Charlestown Residents Participate in One Maryland One Book

CATONSVILLE ,MD (July 29, 2013) -- Charlestown retirement community residents are participating in One Maryland One Book, a project designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. Residents are reading "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village" by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman. A Thursday, November 7, book discussion facilitated by the Catonsville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will be held on the Charlestown campus. "King Peggy" chronicles the journey of an American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Peggy's first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community. One Maryland One Book, which is now in in 6th year, is held under the auspices of the Maryland Humanities Council. Readers participate in book-centered discussions and other associated programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges and universities, museums, bookstores, and community and senior centers.   ###