One Maryland One Book 2023 "There There" by Tommy Orange

There There book display Berlin Library

The Worcester County Library is hosting the One Maryland One Book community read, a program of Maryland Humanities. This year's selection is Tommy Orange’s "There There," a novel about modern day Native Americans in urban settings. The book explores twelve different characters across Native communities as they gather for the Big Oakland Powwow. The novel addresses themes of sobriety, mental health, and ideas of cultural preservation.

Adult Services Coordinator Elena Coelho says, “This is a great opportunity for a community read, join us for book discussions and other programs that relate to the book, including documentaries, TED Talks, and more. We are hosting a panel discussion with the Pocomoke Indian Nation to learn about their experiences on the Eastern Shore and how their lives are similar to and diverge from the book.”

Upcoming Programs:

Community Read Discussion: There There by Tommy Orange
Friday, September 8 @ 2 pm * Ocean Pines Library
Thursday, October 5 @ 2 pm * Pocomoke Library
Friday, October 20 @ 2 pm * Berlin Library
Wednesday, November 8 @ 11 am * Ocean City 50Plus Center 104 41st Street 21842
Tuesday, November 14 @ 6 pm * Tides & Vine 106 W. Green St, Snow Hill, MD 21863

Pick up a copy of this year’s OMOB at any of these locations and join in the discussion.

Documentary: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Tuesday, September 19 @ 5:30 pm * Ocean City Library
Tuesday, October 3 @ 2 pm * Berlin Library
Thursday, October 26 @ 2 pm * Pocomoke Library

Learn about the Native Americans who contributed to rock music. This is part of our community read series.

TED Talks
Monday, October 30 @ 5:30 pm * Snow Hill Library
Wednesday, November 8 @ 5:30 pm * Berlin Library

We will watch 3 talks that provide context for the One Maryland One Book. Native Americans: We Shall Remain, The Rise and Fall of the Lakota Empire, and America’s Native Prisoners of War.

Ancestral Trauma: Healing Life’s Patterns
Tuesday, November 7 @ 2 pm * Ocean Pines Library
Dr. Sandra Burke, Psychologist and Women’s Trauma Specialist, examines this complex topic in an engaging, warm, and integrative way that’s down-to-earth, fun, and informative.

Panel Discussion with the Pocomoke Indian Nation
Tuesday, November 14 @ 5:30 pm * Berlin Library
Retired journalist Kelley Rouse leads this facilitated conversation about the experiences of this Nation on the Eastern Shore and how their lives are similar and different to the characters in Tommy Orange’s There There.

Copies are available to pick up at the branch (while supplies last). For more information about One Maryland One Book programs, please contact Elena Coelho at 443-783-6164 or