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One Maryland One Book

The Distance Between Us: a memoir book cover image

Now in it's seventh year Maryland Humanities Council's One Maryland One Book program "brings together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book." MHC The 2014 theme is "The American Dream." To represent this theme Maryland Humanities Council has picked The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.

 

For more information about the book and the state-wide program, visit the Maryland Humanities Council website.

 

Join Calvert Library to kick off two months worth of special programming related to "The American Dream" theme and The Distance Between Us: A Memoir.

Events include:

What's Your Story? Project

Enter a story related to a theme relevant to those in the One Maryland One Book The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande, for your chance to win! All accepted stories will be published in a book that will be available for purchase at a discounted price. The books will also be placed in the public libraries and middle/high schools in Southern Maryland. The Grand Prize includes a $100 gift card, a signed copy of Ms. Grande's book and a free copy of the produced book. For rules and eligibility information, go to: smrla.org/storycollection. Deadline for submission is October 17, 2104.

OMOB logoOne Maryland One Book Events

Book Discussions:

Tuesday, Sept 16
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Calvert Library Prince Frederick

Wednesday, Sept 17
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Southern Branch

Wednesday, Oct 15
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fairview Branch

Monday, Oct 20

7:00 - 8:30pm
Twin Beaches Branch

 

Sept 3 - Cinema Café - Which Way Home

Join us for a feature Academy Award-nominated documentary about unaccompanied child migrants as they try to make their way through Mexico, to the United States. We will follow this film with a discussion of the immigration question as it relates to children.

6pm Calvert Library Prince Frederick

 

Sept 10 & Oct 8 - Memoirs & Creative Writing Workshop

Join author and editor Elisavietta Ritchie as she encourages the art of creative memoir writing. Bring 12 double-spaced copies of your piece of memoir, 500-800 words, to work on and share with the group. Theme: Immigration and Family Stories. This workshop is part of Maryland's statewide community reading program, One Maryland One Book, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council.

2pm Calvert Library Prince Frederick

 

Sept 25, Oct 8 & Oct 23 - What's Your Story? Teen Writers Workshop

Writing a story? Looking to get published? Here's your chance! Enter a story related to the themes in this year's One Maryland One Book, "The Distance Between Us: A Memoir" and you could find your story in every middle school, high school and public library in Southern Maryland. If you need some help getting started, or are interested in refining a story you already have, join Emilia for our "What's Your Story?" Teen Writing Workshops!

7pm Calvert Library Prince Frederick

 

Oct 1 - Meet the Author

One Maryland One Book Event. Reyna Grande, the 2014 One Maryland One Book author, will visit Maryland this fall to discuss her memoir, The Distance Between Us with the thousands of Maryland readers who participate in the state’s largest reading and discussion program. Grande will speak, answer questions, and sign copies of The Distance Between Us. Co-sponsored by Calvert Library, Charles County Public Library, St. Mary’s County Library and the College of Southern Maryland Diversity Institute.

7:30pm Waldorf West Branch Library, 10405 O' Donnell Place, Waldorf

 

Oct 6 - Genealogy Workshop

National Archives Specialist, John Deeben will share information about accessing and searching immigration records, particularly Maryland records. Participants will have hands-on research time with Ancestry.com. This workshop is part of Maryland's statewide community reading program, One Maryland One Book, a program of the Maryland Humanities Council.

7pm Calvert Library Prince Frederick

 

Oct 21 - Book discussion Americanah

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Ifemelu heads for America, where she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

7pm Calvert Library Prince Frederick

 

Oct 22 - Choose Civility: TED Talk & Discussion

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi: The Danger of a Single Story. Adichi talks about the importance of hearing many stories about a person or country to avoid misunderstanding. We will watch her 2009 TED Talk and discuss. Co-sponsored by the Community Mediation Center of Calvert County and the Diversity Institute of the College of Southern MD.

7pm Calvert Library Prince Frederick