Book-to-Action programs have offered California residents not only the opportunity to collectively read and discuss a book but to put their new-found knowledge or perspective into action by engaging in a community service project related to the book's topic. Book-to-Action offers libraries a new way to collaborate with and support local organizations doing vital work in local communities, and to expand the role of the public library by mobilizing volunteers in work that enhances civic ...
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Hayward Public Library launched the Book-to-Action program (2011) and other California libraries are now replicating it (2012). A book discussion group is combined with a volunteer engagement project. Projects and community partners are chosen based on their relevance to the book topic. Awareness for local civic engagement projects increases and volunteer participation is inspired through the shared reading and discussion of a topic or issue of community importance.
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IDEA BOX @ Oak Park Public Library (IL) | "Idea Box, located just inside the Main Library entrance, is a dedicated 19’ x 13’ space that each month provides a new and dynamic participatory community experience. Visitors are encouraged to learn through tinkering, fun, experimentation and play."
book discussion group 2nd Wednesday, September - June Time: 9:15-11:00am Where: Newport Beach Central Library Participation is free. The discussions are moderated by selected participants and library staff. All titles are available in the Newport Beach Public Library system, via e-book or in local bookstores. www.newportbeachl....
This is a super-immersive, amazing idea to get a whole community involved in a book! The Toronto Public Library held an alternate reality game to get people involved with Fahrenheit 451 - click through to read how! "Toronto Public Library Enters Alternate Reality (Gaming)" -- Library Journal
File this one under “why I still read press releases even though 95% of them are junk” Got a nice email from John Hiett of Iowa City Public Library letting me know about their local music project which is launching today. Hiett explains: “We’re offering local cardholders free, DRM-less downloads of records by local musicians. We’ve leased the rights for a two year period ... We launch this beast June 8 at music.icpl.org. We have over 30 albums locked down, but the list is growing