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The Library Guy to Host Book Discussions

On Friday, September 17, at 9:30 a.m., and again on Thursday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m., “the library guy” (a.k.a. Bill Peak)  will host a book discussion on this year’s One Maryland One Book: “Outcasts United.”  One Maryland One Book is the Maryland Humanities Council program in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time. 

“Outcasts United” tells the true story of a coach who turned a disparate group of refugee children into a single unified soccer team.  The challenges she faced were immense.  The children were poor (one child showed up for his first practice wearing the only sneaker he owned, and was immediately dubbed “One Shoe”).  Many had experienced unimaginable violence in their short lives.  And all of them, to one degree or another, were disoriented by the strange new world in which they found themselves.  Yet through hard work and determination they came together to turn in one remarkable season.

Speaking of the book in The Star Democrat’s August library column, Peak wrote, “I loved this book.  At a time in my own life when the challenges seemed to arrive daily in big, lumbering pairs, it gave me a hero (the coach) and a group of likeable kids who overcame challenges that made mine pale by comparison.  It inspired me to go on.  The Maryland Humanities Council and I would like to share that inspiration with you.  Drop by the library, check out a copy of ‘Outcasts United,’ then sign up for one of the book discussions I’ll be leading on the subject.  I think you’re going to love the ride.”  To sign up for one of the library’ guy’s book discussions, call the library at 410-822-1626. 

In anticipation of the Easton library’s coming move to temporary quarters in the old Black and Decker plant, both of the “Outcasts United” book discussions will take place in the Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Avenue, Easton.  The library would like to thank the Senior Center for providing this space. 

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