#BWELLREAD in 2019 with WBAL-TV

January 02, 2019 | By Baltimore County Public Library

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Award-winning NBC-affiliate WBAL-TV and Baltimore County Public Library have partnered to promote literacy in 2019 with the #BWELLREAD reading challenge with WBAL-TV. Each month, the station’s on-air personalities will 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.

The WBAL team member’s selection, along with a series of similar suggestions (“read-alikes”) recommended by the library’s Collection Development Department, will be displayed at our 19 branches throughout Baltimore County.

Read and Share Your Thoughts

Library cardholders and WBAL-TV viewers are encouraged to read the monthly book recommendations or a similar book (read-alike) and post a photo of their selection for the month on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram along with the hashtag #BWELLREAD. Two posts will be chosen each month and winners will 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. 

Jason Newton

11 News Today anchor Jason Newton will kick off the partnership in January with his selection of "Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Jason says, “This book was given to me by my father and after reading it, I realized a connection there. Two men, from different generations, learning later in life just how much they mean to each other. "Coach Wooden and Me" helps us to understand a relationship that was born from basketball, but sustained by loyalty, understanding and some tough love between Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Coach Wooden. You expect the lessons handed down from coach to player. But the unexpected is what the coach learns from the life of a young black player during the civil rights era and how they realize just how similar they are…eventually growing into a lifetime friendship.”

2019 Booklist

The monthly book recommendations for 2019 #BWELLREAD with WBAL-TV are as follows:

Month Name Book Author
January Jason Newton "Coach Wooden and Me" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
February Tim Tooten "The Underground Railroad" Colson Whitehead
March Theo Hayes "Hidden Figures" Margot Lee Shetterly
April Mindy Basara "John Adams" David McCullough
May Lacee Griffith "Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving—and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity" Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea
June Andre Hepkins "Burning Down the Haus" Tim Mohr
July Ashley Hinson "Dear Martin" Nic Stone
August Jennifer Franciotti "Sharp Objects" Gillian Flynn
September Deborah Weiner "The Bluest Eye" Toni Morrison
October Kai Reed "The Lake House" Kate Morton
November Megan Pringle "Being Mortal" Atul Gawande
December Ava Marie "Into Thin Air" Jon Krakauer

Note: If all copies of a book are checked out, library cardholders can reserve books online or at any of the library's branches.

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