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2020 Summer Reading Challenge goes Virtual!

Summer Reading Registration Begins Monday, June 1st Access Our Contactless Services! Say Hello to Curbside! Starting June 15, the Kern County Library will offer curbside services at select locations. During our curbside services you can pick up requested titles, pick up genre grab bags, return previously checked out materials, & more!   Grab-N-Go Lunches   […]

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2019 Read – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

This September – November, One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern (The One Book Project) is encouraging the entire community to share experiences related to a single book’s themes through discussions, educational programming, and entertainment. The read is meant to pull a community together, cross cultural divides, and enhance understanding of our diversity, all while supporting literacy. […]

All Kern County Library Branches Are Closed: We Apologize For the Inconvenience.

Virtual Programming and Library Services Updates During COVID Closure

 The Kern County Library, at the direction of the Kern County Administrative Office and Kern County Department of Public Health, in an effort to address the recommendations made by Governor Gavin Newsom and the State of California for COVID-19, will be making significant changes to Library operations. For the safety of the families we serve, […]

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Stay At Home Reading Challenge

You might be worried about coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people. This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your well-being! Join us in doing the […]

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What You Need to Know About Coronavirus & More

Your health matters to the Kern County Library! Below you will find researched information from authentic resources regarding health information, including information about relevant viruses. Please be aware, the Kern County Library does not provide medical advice, nor are the materials we provide a substitute for a professional medical opinion. The Kern County Library strictly provides […]

In-N-Out Cover to Cover Reading Challenge

Get Your Free Hamburger!

Join us for the Cover-to-Cover Reading Challenge! Children, ages 4-12, can sign up online March 7th, 2020 and throughout the closure of the Kern County Library. Children who read 5 books can turn in their reading logs and are eligible for a FREE In-N-Out hamburger or cheeseburger. Certificate pickup will occur when branches reopen from the COVID-19 closure. […]

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Sing With AndyZ at Kern County Library on Nov. 6 & 7

AndyZ is a multiple award-winning children’s performer, singer/songwriter, and educator who combines music, movement, storytelling, and colorful characters to create an experience that keeps kids engaged and families entertained. Andy’s performances have earned him rave reviews and high-profile appearances on the Pandora Video Series, Pottery Barn Kids Stylehouse website, and his Andyland Band has been […]

Because Libraries Believe Everyone Counts

Learn More About the 2020 Census & Programming

WHAT IS THE CENSUS? CENSUS PROGRAMMING During January through April 2020, all Kern County Library branches are hosting a range of census-inspired programming, including workshops on how to research your family genealogy, coloring stations full of fictional family tree coloring sheets, family-themed storytime, and more! Library workshops, performances, and events are FREE and open to […]

The Library is now at full capacity at 22 branches. Stop by our library locations during our open hours!
Our eLibrary is open 24/7! Get your reads ANYtime when you get them online; all you need is your FREE Kern County Library card!