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Book to Action 2021: Mental Health


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 The Lincoln Public Library is joining with William Jessup University and Kaiser Permanente to offer a Book to Action intiative focusing on mental health & resiliency. 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.

Book to Action initiatives focus on building sustainable community partnerships, encouraging civic engagement, and supporting collaborative efforts between library staff and communities across the state while tackling important issues in our communities through reading, discussion, and action.





Group by Christie Tate 

Our program is based around Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate. This book is "the refreshingly original debut memoir of a guarded, over-achieving, self-lacerating young lawyer who reluctantly agrees to get psychologically and emotionally naked in a room of six complete strangers—her psychotherapy group—and in turn finds human connection, and herself".  

While supplies last, registrants for our Zoom book club programs may receive a free copy of the book! The book must be picked up at the Lincoln Public Library. Please see below for Zoom registration information.

You may also place the title on hold from the Library by clicking here. The Library has both physical and digital copies of the book available.


Looking for more great titles on mental health and resiliency? Check out the book carousels on our catalog page to see a selection of titles available at the Library. Many of these titles are new additions made possible by a Jerrold B. Whitney/Clayton Pinkerton Fund Grant from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation received by the Friends of the Lincoln Library.




Join us for one or all of our events where we expand on different mental health & resiliency topics. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all events are online.

 Keep checking back - we're continuing to add new events through March, April, and May!

Wednesday, March 3rd

 Virtual Storytime: The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas

 Toddlers - Younger Elementary School Children - Families

Help the little ones in your life learn to identify their emotions through color! "One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad, and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result."

This is a recorded storytime, and will be available after 7 AM on Wednesday, March 3rd.

To view the Storytime, please join our Facebook Group.

 Saturday, March 27th

10 AM

 LIVE Virtual Storytime: Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas

Toddlers - Younger Elementary School Children - Families

Join us for a special LIVE storytime where we will read Color Monster by Anna Llenas! After the story, we will also have time for participants to share the Color Monsters they have made before the program, either using our Take & Make Kit or on their own.

Can't make the storytime, but want to show off your Color Monster? Send a picture to us and we'll add it to a slideshow for the event.

Join the storytime via Zoom here.

And get the Take & Make craft here to Make Your Own Monster (and other activities) for our Monster Fashion Show.

Friday, April 16th

6:30 PM

Book to Action Presentation with Kaiser Permanente: COVID-19 and Mental Health

Join Stephanie Smith, PhD, for an online presentation on the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Smith will also discuss the ways that the pandemic has had particular mental health effects on communities of color. The presentation will be followed with a question and answer period.

Register for this presentation here.

Wednesday, April 28

11:30 AM

Afternoon Book Club Discussion: Group by Christie Tate

College Students - Adults - Seniors

Join Library staff for a discussion of our Book to Action title selection, Group. While supplies last, registrants for this discussion will receive a free copy of the book that they may pick up at the Library. 

Register for this discussion here.


Wednesday, April 28

6:30 PM

Evening Book Club Discussion: Group by Christie Tate

College Students - Adults - Seniors

Join Library staff for a discussion of our Book to Action title selection, Group. While supplies last, registrants for this discussion will receive a free copy of the book that they may pick up at the Library. 

Register for this discussion here.

Saturday, May 1

1:00 PM

Virtual Author Visit: Christie Tate

College Students - Adults - Seniors

Join Library Director Kathryn Hunt for a conversation with Christie Tate about her book, Group. During this meeting, there will also be time in smaller breakout rooms to discuss your perspective on the book and its themes.

Register for the event here:

Wednesday, May 26

6 PM - 7 PM

 Statewide Program: In Conversation with Lori Gottlieb, Bestselling Author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.

Teens - College Students - Adults - Seniors

Please save the date for a very special conversation with Lori Gottlieb, a psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, nationally recognized journalist, and weekly “Dear Therapist” columnist for The Atlantic. Participating libraries and community members will be invited to join others across the state for this special event.

Registration Information Coming Soon



 The aim of our Book to Action initiative is to encourage you to find ways to support your mental health and build resiliency in our community. To support this, we have created a series of activities for the community.

Color Monster

Children & Families:

Take & Make Color Monster Activity Kit

Beginning Wednesday, March 3rd, come into the Library and pick up a Color Monster-themed activity kit, full of ideas on how to use art and creativity to name and handle emotions. Available while supplies last.

Please note: This kit contains latex balloons, cornstarch, and smaller pompoms. These items are bagged separately from other elements, but adults should unpack the kit with smaller children and remove choking hazards and allergens. There are activities in this kit that do not use these materials.

Items in this kit can be used for our virtual Color Monster Fashion Show on Saturday, March 27th at 10 AM!

And get the Take & Make craft here to Make Your Own Monster (and other activities) for our Monster Fashion Show.

Teens & Up: Book to Action Program on Beanstack

Beginning Monday, March 1st, we invite you to sign up for our Book to Action Program. This is a self-paced program that invites you to learn about and practice a variety of different techniques shown to improve mental health. You can complete as many or as few of the tasks as you'd like, and you can keep coming back long after our other Book to Action events have concluded.

This program is hosted on Beanstack, and you will need to create an account if you do not have one. If you do have a Beanstack account with the Lincoln Public Library from one of our reading challenges, simple register for the Book to Action program with that account.