This is the first of an on-going series of updates we hope will help you feel more connected to your community and library. We continue to strive to meet your growing literary and entertainment needs through thoughtful programs for all ages, riveting reads, valuable partnerships, and curated services designed to enrich your lives. As we begin to celebrate the next 100 years of library service in the County of San Luis Obispo, we encourage you to take advantage of all we have to offer. If you're looking for a way to contribute to the community, please consider joining one of our many Friends of the Library groups and Foundation as they work to further support library services throughout the area.
Chris Barnickel, Library Director
Chase McMunn, Assistant Library Director
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SLO MAKERSPACE FREE HOURS
TUES-FRI 4-7, SAT 10-1
Bring your library card to SLO MakerSpace for free access to crafting workspace, tools, and classes! You'll find resources for electronics, wood and metal working, leatherworking, ceramics, 3D printing, and more.
Celebre el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana con las voces y la música que han formado nuestras comunidades y nuestra cultura. El mes de la Herencia Hispana sera del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with the voices and music that have shaped our communities and our culture. Hispanic Heritage month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.
LIBROS NUEVOS EN ESPAÑOL
This year The Foundation for San Luis Obispo Public Libraries awarded all 15 library branches a $10,000 grant in memory of library volunteer Barbara Baltimore. Over 600 bilingual and Spanish books were purchased with these funds and added to diversify current collections. “The Library is thrilled to be able to refresh our Spanish collections,” says Youth Services Coordinator Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer. “Through this grant we expanded our offerings to our Spanish-speaking patrons who would like to learn about health topics, read to their children, or just find current literature of all types.”
CAR FREE LOS ANGELES: THROUGH THE EYES OF A BUS RIDER
THROUGH SEPT 30 SLO LIBRARY, MORRO BAY LIBRARY
Photographer Edward E. Solis helps us imagine car-free culture in this exhibit that commemorates World Car Free Day (Sept. 22).
THINK PINK: HOW CANCER COLORED MY WORLD
THROUGH SEPT 30
Mary Summers' scenic oil paintings and dialogue exhibit tells her cancer story. Summers, a retired RN, dedicates this exhibit "to fellow members of the Cancer Clan. My goal is to help you and those around you put words and visions to the events that forever change our lives.”
OPEN MON-SAT, 10-4
SAN LUIS OBISPO LIBRARY
Make your summer vacation photos and videos into something special in the Library's digital arts studio. We've got Adobe Creative Suite, a digital camera, and a green screen for your editing and design needs. No instruction is provided, but the opportunities to explore and experiment are endless! Call 805-781-5991 to reserve the the Lab.
SAT, SEPT 9, 2:00
Feel like folding? Join us as we use beautiful paper to make amazing origami creations. Registration required. Ages 10 and up.
EXPLORING THE LIMITS OF TRADITION SAT, SEPT 30, 4:30-6:00
SANTA MARGARITA LIBRARY
Join Biologist/Author Baxter Clare Trautman, and radio producer Guy Rathbun for an informal science and book discussion of the science fiction novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Refreshments and prizes!
September means a chance to read some great back-to-school books. Take a school's eye view of the first day of school in School's First Day of School by Adam Rex. Everyone's favorite cat takes on the classroom in the very funny Here Comes the Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood. For older elementary school kids, Shannon Hale's new graphic novel Real Friends examines the pitfalls of elementary school friendships in a complicated clique.
BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS TRAINING
THURS, SEPT 21, 8:30-10
MORRO BAY LIBRARY
If you've got basic questions about computers and navigating the web, our computer docent, Debra, can help. No registration required.
SAT, SEPT 16, 2:00
ARROYO GRANDE LIBRARY
Design your own original bracelet with actual pages from your favorite books. Registration required. Ages 10-17.
YOUR LIBRARY CARD
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Your card gives you access to thousands of books and audiovisual items across the County. Don't have time to drop by the Library? Your card also gives you access to our digital library of eBooks, audiobooks, videos, and music!