New Community Reads Program encourages teens to take action


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — The County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries is excited to announce a new community reads program, Book to Action. The library invites the community (high school age youth and adults) to read, discuss, and take action with this year’s title, “The 57 Bus”, by Dashka Slater.

In “The 57 Bus”, journalist Dashka Slater chronicles the true story of an agender teen who is set on fire by another teen while riding public transit. Slater weaves a compelling story that tells both sides of the crime, and she thoughtfully covers important topics like gender identity, race, juvenile justice, and forgiveness.

As part of a grant from the California Center for the Book, free copies of “The 57 Bus” will be available in selected libraries in March and April. The Library will also offer teen arts programs based on themes from
the book and a community panel discussion that includes the author.

“We chose a title that we think will resonate with both teens and adults. We are so excited to connect the community to rich discussions about local and broader issues,” said Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, Youth Services Coordinating Librarian.

Slater, an award-winning author from the Bay Area, will visit students at San Luis Obispo High School, Pacific Beach High School, Atascadero High School, and the County of San Luis Obispo juvenile hall. The community is invited to attend a panel discussion with the author at the Atascadero Library on Weds., May 2, at 5:30 p.m.

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