San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library

Supporting the SLO Library, its community and the SLO Community

Meet the Library Staff

Kristen Barnhart

Kristen is a Children’s Librarian at the SLO Library. Come and participate in all the activities of our children’s section. she has been with the Library since 1979.

In addition to y library work, I write a monthly column, Library Voice, in the Central Coast Family monthly paper, hang out with my daughter in San Francisco, and tell stories at venues other than the library such as the Live Oak Music Festival. I read, love movies and do both at home with my dog and two cats.



Shawnita August
Circulation Department

Shawnita was born and raised in Alabama. She has lived on the Central Coast for 10 years and has worked in the library since 2005. Shawnita loves to travel whenever possible. When not traveling, she enjoys reading books that allow her to visit the most distant parts of the world. She is also a fan of historical fiction.  Shawnita has an artistic side that can sometimes be seen around the library, especially in her creative book displays. She always enjoys meeting new people who come into town and stop by the SLO library.

Donna Aragon
New staff member
Circulation Department

Donna previously worked at the library and is very happy to be back! Donna is a graduate of Cal Poly. She enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy and re-reading mysteries by Agatha Christie and Josephine Tey. Some of her favorite authors are Tim Powers, Neil Gaiman, and Ray Bradbury