Tortilla Curtain

5th One Book, One Bakersfield Read October, 2003 – January, 2014 In the highly effective pairing of Tortilla Curtain along with juvenile companion title, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, the fifth One Book Project dealt with themes and stories about a family’s migration to California from Mexico. Both authors came to Bakersfield to present a conversation. The One Book […]

It’s Not About the Bike

6th One Book, One Bakersfield Read March – May, 2004 The One Book Project was lead by the Kern County Library and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

Fahrenheit 451

7th One Book, One Bakersfield Read February – March, 2005 The One Book Project was lead by the Kern County Library and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. This One Book was the first ever selected through community balloting. Fahrenheit 451 received the top vote, and the community was very excited about seeing author Ray Bradbury present the […]

Epitaph For a Peach

8th One Book, One Bakersfield Read February – March, 2006 The One Book Project was lead by the Kern County Library and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. This One Book, Epitaph for a Peach, was also selected through community balloting.

All the King’s Men

9th One Book, One Bakersfield Read February – March, 2007 The One Book Project was lead by the Kern County Library and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools.

Fast Food Nation

10th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read January – April, 2008 The One Book Project was led by the Kern County Library, with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools as a supporting agency. The One Book Project adds Kern County to its title for the first time, to refelect the county-wide participation in the One […]

Their Eyes Were Watching God

2009 – The Big Read January – February, 2009 Coordinated by the Bakersfield Museum of Art, with Kern County Library as a lead supporting partner, the museum staff wrote for a Big Read award from the National Endowment from the Arts and the Museum for Museum and Library Services for Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching […]

Burro Genius

11th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – November, 2010 This read was the first in which the Kern County Library and CSUB’s First Year Experience program became the lead coordinating partners. The Runner Reader program for the First Year Experience requires that the author be living and willing to present at a […]

The Other Wes Moore

12th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – November, 2011 The One Book Project was led by the Kern County Library and California State University, Bakersfield’s First Year Experience Program. Almost 2,000 students, community members, and families gathered to hear a charismatic, powerful presentation by the author, Wes Moore. An auxiliary room had […]

The House on Mango Street

13th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – November, 2012 The One Book Project was led by the Kern County Library and California State University, Bakersfield’s First Year Experience Program. A juvenile companion title was offered, Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros as well. The author presented on two days, with funding for the second day underwritten […]