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The Cape May County Public Library is delighted to announce the return of our annual One Book, One Cape May community initiative. One Book, One Cape May is a countywide literary event that encourages members of the Cape May County community to read the same book at the same time, while engaging with events throughout the county library system that support the central themes of the book. By building bridges between communities and generations through reading, we hope to help promote reading as a lifelong pursuit and to work toward building a community that celebrates literacy together.

Our third annual One Book, One Cape May initiative will take place at every Cape May County Public Library branch during May 2017. This year’s One Book selection is Orphan Train by bestselling author Christina Baker Kline. Orphan Train, published in 2013, is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship. Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Kline’s story takes readers on a journey between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, featuring Irish immigrant and Penobscot Indian cultures, and exploring our universal desire for home and acceptance over the generations. Our programs for May are designed to highlight these themes and histories, bringing Kline’s wonderful novel to life.

Multiple copies of this book, including audio and large print, will be available at our branches, and the eBook option will be available via Overdrive online. Our programming department is planning a rich array of thematic events and activities throughout the month of May, including history lectures with guest speakers, art classes, themed cooking demonstrations, children’s programs, and much more!

Please join us in reading Orphan Train this summer, and visit the library to enjoy our many exciting One Book, One Cape May programs!

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