2008 Read – 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 […]

2009 Big Read – 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 […]

2010 Read – 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 […]

2011 Read – 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 […]

2012 Read – 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 […]

2016 Read – The Big Thirst

16th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – October, 2016 The One Book Project was led by the Kern County Library and California State University, Bakersfield’s First Year Experience Program. Several juvenile companion titles were offered, including One Well: The Story of Water by Rochelle Strass, All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon, […]

2013 Read – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

14th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – November, 2013 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, An American Plague: The True & Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim […]

2014 Read – Enrique’s Journey

15th One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern Read September – November, 2014 The One Book Project was led by the Kern County Library and California State University, Bakersfield’s First Year Experience Program. A youth edition was also offered of Enrique’s Journey. The title surrounded the true story of Enrique, a Honduran boy who makes a […]