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His friend made it a book
      Judging by their book release party, the collaborators are proud of their first-time novel, the memorably named The Dung Beetles of Liberia.
Colin Rees explores changing seasons
     Birds led Colin Rees — a former environmental advisor for the World Bank — to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. There he discovered a wider love, of the natural world, so strong it led to his latest book, Nature’s Calendar: A Year in the Life of a Wildlife Sanctuary. 
Almost everything you wanted to know about terrapins
      Terrapins appear at football and basketball games as the University of Maryland’s mascot. These remarkable creatures are even more fascinating in real life as described in Ecology and Conservation of the Diamond-Backed Terrapin edited by Willem M Roosenburg and Victor S. Kennedy.

19th-century ne’er-do-well fathered Australian cricket legend

      With its roots as a British penal colony, Australia might be less scandalized than conservative Annapolis by the carryings on of Gilbert Murdock, whose shenanigans played in both locales as he hopped continents and countries. Murdock was born in Annapolis in 1826, but he’s left less trace here than in Australia. There a book revealing his shady past has just been published, and his son, William Lloyd ‘Billy’ Murdoch, has just been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

Retired professor follows Maryland hero from Port Tobacco to Canada

        Uncle Tom lived many lives.            To the thousands of mid-19th-century readers of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he was a heroic slave, his cabin home was heralded as a symbol of self-sacrifice. Yet to 20th century black Americans, his name lived as a symbol of subservience.

This year’s Big Read introduces a chapter of black history relevant today for its social commentary

      Jack Johnson shocked the world by rising from the culture of Jim Crow to become boxing’s first African American world heavyweight cham­pion. A century later, Adrian Matejka chronicled his life and rise to fame in The Big Smoke. In 2013 it was considered for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award — for poetry.         This year, The Big Smoke is circulating around Anne Arundel County as part of The Big Read, which began February 1.

Calvert Library writes local history

       In Calvert County, the public library has gone beyond collecting books to creating them. For Women’s History Month last March, the library sponsored Inspiring Black Women of Calvert County. This year men take the stage as subjects of a new local history book, Inspiring African American Men of Calvert County.
Local children’s writer Simons Acquah publishes stories that reflect positivity
      Forget the tortoise and the hare. There’s a new turtle in town. Simons Acquah, a writer originally from West Africa, is introducing a new turtle.        Fourteen years ago, the Ghanaian storyteller went to Jefferson City, Missouri, on an academic scholarship to Lincoln University. After graduation, he and his family settled in our neck of the woods. 

Join in a multi-media celebration starting with a book of poetry about a boxer

      “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  –Dr. Seuss             Imagine a book club with 500,000 members.

Ornithologist Bruce Beehler delves into his northward journey with spring’s songbirds

     Traveling via car, canoe, bicycle and on foot, Bruce Beehler, a Smithsonian ornithologist, wildlife researcher and lifelong adventurer, followed migrating birds for four months. Starting in late March 2015, he watched birds as they crossed into the U.S. at the southern border and as they traveled through the American heartland to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario.