By Sandra S. Cartagena
For seven years, the Maryland Humanities Council has sponsored One Maryland, One Book, a program designed to bring readers together in the shared experience of reading the same title. This year’s book, “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande, brings us the story of the author’s childhood in Mexico and the sense of loneliness she felt when her parents moved back and forth between the United States and Mexico, leaving her and her siblings with relatives and worrying when they would be reunited. Grande’s heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story redefines our understanding of home and family.
This year, Frederick County Public Libraries received a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council to host several programs at the Urbana Regional Library and the C. Burr Artz Public Library. Partnering with area organizations, both branches will offer participants opportunities to create photo journals that define their experience of home. Urbana Regional Library, in partnership with the Literacy Council of Frederick County, will focus on what it means to have immigrated to the U.S. Participants will be encouraged to document their experiences and to define what home really means to them. At the C. Burr Artz location, participants will have the opportunity to frame their sense of community, taking to the streets of Frederick and capturing the sights around them.
An unveiling of the photographs will take place at the Urbana Library on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m., and at C. Burr Artz Library on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. In addition, book discussion groups for “The Distance Between Us” will take place throughout the county. Urbana Regional Library will host its discussion on Monday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. In addition to the discussion, there will be a performance by the World Ensemble from Montgomery College. Interested participants may pick up a book from their local libraries.
For more information, go to the library’s website at www.fcpl.org/programs/programs-events/fall-programs-fcpl/one-maryland-one-book. Visit the library at www.fcpl.org or call us at 301.600.7004.
Editor’s Note: Sandra Cartagena is a Frederick County Public Library Associate.