Book of the Year 2021

Cuesta Book of the Year Welcomes Meredith May
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. A limited number of signed items are available for donating to Book of the Year.

We are pleased to host author and journalist, Meredith May, as she speaks about her recent bestselling memoir The Honey Bus: A Memoir of Loss, Courage and a Girl Saved by Bees. Free event via Zoom; swag bags and signed bookplates available with donation; advance ticket required.
Friday April 23rd, 5:00-7:00 pm
Free ticket required:

Film Screening of Biggest Little Farm (90 minutes) 
This film chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Watch the film for free, online. We have streaming access for a 24-hour period to watch this film on Vimeo. Free via Vimeo; advance ticket required.
12:01 am PST on Friday, April 16 through 12:01 am PST Sat April 17
Free ticket required:

Film Intro and Q&A with Cuesta Science Faculty Greg Baxley 
Cuesta Science faculty, Greg Baxley, will lead an introduction to Biggest Little Farm film followed by Q&A. Free via Zoom; advance ticket required.
Friday, April 16, 2021, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Free ticket required:

Gardening for Pollinators 
U.C. Master Gardeners, San Luis Obispo County present a colorful, illustrated lecture on making your garden attractive to bees, pollinators. For all levels of gardeners with a Q&A. Free via Zoom; advance ticket required.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Free ticket required:


Words of Change: Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club

February: Celebrating Black History Month

View February Flyer 

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

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

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
For ticket info, contact

May: Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

View May Flyer

Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Virtual Book Club
Thursday May 6, 1-2:30 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
Sign up to attend a session.
Attendees will be entered to win a $25 gift card to Target.
Email Christina Sholars at with questions

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
"Full Moon Dreams" Weds. Oct 28,  2-3 pm     (themes: Halloween, full moon, Dia de Los Muertos, ghost tales)
View Full Moon Poetry Flyer

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: 

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
View the guide:

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! 
For info and zoom link:

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.
For info and zoom link:

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)

For information about upcoming events, sign up here:

Book of the Year
For more information contact Carina Love,, Denise Fourie,, or follow us on Facebook:  Cuestabook. 

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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