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September 9, 2020


Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

(301) 699-3500, ext. 6152

Library Announces "Antoine and Friends: Children's Author Series" Fall Lineup

Largo, Maryland – The Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) and local children’s author Antoine Lunsford will continue "Antoine and Friends: Children's Authors Series,” this fall. These virtual programs will feature distinguished self-published area children’s book authors every Saturday at 10 am. All programs are on PGCMLS YouTube and made possible by the PGCMLS Foundation.

Antoine & Friends Virtual Events Lineup | Saturdays at 10 am

September 12
Award-winning children’s book author LaDonna N. Smith will share her book, “The Money Tree,” promoting financial literacy with children.

September 19
Children’s book author Cyana Riley was born and raised in Washington D.C. She graduated from George Washington University and spent the first 6 years of her career as a preschool teacher. Riley will share her book, “Not so different."

September 26
Brothers Elijah Smith and Isaiah Smith will share their book, “Pick me, Pick me!,” about a young boy named Cree, one of the shortest players on the basketball team. Fully illustrated, the book is for young readers.

October 3
T.B. Darks will read from her book, “The Fluffy Adventures of FROMO: Book 2 The Halloween Haircut." Ghost, zombies, and ghouls alike will send this hero running. But, will she be able to face her fears and save the day?

October 10
Local author Rick Daniels will share one of his books from the “Little Remy” series. Daniels believes that if children understand the serious consequences of bullying, they will be less likely to bully others.

Program host Antoine Lunsford is the author of the “Little Andy’s World” series for young readers and an elementary school educator. He serves on the PGCMLS Foundation Board.

About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. The Books from Birth and Ready 2 Read programs make the Library the primary source of early literacy education and Kindergarten readiness programs in the County.

PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Virtual events and outreach provide access to the Library from the comfort of home or on the go. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library also provides drive-up WiFi access at all branches and mobile hotspot devices. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.

About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Foundation

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) Foundation provides critical philanthropic support to the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. It strengthens the Library’s capacity to innovate, adapt to change, and ensure our libraries remain a vital resource for all in Prince George’s County now and in the future. Our libraries are more than a place to find books; they are spaces–both physical and online–to empower individuals, strengthen families, and make our county a better place.