The Primary Title

The One Book Project is a community-wide reading and discussion project inviting everyone to read and discuss the themes of innovation and aspiration.

About the Primary Title: The history of technology you probably know is one of men and machines, garages and riches, alpha nerds and brogrammers. But female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation — they’ve just been erased from the story. Until now. Join the ranks of the pioneers who defied convention and the longest odds to become database poets, information-wranglers, hypertext dreamers, and glass-ceiling shattering dot com-era entrepreneurs.

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Picture Book

Little Engineers
by Haig Norian

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Two sisters, Kata and Meli, set off to make the perfect birthday present for their mother. Together, the little engineers walk through a full product development flow: brainstorming, prototyping, design for manufacturability, and production.

Children's Fiction

Song for a Whale
by Lynne Kelly

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Twelve-year old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris’ plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.

Children's Non-Fiction

Women Win the Vote!
by Nancy Kennedy

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A bold collection of trailblazing individuals who fought for women’s suffrage and honoring the Nineteenth Amendment’s centennial anniversary.

YA Fiction

by Brittney Morris

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By day, 17-year old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game Slay. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend. When a tragedy happens over a dispute in the Slay world, Kiera questions if she can protect her game without losing herself in the process.

YA Non-Fiction

Women Who Launch
by M. Wagman-Geller

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Filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, and entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment.

Graphic Novel

Femme Magnifique
by Shelly Bond

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A comic book anthology salute to 50 magnificent women who take names, crack ceilings, and change the game in pop, politics, art, and science.

One Book titles available for checkout in printeBookeAudiobook, & book on CD from the Kern County Library.
Also available for purchase from Russo’s Books and Barnes & Noble.

Meet the Authors


Women and SCIENCE A Virtual Evening with the AUTHOR

Watch Brittney Morris Interview Now

Watch M. Wagman-Geller Interview Now

Watch Lynne Kelly Now

Watch Shelly Bond Interview Now

Join Russo’s Books in this author series to learn more about the One Book companion title authors and their books.

Sponsored by Russo’s Books

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Join in a panel discussion with four children’s book authors. This event is an educational opportunity for parents, teachers, and aspiring children’s book writers about the creative and publishing process and will be co-hosted by Laura Lollar Wolfe, Kern Literacy Council and Lynne Kemmer, Kern County Library.

Featured Authors:
Allison Crotzer, Unbeatable Betty
Rebecca Langston George, For the Right to Learn | eBook
Sharon Langley, A Ride to Remember
Kirsten W. Larson, Wood, Wire, Wings

Sponsored by Kern Literacy CouncilKern County Library, and the Society of Book Writers & Illustrators

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Join Fahra Daredia, Beale Memorial Library, and Jasmin LoBasso, Kern County Library, as well as guest authors, as they discuss the author’s works and talk about what everyone is reading, watching, and listening to. Subscribe to the Book Talk Bakersfield booklist.

Featured Authors:
Brittney Morris, Slay | August 31
Lynne Kelly, Song for a Whale | September 21
Allison Crotzer, Unbeatable Betty | September 28
Shelly Bond, Femme Magnifique | October 5
M. Wagman-Geller, Women Who Launch | October 12
Rana Tahir, Spies: Noor Inayat Khan | October 19

Sponsored by the Kern County Library

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Explore the extraordinary cultural phenomenon of home DNA testing, which is redefining family history. This presentation will draw on Libby Copeland’s years of research for her new book, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are. With more than 35 million people having been tested, a tipping point has been reached. Virtually all Americans are affected whether they have been tested or not, and millions have been impacted by significant revelations in their immediate families. Libby will speak about what inspired her to write The Lost Family, the process involved, and the path she took to become an award-winning journalist and now author.

Sponsored by Taft College

October 28 @ 7pm

Save the date for the CSUB culminating author talk with One Book Project primary title author Broad Band. Discover the untold story of the women who made the internet and explore the 2020 One Book themes.

Sponsored by CSUB

Women Who INNOVATE  Women Who PREACH  Women on VALUES  Women Can CREATE

Dream BIG  Women on VALUES  Women Who PLAY  Women on ETHICS  Women Who RISE

Women Who PODCAST  Women Who ACCOMPLISH Women Who LAUNCH  Women Who HEAL

Women Who STEM  Women Who MARCH  Women Who DRESS FOR SUCCESS



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Join Bakersfield College at their Distinguished Speaker Series, and hear Fred Lajvardi, a nationally recognized STEM Educator and the subject of the Critically Acclaimed Documentary, Underwater Dreams, and Major Motion Picture, Spare Parts, as well as the IMAX film, Dream Big.

Sponsored by Bakersfield College



An Interview with Ella Baker as Darr Lilly: Lilly Theatre Project

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September 19 @ 12pm

This theatrical performance shares an Interview with Ella Baker, bringing the woman who fought for women’s rights and civil rights back for one day. Ella will share her story and experiences with a local teacher, played by Veronica Gounaris.

Sponsored by Lilly Theatre Project


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Two local podcasts go head to head to discuss women representation in the podcast sphere and the ins and outs of starting your own podcast!

Featured podcasts:
Not Your Final Girl | Ariel Dyer | Candace Sluder | Gaby Castellanos
Hello Bakersfield | Rachel Magnus | Carla Barrientos

Sponsored by Bitwise Industries

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Using Twitter, the CSUB Walter W. Stiern Library will host a LIVE Trivia Event. Library faculty will submit questions using the hashtag #WSLTrivia. Community members, students, and faculty are invited as participants to reply using the same hashtag.


Sponsored by CSUB Walter W. Stiern Library

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Learn about CSUB Fab Lab’s equipment and capabilities in this Fab Lab Series, where you’ll discover only a fraction of what is possible with the technology available at your fingertips.

Sponsored by CSUB Fab Lab

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Showcasing stories of success, this SheTalks Series with ShePower invites women and girls to launch their leadership skills.

Rescheduled with replacement date to be announced soon. – The Small Talk.  Mentors share how they launched their leadership success stories!

Thursday, November 12th @ 5pm – The Small Interviews. Mentees interview SheLeaders in the community who have launched their leadership!

Sponsored by ShePower Leadership Academy

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Join Kern County Women’s March as they interview and feature women’s (her)stories, who have inspired others by following their dreams, how the events in their life initiated social change, inspiration, and are leaving behind their legacy for Kern County. (Her)stories will include Dolores Huerta (legendary labor leader and civil rights icon), Julie Sepulveda-Gibson (founding member of Women’s March Kern County), Ana Cornejo (educator and dreamer), and Crimson Skye Hochhalter (musician and activist).

Sponsored by Women’s March Kern County

Watch on YouTube           November 19 @ 4pm

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and to develop the tools to help women thrive in work and life. Check out this event focusing on appropriate workwear, and learn the unwritten rules for clothing and success in the workplace.

Sponsored by Dress for Success Bakersfield

Kick Off the One Book Project!

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Kick off the One Book Project with female trailblazers in tech from Bitwise Industries-Bakersfield. Bitwise Industries utilizes the tech industry to lift up America’s Underdog Cities and anyone that calls them home. Bitwise will be opening a new campus in Bakersfield next year, housing a code academy, coworking space, innovative office spaces for a variety of companies and organizations, as well as community event space.

Sponsored by Bakersfield College and Bitwise Industries

Learn more about Bitwise and their Bakersfield presence by attending their weekly virtual event, Bitwise DownLoad: Bakersfield, starting on September 15 at 11am. Sign up.

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This Ethics in Leadership Series with Kegley Institute of Ethics features a moderated conversation with Dr. Mary Barlow, Kern County Superintendent of Schools, with Bakersfield community leaders on their approaches to leadership, overcoming challenges in leadership, the significance of ethics in leadership, and advice for developing leaders.

Sponsored by the Kegley Institute of Ethics



Pioneering in the Pulpit

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Join in a panel discussion of ordained women from diverse denominations and faith traditions, both locally and regionally, discussing their paths to ministry and the obstacles they faced along the way. The panel will be moderated by Rev. Nancy Bacon, Tehachapi Community Church, UCC. Panelists include Pastor Dawn Wilder (Emmanuel Lutheran Church) and Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein (formerly of Temple Beth El, retired).

Sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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Giving Voice to Values: The ‘How’ of Values Driven Leadership discusses the innovative approach to values-driven leadership development in business education and the workplace, pioneered by Dr. Mary Gentile, Professor of Practice, UVA Darden School of Business. Drawing on actual experience and scholarship, it fills a long-standing critical gap in the development of values-centered leaders. It is not about persuading people to be more ethical. Rather, it starts from the premise that most of us already want to act on our values,  but that we also want to feel that we have a reasonable chance of doing so effectively and successfully.

Sponsored by the Kegley Institute of Ethics, CSUB School of Business and Public Administration, and the Walmart Community Grant

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Hear from three accomplished women at Chevron as they share their amazing stories and discuss pivotal moments in their journey to becoming successful women in their energy industry. Learn how their education and experience led them to pursue their interest in science and mathematics, and who inspired them along the way. We hope this discussion will inspire at least one listener to walk away with a greater interest in becoming the world’s next problem solver and doer by pursuing a career in STEM. Facilitated by one of Chevron’s Facilities Engineer Technologists and WEN Community Engagement representative, Selina Green.

Sponsored by Chevron San Joaquin Valley Business Unit, Women’s Employee Network

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The Ethicist’s Corner is a podcast about ethics in everyday life. Hosted by Michael D. Burroughs, we speak with community leaders and people from diverse walks of life about the influences that shaped them and their careers, the role of ethics in their personal and professional lives, and their leadership experiences. This particular episode features guest Dr. Keisha Ray, Assistant Professor, McGovern Center for Humanities.

Sponsored by the Kegley Institute of Ethics

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jazz talk and performance project is a 2-part series that sets out to present a series of videos that detail modern-day women and women as a part of jazz history who became known for their musical abilities. Lilly Jazz Project will discuss different jazz work and story, as well as play live jazz pieces by the artists.

Featured Lineup:
Part 1 | Geri Allen, Pianist
Part 2 | Tia Fuller, Saxophonist

Sponsored by Lilly Jazz Project



Register on Beanstack

September 1 – November 7

Download the Beanstack app or access online. Track reading, manage family accounts, win digital badges, and more! Readers who read one of the companion titles can win a brain teaser, glider, pinwheel, or Auntie Anne’s free pretzel (while supplies last) from the Kern County Library.

Sponsored by the Kern County Library

Learn more about Curbside Locations

September 13 – October 31

Pick up One Book Project themed Carryout Crafts from Kern County Library curbside pickup locations. A new craft every week!

Sponsored by the Kern County Library

Download our One Book Project themed Coloring Pages and create a masterpiece with your family.

Girl Power

Rosie Riveter


Sponsored by the Kern County Library

Take the Test

This website is a Turing test for poetry. You, the judge, have to guess whether the poem you’re reading was written by a human or by a computer. 

Access the Experiment

An experiment at the boundaries of AI and human collaboration. Donate a word to become part of an ever-evolving poem! 

Join the Discussion           September & October

Join an international online weebly discussion with students around the world discussing the One Book primary title Broad Band by Claire Evans.

Participating Worldwide:
General Education Program, CSUB
American Language Institute, CSUB
University of Applied Sciences, Nysa, Poland
Art High School, Nysa, Poland
Pan European University, Bratislava, Slovakia
CBTIS 41, Ensenadal, Mexico

Sponsored by CSUB

Watch on Facebook          September 13 – October 31

Check out weekly virtual Family Storytimes with the Kern County Library during September – October, beginning September 13.

Weekly Themes:
Women in Tech, September 13 – 19
Trailblazing Women, September 20 – 26
Women in Aviation, September 27 – October 3
Women in the Military, October 4 – 10
Women in Space, October 11 – 17
Women in the Arts, October 18 – 24
Women’s Suffrage Movement, October 25 – 31

Sponsored by theKern County Library

Access the Directory

Maintains the most up-to-date and comprehensive list of artists (that we’re aware of) who are investigating AI in their artistic practice. 

History of the One Book Project

The program began in 2001 through the grassroots efforts of Jillian Fritch, an elementary school teacher who had read a story in the Los Angeles Times regarding One Book, One Community initiatives; at the time Seattle Reads and One Book Chicago were pioneers, and Los Angeles had decided to do a One Book project. Jillian was inspired to begin a project in Bakersfield. The first book was “To Kill a Mockingbird.” An array of community partners jumped on board, including education, nonprofits, local government, businesses, and media outlets. The Kern County Library became the lead organization in 2003. Now, the One Book Project continues to reach out to our diverse Kern County community both in book choice and related programming. In 2010, the One Book Project began a partnership with California State University, Bakersfield’s “Runner Reader Program” (or First-Year Experience Program), which involves students reading a common book. Through this partnership, the community has benefited extended programming, including author visits and talks at CSUB at the culmination of the read. In November 2011, more than 1,400 people turned out to hear author Wes Moore speak about his book, “The Other Wes Moore.” One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern remains a grassroots project that relies on community partners and donations to provide related programming and copies of the book throughout the county.

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