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June 14, 2010 at 6:11 pm Leave a comment

Barth Event a Smashing Success!

John Barth and Carl Grubbs

Saturday’s unveiling of the John Barth historic marker was a huge success, with hundreds of friends, family, and well-wishers in attendance. During a ceremony hosted by Library Director Jean Del Sordo and prefaced by saxophonist Carl Grubbs’s music, Barth received an honorary proclamation from the Dorchester County Council and a key to the city from Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley. The statue was unveiled by FOL President John Lewis, who noted that it reflects the community’s pride in Barth, a native son who’s won the National Book Award and various other literary prizes.

Barth and Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley

In his remarks, Barth cited the influence of “the library, the library, the library,” where he “feasted on Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and Tarzan novels.”

He concluded by noting that “Cambridge, the rivershore, and the great down county salt marshes were my life’s coordinates from birth through high school through college and my first efforts as a writer of fiction, and they remain as touchstones of my imagination.”

Barth and historic marker at library

June 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm Leave a comment

Barth Sign Installed at Library

On Tuesday, Friends of the Library volunteers installed the interpretive sign/historic marker honoring John Barth on the front lawn of the Cambridge library. The sign will be unveiled during a ceremony on Saturday at 4 pm. Barth and local dignitaries will attend the program, which is free and open to the public.

June 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

Friends to Unveil Barth Sign on Saturday

On Saturday June 12th, the Friends of the Dorchester County Public Library will unveil a newly installed historic marker/interpretive sign honoring writer John Barth. Winner of the National Book Award and F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Fiction, Barth was born and raised in Cambridge. His debut novel, The Floating Opera, was set in Cambridge and much of his writing since then has been inspired by the Eastern Shore. The Barth sign is the first in Dorchester to honor a literary figure.

The unveiling ceremony begins at 4 pm on the lawn of the library at 303 Gay Street. The program will feature live music by jazz saxophonist Carl Grubbs, comments by local dignitaries, and remarks from Barth, who will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony, which will be held rain or shine.

The Barth celebration will then continue along Race Street, as part of Main Street’s “Second Saturday” festivities. Bags of candy will be distributed at the former site of Whitey’s Candyland, which was operated by Barth’s father, near Craig’s Drug Store. Copies of Carl Grubbs’s new CD (Maryland Traditions in Jazz) and books autographed by Barth will be raffled off, as well.

The historic marker and unveiling ceremony festivities were made possible by the Friends, with help from the Maryland Heritage Area, the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area, the Nannie Waddell Foundation, and Cambridge Main Street.

For additional information, call the Dorchester County Public Library at 410-228-7331.

[photo: David Colwell]

June 11, 2010 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

January Book Sale a Great Success

January’s FOL book sale was another rousing success, generating more than $800 for the group. The Book Cellar shelves are still full of great bargains, donations have been coming in regularly, and we anticipate another fantastic sale on February 13th. Don’t miss it!

January 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Great Buys at Second Saturday Book Sales

The Friends’ “Second Saturday” sales will be held on Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cambridge Branch Library, in their Book Cellar.

The Friends are looking for gifts of books, video and audio tapes, CDs, special interest magazines, and paper ephemera to add to their inventory.  Donations may be dropped off at the Cambridge and Hurlock Branch Libraries.  Book sale staff can pick up larger donations of books.  Call the Cambridge Branch Library at 410-228-7331 to arrange for a pick up.  Thank you!

October 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Friends Win Grant

Heart of Chesapeake Country

Heart of Chesapeake Country

The Friends of the Library have won a grant from The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area Historic Resources Enrichment Fund to be used to create and install a historic marker at the Cambridge Library honoring Dorchester native and literary giant, John Barth.  A walking tour brochure will also be developed as part of the grant highlighting local sites associated with Barth’s work.  A dedication of the marker is planned for May 2010 to coincide with Barth’s 80th birthday!

October 1, 2009 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Song Yet Sung by James McBride

The 2009 “One Maryland One Book” selection is Song Yet Sung by James McBride. Song Yet Sung by James McBride 

“In the days before the Civil War, a group of slaves breaks free in the labyrinthine swamps of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, setting loose a drama of violence and hope among slave catchers, plantation owners, waterman, runaway slaves, and free blacks.  Among them is Liz Spocott, a runaway slave, near death, wracked by disturbing visions of the future, and armed with “the Code,” a fiercely guarded cryptic means of communication for slaves on the run.  As she makes her desperate flight among the denizens of the swampy marsh lands, Liz’s extraordinary dreams of tomorrow create a freedom-seeking furor among the once complacent slave community.  It is one that will thrust them all into a world of haunting choices and inexorably closer to a mysterious, redemptive, and unexpected fate.” (from the book’s back cover)

“One Maryland One Book” is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council. It is designed to bring people together through the shared experience of reading the same book and participating in book-centered discussions and programs.

The Friends of the Library have generously funded the One Maryland One Book author tour.  James McBride will be speaking at North Dorchester High School, 5875 Cloverdale Road, Hurlock, MD  on Wednesday, October 28th at 9:30 a.m. He is also the author of the national bestseller, The Color of Water.  The public is invited.

September 30, 2009 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

Second Saturday Book Sale!

Second Saturday Book Sale

The Friends’ Second Saturday book sale is held monthly from September through May, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the “Book Cellar” located on the lower level of the Central Library, 303 Gay Street, Cambridge. The sale features gently used books as well as collectibles and other items of interest. For more information, call the library at 1-410-228-7331.


September 28, 2009 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

Dorchester County Public Library

Central Library
303 Gay St.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Hurlock Branch
222 S. Main St.
P.O. Box 114
Hurlock, MD 21643

Join the Friends of the Library!

It is easy to become a Friend. Come by the library and pick up a Membership Form.

What You Can Do

Join and support the Library with your membership donation.

Help sort and shelve donated books for the monthly Book Sale.

Help promote and publicize the Book Sale.

Organize Special Events such as local author Book Signings, Book Sales at other local events, and literacy promotion.

Serve on the Friends’ Board, which meets quarterly with the Library Director.

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