One Maryland One Book


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Kent County Public Library invites you to take part in One Maryland One Book, a program of Maryland Humanities designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book.

The 2021 One Maryland One Book selection, The Book of Delights by Ross Gay, is a collection of genre-defying lyric essays. These essays record the delights the author experienced and documented over the course of a year and inspire us to take time to notice delights and find hope in our lives.

This fall, please join us for book discussions and other programs that tie-in to the book and its themes.

How to Read
Join the Discussion

You are invited to explore The Book of Delights through a series of themes! These discussions will be led by KCPL staff and are open to all. Attend the whole program series or choose the topics that resonate with you. If you don't have time to read the whole book, you are still welcome to join us. Since we won't have time to discuss all 102 essayettes in an hour, we've chosen three essayettes to create a starting point for each discussion. Discussion of other essayettes is welcome and encouraged, so please feel free to share your favorites, too!

Discussion Theme: Relating to Each Other & Ourselves
Friday, September 17 | 4pm | Chestertown Branch
Featured essayettes:

#9 The High Five from Strangers, Etc. (pg. 27-30)
#30 Infinity (pg. 91-93)
#58 Botan Rice Candy (pg. 157-159)

Discussion Theme: The Delicacy of Life
Friday, October 8 | 1pm | Virtual Event
Featured essayettes:

#2 Inefficiency (pg. 4-7)
#17 Just a Dream (pg. 57-60)
#29 The Do-Over (pg. 88-90)

Discussion Theme: Soaking Up Nature
Friday, October 29 | 11am | Virtual Event
Featured essayettes:

#3 Flower on the Curb (pg. 8-9)
#16 Hummingbird (pg. 55-56)
#84 Fireflies (pg. 221-222)

Beyond the Book

Go deeper into the themes explored in The Book of Delights with events and opportunities to explore small joys in your own life and share them with others in our community.

Share Your Delight! A Community Collection of Delightful Essays and Artwork
Project Submissions: September 1-30th
Virtual Showcase: Saturday, November 6 | 2-4pm

In the preface of The Book of Delights, Mr. Gay writes, "the more you study delight, the more delight there is to study." KCPL invites you to celebrate your own unique experience of delight by creating and submitting a short "essayette" or piece of artwork that expresses a small joy in your life. Submissions will be showcased at a community gallery event.

Submission Guidelines
Release & Submission Form

Joyful Art Workshop
Saturday, October 9 | 1-3pm
Chestertown Branch

Join us for an afternoon of creating joyful art! Register to reserve your space, pick up a supply kit, then join us online for creativity in community from the comfort of your own home.
Space is limited. Please register.


About One Maryland One Book

When we read a great book, we can't wait to share the experience and talk about it with others. That's one of the joys of reading.

In that spirit, Maryland Humanities created One Maryland One Book (OMOB) to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. We invite you to participate in book-centered discussions and related programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges, museums, bookstores, and community and senior centers around the state.

For more information, visit One Maryland One Book.