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PLEASE NOTE: The current CA Reads grant deadline has now passed.
Be part of our next California Reads program
How do we come together to talk about things that matter to us all? California Reads provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to our state.
California Reads invites Californians from all walks of life throughout our state to participate in reading and discussion programs and related activities hosted by libraries, schools, colleges, bookstores and other community institutions. In 2012 we engaged hundreds of thousands of people in book-based programs as part of the Searching for Democracy project. Click HERE to see descriptions of all the California Reads library projects.
To coincide with our next thematic initiative, our next statewide read, to take place in 2014, will focus on the veteran experience, aiming to increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served, as well as to spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of civilian life.
To anchor the read, on the recommendation of an an advisory group of librarians, scholars, book professionals, journalists, and veterans advocates, we have selected Karl Marlantes' What It Is Like to Go to War. Marlantes is a Vietnam veteran, a Rhodes Scholar, and the author of the New York Times best-selling novel Matterhorn. His newest book has received much reader and critical acclaim since publication in 2011, and has frequently been cited by veterans as the work that best expresses their experience. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it “ought to be mandatory reading by potential infantry recruits and by residents of any nation that sends its kids—Marlantes’s word—into combat.”
Over the next year, we will be developing programs and resources in collaboration with the California Center for the Book and the California State Library, as well as others, to assist libraries, schools, colleges and universities, booksellers, and other community-based partners to conduct programming in 2014. The big idea? To stimulate a thoughtful reflection of, and lively discussion among, friends and neighbors, families and strangers about a matter of pressing importance to our communities.
We hope you will join us in this new venture.
Listen to a recorded CA Reads Information Session Conversation with Jason Deitch, US Army veteran and library programming consultant. Click HERE.
Listen to a recorded CA Reads Library Grant Information Webinar. Click HERE.
Please check back with us at this page for updates and information. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, please contact Senior Program Officer Felicia Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The California Reads program is a project of Cal Humanities, supported 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.
California Reads Grant
Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013, 5 pm