libraries

While you may not be able to leisurely peruse the shelves of your local library right now, it doesn’t mean the library still can’t be your haven during the COVID-19 pandemic. Libraries have quickly changed how, where and when they offer services amongst the continuing pandemic, finding ways to allow the community to access the myriad of valuable resources they have to offer. Join Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with San Luis Obispo County Libraries' Christopher Barnickel, Chase McMunn, Aracelli Astorga and Sharon Coronado as they discuss how County of SLO Public Libraries are working to support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries. Many people might think that the library is used less often today due to the internet, but in fact San Luis Obispo County Libraries had their busiest year in 2018, with more than 1 million visitors, and almost 3 million items checked out. Libraries have always been about connecting people with information they are seeking. In the past that was done with books and other print media. Now the County Public Libraries follow a mission of connecting the community to knowledge, culture, and creativity by providing people with tools they need and expertise from staff. Books are not going away, but libraries are so much more than books.

Courtesy Visit SLOCal, Shumash Sanctuary, and Michael Pollan

On this week's episode of Issues and Ideas, we talk with author and journalist Michael Pollan about his latest book on psychedelic drugs, and the resurgence of research into how these substances can be used to treat addiction, depression and help us understand consciousness. We'll also hear part two of a recent documentary exploring the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, with interviews of various stakeholders in the waters off the Central Coast. We'll have more on a California State Parks plan to make significant changes to the Oso Flaco Natural Area and Oceano Dunes SVRA in San Luis Obispo County. And we get a history lesson on San Luis Obispo County's missions and libraries. 

In advance of her performance at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, Paula Poundstone chats with Marisa Waddell about touring, pets, kids, libraries and happiness (her forthcoming book is The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness).

Three libraries in San Luis Obispo County are expanding, or have recently expanded.  Brian Reynolds visits with the San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library to find out what's in store for us as a result of library growth.