SLO County Library's winter reading list is a fine excuse to get some reading done

SLO County library’s winter reading list offers a variety of subjects and rewards

letters@thetribunenews.comFebruary 12, 2014 

Up for a friendly challenge? Drop by your local library. Several SLO County branches just kicked off the annual winter reading program, and the theme — California — is inspired.

The list of nine “assignments” includes books about surfing, the wine industry, whales and Hollywood. Pick your books in the various categories, or check out the library’s lists of recommendations (

The possibilities are endless — everything from “Moby Dick” (the book) to “Karate Kid“ (the movie) — are among the recommendations, so you’re sure to find something you like.

The only required book is “Orange is the New Black,” by Piper Kerman, who will be speaking at Cuesta College on April 3. (Mark your calendars, it should be a great event.)

Adults who complete the reading assignments will receive coupons and coffee mugs. Some branches also are entering participants in raffles for special prizes. South County libraries, for example, will raffle off several handmade quilts, compliments of The Central Coast Quilters.

If you like to read, and you’re interested in California, we strongly urge you to take part. The library program is a great way to explore new genres; to spark conversation; and to support your local branch.

But don’t wait too long to register. The program runs through April 15, and if you’re planning to tackle “Moby Dick,” well, you might want to get started.


1. Watch a DVD set in California.

2. Read “Orange is the New Black” by Piper Kerman, the Cuesta Book of the Year/SLO Reads selection for 2014.

3. Read fiction or nonfiction about California.

4. Read fiction or nonfiction about whales.

5. Read fiction or nonfiction about lighthouses.

6. Read fiction or nonfiction about the California wine industry.

7. Read fiction or nonfiction about surfing.

8. Read fiction or nonfiction about Hollywood and the film industry.

9. Read a biography or autobiography about a Californian.

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