Monrovia Public Library’s Book to Action Renews Sense of Wonder for the Outdoors

The Monrovia Public Library’s Book to Action 2020 series has gone virtual! Events and activities taking place in the month of August are inspired by The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben, a book that offers insight into the social nature of trees, leaving readers with a renewed sense of wonder for the great outdoors. Free copies of the book are available for curbside pickup by calling (626) 256-8274 or texting (626) 531-1446. Digital copies are also available on OverDrive/Libby with a Monrovia Library card.

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​Saturday 8/8 at 11AM on Zoom: Worldwide Quercus: Virtual Oak Tree Tour

Oaks have been a food and timber source for many cultures around the world. They have been responsible for the rise of empires and the survival of nations. On this video tour, we’ll look at the importance, both horticultural and historical, of not only California’s native oaks, but oaks in Monrovia and around the world as well. Arboretum botanist Frank McDonough will tour you around the world of oaks via the Arboretum’s extensive collection of these trees, including a look at the Arboretum’s endemic natural grove of endangered Engelmann oaks.

Saturday 8/15 at 11AM on Zoom: The Hidden Life of Trees Book Chat​

The Library, Canyon Park Team, and the Monrovia Community Garden are coming together to host a book discussion on The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. You’ll also get to hear about Canyon Park’s services, the Community Garden’s application, and summer tree pruning!


The City of Monrovia is an official Tree City USA and has several gorgeous trees to prove it.  Monrovians can have their favorite trees identified by posting pictures of them on Facebook or Instagram with #monroviatrees and tagging @monrovialibrary and @monroviacommunitygarden or sending a direct message. The more the community knows about the City’s trees the better they can protect, preserve, and enjoy their natural beauty for generations to come.

The Monrovia Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) understands the importance of trees and will be putting together a narrated video–in place of their annual Arbor Day presentation–to share with Monrovia’s City Council to encourage them to keep the environmental impact of important decisions at the forefront of their minds.

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.