Events pegged to reading book

August 08, 2002|By Alexa James

A Baltimore citywide reading program begun yesterday, dubbed "Baltimore's Book," continues through September, culminating with the Baltimore Book Festival Sept. 27-29. (See details on Page 1A.)

The book being read - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - can be checked out of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, purchased for $1 at the library gift store or read online (the book was never copyrighted) at www.gutenberg.org.

Here are some of the events planned in conjunction with the program:

Sept. 3: Douglass' great-great-grandson, Frederick Douglass IV, and his wife, B.J., will present Frederick and Anna: Alive and in Love, the story of Frederick and Anne Murray Douglass, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. (Frederick Douglass IV will read from his ancestor's work at various library branches through September.)

Sept. 30: The Coppin Players and Coppin Dancers will perform a dramatic presentation at 10 a.m. in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium of Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave.

Sept. 14: A Read-a-thon at the Hamilton Branch Library, 5901 Harford Road. Participants will read Douglass' work for seven straight hours.

Other events will occur throughout September.

Eight discussion groups on Douglass' work have been scheduled. Locations include Sibanye Bookstore, Coppin State College, the Baltimore Reads Ripken Learning Center and libraries throughout the city.

The Hampden Branch Library, 3641 Falls Road, will accept writings and drawings about Frederick Douglass to display in an exhibit.

The Herring Run Branch Library, 3801 Erdman Ave., is holding a Frederick Douglass Trivia Contest. Pick up a list of questions, submit the right answers and win a prize.

Kids can pick up Frederick Douglass coloring pages at the Roland Park Branch Library, 5108 Roland Ave.

Saturdays at 10 a.m., "Path to Freedom," walking tours of historic Fells Point take place. Tours depart from the Fells Point Visitors Center, 808 S. Ann St.

For more information, call the Enoch Pratt Free Library at 410-396-5494 or log on to www.pratt.lib.md.us.

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