Community Conversations with Veterans 2019

Please see the Community Conversations with Veterans page for information about current programming.

Program Timeline – 2019

Program Resources

Please start with the Community Conversations with Veterans TOOLKIT ( which includes programming and partnership ideas, and a booklist. We would love your input on this living document.  Please email with title or toolkit suggestions.

Community Conversations with Veterans programs might include: interpretive or interactive exhibits & other arts-related activities and discussions, readings/speaker discussions, panel discussions, film viewings and discussions, book discussions, workshops (writing, poetry, other), oral history projects, restorative/trauma informed yoga workshops or presentations, mental or physical health related classes or panel discussions, workshops or presentations, and civic engagement or volunteer projects that encourage conversation and discussion during or after the activity.  California Center for the Book is working in collaboration with United States Veterans’ Artist Alliance and Humanist Films to build programming capacity at California libraries in the future.

Please be sure to also review the Programming Ideas and Resources information on the Veterans Connect @ the Library site.  Speak with your community partner about programming options. Share your ideas with us and we’ll add them to the toolkit!

2019 Participating Libraries

We are happy to welcome 15 participating libraries to the Community Conversations with Veterans program in 2019. Twenty locations will work together and more than 30 community partnerships will be established or strengthened!

Library Branch(es) Coordinator Community Partner(s)
Alameda County Library Fremont Main Library & Dublin Library Julianna Opel Fremont Family Resource Center
Azusa City Library Azusa Library Leila Hassen Azusa Pacific University, Citrus College, Azusa Armory, Vet Hunters, Azusa Rotary Club, Volunteers of America, and CalVet.
Fresno County Public Library WithOut Walls (WoW!) Library and Betty Rodriguez Regional Library Jessica Hall CalVet
Inglewood Public Library Main Branch Opetoritse “Ritse” Adefolalu PFC Adrienne L. Mitchell All-American VFW Post 2122
Kings County Library Hanford and Corcoran branch libraries Sherman Lee WestCare Hanford
Monterey County Free Libraries Carmel Valley Branch Robin Cauntay Carmel Unified School District and Dan Sloand, VA Outreach Coordinator
Moreno Valley Public Library Moreno Valley Public Library Mall Branch Christina Whorl VFW, CalVet and MoVal College
Oceanside Public Library Civic Center & Mission Branch Monica Chapa-Domercq MiraCosta College and Veterans Association of North County
Ontario City Library Ovitt Family Community Library James Augur Women Veterans Unity Group & Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
Riverside Public Library SSgt Salvador J Lara Casa Blanca Library Tina Zdilor Inlandia Literary Institute of Riverside
San Diego Public Library Central Library Azalea Ebbay Canine Companions for Independence
Santa Maria Public Library Main Library Jose Gaytan and Joanne Britton American Veterans United and Echo Group
Stanislaus County Library Oakdale Library and Salida Library Karina Mendoza Jeff Jardine
Ventura County Library E.P. Foster Library Irma Morales Ventura County Veteran’s Service Office, Veteran’s Resource Center at Ventura College
Whittier Public Library Central Diane Hara American Legion Post 51