November 17th, 2010

The Library Helped Me Find True Love

“After all, it’s the librarian’s sworn purpose to bring books together with their one true reader.” – The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.

It’s easy to get stuck in a reading rut, choosing the same authors and genres over and over.  You come in, looking to see if your favorite author has something new, going to the same section every time, and well, you get bored.  You browse the new shelf and turn over a few titles, but there’s no spark and you leave, empty-handed.

Finding myself in such a literary lonely spell, I realized that I needed a matchmaker.  An Emma .  A set-up.  Cecil County Public Library’s Book Mate offered just such a service, and after a quick survey about my likes and dislikes, the expert librarians made several suggestions.

I will admit that I was cynical at first.  As a gluttonous reader, I thought I knew my own tastes best and this was like going on a blind date with books.  Their recommendations surprised me, but as with matters of the heart, what we think we want and what we really want are not always the same!  Their picks were different but refreshing, introducing me to some extraordinary new reads:

MATCH 1: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I love historical fiction and epic reads, so the librarian recommended this series. At first I balked because Outlander is often lumped in with romance, a genre that I never read.  Nevertheless, I fell completely, ridiculously in love and credit Gabaldon with teaching me more about history than I ever learned in school.  The dynamic characters and adventures, witty dialogue and genuine romance made me swoon.  We’ve since entered into a long-term relationship that includes regular re-readings, each sweeter than the first.  Interested?  Click here to read more about the latest book in the series.

MATCH 2: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Again, I wasn’t sure about this book because I seldom read non-fiction.  I’ve never been so glad to be wrong.  Gladwell’s amusing and vivid writing defies classification.  I am forever grateful to the librarian for introducing us and have since devoured all his other books and plug his writing to everyone I know. It’s difficult to summarize a Gladwell book into a single sentence, but if you like learning about quirky topics or watching odd shows on the Discovery Channel, you’ll fall for him too.  Click here to read more about Outliers.

MATCH 3: Caught by Harlan Coben
I was also looking for something fast-paced.  A reading fling.  Yet when the librarian offered this, I hesitated because I never read thrillers.  I decided to read a few pages before bed, and a few hours and hundreds of pages later, I was addicted.  Tempted?  Click here to read more about Caught.

What books have you fallen in love with lately?  If the answer is none, maybe you just need some new suggestions.  Take the Book Mate survey and get matched up with books you’ll love.

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October 17th, 2010

Teen Read Week

Check out Books with Beat at your library! Stop by a Cecil County Public Library branch near you during Teen Read Week (October 17-23) to check out some great programs on Books with Beat. Pick up books about music, poetry, and more or try an audio book. Read this week just for the fun of it!

We are celebrating Teen Read Week at Cecil County Public Library. Elkton Central Branch is having a TRW Books with Beat event on how books and music make a great combination on Thursday, October 21st at 3:30PM. You can listen to music from the latest bands and check out books with a music theme. You can even create your own playlists for your favorite YA novels!

Not sure what to read this week? A great way to get personalized book recommendation is by filling out a Book Mate form at your local branch or click here to fill one out online! Parents can get involved in Teen Read Week too! You can visit your local branch, set aside time for the family to read, share your favorite books with your teens, or learn about new books and authors.

Have you read a good teen book lately?  What are you doing to celebrate Teen Read Week?

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