County of SLO Public Libraries announces 2019 Book to Action selection

Jarrett J. Krosoczka in his studio.

Author events scheduled for today, April 10

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

“Hey, Kiddo” is 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.

“Hey, 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.

Jarrett Krosoczka, a National Book Award Finalist, will be visiting Atascadero High School this Wednesday, April 10 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. He will be leading students through a graphic novel workshop.

The community is invited to an evening tonight, April 10 with the author at the San Luis Obispo Library at 6:30 p.m., where Krosoczka will discuss his memoir and sign books.


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