August 17th, 2015

One Maryland, One Book


Do you find that when you discuss a book, you get so much more out of it compared to when you read it by yourself? I know that every time I talk about a book over dinner with friends or in the break room at work, I find myself surprised at how I missed something. The other person will have a great point or insight into the plot that I completely overlooked. Reading books by yourself can be great, but when you discuss as a group, there is so much more to learn! In addition to our monthly book discussions, here at the library, we have an additional opportunity coming up for you to delve deep into a book.

One Maryland One Book is an initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council designed to bring people together, across the state, to share in the experience of reading the same book. Every year, they choose a book based on a certain theme and in its eighth year, the selection is: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

I cannot wait to take part in this discussion with other people from Cecil County. Each person that comes to this book discussion will bring perspective from different walks of life, so I’m sure the conversation will be rich and full of new insights for me. Six of our seven branches are offering book discussions, on different nights, with free books available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. You can also download the e-book using OverDrive or the e-audiobook using OneClickDigital.

Will you join the conversation?

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August 10th, 2015

Suffragette Victory

SuffragistsThis August will mark the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted women the right to vote. Historically, women were expected to focus on housework and motherhood, not politics. However, during the 1820s and 1830s many women had become involved in groups such as anti-slavery organizations and even had leading roles. They no longer felt they had to be concerned exclusively with the home. In 1848, women’s rights began to organize at the national level under the leadership of abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. They raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. The movement took 70 years.
CCPL has excellent resources, videos and books for all ages about women’s suffrage. Ken Burns produced a documentary “Not for Ourselves Alone: the story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony” and there’s a new book by Susan Ware, “American Women’s History: a Very Short Introduction.” If you prefer fiction, the 19th amendment plays prominently in Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy.”

To celebrate the anniversary, on August 18th at 6:30pm the Cecilton Branch Library will host Historian Mike Dixon who will present on the struggle to extend voting rights to most adult citizens in Maryland and the nation with special focus on the women’s suffrage movement in Cecil County.


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