Skip to main content
Font size options
Increase or decrease the font size for this website by clicking on the 'A's.
Contrast options
Choose a color combination to give the most comfortable contrast.

January 6, 2021


Donna Scott-Martin

(301) 699-3500, ext. 6152

January Virtual Events at PGCMLS

Largo, MD – This January, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) presents a wide range of virtual and special events for all ages. Commemorate the Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at the Interpreting MLK Jr.'s Legacy and Ending Voter Suppression event on Tuesday, January 12 at 7 pm, featuring Andrea Blackman of the Civil Rights Room at Nashville Public Library and Taos Wynn of The King Center. Then a week later, join New York Times bestselling author, Kate Andersen Brower as she discusses the presidency and presidential inaugurations on Inauguration Eve 2021, Tuesday, January 19 at 7 pm. On January 25, at 7 pm, the Library invites the community to a Virtual Town Hall with our CEO Roberta Phillips. The topic is the PGCMLS Strategic Framework 2021-2024.

Check out these featured author, filmmaker, kids, and teen virtual events all free at the library.

Author & Filmmaker Events:

Emily Danforth and Sara Lautman (Illustrator) on "Plain Bad Heroines"

Monday, January 11 at 7 pm | Adults

The award-winning author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post makes her adult debut with this highly imaginative and original horror-comedy centered around a cursed New England boarding school for girls—a wickedly whimsical celebration of the art of storytelling, sapphic love, and the rebellious female spirit.

Film Discussion: Chris H. Lynn, filmmaker and sound artist

Monday, January 11 at 7 pm | Adults

Filmmaker Chris Lynn offers a feast for the senses in a new audiovisual experience. "River Thoughts" is a lyrical journey through the city of Nanjing, China during the summer months. Modern architecture, urban landscapes, melodies of folk songs, rainy ancient villages, and studies of the Yangtze River are carefully blended together to create a visual and aural tapestry of the city.

Interpreting MLK Jr.'s Legacy and Ending Voter Suppression

Tuesday, January 12 at 7 pm | Adults

The Prince George's County Memorial Library System and Prince George's County Human Relations Commission commemorate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday with a discussion of his legacy and its influence on contemporary efforts to end voter suppression against Black Americans as part of the Voting: Democracy in Action series. Featured speakers include Andrea Blackman, Division Manager for Special Collections, Nashville Public Library (and curator of the Civil Rights Room) and Taos Wynn, a Georgia-based community organizer and director of Nonviolence 365 at The King Center. Supported in part by the Maryland Humanities launches the Voices and Votes Electoral Engagement Project, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s “Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative.

The Academy Stories/Admissions with Ellen Ann Fentress and Neely Tucker

Wednesday, January 13 at 7 pm | Adults 

Writer-filmmaker Ellen Ann Fentress has spent the last decade capturing ways that the South’s racial past affects its present.

Isabel Wilkerson on Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents - Maryland Libraries Together

Friday, January 15 at 7 pm | Teens & Adults

In her critically acclaimed book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America. She explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative, how America throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Registration required.

Inauguration Eve Special Event: Kate Andersen Brower in Conversation

Tuesday, January 19 at 7 pm | Adults

New York Times bestselling author Kate Andersen Brower discusses the presidency and presidential inaugurations for this special event. An expert in White House history and the presidency, her most recent books are "Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump" and children's book "Exploring the White House: Inside America's Most Famous Home."

Kids Events:

Bilingual Read Aloud (Chinese/English)

Wednesday, January 13 at 10 am | Ages 5 and under

Stories, Fingerplays, and songs presented in Chinese and English.

ASL Storytelling

Fridays, 10 am (except January 8) | Ages 5-12

Join our weekly ASL Storytelling event for American Sign Language speakers. Voiceover narration is provided.

Biblioniños (Spanish Read Aloud)

Wednesday, January 27 at 10 am | Ages 5 and under

Se presentarán cuentos, actividades de "Fingerplay," y canciones en español.

Crafternoon: Salt Painting 

Friday, January 15 at 3 pm | Ages 5-12

Create salt paintings using household items and your imaginations.

Crafternoon: Snowy Owls 

Friday, January 22 at 3 pm | Ages 12 and under

Join us as we use cotton balls to paint snowy owls for winter!

Teen Events:

Show Me the Money: Understanding Financial Aid and Scholarships

Thursday, January 14 at 7 pm | Teens

Interested in applying to College? Join the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System and the college application specialist for a breakdown of the college financial aid process. Understand what the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®) is used for, what the CSS Profile is, and how scholarships may impact your financial aid package.

YA Book Discussion: Six of Crows 

Thursday, January 21 at 4 pm | Teens

Join the Library and the Human Relations Commission as we discuss Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo in anticipation of the new TV show.

About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. The Books from Birth and Ready 2 Read programs make the Library the primary source of early literacy education and Kindergarten readiness programs in the County.

PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Virtual events and outreach provide access to the Library from the comfort of home or on the go. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library also provides drive-up WiFi access at all branches and mobile hotspot devices. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.