The Misinformation Age – A Book to Action Series at West LA Regional and Venice Branches of LAPL

The West Los Angeles Regional and Venice Branches of the Los Angeles Public Library announce the launch of the community-wide Book to Action program, The Misinformation Age, which runs from July through August of 2020. Supported by the California Center for the Book, the Book to Action project brings literature to life by inviting the community to read The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread by Cailin O’Connor and James Weatherall and take action to become more critical consumers of news and other media information.

As stated by Kevin Kelly, co-founder of WIRED, “Truth is no longer dictated by authorities, but is networked by peers. For every fact there is a counterfact…” Truth is surrounded by misinformation, disinformation, and fake news. This phenomenon is impacting some of the most important issues in our society, from COVID-19 and BLM to the 2020 election.

“The library has always been trusted as a reliable gateway to access valid information. This summer, we focus on the important role of the library and encourage our patrons to pause and validate information before they react to what they hear or see on social media,” said Ramin Naderi, Acting Senior Librarian.

To register for this Book to Action program, please email Participants will receive Zoom invites to the online events, weekly InfoLit Tip of the Week, and a free copy of the book, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread by Cailin O’Connor and James Weatherall, while supplies last.

Featured Book to Action events will take place online this year and include:

  • Intergenerational Storytime on Misinformation and Fake News – July 16, 4pm via Zoom
  • Book Discussion, option 1 (West LA Library Book Club) – July 16, 6pm via Zoom
  • Book Discussion, option 2 (Venice Library Book Club) – July 28, 5pm via Zoom
  • Meet the Authors of the The Misinformation Age, August 19, 6pm via Zoom
  • InfoLit Tip of the Week, weekly posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @westlalibrary and @venicelapl and Weekly InfoLit Tip of the Week email for subscribers

This program is supported by California Center for the Book, which 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.

Book to Action Press Release (PDF)

Thank you to Carrie Davies and Ramin Naderi of LAPL for their dedication and perseverance organizing this important series.

About Book to Action

Book to Action is 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, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.