Book to Action 2018 Cohort Announced!

We are happy to announce the 2018 Book to Action cohort! California Center for the Book will support 22 Book to Action projects at 54 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.

The Book to Action 2018 Toolkit has been updated and is available for anyone who wants to create action-oriented programming based on a compelling book.

The 2018 list of participating libraries, program coordinators, titles selected, themes, and community partners can be found below. More information can be found on the Book to Action page.

Thank you to our Toolkit contributor, Ashley Kagan, and our book supplier, Ingram Library Services.

Congratulations and welcome to our 2108 Book to Action cohort!


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 Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, South Bay Families Connected, City of Manhattan Beach Older Adults Program, Miry’s List, International Rescue Committee, {pages}: a bookstore
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 The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World The Book of Joy Journal: A 365-Day Companion Creating Happiness Through Community Engagement The Long Beach Time Exchange
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 Los Angeles, 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 Wildlife Waystation, Redondo Beach Police Department, TEDxRedondoBeach
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, Sycamore Creek Interpretive Center
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, Bancroft Center for Sustainability, 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 Library Darla Wegener 1. All They Will Call You 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