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  • Watch Party: Happy Hour with Levar Burton External

    September 17, 2021 | 7:00-8:30 pm EDT | Online

    Calvert Library

    Join us for a watch party and discussion of the National Book Festival’s live conversation with LeVar Burton. Please register to receive the Zoom link approximately an hour before the event.

  • Watch Party: Lunch Chat with Jason Reynolds External

    September 18, 2021 | 12:00-1:30 pm EDT | Online

    Calvert Library

    Join us for a watch party and discussion of the National Book Festival’s live conversation with Jason Reynolds, author of "Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks” (Atheneum). Please register to receive the Zoom link approximately an hour before the event.

  • National Book Festival On-Demand Video Round-table Discussion External

    September 18, 2021 | 6:00-7:00 pm EDT | Online

    Howard County Library System

    Celebrate the 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival! Watch on-demand videos featuring National Book Festival authors beforehand, then join HCLS instructors and fellow community members to discuss those authors' work and share how they have impacted you or opened your world. Share your favorite books and authors, and discover new ones!

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Great Reads from Great Places

“Before She Was Harriet” by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome

Age: 4-8 years

We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was known first as Araminta, Minty, Moses and General Tubman. “Before She Was Harriet” (Holiday House) travels back in time through the roles that gave Tubman her many names: spy, liberator, suffragist and more. Harriet Tubman was born enslaved in the state of Maryland, and after escaping to Philadelphia she returned to the Eastern Shore of Maryland many times to help other enslaved people escape.

Lesa Cline-Ransome is the acclaimed author of numerous award-winning picture books that celebrate important figures in history. Her husband, illustrator James E. Ransome, has received the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration for multiple books, including “Before She Was Harriet.”

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Maryland Humanities

Learn more about this state's 2021 Great Reads from Great Places book selection in this video.

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