California Reads Grant

Congratulations to the 43 California libraries awarded grants for CAR 2014!

Be part of our next California Reads program

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List of CA Reads Grants      Map of 2014 CAR Libraries

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 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. For more information you can access recorded webinars and a map of  the current round of awarded libraries below: 

War Comes Home Partner Resources (logos, images, etc.)

List of CA Reads Grants

Map of 2014 CAR Libraries

CA Reads Info Session with Veteran Advocate Jason Deitch

Application Webinar

California Humanities' statewide initiative, War Comes Home

For more information contact Senior Program Officer Felicia Kelley.

California Reads is a program of California Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and 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.