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.
April Adopt-a-Book Titles
April 2019: Poetry Month! Whether you’re a devotee of the classics, a fan of modern free verse, or a newcomer looking to try something different, this collection of notable works by a variety of talented poets has something for everyone.
Selected Poems by E. E. Cummings
This collection of E. E. Cummings’ poetry covers the wide range of his varied styles and includes some unusual and rarely seen examples of his writings alongside his most popular poems.
Hope is the Thing with Feathers: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
A new collection of Emily Dickinson’s beautiful poems, displaying her prolific talent.
The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer through Robert Frost Edited by Harold Bloom
An anthology of six centuries worth of British and American poetry, collected by critic Harold Bloom.
The Penguin Book of Haiku Edited by Adam Kern
A selection of haiku in translation, revealing the varied and exquisite expressions of the art-form.
American Journal: Fifty Poems for Our Time Edited by Tracy K. Smith
American Journal anthologizes poems written by modern American poets from diverse circumstances, giving readers a snapshot of the varied cultures and viewpoints that make up the country.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano Illustrated by Julie Morstad
A collection of poems accompanied by lovely illustrations which follow the changing seasons from the early days of spring to snowy winter days.
Selected Poems of Robert Frost: Illustrated Edition by Robert Frost
Including some of Robert Frost’s most recognizable poems, such as “The Road Not Taken” and “Mending Wall,” this collection combines his first three volumes of poetry along with elegant black and white illustrations.
I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni Illustrated by Ashley Bryan
This children’s book contains a collection of Nikki Giovanni’s poems, selected and illustrated by Ashley Bryan, conveying an important message of love for all.
The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
This definitive collection contains the entirety of the celebrated author’s poetry, including poems which were once suppressed, arranged in the order in which he wrote them.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
A powerful and emotional collection of poetry sharing the hope one can find even in the most painful experiences.
Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy Illustrated by Jon J. Muth
A series of great poems collected by Caroline Kennedy for children accompanied by brilliant watercolor illustrations.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Amanda Lovelace’s first collection of poetry traces the stages of her life, revealing pain, loss, and empowerment.
The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
A chronological collection of the Pulitzer Prize winning Sylvia Plath’s beautiful poetry.
Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
A collection of clever and entertaining children’s poetry accompanied by drawings, from the author of Where the Sidewalk Ends.
March Adopt-a-Book Titles
March 2019: Graphic Novels Comics and graphic novels are not just for kids! The past several years have seen an boom of great visual reads for all ages. Whether it’s manga, an adapted re-telling, a favorite webcomic in print, or nonfiction, there’s a graphic novel for every reader.
Black Panther Vol. 1 Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates Illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze
In this ongoing series, violent attacks perpetrated by a superhuman terrorist group upset Wakanda’s stability prompting changes to the country which may threaten the Black Panther’s position as monarch. An excellent choice for fans of the Black Panther movie looking to see more of the iconic marvel character.
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Vol.1 By Fujita
A sweet romantic comedy following a group of self-described “otaku” who take comfort in being able to share their interests with one another while navigating the ins and outs of a committed relationship.
Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition By Julia Kaye
Written as a journal in comic format, artist Julia Kaye shares the ups and downs of her gender transition. A relatable and comforting read for people going through similar transitions and an excellent source for those who want to better understand what it’s like to be transgender.
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 By Yukito Kishiro
Collecting the original manga in a beautiful hardcover omnibus format, Battle Angel Alita is a great read for those who enjoy action-packed stories with a cyberpunk setting.
FTL, Y’All! Edited by Amanda Lafrenais and C. Spike Trotman
A unique comic anthology with 25 stories that all seek to answer the same unusual question, what would happen if everyone could easily build their own faster-than-light engine?
March: Book Three Written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin Illustrated by Nate Powell
The conclusion of the award-winning March trilogy, following the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. A powerful recollection and a reminder of how social change can be enacted in the face of extreme hatred and violence.
V for Vendetta Written by Alan Moore Illustrated by David Lloyd
This iconic graphic novel, set in a dystopian England which has become a totalitarian society devoid of political or personal freedoms, follows the exploits of the mysterious V as he works to overthrow the regime.
Bloom Into You Vol.1 By Nakatani Nio
Yuu has always wanted to experience romance, but is worried when she doesn’t feel anything after being asked out by a male classmate. Nanami is the student council president who asks Yuu out after giving her advice on how to handle the situation. Bloom Into You follows these two young women and their quiet, endearing romance.
Princess Princess Ever After By Katie O’Neill
Two princesses join forces to stop a jealous sorceress, discovering true friendship and love along the way in this graphic novel from the author of The Tea Dragon Society.
Your Black Friend and Other Strangers By Ben Passmore
A collection of comics by Ben Passmore including the award winning “Your Black Friend.”
Dog Man By Dav Pilkey
The first volume of the extremely popular series by Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta.
Where’s Walrus? By Stephen Savage
Tired of living at the zoo Walrus escapes and tries on numerous disguises in an attempt to evade the zookeeper pursuing him.
The Life of Captain Marvel Written by Margaret Stohl Illustrated by Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage
Fans of Marvel will want to check out this graphic novel which chronicles Captain Marvel’s origin, expanding upon the film.
Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom Written by Kelly Thompson Illustrated by Jenn St. Onge
Nancy Drew returns to her hometown following a mysterious message in this modern adaptation of the classic character.
Sleepless Vol.1 By Sarah Vaughn, et al.
This intriguing new fantasy graphic novel tells the story of Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia and her Sleepless Knight Cyrenic who serves as her protector against the many dangers of court politics, including someone who wants her dead.
Tuesday By David Wiesner
An unexplained event one Tuesday night sees a colony of frogs mysteriously take flight, causing great confusion as they soar through a nearby town.
New Super-Man and the Justice League China Written by Gene Luen Yang Illustrated by Brent Peeples and Matt Santorelli
Award winning author Gene Luen Yang introduces readers to a new group of superheroes based in China.
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.
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.
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.
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.