Book to Action 2021 – Racial Equity and Antiracism

Palo Alto City Library invites you to participate in this year’s Book to Action, opens a new window program series! Throughout the month of May, the Library will be hosting a series of virtual events inspired by our book selection, How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and the themes of racial equity and antiracism. Events for the month include two book discussions, an Anti-Racism 101 Workshop hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a week of themed storytimes and more! 

Free copies of How to Be An Antiracist will be given away, along with copies of Kendi’s book for children, Antiracist Baby and Tiffany Jewell’s This Book is Anti-Racistbeginning April 21. Books will be available at Children’s, Mitchell Park and Rinconada Libraries while supplies last. Copies can also be requested and borrowed through our catalog or through Link+ 

As part of the City of Palo Alto’s ongoing Race and Equity initiatives, this program series continues Palo Alto’s commitment to address systemic racism and biasThe  series also includes opportunities for participants to volunteer their time in a service project, through training on leading a community conversation on race hosted by the Human Relations Commission, or by participating in an Action Hours event sponsored by SURJ. 

We want to thank our large coalition of partners who have helped bring this program series to life in countless ways.  

About Book to Action

Book to Action, opens a new window is a program of the California Library Association, opens a new window, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, opens a new window under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian, opens a new window. Book to Action takes the book club concept and expands it into a dynamic series of intergenerational events. Librarians work closely with community partners to collaborate on plans for discussions, a speaker event and a culminating service project.