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Book to Action

"Riverside Reads" is program supported by California Center for the Book’s "Book to Action" grant. Book to Action is a program that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and multigenerational groups. Librarians work closely with a community partner. Community members read and discuss an engaging book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book. Click here for more information about the Book to Action grant.


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The Book

This year, the book is "No Place" by Todd Strasser. It is about a high school boy named Dan Halprin who is friendly, popular, and a talented baseball player. He dates the prettiest girl in school, has good friends, and has a loving, middle-class family. As times get tough, circumstances lead to his parents becoming jobless, and eventually lead to his family becoming homeless. His friends try to pretend that everything's cool, but they're not the ones living among the homeless. As Dan struggles to adjust to his new life, he gets involved with the people who are fighting for better conditions and services for the residents of "Dignityville", a new tent city. But someone wants Dignityville gone, and will stop at nothing until it's destroyed.

April 13th, Riverside will host the 6th Annual Walk to End Homelessness at Fairmont Park from 7-11am. Author Todd Strasser will be at the Riverside Public Library Booth to meet with the public and speak at the event. At 3pm that afternoon, he will be at the Main Library to speak about his book, and the subject of homelessness. He will be available afterward for discussions, to sell his books, and meet the public individually.

Riverside Public Libraries will hold public book-club-style discussions at five different locations in the weeks to follow:

5pm, April 15 at La Sierra Library

5pm, April 16 at SSgt Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library

5pm, April 23 at Orange Terrace Library

5pm, April 29 at Main Library

5pm, April 30 at Arlington Library


The Action

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Riverside Public Library has partnered with Riverside Office of Homeless Solutions to give our community a way to directly contribute to their "Housing First" program. This program is an approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements. Supportive services are offered to maximize housing stability and prevent returns to homelessness as opposed to addressing predetermined treatment goals prior to permanent housing entry.

Thanks to federal and state funded programs, some of these individual’s needs can be met, but often times, many of the most obvious needs are excluded like: refrigerators, beds, school text books and supplies, fees for testing and licensing, tools of the trade, work boots, tape measures, or kitchen tools for culinary occupations. In order to provide individuals and families the items necessary to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing we are asking for the help of the community.

You can support the cause in one of two ways:

1. Purchase items from our gift registry

The Office of Homeless Solutions has created a registry using WalMart.com that will allow you to purchase items selected based on common needs of recently-transitioned families and individuals. There are choices available for all levels of contribution, including gift cards if you wish to allow Homeless Solutions to decide the best application of your donation. These items will be used to furnish and appoint the hew housing to give those benefiting from the program a better chance at a fresh start.

2. Register in the Riverside Ending Homelessness Fund’s 6th Annual Walk to End Homelessness

The Riverside Ending Homelessness Fund’s 5K Walk to End Homelessness will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Fairmount Park, located at 2601 Fairmount Blvd., Riverside, CA. The goal is to raise $35,000 dollars to provide individuals and families the items necessary to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing and obtain employment. Should you have any questions about the Riverside Ending Homelessness Fund’s 6th Annual Walk to End Homelessness, please e-mail Lashea West at lwest@riversideca.gov or call (951) 826-2305.

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