Book of the Year 2022: Tommy Orange, author of There There
In person at the CPAC, Cuesta College San Luis Obispo
April 21, 2022
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tickets available February 1st, 2022
Save the Date Postcard (PDF)

Words of Change: Cuesta Library Virtual Book Club

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones et al   
Feb 10, Thurs, 1-2:30                                                

Rainbow Milk  by Paul Mendez 
March 10, Thurs, 1-2:30       

There, There by Tommy Orange (2022 Book of the Year)
April 7, Thurs, 1-2:30  

Fall 2021 Events

A Calm Space:  Meditation and Coloring (via Zoom)
Details coming soon!

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

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,

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 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

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)

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   
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! 

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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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