Book to Action 2021 – Health

Special Event – Book to Action: In Conversation with with Lori Gottlieb, Bestselling Author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

Please save the date for a very special conversation with Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic.  In collaboration with participating libraries, a virtual conversation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Participating libraries and community members will be invited to join others across the state for this special event. More information and registration will be shared soon.

 

Library: Alhambra Civic Center Library
Book: Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
Community Partners: Joslyn Adult Recreation Center and the Alhambra Parks Department
Summary: The Alhambra Civic Center Library will use Rising Strong by Brene Brown to foster a discussion of psychological health and resiliency. The pandemic has been a source of stress and anxiety for many people; we hope to use Rising Strong to promote self care and well being.
Program Coordinator: Michael Whitley

 

 

Library: Burbank Public Library
Book: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
Community Partners: Burbank Parks and Recreation and Family Services Agency of Burbank
Summary: The Burbank Public Library (BPL) will be reading Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. In the midst of a health pandemic, fires and protests, our community is facing physical and emotional stressors it has never experienced before. The library has noticed an increase in phone calls and requests for health-related materials, especially because we have been serving as the City’s COVID-19 hotline since March 2020. We plan to capitalize on this trust by offering programming to help community members come out of these hard times stronger than ever. We are collaborating with our local Family Services Agency to host a 6-week clinically guided Book Club with a licensed therapist. We will be hosting two one-hour book discussions in April and May. During the month of March, community members will submit their favorite inspirational/motivational quotes. Selected quotes will be displayed on lawn signs in May during Mental Health month throughout the Burbank Chandler Bike Path. Shaunte Bab Ani A, neuroscience researcher will be a guest speaker and discuss the relationships of food, hormones, weight and health. Library staff are creating book/CD/documentary lists of items in our collection related to mental health. These lists will be available on our website.
Program Coordinator: Arsine Ansryan

 

Library: Butte County Library
Book: Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
Community Partners: Butte County Behavioral Health and Youth for Change
Summary: Butte County Library will be reading Rising Strong by Brene Brown. As a community, the county has gone through several traumatic events over the course of a few years, including Campfire 2018, Bear Fire 2020 and COVID-19. It is so important for our community to focus on their resiliency and mental health and by working with our community partners, we hope to normalize mental health awareness and self-care. We will offer several virtual programs, including book discussions, and webinars focused on dealing with trauma in our every day life.
Program Coordinator: Misty Wright

 

Library: Del Norte County Library District
Book: Are U Ok by Kati Morton
Community Partners: Del Norte County Behavioral Health
Summary: The Del Norte County Library will feature Are U Ok? by Kati Morton to empower the local community to take charge of their mental health, reduce stigma around mental health services, and highlight the resources provided by our County Behavioral Health Department. In addition to other events, we will be hosting a webinar provided by practicing physician and leadership coach, Dr. Harjot Singh, M.D., in which he will provide valuable tips on how to manage anxiety and depression.
Program Coordinator: Beth Austen

 

Library: El Dorado County Library
Book: Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis
Accompanying Title: Murphy’s Miracle by Julie Samrick
Community Partners: Cameron Park Community Services District and El Dorado County Health and Human Services
Summary: El Dorado County will be reading Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis. We will be focusing on emotional and mental health and resilience, especially outdoor time, meditation, healthy eating and sleep patterns, and establishing connections. Some programs highlighting the above will be forest bathing, geocaching, and a dog training class. Passive programming will include “Re-framing 2020” and re-create a book cover.
Program Coordinator: Kelly Jordan

 

Library: Lincoln Public Library
Book: Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate
Community Partners: William Jessup University and Kaiser Permanente
Summary: The Lincoln Public Library will be reading Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate. We and our partners will use this book as a starting point to discuss mental health and resilience, especially in the wake of the social and community impacts of COVID-19. We will feature a series of virtual programs, including book discussions, extended reading lists, webinars on mental health topics from Kaiser Permanente, and a self-paced program of different strategies and resources for resiliency.
Program Coordinator: Kathryn Hunt

 

Library: Ontario City Library
Book: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
Community Partners: The Ontario/Montclair School District Family Resource Center
Summary: The Ontario City Library (OCL) will be reading Maybe You Should Talk to Someone in an effort to normalize mental health therapy and destigmatize pervasive psychiatric disorders. In addition to hosting virtual book discussions, the OCL has recruited psychologists Dr. Billy San Juan Ph.D and Dr. Janina Scarlet Ph.D to host virtual speaking events. Dr. San Juan will discuss the topics of masculinity’s impact on relationships and mental health for all genders. Dr. Scarlet will hold a talk using subject matter from her book Harry Potter Therapy, which uses the popular book and film universe as context for understanding and managing depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. The Ontario/Montclair School District’s Family Resource Center will provide courses focused on the importance of mental health from a family perspective, with topics including early intervention and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).  Finally, OCL staff will provide programming focused on the importance of self-care, including sleep improvement and stress-reducing activities like crafting and gardening.
Program Coordinator: Jon Andersen

 

Library: Rancho Cucamonga Public Library
Book: (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health by Kelly Jensen
Community Partners: Jamie Nelson; Equilibrium Counseling; Teen and Family Therapist and the Rancho Cucamonga Community Service Department (Teen Center/Senior Center)
Summary: The Rancho Cucamonga Public Library will be reading (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health by Kelly Jensen to create normalized dialogues about mental health, stigmas, and emotional resilience coping mechanisms. Our Book to Action initiative will feature programs and resources for teens, their caregivers/parents, and adults from March through May. The effects of this pandemic have been dire in every community and this is RCPL’s effort to tackle those effects and to normalize conversations about mental health.
Program Coordinator: Brittany Garcia

 

Library: Sacramento Public Library
Book: Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Van Dernoot Lipsky, Laura
Community Partners: The Alzehimer’s Association, Health Net, and National Alliance for Mental Illness Sacramento
Summary: The Sacramento Public Library will focus on self-care for the caregiver, aimed at family caregivers, parents, first responders, and professional care providers. We will feature the book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, who will be speaking on strategies for coping with trauma. We will also offer webinars from the Alzheimer’s Association, National Alliance for Mental Illness, and the Family Caregiver Alliance to provide local caregivers with resources and education on self-care best practices.
Program Coordinator: Katie Ball

 

 

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