled survey data, program participation numbers, and program feedback using the online form.

More information can be found in our new 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 on our 2018 Californians program page.

Toolkit Contributors
Thanks to David Lopez for his assistance getting the 2018 Toolkit up! Erika Barbosa also played an important role in the art theme development. Hear more from both of these wonderful folks during our January 2018 Training and Orientation webinar. The 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 Californians: Community Conversations About the Arts 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 Californians 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. Note: The 2017 Californians theme was Immigration, but ideas can be translated into the Arts theme.  Be sure you’ve followed @CaliforniaCenterfortheBook on social media and joined our CCFB Librarians Facebook group. More information can be found at or by emailing

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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.