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Riverside Reads! 2021



Book to Action tackles important issues in the community and encourages reading, community discussion, and action. The three themes that libraries and communities are focused on in 2021 are Equity, Sustainability, and Health. With a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, the City of Riverside continues this important discussion with "Choosing Civility” by P. M. Forni.



Introducing "Choosing Civility"



“Choosing Civility” by P. M. Forni

During this past difficult year living through a global pandemic, rates of stress, anxiety, depression, and substance misuse have skyrocketed. The isolation that many are experiencing due to social distancing, remote work, and quarantine requirements only compound the sense of disconnection. Stress and anonymity are two of the main drivers of incivility, and civility is a simple strategy to rebuild connection. This book explores the ways in which choosing civility and kindness can enhance relational competence and purposeful poise and improve physical health and mental health. In reviewing the 24-year history of the Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative and of “Choosing Civility,” we consider how civility becomes a way to renew respect for oneself and others with lasting public health implications. Books still available! You can still participate! Please contact your local library for more information.

Book cover of Choosing Civility

Riverside Reads! Presentations



Inclusive Cultural Competence
Mariam Lam
UCR Vice Chancellor, Chief Diversity Officer
This is an event took place on April 7, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm.


Johns Hopkins Civility Project
Daniel L. Buccino
M.A., MSW
This is an event that took place on April 16, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm


Social Movements
Mariam Lam
UCR Vice Chancellor, Chief Diversity Officer
This is an event took place on April 28, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm.


Conversation Starters

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Join the discussion!
These conversation starters are relevant to today's society and the need for equity and civility.

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Civility Quotes

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Book to Action is made possible by California Center for the Book; 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.

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