The Primary Title

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

About the Primary Title

As an immigrant in an unfamiliar country, with an indifferent mother and abusive father, Reyna had few resources at her disposal, but she is determined to make the impossible possible, going from undocumented immigrant of little means to “a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild); a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist whose “power is growing with every book” (Luis Alberto Urrea, Pultizer Prize finalist); and a proud mother of two beautiful children who will never have to know the pain of poverty and neglect. Told in Reyna’s exquisite, heartfelt prose, A Dream Called Home demonstrates how, by daring to pursue her dreams, Reyna was able to build the one thing she had always longed for: a home that would endure.”
A Dream Called Home Book
A Dream Called Home
by Reyna Grande
A Memoir

One Book Titles for All Ages

Where Are You From? by Yamile Mendez

Where Are You From? by Yamile Mendez

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Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh

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Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L Sanchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

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I was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib

I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib

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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.

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Meet the Authors

Panel discussions, book talks, podcast, and interview series.

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Listen To Inspiration

Highlights, insights, and series showcases.

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One Book Virtual Kick Off Event

The Rose that Grew from Concrete

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Join the One Book Project Reading Challenge

Wednesday, September 15 | 12-1:30pm

Join speakers including Dreamers, representatives from the Library, and CSUB’s First Year Experience as they share their success stories. Enjoy hearing from speaker Leo Ayala, Assistant Director of Student Life at Bakersfield College, and LUPE Student representative, Edith Mata, President, and Marcela Gamino, EOPS staff member. 

Brought to you by the Kern County Library, California State University First-Year Experience, Bakersfield College Student Affairs, LUPE Club, and EOPS Department.

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A Virtual Evening with the Author

A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande

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Wednesday, Nov 18 | 7pm

Join us as we enjoy a virtual evening with A Dream Called Home author, Reyna Grande.

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Access Activities

Track reading, watch storytimes, pick up crafts, and more.

Beanstack available on the App Store or on android app on google play

Register on Beanstack

September 15 – 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

Children Get Crafty

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

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One Book Calendar

September 2021
Sep 17 2021
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cook With A Book

Kern River Valley Branch Library
Sep 21 2021
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Class Visit

Frazier Park Branch Library
Sep 22 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Toddler Time

Beale Memorial Library
Sep 22 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Crafternoon

Tehachapi Branch Library
Sep 27 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Rosamond Branch Library
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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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