About One Story One City

Mission Statement:
“To encourage city-wide discussions and engagement with stories across all ages and interests.”

From City Librarian Kelly Behle

Kelly-Behle-PhotoSanta Clarita Public Library is proud to present the 2nd annual One Story One City initiative featuring the book Mary Coin by Marisa Silver.  Mary Coin is a fictionalized account of the life of the woman who was the subject of Dorothea Lange’s iconic photograph, ‘Migrant Mother’.  It brings to life the experience of farm workers who migrated to Southern California during the 1930’s, woven together with modern-day characters and even some local sites!  In addition to this title appropriate for adults and teens, two thematically related books for younger readers have been selected: Esperanza Rising (by Pam Muñoz Ryan) and Our California (by Pam Muñoz Ryan). We’re excited to bring these books forward for community-wide reading and discussion. To extend the reading experience, enriching programs for all ages will appeal to those who are interested in photography, genealogy, 20th century U.S. history, migrant workers, and more.

One City-type initiatives are presented to communities by library professionals all across the nation. In 1998, National Public Radio “Morning Edition” commentator and well-known librarian, Nancy Pearl, established If All Seattle Read the Same Book, and the popularity of that campaign has inspired similar programs in communities ever since.  Santa Clarita Public Library’s unique brand of the initiative is to provide multiple book selections that share a themed ‘story’ in order to invite curiosity and generate discussion for readers of all ages.  It is our hope that families, schools, and local groups will join together to experience One Story One City.

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