West Los Angeles Regional Library Launches Community Conversation About Local Food Culture

Los Angeles Public Library will host a series of events inspired by the book,“Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories” to highlight Persian influences in the area

Los Angeles (February 21, 2019) – The West Los Angeles Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, located at 11360 Santa Monica Blvd, announces the launch of the community-wide Book to Action (BTA) program which runs from March through April 2019 at the library and surrounding neighborhood.

Supported by the California Center for the Book, along with community sponsors, West L.A. Chamber of Commerce, West L.A. Farmers’ Market, Delphi Restaurant and the Food Safety Associates; the “Book to Action” project brings literature to life by inviting the community to read, “Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories” by Naz Deravian and uncover its meaning, purpose and relevance through a series of events in West L.A.

“The Book to Action project offers our community an opportunity to take a closer look at cuisine options within the diverse West L.A. food culture, especially Persian cuisine,” said Ramin Naderi, Adult Librarian, West Los Angeles Regional Branch.

Featured Book to Action events present an opportunity to discuss the book, meet the author and participate in the following community events:

  • Opening Program – West Los Angeles Regional Branch, Introduction to Book to Action Program and Apron Sewing Workshop, Saturday, March 16, 1:00 p.m.
  • Food Safety Workshop – West Los Angeles Regional Branch, Receive Your Free Food Handling Certificate, Saturday, March 30, 12 noon
  • Meet the Author – West Los Angeles Regional Branch, Author Talk with Naz Deravian, Sunday, March 31, 2:00 p.m
  • Cooking Workshop – Delphi Restaurant, 1383 Westwood Blvd. Cooking with Naz, Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m
  • Community Conversations & Closing Ceremony – West L.A. Farmers Market  – West L.A. Regional Library Booth @ the Farmers Market, Sunday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.
  • Zine and Button Making Workshop –  West L.A. Farmers Market  – West L.A. Regional Library Booth @ the Farmers Market, Sunday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.

Registration is free but required and is on a first come, first served basis. Participants must commit to attend all programs in the series and provide feedback via surveys.

West L.A. Regional Library will provide only one free copy of the book, “Bottom of the Pot” to each household while supplies last. Participants who attend all programs in the series will receive the author’s autograph and a certificate of completion.

For more information, please contact West Los Angeles Regional Library at (310) 575-8323. 

The West Los Angeles Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library is one of 25 California libraries chosen for Book to Action 2019, funded by the California Center for the Book. 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.

A recipient of the nation’s highest honor for library service—the National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Los Angeles Public Library serves the largest and most diverse urban population of any library in the nation. Its Central Library, 72 branch libraries, collection of more than 6 million books, state-of-the- art technology accessible at lapl.org, and more than 18,000 public programs a year provide everyone with free and easy access to information and the opportunity for lifelong learning.

Contact: Ramin Naderi, Adult Librarian
West L.A. Regional Branch
Los Angeles Public Library
11360 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
310-575-8323
mnaderi@lapl.org


About Book to Action

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, 25 libraries were selected to participate in creating a Book to Action series. 48 locations across California and more than 50 community partners will be involved. The full list of libraries, program coordinators, title selected, issue/theme, and community partners are listed at calbook.org/programs/bta/.