Help Us Build a Better Book to Action – Opportunity for 2021

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,…

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Welcome Ron and Elaine to the Advisory Council

We recently welcomed Elaine Tai and Ron Solórzano to the California Center for the Book Advisory Council. Both Ron and Elaine were selected for their commitment to community engagement, work on diversity and equity, contributions to the library profession, support for community reads, and general willingness to dive right in and help us build stronger…

California Center for the Book Initiative Updates: Response to COVID-19

Dear California Library Community, We want to keep you updated.  Here are some of the most recent changes, updated as of March 20, 2020: The Adult Services Symposium (originally scheduled for 3/26 in Sacramento then moved online)  is now moving to several hour-long free webinars over a few days in April. The first webinar is scheduled for…

Community Conversations with Veterans Series Features Stories and Service Dogs

Kern County Library’s Ridgecrest Branch will host two Community Conversations with Veterans events in March 2020. On Saturday, March 7, John Anderson of Ridge Writers, the East Sierra Branch of the California Writers Club, will share stories from the recently published book Scenes from Lives of Service: High Desert Veterans of WWI through Desert Storm. On Saturday,…

Farmer Veteran Coalition and Ground Operations Director at Screening

Fresno County Public Library will screen Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields as part of the 2020 Community Conversations with Veterans initiative. The director of Ground Operations, Dulanie Ellis, and Michael O’Gorman, founder of the Farmer Veteran Coalition will host a Q&A and discussion as part of the event. Documentaries About Veterans Ground Operations is one…

2020 Writing Workshops in Rural California Communities

Between February and June 2020, writers will hold community writing workshops at rural locations throughout California as part of the Rural Libraries Tour. California Center for the Book continues to partner with Poets & Writers to provide these workshops free of charge to rural libraries and communities. Rural library staff work closely with community partners to…