Book to Action 2021 Equity Special Event: In Conversation with Dr. Ibram X Kendi
In collaboration with CSU Chico’s Book in Common program, OC Public Libraries, and additional community partners focused on reading and discussing How to Be An Antiracist, a virtual conversation is scheduled with author Ibram X. Kendi for Wednesday, April 21, 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
Participating libraries and community members will be invited to join others across the state for this special event.
Library: Anaheim Public Library
Book: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Community Partners: Community Action Partnership of Orange County, OC Racial Justice Collaborative, Project Rebound – CSUF
Summary: Anaheim Public Library has chosen How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi to engage the community in the dialogue of racial equity. Our focus is to bring people together to discuss issues and build relationships amongst diverse groups of our community. The library will host a series of bilingual book discussions, speaking events, and education activities to encourage conversation, action and change.
Program Coordinator: Guadalupe Gomez
Library: Burlingame Public Library
Book: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Accompanying Title: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown
Community Partners: Citizens Environmental Council, Sustainable San Mateo County, San Mateo County Poet Laureate, Farming Hope
Summary: The Burlingame Public Library is excited to discuss Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, supplemented by adrienne maree brown’s Emergent Strategy, in order to promote discussion and education around the intersections of environmental justice, equity, and community care. Working with environmental and racial justice organizations, we aim to spur engagement and action in our various communities.
Program Coordinator: Elaine Tai
Case Study: Burlingame Public Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Library: Chula Vista Public Library – Otay Ranch Branch
Books: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi AND Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
Community Partners: Cultural Arts, Human Relations Commission
Summary: Recent events in the country have sparked the conversation about racial equity. As a certified Welcoming City, we believe our book selection will provide the community with a great tool to have fruitful and meaningful conversations about this topic. Furthermore, in order to make these exchanges accessible to young people, we will be using the YA version of the book: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynold & Ibram X. Kendi
Program Coordinator: Mara Cabrera
Case Study: Chula Vista Public Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning
Library: County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries
Book: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynold & Ibram X. Kendi
Community Partners: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Atascadero Unified School District, Raise Up SLO, and other community partners
Summary: Events in County of San Luis Obispo in the past year have made plain the need for discussion about our own views of race and equity. We will be using the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynold and Ibram X. Kendi as a jumping off point for community discussions and engagement around race and equity. Programs will include book discussions, writing programs, and much more!
Program Coordinator: Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer
Case Study: County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries Book to Action 2021 Case Study Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning
Library: Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries
Book: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Community Partners: UCSB Japanese Student Association and Black Lives Matter Santa Barbara
Summary: The Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries plan to partner with several Japanese American societies as well as the Tuna Canyon Detention Center Coalition to create a virtual exhibition on the Japanese American internment experience in the West during WWII. Through a series of book discussions focused on George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy, presentations by survivors, programs for children, and more, the library and partners will use community dialogue to explore the concept of racism.
Program Coordinator: Allison Gray
Case Study: Goleta and Santa Ynez Valley Libraries Book to Action 2021 Case Study They Called Us Enemy
Library: Hayward Public Library
Book: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (English, Spanish, and YA versions)
Community Partners: Hayward South Alameda County NAACP; Alameda County Community Food Bank; California State University East Bay Center for Community Engagement; Eden Housing; Centro Legal de la Raza; Raising Leaders Workshop & Internships of the Hayward Adult School; Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS); Restorative Integrated Self-Education (RISE) of Chabot College; Hayward Promise Neighborhoods; Eden Area Interfaith Council, Youth and Family Services Bureau of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office; First 5 Alameda County; Community Child Care Council (4Cs) of Alameda County; Promotores Program of the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center.
Summary: The Hayward Public Library and partners will engage residents in a community-wide reading of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. We will host book giveaways, including the young adult print and Spanish ebook editions. Programming will highlight the work of local organizations and leaders who promote racial equity and social justice, examining the essential components of sustainable communities, including equal and fair access to education, housing, health, employment, and food. We will provide opportunities for those who have been incarcerated to share their stories, and promote civic engagement activities that reflect the Hayward Commitment for an Inclusive, Equitable, and Compassionate Community.
Program Coordinator: Sally Thomas
Library: Los Angeles Public Library System – Felipe de Neve Branch
Book: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha
Accompanying Title: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Community Partners: Koreatown Youth + Community Center (KYCCLA), Christian Assembly Church’s Multiethnic Learning Community and Japanese American National Museum
Summary: Our Book to Action Series features Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay, a novel about the conflict between a Korean-American and African-American family confronting the legacy of the Los Angeles 1992 racial unrest, and George Takei’s They Called Us Enemy, a graphic memoir of his imprisonment in the WWII Japanese American concentration camps. We hope to engage our diverse community in intergenerational conversations on racial injustice and foster dialogue on racial reconciliation.
Program Coordinator: Susan Fukushima
Case Study: Los Angeles Public Library System – Felipe de Neve Branch Book to Action 2021 Case Study Your House Will Pay
Library: Monterey Public Library
Book: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Community Partners: Community Foundation for Monterey County
Summary: Recent events in the country and our community have sparked the conversation about racial equity. The Monterey Public Library invites our community to read, discuss, and participate in programs related to the themes in Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste. We will examine history and present day circumstances through an equity and justice lens. Working with local organizations and leaders, we look to examine our community, its history, and ourselves with these themes in mind to create greater understanding.
Program Coordinator: Francesca Garibaldi
Library: Nevada County Community Library
Book: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Community Partners: The California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) and the Nevada County Arts Council
Summary: The Nevada County Community Library presents our Book to Action series for 2021 on The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The themes explored in The Round House, such as justice, equity, family, how a crime reverberates through society, and the resilience of a native culture are ones of significance to the Nevada County community. Through our programs and conversations, we aim to provide opportunities for learning and to spur engagement in and action for racial justice in our community.
Program Coordinator: Laura Pappani & Megan Lloyd
Case Study: Nevada County Community Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study The Round House
Library: OC Public Libraries – Garden Grove Main Library
Book: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Accompanying Title: I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
Community Partners: ACLU of Southern California, 100 Black Men of Orange County, OC Human Relations Council, UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence
Summary: OC Public Libraries is looking forward to facilitating a series of racial equity programs centered around reading and discussion of Ijeoma Oluo’s So You Want To Talk About Race and the graphic novel I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina. We will also host a panel of representatives from the Orange County non-profit, business and academic worlds, so that we can all learn from their work and experience regarding racial equity. Our action component will be ongoing throughout our series: a challenge which suggests ways in which participants can learn about racial equity as well as positive actions they can take in support of it. Our final program will be a reflection session for those who take part in the challenge, hopefully inspiring ongoing individual action!
Program Coordinator: Anna Dalin
Case Study: OC Public Libraries – Garden Grove Main Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study So You Want To Talk About Race
Library: Oceanside Public Library
Book: The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward
Community Partners: Hill Street Country Club
Summary: Oceanside Public Library is taking inspiration from the powerful and poignant essays and poems from The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward. The book has three sections, Legacy, Reckoning and Jubilee. An essay contest will assign each of these themes to different age groups and young BIPOC artists will create art inspired by the winning submissions. The program will culminate in a panel presentation that brings the artists and writers together for a conversation about the past, present and future of race in America.
Program Coordinator: Monica Chapa Domercq
Library: Palo Alto City Library
Book: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Accompanying Title: Anti-Racist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi and This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work (Empower the Future, 1) by Tiffany Jewell
Community Partners: Palo Alto Art Center and more
Summary: Since June 2020, Palo Alto has been focused on issues of racial equity and justice following the country-wide #BLM protests. Palo Alto City Library is excited to continue the work with our Book to Action 2021 program series centered around How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. We are excited to explore antiracist activism and advocacy through this book, thoughtful book discussions and programs focused on not only examinations of racism, antiracism and racial equity, but also through presentations of Black culture and entrepreneurship.
Program Coordinator: Alison de Geus
Case Study: Palo Alto City Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study How to Be An Antiracist
Library: Riverside County Law Library
Book: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Community Partners: Riverside County Public Defender’s Office, Inland Counties Legal Services, and the Desert Bar Association
Summary: The Riverside County Law Library’s mission is to enable free and open access to the law through legal resources. By reading Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy we’ll explore equity in free and open access to the law for our community. We aim to provide opportunities for learning through our 10 day education challenge featuring recommended books, articles, podcasts and more. We’ll provide a series of free legal aid clinics and legal information programs leading up to guest speaker event on National Law Day on May 1.
Program Coordinator: Jenna Pontious
Case Study: Riverside County Law Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
Library: Riverside Public Library
Book: Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni
Community Partners: Office of Neighborhood Engagement, Homeless Solutions, Riverside Art Museum, more to come
Summary: The City of Riverside is a diverse community, and with that diversity comes different points of view and the necessity for open conversation surrounding difficult topics such as equity. Using the twenty-five rules of considerate conduct, outlined in Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni, we will spark such conversation. This will be accomplished through multiple book discussions via Zoom, social media posts, a presentation, and by working with partners from the offices of Neighborhood Engagement, Homeless Solutions, and the Riverside Art Museum.
Program Coordinators: Joseph Garcia, Nancy Walker
Case Study: Riverside Public Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct
Library: San Rafael Public Library
Book: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Community Partners: SURJ Marin
Summary: The San Rafael Public Library is excited to present a series of discussions and programs centered around Brit Bennett’s best-selling book The Vanishing Half. It is the story of twin sisters, raised in a southern town reserved for light-skinned African Americans, and how their divergent life paths reverberate through their communities and generations of their family. The Vanishing Half examines the themes of sisterhood, Black identity, Transgender identity, and parenthood. We hope this series will generate thoughtful discussion around colorism and the history and legacy of “passing” in the United States, as well as extending to reflection and action on the broader topics of race and equity.
Program Coordinator: Jill Harris
Case Study: San Rafael Public Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study The Vanishing Half
Library: Santa Barbara Public Library
Book: The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
Community Partners: Des Alaniz – Research Justice, Sojourner Truth – previous Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, Healing Justice SB (tentative) , Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (tentative)
Summary: The Santa Barbara Public Library will be reading, discussing, and taking action related to the themes in Sarah M. Broom’s The Yellow House. We will examine family histories, housing policies, historical narratives, and cultural erasure through an equity and justice lens. Working with local organizations, activists, and teachers, we look to examine our community, its history, and ourselves with these themes in mind. Actions will aim to provide different definitions of what assets are in our community and to share these publicly.
Program Coordinator: Jen Lemberger
Case Study: San Barbara Public Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study The Yellow House
Library: Santa Cruz Public Library
Book: Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
Community Partners: Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries and Watsonville Public Library, the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB) Sustainable Economy
Summary: Santa Cruz County has a rich history filled with stories of immigrants from Spanish colonizers and Portuguese fishermen to a once-booming Chinatown and Latino migrant workers. Santa Cruz has always had a tumultuous history with its immigrant populations and by choosing Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas, we hope to explore some of the issues around immigration, equity, citizenship, and community. By doing so we hope to build a greater understanding of the immigrant experience and create support and unity for all.
Program Coordinator: Diane Cowen
Library: Solano County Library
Book: Just Mercy (Movie Tie in Adult & YA Editions) by Bryan Stevenson / Cuestión de Justicia
Community Partners: Five Keys School, Legal Services of Northern California, Club Stride, Solano Community College (including S.O.A.R.—Students Overcoming Adversity and Recidivism), Solano County Community Action for Race Equity, Solano County Alternate Public Defender and many local school districts
Summary: In the past year, Americans have shown increased interested in confronting the history of racial injustice, mostly through reading and discussing books about racial inequalities in our country. Solano County Library will continue to recognize and encourage such discussions within our community by featuring Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson in their Book to Action 2021 series. Just Mercy tells the story of a young lawyer who dedicates his life to defending the impoverished and incarcerated, especially those who have been wrongly condemned. Just Mercy asks readers profound questions about race, justice, and humanity. Through a series of discussions and programs, we hope to inspire conversations that examine how these inequalities affect both individual lives and our community.
Program Coordinator: Brenda Welch
Library: Sunnyvale Public Library
Book: Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
Community Partners: Sunnyvale Community Services and Fremont Adult & Continuing Education
Summary: The Sunnyvale Public Library has chosen Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas. The City of Sunnyvale is committed to creating a culture of belonging. Our goal is to provide a safe space for people of all ages to share their American stories through art, essays and community discussions. Our community partners will be local organizations that serve our immigrant population. Using the adult, Spanish, and juvenile editions of the book, we will host book clubs for parents & children and ESL learners. We want all members of our diverse community to feel included, heard and respected.
Program Coordinator: Laurie Borchard
Case Study: Sunnyvale Public Library Book to Action 2021 Case Study Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen
Library: Tulare County Library
Book: Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams
Community Partners: ACT for Women and Girls and League of Women Voters Tulare County
Summary: The Tulare County Library is reading Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change and will host a book discussion and workshops to educate patrons on the local election processes and how to empower community members to enact change. Working with local grassroots groups, the library hopes to encourage patrons to engage within our community and enact positive change.
Program Coordinator: Erika Hawkyard
Library: Watsonville Public Library
Book: Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas
Community Partners: Friends of the Watsonville Public Library and Santa Cruz Public Libraries
Summary: For centuries, the rich farmland of the Pajaro Valley has attracted immigrants from across the world. Watsonville Public Library will use Dear America: Notes of An Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas to examine the themes of immigration, citizenship, and identity. We hope to create community-centered programming that will result in meaningful conversations through librarian-led book discussions and an author talk with Jose Antonio Vargas in partnership with Santa Cruz Public Libraries and Sunnyvale Public Library.
Program Coordinator: Watonka Addison
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