CCPL par­tic­i­pates in ‘One Mary­land, One Book’ cam­paign

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCPL

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.

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