Join & Read

This September 22, join us at the Bronx Library Center as we welcome award-winning children’s book author Natasha Tarpley and celebrate the 20th anniversary 978031652375211of I Love My Hair.  A modern classic, this whimsical story has been celebrating the beauty of African-American hair for 20 years! 


In this imaginative, evocative story, a girl named Keyana discovers the beauty and magic of her special hair, encouraging black children to be proud of their heritage and enhancing self-confidence. I Love My Hair! has been a staple in African-American picture books for 20 years, and now has a fresh, updated cover that shines on the shelves!

One Book One Bronx engages in a literary “call and response” by reading & discussing books that inspire, encourage, and delight readers. The club is scheduled to meet throughout the year. Join our email list for regular updates. Adults and teens welcomed.


Past Selections

September 23, 30 & October 7, 2017
The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.
St. James Park Recreation Center

May 23 – July 11, 2015
Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora by Emily Raboteau
A decade in the making, Emily Raboteau’s Searching for Zion takes readers around the world on an unexpected adventure of faith. Both one woman’s quest for a place to call “home” and an investigation into a people’s search for the Promised Land, this landmark work of creative nonfiction is a trenchant inquiry into contemporary and historical ethnic displacement.
Casita Maria Arts & Education Center

September 27 – November 15, 2014
Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
Thirty years ago Piri Thomas made literary history with this lacerating, lyrical memoir of his coming of age on the streets of Spanish Harlem. Here was an unsparing document of Thomas’s plunge into the deadly consolations of drugs, street fighting, and armed robbery–a descent that ended when the twenty-two-year-old Piri was sent to prison for shooting a cop.
Casita Maria Arts & Education Center

One Book One Bronx is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Additional funding was provided by Partnerships for Parks Capacity Fund Grant, presented by TD Bank, made possible by the City Parks Foundation and the Parks Equity Initiative of the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.


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  3. Any specific age requirements? My daughter is 7 years old (turns 8 in August) and is interested in joining the book club. I am also interested in joining her, can I sign up as well? Lastly, when I register her, should I put my name or my her name? Thank you in advance for your time.


  4. Is it too late for me to join the book club? I also was wondering if you could modify the Facebook event so that it only repeats on Saturdays. I have synched my FB calendar events to my Google one but this event appears as a daily event until July 11. Thank you for your assistance.


    • Hello Shari, you can still join the book club. We’ll have a book for you. Regarding Facebook, there is not a way to only repeat an event on a specific day of the week -I have the same problem when importing events from Facebook.


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