The California State Library System has a Book-To-Action Toolkit available to help libraries plan programming based on books that encourage civic engagement. Programs start as a book discussion, plan a community project and involve the community.

One title they mention is “Quarter Acre Farm” about taking a vacant lot and developing a community garden.

For more information see the toolkit at: http://www.library.ca.gov/lds/getinvolved/booktoaction/ and watch one library’s story at: http://youtu.be/tOkDOYR5Pb4