2017 Book to Action

In 2017, 16 libraries completed the program, providing 127 civic engagement activities & programs, and reaching 7,388 community members. Approximately 1,200 books were distributed. Libraries were allocated up to $2,000 for speaker fees and/or books to be given to the community.

2017 OUTCOMES MEASURED

94% of participating librarians said they would definitely participate in a Book to Action program again. Below is the summary of community member responses from participating libraries.

  • 65% of participants learned something new and valuable about a current topic by reading and discussing the book chosen for this project.
  • 88% of those surveyed participated in the community service project offered.
  • 92% learned something new and valuable about a service need in their community.
  • 95% would be interested in engaging in a community service project again.
  • 91% found participation in the Book to Action program to be a meaningful experience.

ANAHEIM PUBLIC LIBRARY – Haskett Branch/Ponderosa Joint Use
BOOK: Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Guadalupe Gomez
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Orangewood Children & Family Center
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Sew hope dolls for the Orangewood emergency shelter care facility
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: book discussions in English and Spanish, family discussion with author and psychologist Ana Nogales, Cookies and Canvas paint program with youth from shelter, visit from author and illustrator Joe Cepeda.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LIBRARY – Concord Branch
BOOK: Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter & The Essential Urban Farmer by Willow Rosenthal
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Kimberli Buckley & Christina Benson
COMMUNITY PARTNER: UC Master Gardeners Program of Contra Costa
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  Planting a spring garden at the library, working with the Seed Savers Club to establish a new seed library, and collecting seed packets on Earth Day
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Author presentation (Novella Carpenter), monthly community garden  presentations from UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County, Seed Savers talks.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY LIBRARY – San Pablo Branch
BOOK: Life is So Good by George Dawson
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Gia Paolini
COMMUNITY PARTNER: San Pablo Senior Center, Project Second Chance, Black Student Union
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  Recruit and train seniors for Project Second Chance, adult literacy program
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Book discussion with students at Black Student Union at Contra Costa College and seniors from San Pablo Senior Center, Poetry reading from  Ike Ikenger at City Hall

INGLEWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOOK:
Anybody’s Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Joel Rane & Bri Webber
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), Saving Innocence, Inglewood Police Department
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  Community meeting and conversation for Human Trafficking Awareness Day
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS:  Presentations from author Pamela Samuels Young and partners above

KINGS COUNTY LIBRARY
BOOK: Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven & Isabella’s Garden by Isabella O’Brien
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Natalie R. Rencher
COMMUNITY PARTNER: 
Children’s Story Book Garden & Museum
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
 Family garden building for new community partner (above)
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS Author presentations, crafts, storytelling

LAKE COUNTY LIBRARY
BOOK:
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Christopher Veach
COMMUNITY PARTNER:
Lake County Behavioral Health 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Mental Health Matters Community Fair
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Film screening of A Man Called Ove at community theater to kick off Book to Action, 4 book discussions at branches

LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY – Studio City Branch
BOOK:
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Emily Aaronson
COMMUNITY PARTNER:
Foster Care Counts, The RightWay Foundation, Fostering Media Connections, CASA of Los Angeles, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Children’s Bureau, The Book Foundation
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Foster care services share fair and panel presentation, item donation gathering for partners presented at potluck, participation in Foster Care Counts Mother’s Day Celebration.
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS:  2 book discussions,  author visit and volunteer fair/informational panel with partners

MENDOCINO COUNTY LIBRARY – Fort Bragg Branch
BOOK:
Seed Libraries by Cindy Conner & A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Aston & Sylvia Long
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Carole Poma & Dan Hess
SERVICE PARTNER:
 Fort Bragg Garden Club, Bee City USA, Bee Bold Mendocino
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Bee City Read Aloud, Garden Craft and Traveling Bee Show.
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Book discussion & film selection for Seed Libraries, speakers from Open Circle Seeds Company on GMO vs NonGMO seeds, North Star Nursery on how to grow a local gardening, and Bountiful Gardens Seed Company on how to collect seeds from the plants you grow.

NEVADA COUNTY COMMUNITY LIBRARY
BOOK:
The Martian by Andy Weir
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Crystal Miles
COMMUNITY PARTNER:
 Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  
Astronomy Day event with book discussion of The Martian, lectures from the local astronomy club and hands activities, MISSION:MARS, a presentation and book signing by Dr. Pascal Lee, Mars Institute founder and NASA planetary scientist.
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Scientist panel program and award ceremony at two high schools, events included a “Space Gardening” workshop, a screening of The Martian film, a survival workshop, and multiple book clubs.

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY – La Habra Branch
BOOK:
The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness: A Memoir by Brianna Karp &  Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir by Janice Erlbaum
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Cassandra Wenzel
COMMUNITY PARTNER:
 La Habra Family Resource Center
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
 Item donation drive for La Habra Family Resource Center
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Presentations by local social and community services organizations (VCC: The Gary Center and 2-1-1 OC) held in both English & Spanish, and two author talks, one via video call and the other an in-person visit.

REDONDO BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOOK:
Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Susan Anderson
COMMUNITY PARTNER:
Program held in conjunction with Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach (County of Los Angeles) Libraries and Torrance Public Library. Partners: Cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance; Beach Cities Transit; Friends of the Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Torrance Public Libraries; TEDxRedondoBeach; Mysterious Galaxy and Pages bookstores; Beach Cities Cycling Club; South Bay Bicycle Coalition; Motion Bike Shop; Beach Cities Health District; Triathlon Lab; 100 Tacos; Safety Cycle Bicycle Shop; Pedego Greater Long Beach; Hermosa Cyclery
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Bike donation/swap event in collaboration with Beach Cities Cycling Club, ross-promotion with the Beach Cities Cycling Club “Bike to School Day” in Manhattan Beach
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Redondo Beach held a book discussion group, an art activity for teens using spare bicycle parts, a “bicycle streamers” art activity for children, a bike-on-bus demo, and a TEDxRedondo Beach on the future of transportation. Torrance held a book discussion group, an electric bike presentation, a screening of the film Premium Rush, and a Bicycle 101 presentation for adults. Hermosa Beach held a mobile makerspace event for kids focused on creating LED license plates and experimenting with bicycle gears. Manhattan Beach held a bicycle rally with specialty bikes, a bicycling skills course for kids, and a Talking Heads cover band.

RIVERSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOOK:
March Books 1, 2 & 3 by John Lewis
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Tonya Kennon
COMMUNITY PARTNER:
League of Women Voters and Riverside Metropolitan Museum
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
 Discussion with League of Women Voters
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: A private after-hours tour of the exhibit Rising Above: Entertainment and the Struggle for African American Identity with Professor Norman Towles at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, and discussion event with March illustrator Nate Powell.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY LIBRARY – El Cerrito Branch
BOOK:
National Geographic Readers: Bats by Elizabeth Carney
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Nancy Reiter
COMMUNITY PARTNER:
Hidden Valley Nature Center, Temescal Valley Heritage Foundation, We Are Temescal Valley, Project Wildlife, Parks of Riverside County, Girl Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Girl Scout Troop collected soda cans from their community to fundraise for wood to build 10 bat houses, Boy Scout Troop built bat boxes as part of an Eagle Scout Project, bat boxes donated to the Riverside County Parks and community for backyard bat houses.
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Interpretive Services Supervisor from the Hidden Valley Nature Center presented a bat presentation including the life cycle, natural bat ecosystem and how to build a backyard habitat for bats.  El Cerrito Public Library, in partnership with Cindy Mayer from Project Wildlife and bat biologist Jill Carpenter, promoted bat awareness at the Duck Daze event at the Hilden Valley Nature Center.  Partnered with Temescal Valley Heritage Foundation and We Are Temescal Valley at the Temescal Valley Fair for reading, crafts, book and bat house giveaway.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY LIBRARY – Home Gardens Branch
BOOK:
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Akiliah Manuel Mills
COMMUNITY PARTNER:
 Good in the Hood
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  
Youth served as volunteers at a Good in the Hood Rally in their neighborhood, sorting and distributing groceries to families, giving away bags of clothes and toys, painting faces, and helping with set-up and break down.
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS: Four session program on gang prevention/education. Session 1 featured gang intervention and education specialist Jay Franklin of Project One. Session 2 featured guest speaker Ritchie Sepulveda, former hit man for Mexican Mafia who escaped the cartel. Session 3 was small group facilitation by former gang members. Lastly, a Good in the Hood rally was conducted where the youth responded to the alternative of gang life by serving their communities. Session 4 was the Good in the Hood rally participation above.

SAN MATEO COUNTY LIBRARY – Millbrae Branch
BOOK: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, The Smaller Evil and Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn, Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Darren Heiber
COMMUNITY PARTNER: National Alliance on Mental Illness San Mateo County
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Writing contest leading up to the author event that exhorted youth to portray a character with mental health issues in a positive light; the creation of an oversized poster at the one day Young Adult Novelist Convention, with messages of support for teens suffering from mental health issues,  and a countywide poster contest open to 5th-12th graders asking them to provide support and information for suffering teens. Posters to be hosted in libraries and schools.
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS:  Individual and group author visits to local high schools and youth incarceration facilities, and a one-day multi-author convention held at Millbrae Library (YANovCon) that opened with a panel moderated by the Health and Wellness Coordinator at two local high schools, and included three related authors as well as a NAMI representative who experience mental health issues as a teen. The event also included breakout author sessions, screen printing, and author one-on-ones. 

SANTA CLARA CITY LIBRARY
BOOK: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Justin Wasterlain
COMMUNITY PARTNER: Centre for Living With Dying, Kaiser Permanente, Hospice of the Valley
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  Hosted a”Death Café” led by The Centre for Living With Dying, connecting the experience of this event to the impact the attendees could have on their community as grief support volunteers at the Centre.  
SUPPORTING PROGRAMS:  Screening of the PBS documentary Being Mortal followed by partners Kaiser Permanente talking about advanced healthcare directives and other planning for families,  local journalist talk about an award winning series of articles she wrote on the cost of dying, small book group, Hospice of the Valley presentation on hospice care options, and cemetery tour led by local history librarian, Mary Boyle.