CCPL participates in ‘One Maryland, One Book’ campaign
ELKTON — While the Cecil County Public Library is home to thousands of books and other resources, the library is highlighting one particular read this month as part of the “One Maryland, One Book” campaign.
Sponsored by Maryland Humanities, the goal of the statewide community reading program is to bring people from all over the state and different walks of life together to discuss a book. This year’s selection is “Purple Hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a coming of age story that focuses on 15-year-old Kambili and her older brother, Jaja. The two live a privileged live in Enugu, Nigeria, but things aren’t as perfect as they appear.
Adichie is one of the leading African writers of her generation, and has drawn a following through her appearances on TED Talk, a conference program that hosts diverse speakers for free talks. Her 2009 TED Talk, “The Danger of A Single Story,” is now one of the top 10 most-viewed TED Talks of all time while her 2012 talk, “We Should All Be Feminists,” inspired a song by Beyoncé.
Although the library has a variety of book discussion groups with loyal members, the “One Maryland, One Book” campaign tends to attract some new readers and spark new kinds of conversation, said Frazier Walker, the library’s community re- lations specialist.
“It’s just a reminder of how important the humanities are in terms of keeping up with public discourse and discussing a wide variety of topics and the library is the perfect venue to do that,” she said of the annual program.
To encourage this interaction, the library will host book discussion groups throughout the month, both in person and online. The inperson discussions will take place on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Chesapeake City branch and at 6:30 p.m. at the Rising Sun branch; on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Rising Sun branch; on Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the North East branch; on Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cecilton branch; and on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Perryville branch.
Readers can also join the online discussion by finding the Facebook group Cecil County Public Library Online Book Discussion and requesting to join. A question is posted every week to inspire discussion along with other content related to the book, Walker said.
“We know people are busy so they can pop in and out when it’s convenient for them,” she said. “Our hope is that if this type of community engagement online is popular, we would love to continue it again and choose another book people are interested in.”
Those looking for an all online experience can also access the book in digital or audio form from the library, Walker added.
Lisa Petrecca, a librarian at the Perryville library, holds up “Purple Hibiscus,” which was chosen as the book for this year’s “One Maryland, One Book” campaign.