Cultural Center Book Giveaway

Cultural Center Instagram Contest Flyer (PDF)
Monday August 23 - Thursday August 26
Follow the Cuesta Cultural Center or Cuesta Library Instagram accounts for a chance to win a copy of the book picks for the Fall 2021 Virtual Book Club. Please specify in the comments which book you'd like to win. If you already follow the accounts, tag a friend on the contest post and specify which book you'd like to win. The contest will start August 23 at 8:00am and end on August 26 at 8:00am.@cuestaculturalcenter @cuestalibrary

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 (

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

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 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

Past Events

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)

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)

Past Events Fall 2020

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   
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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:

Oct Book Club #3, Thurs. Oct 15, 1:00-2:30 pm
Brown Girl Dreaming by ​Jacqueline Woodson
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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:

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
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For information about upcoming Book of the Year events, sign up here:

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