Book to Action

Putting Words Into Action

Book to Action aims to address important issues in the community and to encourage reading, community discussion, and action. Themes that participating libraries and communities are invited to focus on are EquitySustainability, and Health. California Center for the Book, California Library Association and the California State Library are pleased to have over 100 library locations join in the community engagement initiative.

The Sacramento Public Library’s program theme is Mental Health/Self-care for the Caregiver. Through a series of programs the library will provide local caregivers and first responders with education on best self-care practices; connect patrons with local resources; and invite the community to take action through connection, volunteerism and community engagement.

Book to Action Program Schedule

COVID-19 & Caregiving with Alzheimer's Association (May 4 at 11 a.m.)

Join us for "Covid-19 and Caregiving," presented by the Alzheimer's Association. Caring for someone living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic adds unique challenges for caregivers. This program provides simple tips caregivers can put in place whether the person living with dementia lives at home, in a residential facility, or care providers are coming into the home.  

This event takes place on Zoom  on May 4 at 11 a.m. Advance registration is required.


Mental Health Support with NAMI Sacramento (May 11 at 3 p.m.)

Join us for 'Mental Health Support' presented by NAMI Sacramento. When a friend or family member develops a mental health condition, it's important to know that you're not alone. Family members and caregivers often play a large role in helping and supporting the millions of people in the U.S. who experience mental health conditions each year. Many family members and caregivers experience the same thoughts and questions you might be having now.

This event takes place on Zoom on May 11 at 3 p.m. Advance registration is required.


Caring for the Caregiver (May 18 at 5 p.m.)

Join us for "Caring for the Caregiver," presented by Health Net. Self-care is critical for those who are caring for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Learn strategies to reduce stress, and care for your heart, mind, body, and soul while you care for others.

This event takes place on Zoom on May 18 at 5 p.m. Advance registration is required.

Register for this event 


Author presentation with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky (May 25 at 5 p.m.) 

Navigating Amidst Overwhelming Times – Whether Because of Trauma, Crisis, or Really, Really Hard Days.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.

Laura has helped caregivers worldwide keep themselves emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and physically healthy in the face of overwhelming times. In this conversation, we’ll visit very concrete strategies on how to sustain ourselves, individually and collectively.
The first 60 people who register for the program will receive a complimentary copy of Laura’s book, Trauma Stewardship.

This event takes place on Zoom on May 25 at 5 p.m. Advance registration is required.


Self-Care for Caregiver Book List

  The 36-hour day: a family guide to caring for people who have Alzheimer disease, other dementias, and memory loss 

AARP meditations for caregivers: practical, emotional, and spiritual support for you and your family 
Being mortal: medicine and what matters in the end 
Bettyville: a memoir
Can't we talk about something more pleasant?: A Memoir 
The caregiver's Tao te ching: compassionate caring for your loved ones and yourself
Caregiving both ways: a guide to balancing it all while caring for a loved one with dementia
Chicken soup for the soul: family caregivers : 101 stories of love, sacrifice, and bonding 
H.O.P.E for the Alzheimer's journey: Help, Organization, Preparation, & Education for the Road Ahead 
The mindful caregiver: finding ease in the caregiving journey 


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 Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.