Changes Coming to California Center for the Book

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As we enter a new fiscal year, we want to share some changes coming to the California Center for the Book. The California State Library will be the new home of the Library of Congress State Center for the Book.

The Book to Action community engagement and partnership model will be shared with various cooperatives and networks throughout the state in the coming year and beyond. Look for the Book to Action grant opportunity for public libraries coming soon.

We anticipate that the topics and work of the Adult Services Symposium professional development series, which took place both virtually and in-person over the past five years, will be offered by the California Libraries Learn (CALL) project. Thank you to the presenters and attendees for reminding us all of the importance of programming and services for adults and intergenerational groups, and for sharing your ideas, passions, and programs.

The Partnership Project, a collaborative initiative between California Center for the Book, the California Libraries Learn project, and the California State Library will continue through the CALL Academy in pilot form with opportunities for library teams to explore and develop partnerships. Working with partners is an important piece of community engagement for all libraries.

As your California Center for the Book Program Manager for the last five years, I gratefully acknowledge the support of the California Library Association, especially Beth-Wrenn Estes, Holly Macriss, Wendy Modglin and Karen Frazier, who have worked directly on this project along with all of the CLA presidents, current and past, and the California State Library staff past and present, especially Natalie Cole, Jody Thomas, Bev Schwartzberg, Carolyn Brooks, and Greg Lucas.  I want to say a huge thank you to the current and past members of the California Center for the Book Program Development Group, a stellar group of library leaders that live and breathe community engagement and programs for adults and intergenerational groups. They include: Alicia Rodriguez, Bill Sannwald, Elaine Tai, Laura Ishizaka, Morgan Pershing, Ron Solórzano, Sally Thomas, Todd Deck, Veronica Casanova, Shawn Thrasher, Cathy Crosthwaite, Carey Jones, Beatriz Preciado, and Sarah Vantrease.

I also want to thank the community partners we’ve worked with over the years on various initiatives:

  • Rural Libraries Tour: Thank you to Jamie Fitzgerald of Poets and Writers, the former California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, writers and teachers Tim Z. Hernandez, Olga García Echeverría, Susan Wooldridge, and Marisol Baca, and the entire staff of StoryCenter, among others
  • Community Conversations with Veterans: Thank you to Ming Lai of Visions of Warriors, Dulanie Ellis of Ground Operations, Felicia Kelley of California Humanities, Karen Bosch-Cobb and Jacquie Brinkley of the Veterans Connect @ Your Library project, and others
  • Book to Action: Thank you to all of the staff at CSU Chico for the Ibram X. Kendi equity event, Josh Tickell of Kiss the Ground for the sustainability event, and Lori Gottlieb and the Lavin Agency for the health event, in addition to the hundreds of community partners that have worked on these initiatives in communities across the state over the years.
  • Mental Health Initiative: Thank you to the Ingram Collection Development group, Lisa Barnhart and all of the library staff, social workers, and other presenters.

Last, but definitely not least, I want to thank each and every library staff member that has participated in Book to Action, Community Conversations with Veterans, the Mental Health Initiative, the Rural Libraries Tour, and the Adult Services Symposium. I am also immensely grateful for each community partner that collaborated with California libraries to bring meaningful programming to community members. I’ll leave this experience with a huge appreciation for the power of community partnerships and collaboration, within libraries, between libraries, and between partners and community members.

Please keep in touch and keep building those connections!

Yours Truly,
Julianna Robbins