Announcing Burlingame Reads 2021 !

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

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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!

Book Giveaway

Free copies of Parable of the Sower are available while supplies last via our Curbside Pickup service – sign up for your copy and event notices using this interest form:


We will contact interested parties to set up a Curbside Pickup around the 2nd-4th weeks of March. Following our first discussions, we we will also 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.  

Save the Dates!
More events will be added as they are finalized

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

Join on Zoom
Meeting ID: 819 44533 645
Passcode: 823049 
Or by phone: (669) 900-6833

Book Discussions on Parable of the Sower

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/ 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:
A Conversation w/ Josh Tickell

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 


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: