The Charles County Public Library Adopt-a-Book program is a wonderful way for the Charles County community to engage with the library’s collections. By adopting a book, you contribute to the library’s collection, allowing us to make meaningful and important works available on our shelves.
When you adopt a book, you receive a bookplate in the adopted book and a recognition on our website, memorializing your contribution. When the book has reached the end of its life cycle in the library, adopters will also be given a chance to buy the book before it is sold during a Library sponsored book sale.
If you would like to adopt a book in honor of or in memory of someone, please indicate this during your adoption. All Adopt-a-Book donations are tax-deductible. Donors will receive a gift acknowledgment and tax receipt from Charles County Public Library.
February Adopt-a-Book Titles
February 2019: Black History Month – This month, in honor of Black History Month, Adopt-a-Book contains a selection of books for adults and children which commemorate and celebrate black history and culture.
Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Janet Dewart Bell
Lighting the Fires of Freedom highlights the contributions of women in the Civil Rights Movement who, despite their importance and deep involvement with the movement, have been largely overlooked.
Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman by Harold H Brown and Marsha S Bordner
In his own words, Harold Brown shares his experiences as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen as well as the challenges and discrimination he has faced throughout his life.
Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation by John Hope Franklin and Loren Schweninger
In this revelatory work, the authors analyze slaves’ attempts to escape to freedom. They demonstrate that these acts of resistance occurred with great frequency throughout the country.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
This book recounts the author’s life as a slave and eventual escape without shying away from describing the abuses and horrors she was forced to endure.
Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker
While most Americans are familiar with the Harlem Renaissance, far fewer are aware of the renaissance which occured in Pittsburgh, PA, from the 1920’s to the 1950’s and influenced much of the country.
Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari Wills
In this exciting new work of nonfiction, Shomari Wills tells the stories of six powerful figures who, in spite of the many obstacles placed before them, managed to accumulate and retain a great deal of wealth and influence.
Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture by Mabel Wilson
This book provides an in-depth look at the process of building the National Museum of African American History and Culture while discussing the museum’s mission and its importance.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
A powerful work detailing Malcolm X’s life in his own words, demonstrating his passion as well as his willingness to reevaluate his beliefs without apologizing for them.
A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism by Paul Youngquist
An intriguing look at a rather unique individual whose philosophy, musical talent, and visual aesthetic led to the creation of Afrofuturism; a movement which has influenced a wide variety of artistic works, from the novels of Octavia Butler to Marvel’s Black Panther.
A Children’s Introduction to African American History: The Experience, People, and Events that Shaped Our Country Written by Jabari Asim and Illustrated by Lynn Gaines
Written by award winning author Jabari Asim for young readers, this book covers a variety of important events and figures in African American history as well as notable museums and places of interest for further learning.
Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe Written by Deborah Blumenthal and Illustrated by Laura Freeman
This biography covers the life of Ann Cole Lowe, who pursued her dreams in the face of discrimination and became a successful fashion designer, though she rarely received the credit she was due.
Capital Days: Michael Shiner’s Journal and the Growth of Our Nation’s Capital by Tonya Bolden
This children’s book follows the story of Maryland-born Michael Shiner in parallel with that of our nation’s capital, covering a period of great change and incredible strife.
Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave Who Dared to Run Away by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve
After being told that she was to be given away as a wedding gift by Martha Washington, Ona Judge chose instead to run away. A fugitive for the rest of her life, she faced great hardship, but never regretted her choice to be free.
Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII by Mary Cronk Farrell
Standing Up Against Hate highlights the contributions of the African American women who joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during WWII, contributing to the war effort and eventually playing an important role in the integration of the armed forces.
Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas Written by Gwendolyn Hooks and Illustrated by Colin Bootman
This book tells the story of Vivien Thomas, who developed the first technique for open-heart surgery in children, though he would not receive credit for his contributions until much later in life.
Hammering for Freedom Written by Rita Lorraine Hubbard and Illustrated by John Holyfield
The true story of William Lewis, who used his talents as a blacksmith to purchase freedom for himself and his family.
I Have a Dream Written by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Combining the text of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech with a series of beautiful illustrations by Kadir Nelson, this book shares King’s desire for peace and equality.
America’s Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes & Early Leaders By Nancy I Sanders
America’s Black Founders tells the stories of several African American figures involved in the American Revolution who, while often overlooked, were instrumental in our nation’s fight for independence.
Dream Big Dreams: Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency by Pete Souza
Sharing behind-the-scenes photographs and anecdotes, Pete Souza gives readers a glimpse of Obama’s presidency and personality.
Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills Written by Renee Watson and Illustrated by Christian Robinson
A talented singer, Florence Mills achieved success on Broadway during the 1920’s in spite of the bigotry she faced.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
An illustrated collection of poems and spirituals recollecting the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a member of the Civil Rights Movement and champion of equal voting rights.
Young, Gifted and Black Written by Jamia Wilson and Illustrated by Andrea Pippins
Young, Gifted and Black celebrates the achievements of 52 prominent black figures throughout history.
January Adopt-a-Book Titles
January 2019: Literature on the 9’s. Celebrate amazing book birthdays with this selection of past and present books from years ending in 9 from 1919 to 2019.
My Man Jeeves (1919) by P.G. Wodehouse
A series of short stories following the inept Bertie Wooster and his put upon valet Jeeves, who unerringly delivers excellent advice with a calm demeanor and dry wit.
The Sound and the Fury (1929) by William Faulkner
Faulkner’s unconventional masterpiece combines stream of consciousness writing with multiple narrative points of view to tell the story of a southern aristocratic family as it implodes.
Rebecca (1939) by Daphne Du Maurier
This book, adapted into the classic Hitchcock film of the same name, follows an unnamed narrator as she navigates her recent marriage to the charming widower Maxim de Winter while being hounded by the resentful Mrs. Danvers.
The Big Sleep (1939) by Raymond Chandler
One of the best examples of the “hard-boiled” detective novel and Chandler’s first story to feature the character of Philip Marlowe, private eye.
Death of a Salesman (1949) by Arthur Miller
This award winning and nearly ubiquitous play should be familiar to anyone who has ever set foot in a high school drama club.
The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson
One of the best known works of supernatural horror, this novel has inspired numerous movies as well as the recent Netflix series.
Happy Birthday to You! (1959) by Dr. Seuss
What’s a list about book birthdays without a book about birthdays, which is also celebrating its 40th birthday?
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) by Maya Angelou
Beautifully and powerfully written, Maya Angelou’s autobiographical work shares the challenges she faced growing up in a segregated society and how she was able to overcome them, achieving both happiness and success.
The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) by Ursula K. Le Guin
Perhaps Ursula K. Le Guin’s best known work. This powerful work of science fiction questions preconceived notions of gender and explores how two radically different societies might interact and come to understand each other.
Kindred (1979) by Octavia Butler
Dana, an African-American woman living in 1976 California, is transported between her present time and antebellum Maryland. Well researched and emotionally powerful, this novel confronts the painful history of slavery and reminds us that the wrongs of the past aren’t as far behind us as we would like to believe.
The Pillars of the Earth (1989) by Ken Follett
Centered around the construction of a cathedral in twelfth century England, this well crafted novel remains one of Ken Follett’s best known and best loved works.
The Remains of the Day (1989) by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro, 2017 recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature, demonstrates his talent for writing novels of “great emotional force” in this introspective story of Stevens, a long time butler.
Bark, George (1999) by Jules Feiffer
An amusing children’s story with a fun twist about a dog who makes a variety of different animal sounds whenever he tries to bark.
The Interpreter of Maladies (1999) by Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize winning collection of short stories focuses on Indians and Indian Americans caught between tradition and a changing world.
The Intuitionist (1999) by Colson Whitehead
Lila Mae Watson pursues the shadowy figures which set her up to take the fall for a deadly elevator accident in this multifaceted novel which is part thrilling mystery, part discussion of race and class, and part philosophical discussion.
Inherent Vice (2009) by Thomas Pynchon
A psychedelic mystery set in the late sixties full of strange plots, unusual characters, and far-out twists.
When You Reach Me (2009) by Rebecca Stead
The Newberry Award winning tribute to A Wrinkle in Time, with a plethora of twists too good to spoil.
An Anonymous Girl (2019) by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
An upcoming and hotly anticipated psychological thriller which has already been optioned for a television series.
Max and the Midknights (2019) by Lincoln Peirce
A soon to be released illustrated novel by the creator of Big Nate, following Max on his quest to become a knight.
December Adopt-a-Book Titles
A few favorites of 2018. 2018 has been a great year for books, but where did the time go? Looking back on what’s been published this year, this list features selected staff picks for popular and noteworthy titles of 2018.
The Prince and the Dressmaker By: Jen Wang
Frances, a dressmaker pursuing dreams of success and recognition, is given the opportunity to design dresses for royalty. This charming graphic novel follows an exploration of gender identity through a story of friendship and romance.
The President is Missing by: Bill Clinton and James Patterson
In this unique collaboration, terrorists are threatening to unleash a computer virus that will erase every web-connected device and bring the United States to its knees. Only Jonathan Duncan, current U.S. President, has what it takes to save the country in time.
The Woman in the Window by: A.J. Finn
In this psychological thriller reminiscent of the classic film Rear Window, Anna Fox is thrust into a world full of secrets and danger. Where can she turn when she can’t trust anyone, even herself?
The Great Alone by: Kristin Hannah
This emotional book follows the Allbright family as they move to a remote corner of Alaska, hoping that the peaceful setting will help Ernt Allbright recover from his PTSD. However, as the days grow shorter and Winter settles in things begin to turn for the worse.
Girl, Wash Your Face by: Rachel Hollis
Founder of The Chic Site, Rachel Hollis shares her experiences and offers advice for women to help them overcome their limitations and pursue their goals.
An American Marriage by: Tayari Jones
This novel, selected for Oprah’s book club, is a love story and an indictment of the injustices present in the criminal justice system.
There There by: Tommy Orange
Centered on twelve people attending the Big Oakland Powwow, There There considers what it means to be Native American and grapples with many of the challenges which impact the community today.
Educated: A Memoir by: Tara Westover
The author shares her experiences growing up in a survivalist family and how she came to leave her home to pursue an education and experience the world.
The Female Persuasion by: Meg Wolitzer
Following the character of Greer Kadetsky as she pursues feminist activism, this novel discusses the differences between second wave feminism and the more modern third and fourth waves while attempting to bridge the gap between generations.