BC Reads: Stories Connect Us

BC Reads is a month-long program promoting community-wide discussion through reading and the arts. Take a look at the highlights from this year's program.


Featured Titles and Authors

Book cover of The Wangs vs. the World

The Wangs vs. the World
Jade Chang 

Meet author Jade Chang at the Catonsville Branch on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Catonsville Library.

Book cover of The Cooking Gene.

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
Michael W. Twitty

Meet author Michael W. Twitty at the Randallstown Branch on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Book cover of I Will Always Write Back.

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives
Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda and Liz Welch

Meet author Caitlin Alifirenka at the Rosedale Branch on Friday, April 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Book cover of Flying Lessons and Other Stories.

Flying Lessons & Other Stories
Ellen Oh

Meet author Ellen Oh, editor and founder of We Need Diverse Books, at the Loch Raven Branch on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.

Book cover of Maybe Something Beautiful.

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López

Meet author Theresa Howell at the Hereford Branch on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the ODell family.

Book cover of The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo.

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
Drew Weing



Poetry Contest: Share Your Story

We're challenging you to write your own original poem. Choose between two categories:

  • Adult: Age 19 and over
  • Youth: Age 18 and under
Old fountain pen on manuscript

First-, second- and third-place winners in both categories are selected by a panel of judges. Criteria for judging include originality, emotionality and quality of writing. First-place winners in each category receive a $25 gift card. Winners are notified on April 13 and invited to read their winning poems at:


Share Your Story: An Open Mic Poetry Night
Monday, April 23 at 6 p.m.
Woodlawn Branch

Contest Rules

Submissions can be written in any poetic style.

A poem in its entirety must be an original work by the person entering the contest.

Contest entries must be at least three lines but cannot exceed 26 lines (including stanza breaks) and cannot exceed 55 characters per line (including spaces between words). Any submission that exceeds these limits will be automatically disqualified. The poem title does not count as a line.

Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.

Poems must be submitted to contest@bcpl.net by Friday, April 6, 5 p.m. ET. Please include the poem title and all writer contact info on the first page of the submitted file, including mailing address, phone number and email address. All poems should be submitted in DOC, DOCX or RTF format.

Youth: Include "Youth Submission" in the subject line and your age in the author information on the first page of your submitted file.

All entries must comply with the entry requirements specified. Any entry that does not comply with the entry requirements will not be eligible for entry into the promotion.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. ET on April 6, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. If all required information is not included, the entry will be disqualified. Baltimore County Public Library is not responsible for late or incomplete entries.

By entering this promotion, the entrant gives their consent for Baltimore County Public Library to publish the story on its website or social media and use their name for promotional and marketing purposes.

Anyone 19 years of age or older may enter to win the adult contest. Youth 18 years of age and under may enter the youth contest. Employees and family of employees of Baltimore County Public Library are not eligible.

The contest starts at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, March 5 and ends at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, April 6.

Winners are notified via email by the library beginning Monday, April 16.


Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library
Friends of Baltimore County Public Library