June #BWELLREAD: Two Times the Fun

June 03, 2019 | By Baltimore County Public Library

NBC-affiliate WBAL-TV and Baltimore County Public Library have partnered to promote literacy in 2019 with the #BWELLREAD reading challenge. Each month, the station’s on-air personalities recommend a book they have enjoyed reading from the library’s collection and encourage viewers to stop by a library branch and pick up a book for themselves from a variety of genres.

This month, two WBAL-TV team members have selected books for the #BWELLREAD challenge and we’re excited to share their interesting picks.

Andre Hepkins' Pick

Anchor and reporter Andre Hepkins selected "Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall" by Tim Mohr.

The New York Times Book Review describes "Burning Down the Haus" as a “riveting and inspiring history of punk’s hard-fought struggle in East Germany. The book chronicles, with cinematic detail, the commitment and defiance required of East German punks as they were forced to navigate constant police harassment and repression.” Find this book and others like it in the catalog.

Andre says, "I love music. I also love history. This is the first book I’ve encountered that vividly and artfully uses a musical movement as a way to tell the story of an epochal moment in 20th-century history."

David Collins' Pick

Cover art for When the Crowd Didn't Roar.

I-Team Reporter David Collins selected "When the Crowd Didn't Roar: How Baseball's Strangest Game Ever Gave a Broken City Hope" by Kevin Cowherd.

Baltimore Magazine describes "When the Crowd Didn’t Roar" as follows: “In exquisite detail, Kevin Cowherd writes about the historical and surreal baseball game between the Orioles and the White Sox inside an empty Camden Yards, closed to fans as a result of the uprising that had ravaged the city days earlier. No crowds yelling “O!” during the national anthem, no autographs, hot dog vendors or Kiss Cam—just the sounds of the ball hitting bat and glove, the hollow thump of a foot on first base, the less dramatic 'strike' uttered by the ump." Find this book and others like it in the catalog.

David says, "This book is an amazing chronicle of two historical and unsettling events in Baltimore City unfolding nearly at the same time. Rich in detail, author Kevin Cowherd puts you in those empty stands. He provides enlightening perspectives from players and local leaders."

Have you read these books? What books inspire you? Post your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag Andre (@andrehepkins) or David (@dcollinsWBAL) along with #BWELLREAD.

About the Reading Challenge

Library cardholders and WBAL-TV viewers are also encouraged to read the monthly book recommendations or a similar book ("read-alike") and post a photo of their selection for the month along with #BWELLREAD. Two posts are chosen each month and winners receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Readers can also connect with the reporters or anchors on social media and share their thoughts on the books. 

The WBAL team members' selections, along with a series of read-alikes recommended by the library’s Collection Development department, are displayed at our 19 branches throughout Baltimore County.

Category: Collection and Materials