County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries Book to Action 2019

We are excited to share the 2019 Book to Action project from the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries. This important Book to Action series addresses both childhood trauma influenced by opioid addiction and art as a lifeline. Community partners include Behavioral Health (Drug and Alcohol), the SLO Opioid Safety Coalition, Restorative Partners, CARE trainers, Cuesta community college and high schools. Thank you to Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, Erica Thatcher, and the entire team for their dedication and creativity.

Below you’ll find a few samples of their Book to Action series media, the press release, and links for more information.

Jarrett Krosoczka Author Event Poster



The County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries is excited to announce our pick for our 2019 community reads program, Book to Action. We invite the community to read, discuss, and take action with this year’s title, Hey, Kiddo, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

Hey, Kiddois Krosoczka’s profound illustrated memoir about growing up in a family grappling with his mother’s heroin addiction. A 2019 National Book Award finalist, Krosoczka’s graphic memoir recounts how an art class and a sketchbook saved his life.

Kiddo, written for young adults, is available in libraries for checkout; a book club kit option is available as well.  The Library will also offer additional programming based on themes from the book and Krosoczka’s 2012 TED Talk about his childhood. Community partners SLO Opioid Safety Coalition will also provide resources for programming.

“This book breaks your heart and cracks you up. It’s such a timely topic–we think it will resonate with both teens and adults,” said Erica Thatcher, Collection Development Coordinating Librarian.

With funding from the Friends of the Atascadero Library, San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library, and the California Center for the Book, Krosoczka will visit students at San Luis Obispo High School, Atascadero High School, and the County of San Luis Obispo juvenile hall. The community is invited to an evening with the author at the San Luis Obispo Library on Weds., April 10, at 6:30 p.m., where Krosoczka will discuss his memoir and sign books.

More information at  Follow County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries on Facebook and Instagram @SLOCountyLibraries for more inspiration.


About Book to Action

Book to Action is a program framework that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and multigenerational groups. Librarians work closely with a community partner. Community members read and discuss an engaging book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.

In 2019, 25 libraries were selected to participate in creating a Book to Action series. 48 locations across California and more than 50 community partners will be involved. The full list of libraries, program coordinators, title selected, issue/theme, and community partners are listed at