Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault: Book to Action with Anaheim Public Library

Read. Discuss. Act.

The Anaheim Public Library is pleased to announce its participation in the 2020 Book to Action program. During the month of August, Anaheim Public Library will be hosting a series of online events based on topics described in famed comic strip writer Cathy Guisewite’s recent book, Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault.

In it Guisewite discusses what it’s like being caught in “the sandwich generation,” or as she calls it, “the panini generation.”  Join us for lively book discussions and presentations aimed at taking the stress out of our lives while we navigate caring for others.

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Book to Action Programs

Programs will be online on Facebook and YouTube. Register for each program by clicking the registration link or by calling (714) 765-5063. Participants who register will be entered to win a prize!

Find Balance with Yoga series
Saturday, August 1 to Sunday, August 30
Register to receive Yoga videos here.
Find peace and calm through simple yoga practices including breathing, meditation, and gentle asana yoga. Led by Yoga Instructor Cara Fraser.

Stuck in the Middle/Atrapado en Medio 
Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Register here.
Join Dr. Ana Nogales as she shares the challenges faced by those who find themselves stuck in the middle while caring for both their children and their aging parents or other relatives.

Haiku Poetry Workshop 
Monday, Aug. 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Register here.
Learn the calming potential of writing poetry with an artist from the Muckenthaler Cultural Center.

Self-Care through Art for Healing/Autocuidado a través de Arte Terapia  
Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Register here.
Balancing the responsibilities of caring for others often times leaves us exhausted. When do we carve space for practicing self-care? In this workshop, you will learn how to release stress and emotional pain by playing with water-based painting and collage imagery. Led by Mabel Valdiviezo from Arts 4 Healing. All supplies are available upon registration.

Cooking Together with Georgia’s Restaurant   
Monday, Aug. 24
Register to receive video here.
Follow along with Gretchen Shoemaker, heart and soul of Georgia’s Restaurant in Anaheim and Long Beach, as she walks us through making the ultimate in comfort food – Southern Goulash. Recipe is available upon registration.


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Find (Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault) by Cathy Guisewite in the Catalog here.

Virtual Book Discussions

Please contact your local branch to register and pick up your book kit while supplies last.

Haskett Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 2:00 p.m.
Call to register for the virtual book discussion at  (714) 765-5075

Sunkist Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 12:30 p.m.
Call to register for the virtual book discussion at (714) 765-3576

Canyon Hills Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 12:00 p.m.
Call to register for the virtual book discussion at  (714) 765-6444

Euclid Branch
Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Call to register for the virtual book discussion at (714) 765-3625

Vista Anaheim Public Library’s Book to Action landing page at

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.