Book to Action 2021

We are excited to announce the Book to Action 2021 team. Together, we are 110 participating library locations, 137 participating library staff members, 36 unique Book to Action initiatives, and 35 California library jurisdictions! Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. The Big 3 themes that libraries will be focusing on in 2021 are equity, sustainability and health. The Book to Action statewide events and case studies will be shared with libraries across California throughout fiscal year 2020 – 2021. Please join California Center for the Book, California Library Association, and the California State Library in welcoming the participating libraries to this community engagement initiative!

Participating libraries will receive:

  • Approximately $1,000 worth of books (print and Overdrive) to distribute to community members
  • Speaker/author/moderator support ranging from $500 – $1,000 per participating library
  • Opportunity to shape 3 collaborative state-wide virtual events (1 each for Equity, Sustainability and Health)

Participating staff agree to:

  • Collaborate with at least one community partner
  • Actively participate in staff development, toolkit development, communication, and reflection opportunities
  • Complete program requirements outlined in the timeline
  • Plan a Book to Action series that encourages lifelong learning, connection, and volunteerism/community engagement among adults and intergenerational groups

Note: Book to Action is grant funded. No funds are distributed to libraries. All books are ordered and paid for by California Library Association. Speaker fees are arranged by the library and paid directly by California Library Association. 

Book to Action 2021 Toolkit

The Book to Action 2021 initiative is based on library staff and community input, collaboration with other state-wide projects, and ongoing evaluation and reflection. The Book to Action Toolkit will be updated throughout the grant period. Jump to the Book to Action 2021 title selections and project information for:

Book to Action 2021 Timeline

Flexibility and collaboration are key concepts in FY2020/2021. Below is a tentative timeline.

  • Planning Survey Open – Mid-August 2020 through September 8, 2020
  • Pre-Application Webinars – September 9 & 16, 2020 @ 1pm
  • Applications Open – September 14, 2020
  • Applications Due – October 2, 2020 @ 5pm
  • Notifications Made – October 16, 2020
  • Staff Development Webinars  – October 2020 through July 2021
  • Final Title Selections – November 2020
  • Big 3 Statewide Theme Event Polling & Collaborative Planning – December 2020 through January 2021
  • Public Programming – March 2021 through July 2021
  • Community Surveys, Library Reports, Case Study Forms due (See Book to Action Toolkit) – August 20, 2021

Book to Action 2021 Webinars & Collaboration

All professional development events will be one hour Zoom webinars, by invitation for participating libraries. There will be optional pre-webinar readings or media shared in advance.  Live webinars will be recorded and shared with participating libraries and the general library community after the events.

IMLS and Statewide Aligned Program Goals & Outcomes

  • Outcome 2b: Californians discover and participate in learning opportunities at the library
  • Outcome 3c: Californians connect and collaborate through their library
  • Outcome 7: California library staff is well-prepared to meet the diverse needs and effect positive change in their communities