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1000 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 237-3870
(805) 238-3665 FAX
10am to 8pm
10am to 5pm
Closed Sunday

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New Monthly Gathering: Coloring for Adults!

Experience the newest crafting craze - coloring for adults!

De-stress, socialize with others, and create beauty at our monthly coloring programs just for adults. Join us!

6-8 p.m. in the Library Conference Room

  • September 8
  • October 13
  • November 10

Why would adults want to color? This trendy crafting craze has been found to reduce stress by stimulating the part of the brain that causes relaxation. Joining a coloring group adds a social aspect to the mix.

Book Group Meeting

Download the Bookclub Flyer for future dates and book selections.

Thursday, October 20
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Book CoverThis non-fiction work offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current racial crisis. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son - and readers - the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

The bookclub meets 7-8:30 p.m. Call Karen at 805-237-3870 for more information!

Search the catalog for Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

November 17
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

In The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Dominic Smith deftly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth. In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain--a haunting winter scene, “At the Edge of a Wood” hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive. As the three threads intersect, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos mesmerizes while it grapples with the demands of the artistic life, showing how the deceits of the past can forge the present.

Search the catalog for The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith

Book Group Reading Kits

Attention All Book Group Members!

Reading Group Kits include ten copies of a proven title and laminated discussion questions - all in a handy book bag for easy transportation. These kits have been in such demand that this year the Library has more than doubled its collection size! Designed to aid local book groups, Reading Group Kits ensure that each member has a copy of the title to read and that the discussion is thought provoking. Kits check out for six weeks to give groups plenty of time to read and discuss the title before they must be returned.

If you are a member of a book group, visit the Paso Robles City Library soon to choose your groupís next title! For more information about Reading Group Kits, contact Karen Christiansen, Adult Services Librarian, at 237-3870.

Download a list of Book Group Kit titles.

Adult Collection

The Paso Robles City Library offers users a broad range of materials:

Fiction (including special sections for Mysteries, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Westerns, and Young Adult)

Non-fiction (including special California collections and Career and Educational Test books)

Books on Tape (audio cassettes) or CDBooks On Tape

Large Print (including both fiction and non-fiction)

Paperbacks (including both fiction and non-fiction and Young Adult)

Reference (including special sections for encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, maps, auto repair manuals, and government documents)

Video Cassettes (fiction and non-fiction)

Video CollectionLocal History

Microfilm (local newspapers and other special items)

Microfiche (back issues of periodicals and a wide selection of phone books from other areas)



Investment Aids (including Value Line and the Weiss Ratings)

Periodicals (current year plus two past years)

Braille Institute Library Talking Books

Music Audio Cassettes Music CD Collection

Music CDs


New Books

Rental Books are bestsellers that are in high demand, often having a waiting list of 100 or more; if you donít want to wait, pay the $2.00 rental fee for a one-week rental.

Spanish Language (including reference, fiction, non-fiction, paperbacks, AV materials, magazines)

See more Activities in our Recreation Services Department!


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