One Book, One San Diego
Problem StatementThe program provides a means by which the entire City can read together, explore a topic of significance to its members and to the world around us, and engage in a common activity that promotes understanding of others.
The media station KPBS and San Diego Public Library partner in One Book, One San Diego, an annual, community-wide reading initiative designed to educate and enlighten on topics and themes of concern to the San Diego community, while promoting reading as a source of pleasure and enrichment. The campaign is similar to some found in other cities, however with the distinction of having a public television/ radio station join forces with a public library system. This joint effort expands the campaign and creates a stronger impact and connection with the community.
A novel approach is taken to further engage the community. The book is selected by an online community vote after an advisory committee has narrowed down the possibility to three books. Additional partners participate in the initiative, depending on the topic. San Diego State University is an on-going partner as are community colleges, public schools and book stores. Others have included the Old Globe Theater and the Media Arts Center, for example. This year, the International Rescue Committee joined because the topic relates to their mission.