A crowd of nearly 70 spent an evening at the Catonsville Library last week to learn about members of the family that gave the area its name.
The April 4 annual meeting of the Friends of the Catonsville Library featured a guest appearance by Jehanne Wake, the author of "Sisters of Fortune: America's Caton Sisters at Home and Abroad."
The book focuses on the four daughters of Richard Caton, for whom Catonsville is named, and their lives in Maryland and elsewhere.
They are the granddaughters of Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll of Carrollton.
Richard and Mary, Charles' daughter, lived in Castle Thunder, where the Catonsville Library now stands, for several years.
"She talked about how she came to write the book and she talked about the Caton sisters and how fascinating they were," said Pat Palermo, assistant library manager at the Catonsville Library.
"She thoroughly researched the area," Palermo said.
"It made you think about the historical importance of Catonsville," she said.
Palermo said the event also included book signings and refreshments.
"It was wonderful," Palermo said. "There were so many enthusiastic people in the audience."
She said the Catonsville Library's book club read the book after it came out last year and that Wake's appearance was much anticipated.
"We all knew about the book before it was coming out because she had been doing research," Palermo said.