Book to Action

Book to Action Logo-yellowBook to Action is a framework that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and intergenerational groups. Librarians work closely with a community partner to develop a series of programs. Community members read and discuss an engaging book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.

In 2020, 26 Book to Action series will take place at 55 library locations across California. 

Each participating library will receive from California Center for the Book:

  • $1,000 value/books shipped from Ingram, to give to the public for Book to Action
  • $1,000 author/speaker fee, paid directly to the author or speaker of choice

Participating libraries agree to:

  • Attend the in-person orientation if possible (see below)
  • Collaborate with at least one community partner
  • Plan a Book to Action series that encourages community learning, connection, and volunteerism/community engagement
  • Ensure community surveys, program data, and final reporting are completed
  • Actively share best practices with fellow librarians and program staff

2020 Book To Action Timeline

  • July 22, 2019 – Applications Open – see Planning Document
  • August 15, 2019 – Applications Due
  • August 23, 2019 – Program notifications made
  • October 24, 2019, 2:00PM – 5:00PM – Book to Action Orientation CLA Pre-Conference Session
  • January 2020 – June 2020  – Programs take place
  • July 15, 2020  – Book to Action Library Report Due / Community Surveys Due

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

Book to Action Toolkit & Examples

Start with the Book to Action TOOLKIT for program history, community partnership and programming ideas, community surveys, and program tips. See the list of participating libraries and titles, along with social media posts below and the examples in the toolkit, as further inspiration.

Book to Action 2020 Participating Libraries

Library Coordinator Title
Anaheim Public Library – Haskett Branch Mary Nuttelman Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault by Cathy Guisewite
Beaumont Library District Allison Peyton Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Burlingame Public Library Elaine Tai The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Wang
Chula Vista Public Library Tara Davies The Nature Fix by Florence Williams
County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries Erica Thatcher Food Activist Handbook, by Ali Berlow & Letters to a Young Farmer, edited by Martha Hodgkins
El Segundo Public Library Roslyn M. Templin What We Keep: 150 People Share the One Object that Brings Them Joy, Magic, and Meaning by Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax
Goleta Valley Library Allison Gray Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man & Their Journey Across America by Britt Collins
Los Angeles Public Library – Hollywood Regional Library Angi Brzycki Urban Tumbleweed: Notes from a Tanka Diary by Harryette Mullen
Los Angeles Public Library – West Los Angeles Regional Library Ramin Naderi The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread by Cailin O’Connor, James Owen Weatherall
Monrovia Public Library Stefanie Ulate The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Orange County Public Library – OC READ Elizabeth Romero Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus
Palo Alto City Library Alison de Geus Wrinkles by Paco Roca
Palos Verdes Library District Laura Ishizaka Why They Marched by Susan Ware
Paso Robles City Library Karen Christiansen Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Riverside County Library – Glen Avon Regional Library Ivan Aguirre Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
Riverside Public Library Jon Andersen Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
San Diego County Library – Rancho Santa Fe Branch Kathy Jung Rescue Dogs by Gene Stone/Pete Paxton
San Diego County Library – La Mesa Branch Jake Sexton The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year by Spring Warren
San Diego Public Library – San Ysidro Branch Itza Vilaboy Album of Fences by Omar Pimienta
San Leandro Public Library – Main Library Armando Rivera They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Santa Barbara Public Library Jen Lemberger Where Reasons End: A Novel By Yiyun Li
Santa Clara City Library Helen Lutke Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
Santa Clarita Public Library Joanna Ritchie Garbology by Edward Humes
SJSU –  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library Peggy Cabrera Being the Change: How to Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution by Peter Kalmus
South San Francisco Public Library Stacy Lein The Conscious Caregiver by Linda Abbit and Holding the Net by Melanie Merriman
Upland Public Library Katherine Laird Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds