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We are pleased to participate in this year’s One Maryland One Book project – a program designed to bring diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, or community settings to share a common reading experience by discussing a work of literature and participating in related events. We’ve scheduled two book discussions: one at the Accident Library on Wednesday, September 10, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., and another at the Oakland Library on Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library. To register, contact Susan at the Accident Library (301-746-8792 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bonnie at the Oakland Library (301-334-3996, x117 or email@example.com).
This year’s selected book is The Distance Between Us: A Memoir (2012) by Reyna Grande. Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S, Reyna, at nine years old, enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Filled with hope, she quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect. Reyna finds solace from a violent home in books and writing, inspired by the Latina voices she reads. Copies of The Distance Between Us will be available to those who register for the library program.
The discussions at both Accident and Oakland will be facilitated by Gloria Salazar, Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical. She will begin each event by providing the historical perspective on immigration and then open the evening to discussion. She suggests several movies as optional, supplemental viewing either before or after the book discussions: El Norte (available at the Ruth Enlow Library), The Better Life, and La Familia.
Born of American parents in Mexico City, Mexico, Ms. Salazar speaks both English and Spanish and for the first ten years of her life moved back and forth between Washington, D.C. and Mexico City. She also spent two years living outside the Canal Zone in Panama. In 1959, the family settled in Silver Spring, Maryland, where Ms. Salazar remained until the early 70s. “I attribute my bi-cultural childhood and my coming-of-age in the 60s in the Washington, D.C. area as pivotal in how my life has unfolded,” she noted.
Ms. Salazar returned to university in 1995 and completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2000. Shortly after 9/11, she returned to New Mexico and worked with Child Protective Services, where she began helping Central American immigrant families. Ms. Salazar completed her Master's in Social Work in 2005, focusing on cultural diversity and immigration. “I held various clinical positions in Albuquerque, always with a focus on providing services to bi-cultural children and their families,” she said. Ms. Salazar has retired from clinical practice and resides in McHenry, MD. She continues to provide community-related services and always is open to discussions related to cultural diversity.
One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading project and is the signature program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council. Initiated in fall 2008, this year-long project culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations in communities around the state. “We are delighted to be a part of the One Maryland One Book program,” said Library Director Cathy Ashby. “Our participation in this initiative allows us to offer quality programming to our community.”
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