Register for Book to Action 2021 Open Discussions

We invite any potential Book to Action 2021 participants to join us for one or both of the Book to Action 2021 Open Discussions, held via Zoom webinar (1 hour). During the webinars we will:

  • Share the aggregated results of the Book to Action 2021 Planning Survey
  • Share the top themes for Book to Action 2021
  • Share the top titles suggested for Book to Action 2021
  • Hear from two panelists in discussion (panelists are different for each webinar)
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of a ‘common read’ or central theme(s) for a statewide Book to Action 2021
  • Share and connect via webinar chat
  • Keep the conversation going on Slack
  • Collaboratively shape the future of Book to Action 2021

The webinars will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. The webinar slides will also be shared after the events. We’ll send out the link to the recorded discussions to all who registered. Registration is required to attend. Please use your work email to register, for verification purposes.

Book to Action 2021 Open Discussion #1 – Wednesday, September 9 @ 1 PM – REGISTER here.

Panelists include:

Stan Wang – Library Evaluator – Orange County Public Libraries

Stan Wang lived in Japan for almost 10 years (and won’t stop talking about it). There he grew to hate driving and to love bicycling and public transportation. He’s been working in libraries around L.A. and Orange County for the last 8 years, which has helped tamp down his book buying habit, but definitely not his book reading habit. Despite a minor blip where he went a little crazy buying board games, he is now firmly in the camp of consuming less and living more. He lives in Fullerton, California with his wife, daughter, father, and two recently adopted kittens Toro and Uni.


Diane Cowen – Communications Manager, Santa Cruz Public Libraries

As the Communications Manager for the Santa Cruz Public Library system, Diane Cowen handles marketing and promotion of library events, operations, programs, and services. Her programming interests include social justice librarianship, civic engagement, and the humanities. She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Santa Cruz and a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University. She has also worked in libraries in various paraprofessional positions throughout her career.  A long supporter of Public Radio, Diane serves on the Board of Directors for a local community radio station, KSQD 90.7 FM in Santa Cruz. She lives in Santa Cruz with her husband and cat.


Book to Action 2021 Open Discussion #2 – Wednesday, September 16 @ 1 PM – REGISTER here.

Panelists include:

Ron Solórzano – Regional Librarian – Ventura County Library

Ron Solórzano is the Ventura County Library’s Regional Librarian for the Ojai Valley & El Rio. He received his undergraduate
degree from Stanford University and his MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has worked with the Ventura County Library since 2013, supervising a team across four branch libraries and participating in committee work on collection development, circulation policy, and adult programming. Ron is also a member of the Ventura County STEM Network’s steering committee, UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Diversity Council, and the newly-formed Central Coast chapter of REFORMA. Since 2018 he has coordinated the Ventura County Library’s One County, One Book community reading program in collaboration with partners that include local libraries, universities, museums, and businesses.

Elaine Tai – Adult Services Librarian – Burlingame Public Library

Elaine Tai is an Adult Services Librarian at Burlingame Public Library, where she has run Book to Action programs these past two years, and often presents events around art, talks on social discussions, and conversations with authors. Within the library she works on the equity team (and on the California Race Equity and Inclusion Initiative grant), the marketing committee, and display committee. She’s greatly interested in the intersection of social justice and librarianship and the biases rooted throughout our profession, as well as issues like wayfinding and usability. Elaine is also the Co-Chair of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee, currently a judge with the APALA Literature Award Committee for Adult Fiction, and was a founding judge for the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Translated YA Award. She previously worked in Access Services at Stanford University as a Library Specialist, and comes from a retail background.


Learn more about Book to Action 2021 and get involved in helping us shape the initiative. Don’t forget the planning survey!

Help us Build a Better Book to Action – Take the Planning Survey by September 8, 2020!

Library staff members – Are you interested in participating in the 2021 Book to Action initiative? The Book to Action 2021 initiative represents a unique opportunity for a collaborative, statewide theme / read open to 100 participating libraries and communities. We want to know what themes and titles are of interest. Social Justice, Sustainability, Equity, Resilience, Mental Health – what titles will help communities build empathy, connection, and understanding, what community partners will help connect to these issues, and what topics are relevant to your community? Your input and community needs can help shape the focus of Book to Action 2021. If you are interested in potentially participating in, and collaborating on, creating a better, bigger Book to Action 2021, please read the information below and complete the survey at The planning survey will close September 8, 2020.