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Burlingame Reads 2020 has come to an end, however we invite you to continue speaking about mental health, view event recordings, and check out the featured title and others from our booklist! Thanks to our partner NAMI San Mateo County and California Center for the Book.

Featuring The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang, we aim to continue peeling away the stigma and misconceptions associated with mental health. In collaboration with our partner, NAMI San Mateo County, we will be presenting workshops, speakers, and other opportunities to engage on the subject. We invite Teens and Adults to join us for this series.

Copies of the e-book are available to borrow viaOverdrive.

Community Story-Share - submissions open
Poster Contest - submissions open

Online Book Discussion and Resource Forum:

Story-share submission:
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Through writing, art, collage, etc., we would love to learn more about your experiences surrounding mental health and/or mental illness. We invite people of all ages to contribute.

-Submissions can be fully anonymous
-Submit online at
https://forms.gle/Jjw2yokDisCSQKTb9  - either enter text in the google form, or link to an image you have created and uploaded elsewhere. We will offer another chance to submit items in person if it becomes possible to do so.
-Submissions should ideally fit on an 8.5x11 paper, with a .5 inch margin on the side for possible physical bindi

Poster contest:
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We are asking community members to consider what they’d like to see for a poster promoting Mental Health Awareness, as we all come from different experiences.

What We're Looking For:
-An eye-catching poster design/graphic to promote Mental Health Awareness.
-A positive message that raises awareness of issues surrounding mental health, stigma reduction, and hope
-Original content and creativity.

There are three categories:
-Awareness to parents about children, or aimed at children (e.g. on feelings)
-Awareness for teens
-Awareness for adults

Contest Information & Rules:
-Posters should promote a positive message, e.g. “You are not alone”
-Posters must also include the contact information of at least one support network for those suffering from mental health issues (e.g. NAMI, Heart and Soul, Trevor Project, etc.)
-Any medium may be used (e.g. crayon, paint, pencil, marker, photographs, collage, etc.).
-Submit online at
https://forms.gle/tYwRsyzFqpPStTMi6 - link to an image you have uploaded elsewhere.
-Winners will receive a gift card to a local business for helping promote this message

Past Events

Available recordings of our events are below. If you view a recording, please also fill out a survey as part of our grant program, noting the event in the Comments:

Virtual Author Event w/ Esmé Weijun Wang

Our Lives, Our Voices: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health Issues, with local organization Heart and Soul, Inc.
Recording of May 8th session:

Ask a Doctor: Mental Health during COVID-19


Every Body Is A Good Body: Disability Justice, Fat Activism, & Mental Health, a Conversation w/ Virgie Tovar and Alex Locust

Live Art & Journaling Workshop
Interview w/ Dana Chan (not recorded), Live art w/ Alicia Cardell, Journaling Workshop w/ Maylea Saito
Recording below, plus check out virtual exhibits on our Art in the Library page.


The Burlingame Public Library is one of 26 California libraries chosen for Book to Action 2020, funded by the California Center for the Book.

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.