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"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

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Library Innovation Lab Supports Virtual & Social Distance Events this October

Libraries around the state that are participating in the 2020 Library Innovation Lab program offer an exciting array of virtual and socially distanced public programs this fall, including these coming up in October. Please check our online event calendar for additional events at these and other libraries.

Home Gardens Library

Home Gardens Library in Corona (Riverside County) will host an outdoor reading and discussion of Dreamers!, a book celebrating the power of dreams, hopes, and stories by immigrant author Yuyu Morales on October 6, from 4:30 – 5:30 pm. A journaling workshop follows the reading for children and parents. The library will provide free crafting supplies, books, and snacks to participants. To register, call 951-279-2148. For more information, go here or contact Nancy Reiter, Branch Manager, at

Santa Clarita Public Library

Santa Clarita Public Library (Los Angeles County) invites you to participate in Stories From Latin America, an online series of programs exploring Latin American myths, stories, and folk tales. The October 13, 11 am session will be led by renowned storyteller and folklorist Olga Loya. Sign up in advance for the Zoom link here. You can also pick up a supply of tasty Latin American snacks and treats on October 6 at any of the library’s three branches. Click here for more information or contact Morgan Lazo, Adult Services Librarian, at 661-799-6107,

Fresno County Public Library

Fresno County Public Library will host “Writing Recipe Stories,”  an online writing workshop, from 10-11:30 am on three different Saturdays: October 10, 17, 24, 2020. Creative Writing instructor Jessica Giffin will show you how to preserve your unique family recipes along with the stories and experiences that shaped them. Those who wish can share their recipes in a Community Cookbook published on the library’s web site—email to register. For more about this program and the series, “Our Cultures, Our Stories,” contact Isariya Locke, Community Librarian, 559-691-0257,

Studio City Library

Studio City Library (a branch of Los Angeles Public Library) offers “The Restless Books Immigrant Writing Workshop“. Taught by Ilan Stevens, a noted humanities scholar and publisher, these workshops aim to help immigrant communities develop their voices, self-confidence, self-esteem, and boost English language speaking and writing skills. The three-part series starts October 13, with a second series in November. Email Emily Aaronson at to register.

Truckee Library

Truckee library (a branch of Nevada County Library) has partnered with the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District and the Truckee Tahoe Airport to celebrate the Latinx community on October 30. The festivities will begin with a drive-thru “trunk or treat” activity at the airport, followed by a screening of the feature animated film, Coco, and a short video made by local youth, exploring the value of reading, literacy, and libraries. Attendees will receive activity bags, including a bilingual Coco book, chances to win prizes and be entertained with interactive quiz games during breaks. For more information, contact Bobbi Luster, Branch Manager, Truckee Library at 530-582-7819 or


Library Innovation Lab is an ongoing program of California Humanities that supports responsive and relevant public humanities programming in California’s public libraries by providing a practice-based, capacity-building, professional development experience for library programming specialists. Grant awards to the participating libraries support innovative programming that engages immigrant populations and offers welcoming and inclusive experiences for all community members. Click here for more information.


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