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The Distance Between Us: A MemoirOne Maryland One Book
Join Maryland’s biggest book club—One Maryland One Book! 2014 One Maryland One Book is The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande. This book relates the story of life before and after entering the United States from Mexico as an undocumented immigrant. One Maryland One Book is funded by the Division for Library Development and Services with a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The author, Reyna Grande, vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries. As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother. When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.


Ask Us Now Logo

 AskUsNow! is a 24/7 live online interactive service. It uses the expertise of librarians to provide the residents of Maryland and students of Maryland educational institutions with answers to questions, research guidance, and help navigating the Internet.




Maryland's Essential Resource for Library Information Networks (MERLIN)

  MERLIN is an online networking site for maryland librarians, where they can check online trainings offered locally and nationally and register online for classes.  Staff development coordinators contribute to online discussions, compare stories, and network with other library staff.



NFB-NEWSLINE® is an automated, interactive audio-information service provided for persons who have visual disabilities.  Through a phone call, a patron can access news service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 



Library Associate Training Institute 

Library Associate Training Institute
All library staff must complete a 90 hour orientation course which provides the overview of library work. Topics in the training are:

• How to answer a reference question
• How to use a search engine

Visit to the State Library Resource Center
Customer service and effective communication

Community information

Introduction to ebooks

Reader’s advisory


Maryland INTER-Library Loan

  This project provides for the transportation of inter-library loan library materials on a regular basis throughout the state of Maryland .  All inter library loan materials are delivered to and received from the Pratt Library in Baltimore.  


Summer Reading 2014 - Fizz, Boom, Read


Summer REading 2013Summer Reading is a project of the Maryland Public Libraries.  Readers from birth through high school can participate by registering at their local public library.  Maryland is part of the Collaborative Library Summer  Program, which provides graphics and other promotional materials for the program.  The theme for Summer Reading 2013 is "Dig into Reading".

Contact Information

Division of Library Development and Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  (410) 767-0444
Email:  dnangle@msde.state.md.us
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