City of Lakeport, California

Lake County Library Presents: 2018 Book to Action - Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
3/1/2018

PHOTO 1. Free copies of Braving the Wilderness will be available at all Lake County Library branches beginning March 6, as the library gets set for the 2018 Book to Action events coming in April. Photo by Jan Cook.

LAKEPORT— Book to Action, the Lake County Library’s community-wide reading program, will feature Braving the Wilderness: the Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown. Free copies of Braving the Wilderness and the Book to Action event calendar will be available to pick up at all Lake County Library branches beginning March 6. The Book to Action discussions and events will happen in April.

                Lake County Library is one of twenty libraries across the state that won the Book to Action grant from the California Center for the Book. This is the third year that Lake County has done this program. The California Center for the Book 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 is an exciting program that builds on the classic book club concept by creating a dynamic series of events. Along with discussing an engaging book on a current topic, libraries across the state will be hosting events that help people put their new-found knowledge into action by collaborating on a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book’s topic

                The book was chosen because it is a down-to-earth guide to achieving a healthy connection with one’s community. JoAnn Saccato, local author and mindfulness teacher, is helping to develop the Book to Action events. On the selection of the this book she says, “At this crucial time when our public conversation is rife with increasing polarization, discord and unrest, meaningful conversation around the vital issues we grapple with as a community and nation is desperately needed to find peaceful, lasting solutions.”

In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to belong in an age of increased polarization. Using research, storytelling and her own personal stories, Brown changes the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to achieving a sense of what she calls true belonging.

Saccato goes on to say, “Author Brené Brown offers us an opportunity to forge an authentic and meaningful path to these solutions that brings dignity, civility, authenticity and bravery back to the town square. Brown argues that we're in a ‘spiritual crisis of disconnection’ and invites us to not only dig deeper and embrace our own sacred truth, but to courageously bring that truth to community--even if we stand alone in it.”

                Lake County’s Book to Action events will begin with book discussions at each of the library branches on April 7 at 2:00 p.m. Lakeport Library is located at 1425 N. High Street, Redbud Library at 14785 Burns Valley Road in Clearlake, Middletown Library at 21256 Washington Street, and Upper Lake Library at 310 Second Street.

            The events continue with a screening of the Brené Brown’s TED Talk “The Power of Vulnerability” on April 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lakeport Library.

               JoAnn Saccato will lead a free workshop and discussion of Braving the Wilderness on April 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeport Library. This workshop will be a discussion around each of the four strategies put forth by Brown, namely: “People are hard to hate close up. Move in.” “Speak truth to BS. Be civil.” “Hold hands. With strangers.” “Strong back. Soft front. Wild heart.” It will encourage conversation around the validity and value of Brown's ideas as a strategy to return to passionate and respectful civil discourse. The workshop agenda will set ground rules around safety and civility, then take each topic separately.

Saccato’s workshop will take the work as a whole as a turning point to invite participation in the "Hold hands. With strangers" community conversation on March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Lakeport Library. The conversation is the final event in the 2018 Book to Action program.

PHOTO 2. JoAnn Saccato will lead a workshop discussing Braving the Wilderness at Lakeport Library on April 21 as part of the Book to Action program. Photo by Nathan DeHart.

                The Lake County Library is on the internet at http://library.lakecountyca.gov http://library.lakecountyca.gov and Facebook at Facebook.com/LakeCountyLibrary. For more information call the library at 263-8817.

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