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Maryland Libraries Together

Maryland’s public libraries have a strong commitment to creating opportunities for community members to come together and develop a cross-cultural understanding of topics that impact daily life. Maryland Libraries Together is a collaboration to engage communities in enriching educational experiences that advance an understanding of the issues of our time.​ These events are hosted by individual public library systems and made available to all Marylanders through the Maryland Libraries Together series.​

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Author Works: Robin Wall Kimmerer and Braiding Sweetgrass​

September 14 | 7:00 PM

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FREE. Registration is now open. 
Acclaimed author and scholar Robin Wall Kimmerer explores the dominant themes of her book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, which include cultivation of a reciprocal relationship with the living world. Consider what we might learn if we understood plants as our teachers, from both a scientific and an indigenous perspective. 

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.​




 Past Events

Eric Klinenberg:  Palaces for the People - How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Online)​​​

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FREE. Registration will open in February 2022 and will remain open until April 27, 2022 @ 7:15 PM. ​

​Few people understand the intricacies and importance of social spaces like Eric Klinenberg. A sociologist and author of several acclaimed books, his latest work is Palaces for the People: in it, he explores how communities’ social infrastructure spaces—like libraries, childcare centers, churches, and so on—are where crucial, sometimes life-saving connections, are formed.

​But, these spaces are often difficult to access—especially in poorer or underserved areas. How can we ensure that social infrastructure exists for those who need it most? In this talk, Eric explores how public institutions and shared educational spaces are designed to reflect what we value as a society; and enhancing the ways we engage with these spaces will lead to a more successful, happier population overall. Drawing from data, real-world examples, and the latest figures from urban development, Eric takes a deeper look at the nuanced factors shaping social space—and how communal, educational spaces are more vital than ever.

Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight InequalityPolarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Crown, 2018), Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (The Penguin Press, 2012), Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media (Metropolitan Books, 2007), and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2002), as well as the editor of Cultural Production in a Digital Age, co-editor of Antidemocracy in America (Columbia University Press, 2019), and co-author, with Aziz Ansari, of the New York Times #1 bestseller Modern Romance (The Penguin Press, 2015). His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological ReviewTheory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineRolling Stone, and This American Life.

Copies of Palaces for the People are available to borrow from your local library or to purchase from our bookstore partner, The Last Word. ​




Panel Discussion AuthorsExamining and Interpreting Native and Indigenous Heritage Panel Discussion

​June 20, 7-8:30 pm ET

Virtual Event

Featured Speakers

  • Kyle T. Mays, PhD (Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles; Author, "An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States; Saginaw Anishinaabe)
  • Ashley Minner, PhD (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina; Artist; Assistant Curator for History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian)
  • Rico Newman (Elders Council, Choptico Band of Piscataway Indians & Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs)
  • Norris Howard Jr (Leader, Pocomoke Nation)
  • Moderated by Elizabeth Rule, PhD (Assistant Professor, American University; Curator, Guide to Indigenous Maryland; Member, Chickasaw Nation)


Maryland Libraries Together presents "Examining and Interpreting Native and Indigenous History," a virtual panel discussion. Historians, scholars, and nationally-recognized Native American and Indigenous leaders discuss approaches to respectfully engaging with history in order to promote greater awareness of Native and Indigenous heritage in the United States.


Part of the "Guide to Indigenous Maryland" project. This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Maryland State Library, as well as by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Maryland Libraries Together is a collaboration of Maryland libraries to engage communities in enriching educational experiences that advance an understanding of the issues of our time.


ASL interpretations and live captions will be provided.



Brandon Hobson, author of "The Removed"

Brandon Hobson

March 28 |  7:00 PM

Virtual Event

National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson discusses representations of Native American and Indigenous culture in contemporary fiction through the lens of his book "The Removed." Described as "extraordinary" (Los Angeles Times), the book draws on Cherokee culture and tradition in the context of a contemporary story about family tragedy and the generational impacts of injustices. 


Brandon Hobson is the author of the novel "Where the Dead Sit Talking," which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and winner of the Reading the West Book Award. His other books include "Desolation of Avenues Untold" and the novella "Deep Ellum." His work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize anthology, The Believer, the Paris Review Daily, Conjunctions, NOON, and McSweeney’s, among other places. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University and teaches in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Hobson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma.


Part of the "Guide to Indigenous Maryland" project. This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Maryland State Library, as well as by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Maryland Libraries Together is a collaboration of Maryland libraries to engage communities in enriching educational experiences that advance an understanding of the issues of our time.

ASL interpretations and live captions will be provided.​

George Takei looking at the camera, wearing a suitWriters LIVE! George Takei

​George Takei is known around the world for his founding role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise, in the acclaimed television series Star Trek. But Takei's story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality, Mashable named Takei the #1 most influential person on Facebook, with 10.4 million likes and 2.8 million followers on Twitter.

Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges ReviewScalawagNashville Reviewjubilant, VinylPrairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2020. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor.

Order copies of George Takei's books from the Ivy Bookshop.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund.

Dial-In Information

RSVP for the Zoom Webinar link. The conversation will also be broadcast on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page. It will not be available after the live broadcast. Click here for the Live video library.



COVID-19 and Vaccine Information Session 

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The Enoch Pratt Free Library hosts a timely discussion of the COVID-19 vaccine with clinicians, researchers, vaccine recipients, and other health professionals to discuss vaccine access, vaccine hesitancy, recent pandemics, and virus variants. The program features:

  • Dr. Sherita Hill Golden, the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine 
  • ​​Dr. Tracey Murray, Dean of the College of Health Professions at Coppin State University
  • Dr. Kim Sydnor, Dean of the Sc​​hool of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University and serves as Associate Professor for the Department of Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Dr. Kawsar Rasmy Talaat, Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She holds a joint appointment in medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include vaccine clinical trials and vaccine safety. 
  • Dr. Jonathan Mark Zenilman, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is known internationally for his work in infectious disease epidemiology.

Registration is not required for this event, which will be broadcast on Zoom and offer phone access. Visit prattlibrary.org​ for more information. Free and open to the public.​  Held on: 04/01/2021

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Viva Latino social media icon. Viva Latino: Own Voices Writers in Conversation 

​Leading and award-winning contemporary Latin American writers gather to discuss their perspectives on the importance of own voices narratives in providing representation for readers. This program offers Latino/a/x and non-Latin Marylanders with an opportunity to learn about the diversity of the Latin American community, as represented in literature and poetry. The panel is presented by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), Frederick County Public Libraries (FCPL), and Charles County Public Library (CCPL). This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Maryland State Library.

Featured panelists are:
  • Julia Alvarez, National Medal of Arts Winner (“Afterlife,” 2020)
  • Angie Cruz, Inaugural Good Morning America Book Club Author (“Dominicana,” 2018)
  • Reyna Grande, American Book Award Winner (“A Dream Called Home,” 2019)
  • Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate (2015-2017) (“Jabberwalking,” 2018)
  • Lupita Aquino, Moderator, @Lupita.Reads Bookstagram

Registration is required for this event, which will be broadcast on the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s YouTube and Facebook. Visit MDLibraries0401.eventbrite.com for more information. The event will be presented in English. ASL interpretation and captions will be provided. Viewers can obtain copies of the panelists’ books through Loyalty Bookstores or Curious Iguana. Free and open to the public.​ Held on: 04/01/2021

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Isabel Wilkerson: Caste

Isabel Wilkerson discusses her critically acclaimed book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.  

In this brilliant book, Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Sponsored by Friends & Foundation of Howard County Library System and Maryland Libraries Together, a collaboration of Maryland Libraries to engage communities in enriching educational experiences that advance an understanding of the issues of our time. This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act Administered by the Maryland State Library. Copies of Caste available to borrow from HCLS or purchase a copy from Books with a Past.​ Held on: 01/15/2021
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HackermanB+N_DevinAllenDeRayMcKesson_Square.jpgHackerman Foundation Best & Next Series: Devin Allen and DeRay Mckesson


Devin Allen is a self-taught artist, born and raised in West Baltimore. He gained national attention when his photograph of the Baltimore Uprising was published on the cover of Time in May 2015 – only the third time the work of an amateur photographer had been featured. Five years later, after the death of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, his photograph from a BlackTrans Lives Matter protest was published on the cover of Time magazine for 2nd time in June 2020. His photographs have also appeared in New York Magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Aperture and in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is the founder of Through Their Eyes, a youth photography educational program, and the winner of the 2017 Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship. In 2017 he nominated for an NAACP Image Award for debuting author for his book A Beautiful Ghetto, and Award from The Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture for dynamic leadership in the Arts and Activism.​ Held on: 11/10/2021



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Ibram X. Kendi​: How To Be An Anti-Racist​

2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date. Register for this free virtual conversation with Dr. Kendi by visiting KendiPGC.eventbrite.com.  Ibram X. Kendi’s appearance is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Maryland State Library. The following Maryland public libraries are co-presenters o​f this virtual event: Allegany County Library System, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Calvert Library, Caroline County Public Library, Carroll County Public Library, Charles County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Howard County Library System, and Kent County Public Library. Copies of the “How to Be an Antiracist” ebook and audiobook are available through the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and partner libraries. “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi may be purchased through Loyalty Books.​ Held on: 7/7/2020.




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Nini Beegan

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