Book to Action 

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Book to Action 2021 initiatives tackle important issues in the community and encourage reading, community discussion, and action. During the months of March and April, Anaheim Public Library will host a community reading of "How To Be An Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi. 

Residents can participate in a series of engaging virtual events, including book discussions and an author visit with Ibram X. Kendi on Wed, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.  

Join the discussion by attending the virtual programs or picking up a copy of the book at your neighborhood Anaheim Library.

Virtual Programs

Programs will be hosted on Zoom or streamed on Anaheim Public Library's Facebook. Participate in the program by joining Zoom meetings below.

Book Discussions
Book to Action book club will be discussing, “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi. Request your copy by calling the branches below.

Haskett Branch
Club de Lectura (en Español) 
March 10 at 6 p.m.
Join the Zoom meeting
April 7 at 6 p.m.
Join the Zoom meeting 

Central Library
March 25 at 5 p.m.
Email Barbie at to receive the Zoom meeting link.

Sunkist Branch
March 31 at 12:30 pm
Email Barbie at to receive the Zoom meeting link.

Rise: Narratives of Hope & Change
Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for powerful and inspiring stories of transformation with Mr. James Cavitt from Project Rebound. Project Rebound is a program that supports the higher education and successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals wishing to enroll and succeed at the California State University. Their impactful narratives are lessons that will change your heart and challenge your thinking regarding incarcerated individuals.

Hablando Sobre El Racismo
14 de Abril a las 5 p.m.
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Acompáñenos, junto al Sr. Edgar Medina de la organización OC Human Relations, para tener una discusión virtual sobre que es el racismo, por qué
es importante hablar de este tema, y cómo nos afecta.
La meta es que podamos reconocer como el racismo
nos impacta a todos y cómo podemos unirnos para desmantelar el racismo sistemático que existe en
este país.

  • Join the Zoom meeting

    Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m.
    Celebrate diversity with stories and music.

Ibram X. KendiConversation with Ibram X. Kendi
Wednesday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m.

In collaboration with CSU Chico’s Book in Common program, OC Public Libraries, and additional community partners focused on reading and discussing, "How to Be An Antiracist," a virtual conversation is scheduled
with National Book Award winning author Ibram X. Kendi. Participating libraries and community members will be invited to join others across
the state for this special event. 

  • Register for the program here.
  • Submit questions in advance for Dr. Kendi here.

Soul: Food with Heart – Conversation with 
Chef Jim Birmingham, Jr. 
Tuesday, Apr. 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Chef Jim Birmingham, Jr.
From serving President George H. Bush to the Wounded Warriors Project, for nearly four decades, Chef Birmingham has been nutrition focused in his approach to gourmet, farm fresh style food. Join us
for a delightful conversation with the distinguished
Chef Birmingham and learn about his amazing
journey into the culinary world as an African American.  

Challenged to be the Opposite of Racist: 
A Community Conversation
Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m.

Dr. Francine L. OputaIn the midst of today’s current social climate, many of us are feeling hopeless and disillusioned. However,
Dr. King’s vision of a “beloved community” is more than a dream. It can be our reality. Facilitated by diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, Dr. Francine L. Oputa, this event will provide a “brave space” for us to explore the concepts of racism and social justice with openness and compassion. We will also explore, “what it means to be an ally." Participants will leave will tools practical tools to support them as they play their part in creating the beloved community.

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Servicesand Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.