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The whole state is reading King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman  a spare and haunting, wise and intelligent novel.King Peggy chronicles the journey of an American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. 


For more information about the book, visit the Maryland Humanities Council website.


Join us to kick off two months worth of special programming related to the book. Events include book discussions, King Peggy Live!, Rethinking Conflict, Master Storyteller event & more. All events are free and open to the public.

King Peggy book cover One Maryland One Book Events

Book Discussions:

Tuesday, Sept 17
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Calvert Library Prince Frederick

Wednesday, Sept 18
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Southern Branch

Monday, Oct 7
7:00 - 8:30pm
Twin Beaches Branch

Wednesday, Oct 16
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Fairview Branch


King Peggy Live!

St. Mary's County Library's Lexington Park Branch is hosting King Peggy Live! Come meet this vivacious woman king! King Peggy will be signing books after the event.

Saturday, September 14
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Lexington Park Library
21677 FDR Blvd
Lexington Park, MD 20653

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Rethinking Conflict flyerOMOB: Rethinking Conflict

We will use King Peggy as a vehicle to provide the attendees with a clearer understanding of conflict and simple strategies to manage conflict in their day to day lives…whether at home or in the workplace. Led by the Community Mediation Center of Calvert County, the workshop is interactive.

The workshop may include: 

  • King Peggy’s approach to conflict: Discuss the main character’s strategies and how she viewed conflict and handled it. What worked and what didn’t work for her and why.
  • Engaging the participants to identify what conflict looks like in their own lives, what helps to resolve conflict and the cost of conflict. Using scenes from the book, participants will discuss different perspectives about conflict.
  • Nature of Conflict: Brief overview/discussion of conflict transformation theory and CMCC services to the community. 
  • When Things Heat Up: Tips for self-management when in conflict; and if time allows, an exercise to demonstrate good listening skills. 


Thursday, Sept 19
7:00 - 8:30pm
Calvert Library Prince Frederick

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Ashanti Koragu Storyweaver flyerOMOB: Story Theater presents Ashanti Koragu Storyweaver

Story Theater Presents is a marvelous entertaining and educational, multicultural experience for children and families. Walter Jones Jr., a multi-instrumentalist, singing, dancing host encourages audiences to sing along, dance along and join the journey as we explore various cultures, historical events and colorful characters from your favorite stories from Ghana and other African nations.

Saturday, Sept 21
11:00am - 12:30am
Southern Branch

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Saturday, Sept 21
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Calvert Library Prince Frederick

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OMOB: Janice Greene Storyteller

Janice Greene photoAuthor of Thema and the Wonderful Black Gourd and nationally known Master Storyteller, Janice Curtis Greene brings the themes of the book King Peggy to life through stories. Pour Libation then prepare to be engaged by stories about following your dreams, respecting tradition and helping others.


Saturday, Oct 26
2:00 - 3:30pm
Calvert Library Prince Frederick

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For more information about any One Maryland One Book event, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.