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.
June Adopt-a-Book Titles
June 2019: Pride Month! Please join us in celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month as we highlight noteworthy books written by and about members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Red: A Crayon’s Story By Michael Hall
This story about a blue crayon with a red label contains an important message about accepting others for who they are on the inside while being an effective allegory for the transgender experience.
Heather Has Two Mommies By Leslea Newman
One of the earliest children’s books to depict a same-sex couple as parents, Heather Has Two Mommies demonstrates that the most important quality any family can have is love.
This Day in June Written by Gayle E Pitman and Illustrated by Kristyna Litten
With a lighthearted and fun approach, This Day in June serves as an excellent introduction for young readers to the vibrant and diverse groups of people one might find at a Pride parade.
And Tango Makes Three Written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and Illustrated by Henry Cole
Based on a true story, And Tango Makes Three follows two male penguins who became partners and subsequently hatched and raised a chick.
George By Alex Gino
George is a story about a young transgender girl who wants to play the part of Charlotte in a school production of Charlotte’s Web, but faces resistance from those who can’t seem to understand the simple fact that she’s a girl.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson By John Green and David Levithan
Two young men, both coincidentally named Will Grayson, meet under unusual circumstances and form a connection through their mutual friend Tiny Cooper. Together as friends, they pursue their own romantic relationships and grow as they work towards the production of their friend’s high school musical.
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World By Sarah Prager
Often overlooked and erased, LGBTQ+ individuals have been present throughout human history. This collective biography shines light on 23 LGBTQ+ people of particular note.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me Written by Mariko Tamaki and Illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me follows Frederica Riley as she navigates her difficult relationship with her on again, off again girlfriend and discovers the importance of prioritizing healthy relationships over toxic ones.
Miranda in Milan By Katherine Duckett
Set after Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Miranda in Milan follows Miranda as she struggles to adapt to a new setting and escape from her father’s shadow with the aid of her companion and confidant Dorothea.
Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet Into the Stonewall Era Edited by Jason Baumann
Love and Resistance is a collection of photos with information about the historical context of the protests surrounding the Stonewall riots. These images celebrate the strength and diversity of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.
Love Speaks Its Name: Gay and Lesbian Love Poems Edited by J D McClatchy
This collection of gay and lesbian love poetry includes a variety of powerful and evocative works written by well-known authors, spanning a wide range of eras from the ancient world through the 20th century.
Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me By Janet Mock
In this autobiographical work, Janet Mock discusses her time as a young adult navigating relationships, building a career, and finally becoming content with her body.
Giovanni’s Room By James Baldwin
An excellent piece of classic literature, Giovanni’s Room depicts the relationship between two men in 1950’s Paris as they grapple with their sexuality, their feelings toward one another, and the expectations of society.
May Adopt-a-Book Titles
May 2019: The Great Outdoors! With beautiful spring weather already upon us, and summer just around the corner, these books are great for making the most of the warm temperatures and long days.
Planting a Rainbow By Lois Ehlert
Planting a Rainbow is a timeless picture book celebrating all the colors that can grow and flourish in a garden.
Leo Can Swim Written By Anna McQuinn Illustrated by Ruth Hearson
In this sequel to Leo Loves Baby Time, Leo and his father go to swim class where they have fun playing in the water along with other babies and their caretakers.
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy By Noelle Stevenson, et al.
The first volume of the critically acclaimed Lumberjanes series introduces Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley as they investigate the strange supernatural phenomena happening around their summer camp. Friendship to the max!
Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book By Britta Teckentrup
This cleverly illustrated book is a great way for children to learn more about bees and the important role they play in the environment.
Super Bug Encyclopedia: The Biggest, Fastest, Deadliest Creepy-Crawlers on the Planet By John Woodward
With remarkably detailed illustrations and a plethora of information on bugs of all kinds, this book is a good choice for young insect enthusiasts.
Earth Eats: Real Food, Green Living By Annie Corrigan and Daniel Orr
Grouping each section based on seasonal availability, this book provides readers with helpful tips on gardening and finding in-season produce. Includes 200 recipes!
The Official Tour-de-France Bike Maintenance Book: How to Prep Your Bike Like the Pros By Luke Edwardes-Evans
This book is a helpful resource for cyclists, from the casual rider to the competitive enthusiast, looking to perform maintenance or personalize their bikes.
The Art of Kayaking: Everything You Need to Know About Paddling By Nigel Foster
A definitive manual to kayaking written by an expert instructor with useful information for kayakers of all skill levels from beginner to expert.
The C&O Canal Companion: A Journey Through Potomac History By Mike High
A useful guide to the C&O Canal offering readers current information on lodging and other trail facilities while providing details of the canal’s fascinating history. This book is a great choice for anyone looking to make the most of a visit to, or trip along, the C&O Canal.
Peterson Guide to Bird Identification – In 12 Steps By Steve NG Howell and Brian L Sullivan
A simple, well illustrated guide to help new birders and aspiring ornithologists get started watching and identifying birds.
Epic Hikes of the World By Lonely Planet
Whether you’re looking to travel abroad this summer or wanting to experience something closer to home, this handy book features 50 stories, accompanied by beautiful photographs, of excellent hiking routes found all over the world.
Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest By Laura J Moss
Are you a cat eager to explore the world, to go where no cat has gone before? If so, then make sure your human gets a copy of this book, which gives them all the information they need to take you on the adventure of nine lifetimes.
Weber’s Ultimate Grilling: A Step-By-Step Guide to Barbecue Genius By Jamie Purviance
Whether you’re looking for new grill recipes or tips on how to improve the ones you already have, then this book is for you. Containing recipes for the most popular grilled foods with helpful full color photos to illustrate each step of the grilling process, Weber’s Ultimate Grilling provides a new take on outdoor cooking.
Plant Combinations for an Abundant Garden: Design and Grow a Fabulous Flower and Vegetable Garden By David Squire and A&G Bridgewater
Helpful for beginners and experienced gardeners, this comprehensive guide provides step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and diagrams for gardeners to design, plan, and plant their gardens successfully.
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.