El Dorado County's 2021 Book to Action series of events explores resilience in times of  hardship.  We'll focus on finding perspective, maintaining connections, and appreciating  those closest to us, including our pets.

Book to Action programs are broken into three parts: Read, Discuss, and Act.


El Dorado County is fortunate to have two books to read and discuss: Murphy's Miracle by local author Julie Samrick, and Didn't See That Coming by Rachel Hollis. Free personal copies of both titles will be available on a first come, first serve basis for those who register for the book discussion groups.



Murphy's Miracle by Julie Samrick

Murphy Braun is a five-year-old golden retriever who loves her family, and loves doing everything with them. This includes going on camping trips in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest. But one camping trip didn't go as planned. Murphy was lost in the forest; no matter how hard her family searched, they couldn't find her. She spent many months alone in the wilderness, fighting to survive. Will her family ever find her

Julie Samrick has been writing professionally for the past decade. You may recognize her name from articles in the Mountain Democrat and Village Life newspapers in El Dorado County

More information about Murphy's Miracle

Good Morning America story

Mountain Democrat article

Julie's welcome to Murphy's Miracle





Didn't See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis' latest read is a small book about big feelings.  2020 was the year none of us expected.  Still, it won't be the last time we navigate something brutal, hard, and unforeseen.-Author's website



Save the dates for the following virtual book discussion groups.

Didn't See That Coming book discussion
For Adults
Wednesday, June 30th, 7 pm
Register for Didn't See That Coming book discussion


Murphy's Miracle book discussion
All ages, families encouraged
Tuesday, July 13, 7 pm
Register for Murphy's Miracle book discussion


In Conversation with Julie Samrick
Tuesday, July 20, 6 pm

Join us on Zoom, while Julie shares how Murphy's story caught her attention and how she expanded her original newspaper article into a book. She'll discuss imagining Murphy's journey and and integrating into her story the themes of hope and persistence.
Register here for a conversation with Julie Samrick



El Dorado County Library is hosting a series of writing workshops led by Julie Samrick. The workshops will focus on three basic themes: Resilience, perspective, and connection. Julie will break down the three workshops by steps in the writing process: Getting your idea, putting your work together, and tightening your piece. By the end of the workshop series, you should leave with a piece surrounding the idea of community and connection. This piece could take the form of a poem, essay, or a short story.

Initial thoughts:

What does resilience look like to you?  What challenges did you face during the pandemic and how have you adapted?

Did 2020 have you thinking about the priorities in your life?

How have you stayed connected during the pandemic? What's been the most fulfilling and/or comforting connection you've maintained? Pets, friends, family?


Register for Workshop #1-Getting Your Ideas
Tuesday, June 8, 6 pm

Register for Workshop #2-Putting Your Work Together
Tuesday, June 15, 6 pm

Register for Workshop #3-Tightening Up Your Piece
Tuesday, June 22, 6pm


Six-Word Memoir

Click here  to write your six-word memoirs reframing 2020.  Results will be posted below.