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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January 23rd, 2013

CCPL Teens Making a National Impact

Teens' Top TenDid you know Cecil County Public Library has had a book discussion for teens for over 20 years? Called Book Hook, our teen book discussions are unique groups that give middle and high schoolers opportunities to discuss Young Adult literature and interact with peers. CCPL is proud to announce this vibrant group has been awarded a great opportunity to take their love of lit to the next level.

YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, organizes a yearly “Teens’ Top Ten” award. All teens can vote to create 10 favorites from a list of 25 YA books each year. How do they create that list of the top 25 Young Adult books in the nation? Teen book groups across the U.S. are chosen to serve on the nomination committee and CCPL’s Book Hook group has been chosen! For the next 2 years, members of our Book Hook group will receive Advanced Readers’ Copies (ARCs) of Young Adult books they can read, review and keep! CCPL teens will read extensively throughout the year and is 1 of only 16 groups that nominate the 25 books that make up the Teens’ Top Ten list.

Even if you are not participating in our Book Hook group, you can still make your voice heard! All teens can vote to narrow down the list of 25 to the top 10 in the nation. The top 25 will be announced on April 18th, “Celebrate Teen Lit Day.” Voting for the top 10 is open August 15 through September 15 and the winners are announced during Teen Read Week (October 13-19, 2013).

Thanks to the dedication of the library, our Friends organization, and Cecil County teens, we will be a part of this national effort to choose the best YA books of the year!

For more info and to vote on your favorites in August and September, check out the YALSA page and CCPL’s teen page.

What’s your favorite YA book or author?

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