Book to Action 2021 – Sustainability

Special Event – Book to Action: In Conversation with Josh Tickell of Kiss the Ground

Please join us for a very special conversation with Josh Tickell, environmental thought leader and award winning director and author of Kiss the Ground. The event will explore ways Californians can come together and make both individual and collective change for a more sustainable future. The conversation will be held Thursday, April 22 (Earth Day) from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Participating libraries and community members will be invited to join others across the state for this special event. Registration is now open.


Library: Azusa City Library
Kiss the Ground: How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World by Josh Tickell
Accompanying Title: Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown
Community Partners: Azusa Recreation & Family Services
Summary: The Azusa City Library is planning a variety of sustainable events related to Kiss the Ground by Josh Tickell and culminating in the revitalization of our community garden. We hope to bring residents together to read, discuss, and act for a more sustainable future.
Program Coordinator: Jennifer Agnew



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


Library: El Segundo Public Library
Book: The Nature Fix by Florence Williams
Community Partners: El Segundo Museum of Art, Grades of Green
Summary: El Segundo Public Library’s Book to Action 2021 focusses on the theme of sustainability, featuring Florence Williams’ The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. The programs will include both environmentalism and creative play. Partnering with local environmental nonprofits and our local art museum (ESMoA), activities will include a book discussion, beach/environmental clean-ups, and expressive creativity as participants turn their found trash into works of art, culminating in a bound book of photography highlighting the community’s art.
Program Coordinator: Julie Todd


Library: Monrovia Public Library
Book: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Community Partners: City of Monrovia Hillside Wilderness Preserve Team, Arlington Garden in Pasadena
Summary: The Monrovia Public Library’s 2021 Book to Action will be focusing on the theme of Sustainability, specifically the topics of Indigenous land stewardship practices and California Wildfires, by reading Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Virtual programs will include a book discussion, nature workshops, documentary screenings and live interviews with local experts on California native plants, regenerative farming, composting, the 2020 Bobcat Fire, and general fire safety. Monrovia aims to present their community with everyday actions they can take to help prevent wildfires by connecting with nature and being good citizens of our one and only Planet Earth.
Program Coordinator: Stefanie Ulate


Library: OC Public Libraries – Irvine Heritage Park branch
Book: We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast by Jonathan Safran Foer
Community Partners: OC Environmental Resources (OC Water District), UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County, The Free Seed Project by Rob Greenfield and Live Like Ally Foundations, local university professor and local vegan eatery (both pending)
Summary: OC Public Libraries will be discussing Jonathan Safran Foer’s We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast and its theme of addressing climate change through the adoption of a plant-based diet. Along with our community partners and various communities, we will explore how a plant-based diet is not only good for our health, but also good for the planet. We look forward to having an open dialog on how eating plant-based can be fun, delicious, and affordable, while fostering a community that promotes not only sustainability, but also equity.  
Program Coordinator: Stanley Wang


Library: San Leandro Public Library
Book: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken
Community Partners: Sustainability Office – Public Works, City of San Leandro
Summary: The San Leandro Public Library and City of San Leandro’s Sustainability Office invite the community to participate in a series of green and sustainable events related to Drawdown by Paul Hawken. The City of San Leandro is developing its Climate Action Plan and we want the community as a whole to come together and implement the climate goals and strategies, as we will need all hands on deck to solve this problem. 
Program Coordinator: Armando Rivera


Library: Whittier Central Library
Book: A Fire Story by Brian Fies
Community Partners: Local fire safety team
Summary: The Whittier Public Library will focus on the theme of sustainability, prompted by the events of 2020, a record-setting year for wildfires that burned across the state of California. Through reading, discussion and exploration, we aim to raise awareness and encourage action to promote personal and community disaster and wildfire preparedness. Events planned include a book discussion with author Brian Fies about A Fire Story, a graphic novel depicting his personal experience losing a home during the 2017 Northern California wildfires, a screening of the documentary Wilder Than Wild: Fire, Forests, and the Future, a discussion with the directors, and connections to community partners.
Program Coordinator: Rachel Fiore



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