2020 Read – Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

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. […]

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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. […]

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2018 Read – Incarceration Nations

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. Are […]

book cover "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America"

2017 Read – $2.00 A Day

______________________________________________________________ About the Book A revelatory account of a kind of poverty so extreme, and so often hidden, most Americans don’t think it exists. Kathryn Edin teamed up with Luke Shaefer to make a surprising discovery: the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million […]

2002 Read – To Kill a Mockingbird

1st One Book, One Bakersfield Read March 21st – May 15th, 2002 Organized by community volunteer, Jillian Stump-Fritch, the first One Book Project engaged Kern County Library and included a wide variety of community programming and funding partners. The One Book Project was modeled on One Book Chicago. Following Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Bakersfield was one […]

book cover "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck

2002 Read – The Grapes of Wrath

2nd One Book, One Bakersfield Read July – October, 2002 Community volunteer, Jillian Fritch and the One Book Project steering team, organized the 2nd read. This One Book coincided with the California State Read of The Grapes of Wrath, for which the Kern County Library received 8 mini-grants at 8 library branches throughout Kern County. This read also coincided […]

book cover " The Right Stuff" by Tom Wolfe

2002-03 Read – The Right Stuff

3rd One Book, One Bakersfield Read October, 2002 – May, 2003 The One Book Project was led community member Jillian Fritch and the One Book steering committee. An accompanying juvenile title, Basher Five-Two by Scott O’Grady, was available as well. The Kick Off was at the Kern County Airport.

book cover "Farewell to Manzanar" by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston

2013 Read – Farewell to Manzanar

4th One Book, One Bakersfield Read May – October, 2013 The One Book Project was led community member Jillian Fritch and the One Book steering committee. An accompanying juvenile title, I Am An American by Jerry Stanley, was available as well. The Kick Off was at Bakersfield High School, where Jillian Fritch announced that the leadership of the […]

book cover "The Tortilla Curtain"

2003-04 Read – 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 […]

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