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Announcing Burlingame Reads 2021 !

Featuring: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
+ Supplement: Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

Burlingame Public Library is proud to announce our community Book to Action program “Burlingame Reads,” running March-July 2021, with support from California Center for the Book, and with Community Partners Citizens Environmental Council, Sustainable San Mateo County, Farming Hope, San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto, and Nethra Samarawickrema and Yuri Zaitsev of the Listening Lab.

With these titles, we aim to spur discussions and action around themes of environmental justice, equity, and community care, as we consider Butler’s speculative fiction and how we can address concerns locally. We invite Teens and Adults to join us for this series!

Find other related titles on our booklist:

Book Giveaway

All copies of Parable of the Sower are spoken for. You can still sign up to be notified about events and resources with this interest form:

Additional copies of the book are available to borrow in the catalog at https://burlingame.bibliocommons.com/, or as e-books and e-audiobooks at https://pls.overdrive.com/ , thanks in part to funding from California Center for the Book.

Following our first discussions, we will have limited copies of Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown available, with priority going to existing participants. We hope you will engage with the content in some way in the spirit of the program's aims to READ DISCUSS ACT.  

Upcoming Events
Join us for various events through July 2021. More events will be added as they are finalized.

Book Discussions on Parable of the Sower

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Discussion #1: Years 2024, 2025, 2026
Wednesday, April 14th
Registration required: https://burlingame.libcal.com/event/7584460

Discussion #2: Year 2027
Wednesday, April 28th - Year 2027
Registration required: https://burlingame.libcal.com/event/7584464

CSU Chico and California Center for the Book Present:
A Conversation w/ Dr. Ibram X. Kendi


Join community members across California and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi to discuss How to Be An Antiracist, a 2021 Book to Action selection and the 2020-2021 Book in Common at Chico State.

Wednesday, April 21st
Registration required: https://csuchicoboxoffice.secure.force.com/ticket/#/instances/a0F4P00000OrszMUAR

California Center for the Book Presents:
Book to Action w/ Josh Tickell of Kiss the Ground

Watch the Movie, Join the Conversation

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Access a free stream of Kiss the Ground, April 19th-23rd
Register here to receive the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxTxGxFkxhAHkji5AtBzrHIVr4nW8JtHO549CeVE1_rpbksQ/viewform

A Conversation w/ Josh Tickell

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Join us for a conversation with Josh Tickell, environmental thought leader and award winner director and author of Kiss the Ground. The event will explore ways Californians can come together and make both individual and collective change for a more sustainable future. Find more details on Kiss the Ground and streaming options at https://kisstheground.com/ , or check out the book at https://burlingame.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2585875076.

Thursday, April 22nd (Earth Day)
Registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hYAlnBisS0GZkE5hQYETKw 

Environmental Justice in our Backyards 
Please note this event is postponed, and we hope to have updated details soon!

Book Discussion on Emergent Strategy


Join us for a book discussion on Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, with moderation from Nethra Samarawickrema & Yuri Zaitsev of the Listening Lab.

Wednesday, May 12th
Registration required: https://burlingame.libcal.com/event/7733057

Author Event w/ Lynell George

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We're excited to host Lynell George, as she discusses her Hugo-nominated book A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky, which "brings Octavia’s prescient wisdom and careful thinking out of the novel and into the world."

Wednesday, May 19th

Join us on Zoom
Webinar ID: 868 0145 5404
Passcode: 059532
Online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86801455404?pwd=c0V1bWtXZHdOd1BJc1YwalJZYWZNdz09
Or Call in: (669) 900-6833  or (253) 215 -8782  

Bike to Your Library Day


Join us for the 2nd annual Bike to Your Library Day!

On May 22nd, go for a ride on your bicycle to one of the participating library branches to pick up a  Bike Month bag along with your books. Don't forget to log your bike trip to the library on
my.commute.org to enter to win  prizes.

Stay tuned for more details.

Past Events
Available recordings for past events will be included below.
Burlingame Reads Kickoff Poetry Event
w/ San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and Farming Hope Co-Founder Kevin Madrigal
Featuring Poets: Alan Chazaro, Janel Pineda, Randy James, and Greer Nakadegawa-Lee
Wednesday, April 7th



The Burlingame Public Library is one of 35 California public library jurisdictions participating in Book to Action 2021, funded by the California Center for the Book.

Book to Action 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.

De Libro a Acción es un programa de la Asociación de Bibliotecas de California, apoyada enteramente o en parte por el Instituto de Servicios Bibliotecarios y de Museo de Estados Unidos conforme a lo dispuesto por la Ley de Servicios Bibliotecarios y Tecnología, administrada en California por la Bibliotecaria del Estado.

Thank you to our Community Partners:

Sustainable San Mateo County http://www.sustainablesanmateo.org/

Citizens Environmental Council https://www.cecburlingame.org/

Farming Hope https://farminghope.org/

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto http://www.sanmateocountypoet.org/

Nethra Samarawickrema and Yuri Zaitsev’s Listening Lab https://www.listenuplab.com/workshops 

You can find our full press release here: