Discover the SLO County food system with Book to Action

Updated July 7, 2020 – County of SLO Public Libraries to Premiere Online Cooking Course with Local Focus article from The Atascadero News / SLO County Press Release

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries invites the community to “Discover the SLO County Food System” by reading selected titles and viewing a series of online local and plant-based cooking classes.

As part of the 2020 Book to Action program, readers are encouraged to discuss “Letters to a Young Farmer” — a collection of letters from food experts like Alice Waters, Joel Salatin, and Raj Patel — as well as read and discuss “The Food Activist Handbook,” by Ali Berlow, which offers readers actionable ideas for supporting local food systems, local farms, and food justice.

Copies of “Letters” and “Handbook” are available for check out at the library or as eBooks via OverDrive and cloudLibrary. Additional giveaway copies provided by California Center for the book are available for pick up at the SLO Library while supplies last.

The online cooking classes will introduce discussion topics from Handbook as well as recipes featuring locally sourced ingredients, tips for shopping at farmers’ markets, knife skills tips, and more. Designed by Cal Poly nutrition students, and in partnership with San Luis Coastal Unified School District’s Food Services and Restorative Partners, the videos will be available to the public, as well as shared with other area school districts, and juvenile hall and jail residents as part of programming.

“We are excited to give students and our community ideas for getting involved with our local food system. There are so many ways to support our neighbors and our farmers,” said Erica Thatcher, Collection Development Coordinator.

Visit the Library’s YouTube channel or Facebook page beginning July 20 to view the classes.


Original Post below authored by County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries (April 24, 2020)

We are excited to announce our 2020 Book to Action topic: Discover the SLO County food system. Food supply has become a global concern, so it’s a good time to learn about and support our local food providers. Here’s how it works:

Read: Letters to a Young Farmer or the Food Activist Handbook, or browse our Book to Action e-bookshelf in cloudLibrary at You’ll find farm-to-fork, food musings, culinary memoirs, cookbooks, and more.

Discuss: Talk about food, farms, and food issues with friends, family, and our community.

Act: Make something yummy using our weekly suggestions. Look for ways to support the food system in SLO County. Share what you’re doing!

We will be introducing our featured books and our partners. Then look for ways to take action starting next Tuesday.

Our partners: California Center for the Book, SLO Food Bank, GleanSLO, One Cool Earth, UC Master Gardeners – San Luis Obispo, San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD) Food Services, Food Not Bombs SLO, Slow Money SLO, Talley Farms Fresh Harvest, SLO County Food System Coalition, City Farm SLO

About Book to Action 

Book to Action is a framework that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and intergenerational groups. Librarians work closely with a community partner to develop a series of programs. 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.

About California Center for the Book

Our mission is to help the librarians of California get their communities reading and connecting.

We help librarians develop and expand programs that promote reading, community engagement, and lifelong learning for adults and intergenerational groups. We also offer professional development opportunities and share resources to help librarians and community partners achieve these goals.

We value resource sharing, collaboration, community-building, and innovation.

California Center for the Book is a program of the California Library Association, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.