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One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern

2013 Featured Title

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We are so excited that this year’s fall reading choice for One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Award winning science writer Rebecca Skloot became well known after writing her first book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - a New York Times bestseller. As a young community college student, Skloot’s interest was piqued when a biology professor mentioned the only known fact about the source of HeLa cells: they came from a black woman named Henrietta Lacks. Skloot’s curiosity and passion about the woman behind the HeLa cells led to an intensive decade-long research and writing project.

The One Book Concept

The concept behind the One Book reading and discussion project is to give the widest possible cross section of our community access to the timeless themes in one great book, bringing those ideas vividly alive, and helping us recognize how those important ideas apply to our lives in Kern County. One Book programs have provided life defining experiences for our community members and have helped residents bridge geographic, socio-economic and racial divides to create meaningful conversations about important ideas. The showcase event, an Evening with the Author (November 6th, 2013) is a unique community event, which in past One Book reads has been attended for over 2,000 community members, who were able to meet the author, be inspired by an interactive conversation about the book and its themes, and have their book signed.

Community Partners

The One Book Project is sponsored by Kern County Library and California State University, Bakersfield First Year Experience Program, title V-A Grant. This fall, all CSUB First Year Experience students will participate in reading & discussing the book, and attending community events. Kern County Library's role is to build collaborative partnerships inviting the entire community to get involved through a wide array of programs and community events. Community partners include:

  • AIS Cancer Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital
  • PG&E
  • Bakersfield City School District
  • Kern High School District
  • Russo’s Books at The Marketplace
  • Bakersfield College
  • Houchin Community Blood Bank
  • Taft College
  • Bakersfield Museum of Art
  • Sheriff’s Activities League (SAL)
  • The Bakersfield Californian
  • Kern Adult Literacy Council
  • KGET-TV-Channel 17
  • Valley Public Radio / FM89
  • Harlem & Beyond

Events / Programs

Download the Printable Event Calendar Here:

Events Listing (Adobe PDF)

Day Date Time Event / Location
Tues 10/1 6pm Book Discussion
Everyone Has a Right to Know: Lessons in Respect, Privacy & Medical Research - Dr. Oscar Streeter, Medical Director of the AIS Cancer Center at San Joaquin Hospital will place the significance of Henrietta Lacks’ famous immortal genes in layman’s terms and begin a community conversation about the powerful medical, scientific, and social justice themes of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
FREE. Bakersfield Museum of Art, 1930 “R” St., (661) 323-7219.
Wed 10/9 7pm Lecture
How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America – CSUB Kegley Institute of Ethics Fall Lecture featuring author Otis Webb Brawley, MD.
Event is FREE, but parking is $5. CSUB Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Hwy., (661) 654-3149 or (661) 654-2291.
Thurs 10/10 4pm Book Discussion
Mountain Communities are invited to join the conversation of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives would never be the same.
FREE. Frazier Park Branch, 3732 Park Drive, (661) 245-1267.
Sat 10/12 11am Community Festival
Good Neighbor Festival – A community celebration and resource fair will offer vendor booths, entertainment, games, prizes and food.
FREE. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1000 S. Owens St., (661) 322-9874.
Sat 10/12 3pm Book Discussion
What Is the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks? Discussion led by Dr. Portia Choi, Kern County Public Health Dept., retired.
FREE. Russo’s at the Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave., (661) 665-0832.
Thurs 10/17 7pm Lacks Family Program
Meet the Lacks Family – Two members of the Lacks family, granddaughter Kim Lacks and great granddaughter Veronica Spencer, will talk informally about Henrietta and the legacy of her famous cells. A moderated discussion, followed by informal Q & A.
Event is FREE; parking is $5. CSUB Dore Theatre, 9001 Stockdale Hwy., (661) 654-6281.
Sat 10/19 6:30am 5k/10k Run/Walk
5th Annual Sickle Cell 5/10k Fundraiser – A Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry will help support medical research to find a cure for Sickle Cell Disease. $25 advance registration $35 race day. To pre-register and for more information:
The Park at River Walk, 11200 Stockdale Hwy.
Sat 10/19 9am Science Symposium
Middle School Students and the general public are invited to participate in a day of science exploration. Meet experts in the fields of science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in breakout sessions, hands-on-science activities, & more. For more information, please contact Carol Mehochko at 661.631.6769
FREE. Walter Stiern Middle School, 2551 Morning Drive 661-631-5480.
Sat 10/23 2pm Book Discussion
Is There Room for Humans In Science? Russell Judd, President of Mercy Hospitals, will discuss the drive for the expansion of science, its impact on persons, and raise the question of how to maintain a balance between the need for scienti c advancement & humanism. Event is
FREE; parking is $5. CSUB Student Union Multipurpose Room, 9001 Stockdale Hwy., (661) 654-6281.
Thurs 10/24 3:30pm Family Science Program
Family Fun: Hands-on Science Activity Fun for the whole family, participate in a hands-on science activity.
FREE. Frazier Park Branch, 3732 Park Drive, (661) 245-1267.
Sat 10/26 12pm Book Discussion & Wellness Festival
You, But Better! Food, Fitness, & Living Well – Dr. Claudia Jonah, the Public Health Officer for Kern County Public Health Department will lead conversation about health concerns and best wellness practices, focusing on African American community members. She will share her list of favorite wellness books as well as information about natural remedies, nutrition and diets. Basic exercise movements for Zumba, Tai Chi, and Yoga will be taught to all attendees.
FREE. Bakersfield Senior Center, 530 4th St., (661) 325-1113.
Tues 10/29 6pm Science Symposium
Exploring Ehtical Issues in Taft & Surrounding Communities. Students, local experts, & community members will participate in a dynamic discussion about ethical issues related to Taft & surrounding communities.
FREE. Taft College – Cougar Room, 29 Emmons Park Drive, (661) 763-7700
Wed 10/30 2pm Book Discussion
Coffee Talk – The general public is invited to join CSUB students, faculty, & staff for an interactive discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Refreshments will be served.
Event is FREE; parking is $5. CSUB Runner Bookstore, 9001 Stockdale Hwy., (661) 654-2711.
Sat 11/2 3pm Book Discussion
Was the Taking of Henrietta Lacks’ Cells Justified? – Dr. Portia Choi, Kern County Public Health Dept., retired.
FREE. Russo’s at the Marketplace, 9000 Ming Ave., (661) 665-4686.
Wed 11/6 3:30pm Children's Art Program
Germ-O-Rama: After School Art Project – Hands-on art activity for children 8 & up; create an imaginary germ.
FREE. Southwest Branch Library, 8301 Ming Ave., (661) 664-7716.
Wed 11/6 7pm Author Visit & Book Signing
Evening With the Author: Rebecca Skloot – CSUB presents Rebecca Skloot, the bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Enjoy an evening of conversation with book signing to follow.
FREE parking, Lot “I” after 6pm. CSUB Icardo Center, 9001 Stockdale Hwy., (661) 654-6281.


CSUB Summer Bridge Program 2013

First Friday 2013

Kickoff & Media Conference (Monday Sept. 9 2013)

One Book, One Bakersfield, One Kern kicks off

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