Community Read

Cecil County Public Library is proud to announce a new partnership! Longwood Gardens is in its fifth year of their “Community Read” program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and to spark conversation. They’ve selected books relating to the theme of women in horticulture and science.

For the first time, the Community Read program has crossed into Maryland! We have book discussions and events throughout March and April to celebrate the initiative.

Book Discussion Groups will read “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren in March and April. “Lab Girl” is a fascinating memoir chronicling Hope Jahren’s journey to become (and prosper as) a scientist. Her personal frankness in meeting challenges is inspirational, and she delivers the message with her own spirited voice and personality. At times, it’s out right hilarious.

Additionally, CCPL is hosting two related programs. On Monday, April 2 at 6 PM, David Sleasman, Director of the Library at Longwood Gardens, will present on the botanical gardens. On Tuesday, April 17 at 7 PM, learn from “lab girl” Emily Russ, a graduate student who researches Susquehanna sediment deposits. Both events will take place at the Elkton Central Library.

The children’s selection is “The Tree Lady,” a picture book about the true story of Kate Sessions, who loved trees and science, and ultimately transformed San Diego into a green city known for its parks and gardens! Copies are available to be checked out at every library branch, and there will be related programming, such as “An Arbor Day Celebration” for ages 5-11 at the Elkton Central Library on April 25 at 3:30 PM.

All program attendees will receive the chance to win Longwood Gardens tickets. To sign up for any of these events, or for more information, call 410-996-5600 x 481 or visit your local branch.

For a full list of area programs, visit https://longwoodgardens.org/education/library-archives/community-read/community-read-events.

 


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