About the Program and Sponsors

California Center for the Book’s mission is to help the librarians of California get their communities reading and connecting.

They help librarians develop and expand programs geared towards adults that promote civic engagement, reading, and lifelong learning.  They also offer professional development and resources to achieve these goals.

The public library is increasingly recognized as a trusted space at the heart of the community.  California Center for the Book helps California librarians align their traditional “brand” – books and reading – with their ever-expanding role as community builders.

Californians: Community Conversations about Immigration is designed to spark community discourse and foster tolerance, meaningful conversation and understanding around immigration.

For more information and a list of participating Libraries, please see: http://calbook.org/programs/californians-community-conversations-about-immigration/

California Humanities is an independent nonprofit organization and a partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. They produce, fund, create, and support humanities-based projects and programs, eye-opening cultural experiences and meaningful conversations. During the past 40 years, California Humanities has awarded over $29 million in grants across the state, reaching every Congressional district.

California Humanities’ mission is to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

Library Innovation Lab: Exploring New Ways of Engaging California’s Immigrant Communities

America’s public libraries have played an important role in welcoming newcomers throughout our history. This program will build on that legacy by building capacity within California libraries to develop creative and innovative programs that will respond to the needs and circumstances of today’s immigrants and immigrant communities and foster more inclusive communities within our state.

For more information about the Library Innovation Lab Grant and a list of the ten participating California Libraries, please see: http://calhum.org/funding-opportunities/library-innovation-lab/

Check out these titles about the journey to California put together by California Center for the Book:

La Distancia Entre Nosotros La distancia entre nosotros Funny In Farsi Funny In Farsi Perfume dreams Nothing left in my hands  Philip Vera Cruz : Seeking El Dorado  So far from home A step from heaven The Buddha in the attic A better life El norte The arrival Las uvas de la ira The Grapes of Wrath My name is Aram Under the feet of Jesus The lucky ones The walking

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