Urban Tumbleweed Book to Action Series Goes Virtual

The Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, part of Los Angeles Public Library, has moved their Book to Action series online! This program is part of the Book to Action initiative, a framework that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and intergenerational groups. Librarians work closely with a community partner to develop a series of programs. Community members read and discuss an engaging book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events (now online), and put their newfound knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the chosen book. The Hollywood Regional Library’s selection this year is Harryette Mullen’s book of Tanka poems, Urban Tumbleweed on Graywolf Press. This Book to Action series revolves around writing, poetry, walking and urbanism of Los Angeles. Two programs in the virtual series are highlighted below.

Curbed LA Urbanism Editor Alissa Walker in Conversation with Renée Reizman

Alissa Walker connects people with where they live through writing, speaking and walking. As the urbanism editor at CurbedLA, she authors the column Word on the Street, highlighting the pioneering transit, clever civic design and game-changing policy affecting our cities. Alissa lives in Los Angeles, where she is a co-host of LA Podcast, a contributor to the KCRW show Greater LA, and a mom to the city’s two most enthusiastic public transit riders.
Renée Reizman is an interdisciplinary curator, artist and writer at the crossroads of curation, social practice and creative placemaking. By embedding herself in small communities or structured organizations for extended periods of time, Renée identifies object-oriented networks shaped by cultural aesthetics, urbanization, law, and technology. The event will be live-streamed on LAPL’s YouTube Channel on April 28th at 4:00pm. Community members may also sign up for the free online event on Eventbrite.

Tanka Workshop Video and Community Sharing

Learn to write a Tanka poem with Elizabeth Crawford and Andrea Quaid (Humanities in the City). Tanka means short poem in Japanese. We invite you to write your own Tanka poem and submit it to us. You can tag @hollywoodlapl on Instagram or email holywd@lapl.org and we will share your poem. We would love for you to participate!

If you participate, please complete this survey for each Book to Action (virtual) event you attend and be sure to select LAPL from the dropdown menu: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCFBBooktoAction2020

More Information

For more information about this Book to Action series, please email Angi Brzycki, Adult Librarian III