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 Important Notice

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 4 p.m., Governor Hogan elevated the State to Advanced Level II of the Pandemic Flu and Infectious Diseases Policy.  In his Executive Order, he declared ​public access to State buildings will be prohibited.  Therefore, effective immediately, and until further notice, the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will be closed. This includes all in-person activities planned in March 2020. ​ The Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped will continue to provide services through direct mail and via the library’s Braille and Audio Reading Download Service (BARD).​ ​ ​​​

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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 about 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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​The Maryland Libraries Together series returns in September​ 2021.

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 Past Events

COVID-19 and Vaccine Information Session 

April 1, 2021 | 5:00 PMVaccine vilte on blue background

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 

April 1, 2021 | 7-8:30 pm ET

​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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