Discover, Discuss, Connect: Caregiver Book to Action Series Update at South San Francisco Public Library

South San Francisco Public Library’s Book to Action initiative will facilitate learning and discovery of ways for family members to survive the transition from loved one to caregiver and thrive. A variety of informative presentations and workshops led by library staff and partner organizations will “clear the path” of obstacles that may be preventing adults from taking care of themselves when caring for others. Participants will receive Zoom invites to events and a free copy of Holding the Net and The Conscious Caregiver: a Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself.


  • Self-Care and & Stress Management presented by Family Caregiver Alliance
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s Series by Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California
    • Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
    • Healthy Living for your Brain & Body


Book Talk with Author, Melanie Merriman, Holding the Net


Care, Connect, Thrive: A Podcast Listening Group

More Information

Please see the SHEDULE OF EVENTS PDF or image above, the Author Event image above, and visit for more information.  Follow South San Francisco Public Library on Facebook and Instagram @ssflibrary for updates.

The original Book to Action series, scheduled for April, was shared in a blog post in late February 2020. Like many Book to Action initiatives across California, plans were cut short due to the coronavirus. Thank you to Stacy Lein and the team at South San Francisco Public Library who planned a dynamic series not once, but twice, all with the added pressure of library closures and partial re-openings, not to mention navigating the additional challenges of living through this time. 

Summary Article and Reflection from South San Francisco Public Library

South San Francisco Public Library’s Book to Action Program Coordinator, Stacy Lein, authored an article that summarized the Book to Action 2020 experience. See Library Encourages Self-Care for Caregivers with Virtual Presentation Series posted 8/12/2020. Text included below.

Well, that’s a wrap! The Library just held our last event as part of our second Book to Action project. Our objective this year was to facilitate learning and discovery of ways for family members to survive the transition from loved one to caregiver and thrive. Initially we planned in person programs and author talks to be held at Magnolia Senior Center, but due to the pandemic we quickly transitioned everything to virtual Zoom programs. Over 80 participants attended six online presentations on the importance of self-care for caregivers, listened to firsthand accounts of adults caring for their aging parents and loved ones, learned about Alzheimer’s and dementia and how to access health information, and heard other caregiver stories with podcasts.  BTA Thank You

Many participants reached out to share their thanks for the programs:

“… The presentation helps me accept and understand some of the issues with grief, aging parents and caring for them. It also helps me understand that I am not the only person who is dealing with how to provide better care, but to also take care of oneself.” 

“Thank you! Information presented is much more than what we receive in doctors office. It provided personal experiences and greatly appreciate others sharing their personal life for purpose of educating us and to provide support.” 

“I am impressed with the resources the library has developed into providing for its patrons.  We feel alone with COVID and the virtual classes have helped stay connected and informed and educated.” 

Thank you to all our community partners: SSF Parks & Recreation, Family Caregiver Alliance, the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and authors Melanie Merriman and Linda Abbitt. Also, a big thank you to the California Center for the Book for providing us with the opportunity to bring these programs to South San Francisco. 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.

If you were unable to participate in all or some of the programs, you might find these resources helpful:

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.