Sonia Manzano

Baltimore County Public Library welcomes actress, screenwriter, author, speaker and singer-songwriter, Sonia Manzano who played Maria on Sesame Street for a virtual program on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Courtesy Photo/BCPL

Towson, Md.— Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) is set to welcome Sonia Manzano, the Emmy Award–winning actor who defined the role of Maria on the acclaimed television series Sesame Street, for a virtual program on May 11, 2021. The author will discuss her time on Sesame Street and read a selection from one of her children’s books.

Manzano, best known for her portrayal of Maria on Sesame Street, joined the series in 1971 where she eventually began working as a writer. She was nominated twice for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series and won 15 Emmy Awards as a writer for the show.

“I, like millions of children, grew up watching Maria on Sesame Street,” said Baltimore County Public Library Director Sonia Alcántara-Antoine. “The character of Maria encapsulates why representation matters in literacy and early learning. Sonia Manzano is a pioneer who has shaped the lives of generations of children and paved the way for the type of work that we are doing at Baltimore County Public Library.”

In addition to her acting and screenwriting career, Manzano is a published author. Her books include: No Dogs Allowed!; A Box Full of Kittens; Miracle on 133rd Street; The Lowdown on the High Bridge; The Story of How New York City Got Its Water; The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano; A World Together; and memoir Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx.

Most recently, Manzano was featured in Michael Davis’ Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street, now a major motion picture. This book served as inspiration for Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library’s C is for Cookie fundraiser.

Program information and registration: http://bit.ly/SoniaManzanoBCPL