An Introduction to Network Weaving

By June Holley: This practical guide is useful for individuals or groups interested in gaining the basic skills to improve the effectiveness of their networks. Spiral bound for easy use. 150 pages. ©2013. | Available formats: Book

Better Together

Restoring the American Community

By Robert D. Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein: The author of the bestseller Bowling Alone and a colleague offer readers inspirational tales about the successful building of social capital. 318 pages. ©2003. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Between the Listening and the Telling

How Stories Can Save Us

By Mark Yaconelli: Mark Yaconelli is well known and much beloved in rural Oregon and Siskiyou circles for his powerful community storytelling events with The Hearth, based in Southern Oregon. He distills his learnings and experiences and beautifully weaves... 206 pages. ©2022. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Blue Zones

Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

By Dan Buettner: With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What’s the prescription for success? The author has traveled the world to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones:... 320 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Bowling Alone

The Collapse and Revival of American Community

By Robert D. Putnam: In this alarming study, Putnam charts the deterioration of the organized ways in which people relate to one another in the United States. He concludes with a set of potential solutions, such as community-service... 541 pages. ©2000. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Community Building: What Makes It Work

A Review of Factors Influencing Successful Community Building

By Paul Mattessich, Ph.D and Barbara Monsey, M.P.H.: This practical guide shows you what really does (and doesn't) contribute to community building success. It reveals 28 keys to help you build community more effectively. Use it to find out what community characteristics contribute to... 99 pages. ©1997. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Get Together

How to build a community with your people

By Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh, Kai Elmer Sotto: Get Together walks the reader through simple, actionable steps on how to build community with people — not just for them. The authors share authentic community building stories from real communities facing classic community building... 192 pages. ©2019. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

Indian Givers

How Native Americans Transformed the World

By Jack Weatherford: Author Jack Weatherford, an anthropologist, traces the crucial contributions made by Native Americans to our federal system of government, our democratic institutions, modern medicine, agriculture, architecture, ecology and more. This... 351 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook

Our Towns

A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

By James Fallows, Deborah Fallows: “Our Towns” chronicles the authors’ five-year journey across the United States in a small plane. The husband-wife team visits dozens of towns to explore the challenges facing the communities — from economic hardships to the scourge of... 417 pages. ©2018. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook


One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire

By Lizzie Johnson: Through stories of Cal Fire personnel and Paradise city administrators, Paradise reveals the humanity behind wildfire disasters that have affected our region. Readers will get a window into the social structures that help and hinder... 432 pages. ©2021. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook