2019 Program Applications Are Open

Are you a Californian librarian or library staff member interested in creating or expanding community programs for adults and intergenerational groups? Do you want to explore and strengthen your community partnerships, work with a dynamic group of librarians from across the state, and improve your programming reach and impact? We would love input on these programs offered through California Center for the Book. Now’s the time to give feedback on the program materials, toolkits, and booklists and get ready to apply!  Review the programs below and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or suggestions. Early applications are strongly encouraged and will give us time to fine tune programs, partnerships, and plans.

Book to Action is a program framework that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and multigenerational groups. Librarians work closely with a community partner. Community members read and discuss an engaging book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.  In 2019, we will support 25 Book to Action projects in California libraries.  Each library will receive: $1,000 value/books shipped from Ingram, to give to the public for Book to Action and $1,000 author/speaker fee, paid directly by CCFB to the author or speaker of your choice. Applications now open. Toolkit input welcome! Application deadline: 11/20/2018. 

Californians: Community Conversations with Veterans 2019 is a new partnership between California Center for the Book and Veterans Connect @ the Library. We plan to offer 15 California libraries the opportunity to connect more closely with veterans and their families, while also helping veterans and their families connect to the community and resources. Participating libraries will receive from California Center for the Book a collection of veterans-related titles to use as programming inspiration ($500 value), and $500 in programming funds paid directly to one community partner, nonprofit, speaker, or moderator. Applications now open. Toolkit and booklist input needed! Application deadline: 11/20/2018.

Read, Connect, Discover: Library Bingo challenges California community members to read in a variety of formats and genres, connect with other community members, and discover new experiences and community places. Cards (and digital templates) are available in both English and Spanish and are free for California libraries and literacy programs, while supplies last. Card will be distributed at the CLLS Conference in September 2018. 

Rural Libraries Tour: Poetry & Writing Workshops are provided in partnership with Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. Many rural libraries lack the resources to offer quality adult programming for their community.  Poets & Writers provides the experienced writers who host the workshops free of charge to the public. These 2 hour writing workshops can focus on writing, creativity, poetry, and memoir. Each writer brings their own experience and expertise to the workshop in a unique and engaging way.  California Center for the Book coordinates with rural library staff, including librarians and Friends groups, and provides additional support and resources to make it all happen! We are happy to be able to provide multiple copies of the writers’ books in 2019. There are 5 remaining spots to be filled for Spring 2019. There is limited funding for these workshops. Application deadline: 11/20/2018 but earlier applications are strongly encouraged. 

Want to learn more? Follow @CaliforniaCenterForTheBook on Facebook and Instagram. Join the CCFB Librarians Facebook Group. Join our related programs at the 2018 CLA Conference. Email jrobbins@calbook.org and we can set up a time to chat.

Save the date for the 2019 Adult Services Symposium – Thursday, April 25, 2019, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM.
Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery
40 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

We are excited to bring the third annual Adult Services Symposium to this area!  More information this fall. This symposium will be presented in collaboration with Black Gold Library SystemAbout Black Gold Library System – Formed in 1964, the Black Gold Cooperative members are Blanchard/Santa Paula Library District, Goleta Valley Library, Santa Barbara Public Library, Lompoc Public Library, Santa Maria Public Library, County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries, and Paso Robles Public Library. The System provides cost-effective resource sharing and support, thus enabling member libraries to deliver optimal services to their respective communities.


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.