Fall 2023


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Cuesta College Library!

Virtual Author Event with Alexandra Diaz

Tuesday, September 19, 4:30-6pm
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club! Join us as we host award-winning, Latina Young Adult author Alexandra Diaz for a virtual presentation and Q&A. Connect on Zoom: tinyurl.com/cuestalib. 

Indigenous Oaxacan Display

  photograph of Oaxacan items in a display case  Hispanic Heritage Month display case in Cuesta Library 

Ongoing for Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
Colorful displays of Indigenous Oaxacan costumes and other cultural decorations, crafts, and  pottery are on display at at the SLO Campus Library. Stop in and admire the beauty!

Open Mic Poetry Reading: Calling all readers!

November 2023 | Dates TBD
Students, classes, clubs, faculty, staff – we're looking for readers and lovers of poetry to join us as we gather to read aloud in-person. Original poems welcome!

Art Displays

"Awareness Gallery" Grand Opening

SLO Campus: October 11, Time TBD
NCC Campus: October 12, Time TBD
In partnership with the SLO County Behavioral Health Department, Cuesta is hosting an Awareness Gallery to reflect the needs and perspectives of the campus community. The Awareness Gallery is an informative and interactive exhibit. Its goal is to encourage participants to self-reflect and create an inclusive social environment by promoting healthy lifestyles and utilizing campus and community resources and support services. Free food. All are welcome!

Ongoing Art Exhibits in the SLO Campus Library

Daily | Monday-Thursday 8:00am-8:00pm, Fridays 8:00am-5:00pm | Building 3200

Diary of a Pandemic

image of art gallery wall featuring "Diary of a Pandemic" exhibit

Emeritus Art Instructor Leslie Sutcliffe shares her intimate daily reactions during the worst of the Covid-19 years with her installation Diary of a Pandemic. Runs until October 6. 

Stories and Myths

Library Technology Instructor David Brown's Stories and Myths features pieces from his series of relief and painting assemblages. The cast plaster elements are reactions to all the rich relief sculpture found in every civilization for the past 5 millennia.


Ceramics Instructor Teri Sanders-Brown's display Maya is a tribute to her beloved dog. Ceramic pieces large and small depict Maya running, sleeping, and jumping for joy. Runs until December 21. 

Be Inspired!

Visit the SLO Campus Library to view our display of activists, artists and inspirational leaders. Click or scan the QR code for a preview of the display:

QR Code for leader biosClick or scan to learn more

Past Events

Spring 2023

Book of the Year 2023: All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Lecture and moderated Q&A with Sabaa Tahir
Harold J. Miossi CPAC, Cuesta College San Luis Obispo
April 27, 2023 | In person with possible live simulcast
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Visit the reader's guide for All My Rage
Book of the Year event information Poster (PDF)
Save the Date Postcard (PDF)

Words of Change: Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club 

Words of Change Book Club Spring 2023

February 2023: Black History Month

Black Joy: A Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 8, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Featuring Darius Jones, Erica Stewart, Christina Sholars, and Ken Parish
Visit the webpage about the Black Joy Panel discussion

March 2023: Women's History Month

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
Thursday, March 9, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Visit the reader's guide for The Girl with the Louding Voice

April 2023: Poetry Month

Step Right Up open poetry reading
Thursday, April 13, 11:30 - 12:45 pm
View the flyer for this event

May 2023: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang
Wednesday, May 3, 12:00 - 1:15 pm
Facilitated by Cuesta English faculty member, Anne Jansen
Visit the reader's guide for How Much of These Hills Is Gold

Spring 2022 Past Events

Art to Destress


Cuesta Library and Cuesta Student Health Center bring you a free hour of Art to Destress. Take an hour for yourself to relax, refresh! Free "Grab and Go" bags with glue sticks, collage materials and wellness information. Pick up at both campus libraries, Reference Desks. Light stretching and Qi Gong movements will be followed by collage making.
May 10, 4-5 pm | Zoom
Event Flyer (PDF)
Zoom:  https://cuesta-edu.zoom.us/j/3619380274 

Book of the Year 2022: Tommy Orange, author of There There

Join us for a lecture, and moderated Q&A with Tommy Orange
CPAC, Cuesta College San Luis Obispo
April 21, 2022 | In person and live simulcast
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Save the Date Postcard (PDF)
Calendar of Events (JPG)

Words of Change: Cuesta Library Virtual Book ClubCuesta Book Club Spring 2022

Celebrating Black History Month
Hosted by Cuesta Black Student Union
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones et al.   
Feb 10, Thurs, 1:00 - 2:30 pm 
Access the Reader's Guide for The 1619 Project here

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez   
Hosted by Cuesta Pride LGBTQ+ Student Club
March 10, Thurs, 1;00 - 2:30 pm
Access the Reader's Guide for Rainbow Milk here 

Cuesta Book of the Year 2022
There, There by Tommy Orange   
Facilitated by English Faculty Anne Jansen
March 16th and April 6th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (two meetings)
Access the Reader's Guide for There, There here
PDF of Spring 2022 Virtual Book Club Flyer

April is National Poetry Month: Native American Poets

Thurs. April 7, 1-2:30 pm
Join us for a poetry read-aloud session on Zoom as we 
celebrate National Poetry Month.
We'll read selected works by Indigenous Americans 
and watch a short clip of US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.
Zoom Room: https://cuesta-edu.zoom.us/j/3619380274
To be a reader, contact Denise (dfourie@cuesta.edu)

Fall 2021 Past Events

A Calm Space:  Meditation and Coloring (via Zoom)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
View the flyer (PDF)

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Friday, Oct. 29th,  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Event activities include a cultural appropriation discussion, playing Lotería with prizes awarded, creating sugar skull art, and sharing stories about loved ones who have passed on. 
The Día de los Muertos celebration events are sponsored by Latina Leadership Network Student Club, Cuesta Library, Latina Leadership Network Staff Chapter, and the Cuesta College Cultural Center. Please visit the press release for additional information or contact Student Life Activities Assistant Ali Phelps at allison_phelps1@cuesta.edu.

Native American Heritage Month

Gather Round: Northern Chumash (yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini/ytt) and Salinan (T'epot'aha'l) Plant Uses

Monday, November 15, 5-6:00 p.m.

Join Kelsey Shaffer and Madeline Flood for a demonstration of the harvesting and preparation of plants traditionally used within the Salinan and Chumash tribes. Kelsey and Madeline will be focusing on Elderberry and Prickly pear. Attendees will be entered to win a copy of Tending the Wild by M. Kat Anderson or California Indians and Their Environment by Kent Lightfoot & Otis Parrish

Questions? Lise Mifsud, lmifsud@cuesta.edu

Words of Change: Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club

View Fall Book Club Flyer (PDF) 

Join us for a virtual, easy-going discussion led by library staff. Don't worry if you have not finished the book! Students, staff, faculty and general public are welcome. For information about virtual events, contact Denise (dfourie@cuesta.edu).

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month 
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition by Anton Treuer 
November 18, 2021 
1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Visit the reader's guide for this book

For Halloween: Magic and Culture Clash in Madagascar 
The Red Island House: A Novel by Andrea Lee 
October 21, 2021 
1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Visit the reader's guide for this book

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez 
September 23, 2021 
1:00 pm-2:30 pm 
Visit the reader's guide for this book

April Poetry: "Poetry Speaks to Me"
Share a favorite poem or read your own original work. For students, staff, faculty, administrators, community.
Thursday April 29, 2021
2:00 PM- 3:00 PM
View Poetry Month Event Flyer (PDF)

May book club: Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Virtual Book Club 
Thursday May 6, 1-2:30 pm
View May Flyer (PDF)

Spring 2021 Past Events

Book of the Year 2021

Cuesta Book of the Year Welcomes Meredith May, author of The Honeybus
Thank you for a great event! See you next year.

Cuesta College Book of the Year is back! After having to cancel our 2020 program due to the pandemic, we are moving our events over to free, virtual access during April 2021.
Sponsored by Cuesta College Friends of the Library and County of San Luis Obispo Libraries SLO Reads Program
Flyer with events (PDF)
Donations at all levels accepted.

Words of Change: Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club

February: Celebrating Black History Month

View February Flyer (PDF)

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Virtual Book Club
Thursday February 4, 1-2:30 pm 
Co-sponsored by Cuesta's Black Student Union for Black History Month  
Co-hosts Christina Sholars and Denise Fourie

March: Celebrating Women's History Month

View March Flyer (PDF)

Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention by Kathryn D. Sullivan
Virtual Book Club
Thursday March 11, 1-2:30 pm
Celebrating "Pi Day" (March 14) and STEM careers with this title

April: Celebrating Cuesta's Book of the Year 2020/2021 

View April Flyer (PDF)

The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees, by Meredith May
Virtual Book Club 
Thursday April 15, 1-2:30 pm 

Live Stream Author Event with author Meredith May
Friday, April 23, 5-7 pm

Poetry Readings

Spoken Word with Khalil Houston  (2 sessions)
Wednesday, February 24| 12:00pm - 1:00pm / Event Zoom Link
Thursday, February 25| 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Join poet Khalil Houston for an open mic session, poetry performance and Q&A/discussion.
Event Flyer (PDF)

Fall 2020 Past Events

Poetry Readings

"Fall into Poetry" Weds. Sept 23, 2-3 pm    (themes: harvest, new beginnings, new season)
View Fall Poetry Flyer (PDF)
"Full Moon Dreams" Weds. Oct 28,  2-3 pm     (themes: Halloween, full moon, Dia de Los Muertos, ghost tales)
View Full Moon Poetry Flyer (PDF)

Words of Change: Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club

July Book Club #1 Thurs. July 9, 2-3pm     
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng   
View the guide: https://libguides.cuesta.edu/c.php?g=1051102&p=7630117 

Sept Book Club #2 Thurs. Sept 10, 1:00-2:30 pm   
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs 
View the guide:  https://libguides.cuesta.edu/c.php?g=1051102&p=7681748

Oct Book Club #3, Thurs. Oct 15, 1:00-2:30 pm
Brown Girl Dreaming by ​Jacqueline Woodson
View the guide: https://libguides.cuesta.edu/c.php?g=1051102&p=7879534

Nov Book Club #4  Thurs. Nov 19, 1:00-2:30
March: Book One by Senator John Lewis & Andrew Aydin (graphic novel)
View the guide: https://libguides.cuesta.edu/c.php?g=1051102&p=7827049

Arts and Culture

Cultural Center De-Stress Coloring Contest, December 7th at 8:00 a.m. - December 10th at 5:00 p.m.
Relax before finals with a little coloring and win a $20 gift card to Amazon! 

Stress Less for Success, December 9th from 4-5:00 p.m
Student Painting De-Stress for your finals with your student government and Bob Ross. 
We will be hosting a guided painting session via Zoom.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations: Poetry and Spoken Word Events

  • Rudy Calderon, Tues, Oct 6, 6-7:30 pm (en Español)
  • Yosimar, Thurs. October 15, 11am-12:30 pm (in English)
  • Yosimar, Thurs. October 15, 6-7:30 pm (en Español)

Book of the Year

For more information or follow us on Facebook or Instagram:  Cuestabook. 

For information about upcoming Book of the Year events, sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/NSINs7jflRtmDJvf2

Book of the Year is a program of the Academic Senate of Cuesta College and is sponsored by Cuesta College Friends of the Library and County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries SLO Reads Program. 

Click to see Past Book of the Year Events