Californians: Community Conversations About the Arts 2018

Californians: Community Conversations about the Arts, our 2018 focus, will serve as a springboard for community conversations and programming opportunities that explore how the Arts – visual arts, literary arts, performing arts –  impact both individuals and the community.

Participating libraries will receive a curated bookshelf of 21 titles ($350 value) to use as programming inspiration and add to the library collection, plus up to $350 paid directly to one community partner, nonprofit organization, speaker, or moderator for programming assistance.

Bookshelf photo credit @fancifulnance – 2018 #Californians #CommunityConversations community partner

Participating libraries agree to work with a community partner or partners, participate in the orientation webinar (details below), produce 2 quality public programs between January 2018  and June 2018, share programming ideas and publicity with other librarians and California Center for the Book, gather surveys from participants at 2 public programs, and submit the final report by the due date.

2018 TOOLKIT – Program overview, tips, discussion starters, community partner ideas, booklist, sample press release, and more. Our 2018 toolkit is a living document. The Google Doc will auto-publish updates. We welcome your feedback and input by email to:

2018 SURVEYS & FINAL REPORTING – Patron surveys should be collected from at least 2 public programs and recorded along with program attendance numbers, select patron comments, and librarian/program coordinator feedback. This information should entered in the Final Reporting Form online. DUE 07/15/2018. Use this form for planning purposes only –  Final Reporting Form Planning PDF.

2018 Program Timeline

  • Applications and Toolkit Available – October 2017
  • Applications due – November 22, 2017
  • Selections made and libraries notified – December 11, 2017
  • Training and Orientation webinar (Required/To Be Archived) – January 12, 2018, 10am-11am
  • Toolkit and Program Adjustments based on Library Needs – January 2018
  • Final Program Planning and Partnerships – January 2018
  • Programs take Place – January 2018 through June 2018
  • Final Report and Survey due – July 15, 2018

2018 Program Outcomes

Participants will:

  • increase their understanding of community opportunities for involvement in the arts
  • learn something new and valuable about the arts in their communities
  • increase their understanding of the potential impact of the arts on individuals and communities

Librarians will:

  • learn something new and valuable about programs and resources for adult programming
  • continue to seek further programming and partnership opportunities

Librarians, be sure to Join the CCFB Librarians group on Facebook. Share and tag @CaliforniaCenterfortheBook on Facebook and Instagram. Use hashtags #Californians  #CommunityConversations or #CommunityConversation in your promotions!

2018 Welcome Webinar Slides



David Lopez is an award-winning librarian and writer from Orange County, CA. He has worked in public, school, and academic libraries for over 11 years and his writing has appeared in the Orange County Register, OC Weekly, and Instinct Magazine, among several other online and print publications. He is currently co-editing a poetry anthology that is set to publish in early 2018. David’s work as a librarian is focused on working with diverse communities. David is a Councilor-at-Large for the American Library Association (2017-2020) and the current West Region Chapter Representative for REFORMA (2017-2019).




Erika Barbosa is an artist, designer and researcher based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a PhD student in Art Theory, Criticism and Practice at UCSD’s Visual Arts Department. She specializes in designing and implementing qualitative research strategies for creative projects. She has worked on several public art and community place-making projects in the city of Los Angeles, as well as freelancing in branding and strategy for network television. She holds an MFA in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design, where she is now a part-time lecturer in the Humanities and Social Sciences department. She is a member of the editorial collective for FIELD: A Journal For Socially Engaged Art.






We are happy to be working with Ingram Library Services to assist with building our booklist and providing the titles to the libraries.


The Californians: Community Conversations about the Arts series will involve 13 projects at 21 libraries across California. Libraries will work with more than 20 community partners to create their programming. Welcome to our 2018 Californians cohort and partners!

2018 Participating Libraries

Library Program Coordinator Community Partner
Anaheim Public Library – Central Library Tony Lam WOCA (Warehouse of Contemporary Art), MUZEO, Anaheim School District
Arcadia Public Library Darlene Bradley Arcadia Performing Arts Center, Arcadia Unified School District
City of Inglewood Library – Main Library & Crenshaw-Imperial Branch Tommy Vinh Bui Self-Help Graphics & Art
City of Thousand Oaks Library – Grant R. Brimhall Library & Newbury Park Library Dayna Canada Ventura County Arts Council
Glendale Library, Arts & Culture – Brand Library & Art Center Caley Cannon Local Dance Companies
Long Beach Public Library – Main Library & Ruth Bach Library Nancy Lynee Woo & Lauren Nguyen Long Beach Literary Arts Center
Madera County Public Library – Main Library Patrick Fitzgerald Madera Arts Council
Oceanside Public Library – Civic Center Library, Mission Branch Library, & Bookmobiles Monica Chapa Domercq Oceanside Arts Commission
Ontario City Library – Ovitt Family Community Library Abigail Martinez Chaffey Community Museum of Art
Palos Verdes Library District – Miraleste Library & Malaga Cove Library Ketzie Diaz Canvas Collaboration
Riverside County Library System – Vick Knight Lakeside Library Darrin McGraw Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
San Jose Public Library – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library Danny Le POW! WOW! San Jose
Whittier Public Library – Central Library & Whittwood Branch Library Bonnie Weber Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts