February 2nd, 2015

An Evening with Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman - photo credit Jan CobbI was thrilled to learn that award-winning local author Laura Lippman will be stopping at the Cecil County Public Library on Friday, February 27th at 7 pm, as part of her latest book tour. Best known for her Baltimore-based mystery series featuring private investigator Tess Monaghan, Hush Hush will be the first Tess Monaghan story since 2008. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been writing. In 2008 the author wrote what would become her first best-selling novel, What the Dead Know. Set in and around Baltimore, she wrote of a time and a place right out of my own past and evoked such a sense of nostalgia that I was transported right back to my childhood. In her best selling novel to date, I’d Know You Anywhere, the author wrote a complex psychological thriller, one that left me with many questions. These questions and the feeling of a shared experience make me eager to meet the author and hear more about her stories and life. I won’t be missing this opportunity!

Since the last Tess Monaghan novel, both she and Laura Lippman have become mothers. It is this experience she draws on in Hush Hush. It is a story of suspense about mothers; good mothers, bad mothers, homicidal mothers. It promises to be every bit as complex and psychological as her latest book.

During “An Evening with Laura Lippman,” a fundraiser benefiting the CCPL Foundation and the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library, the author will discuss her latest book and answer questions from the audience. In addition, each ticket holder will receive a hardback copy of Hush Hush, with a book signing to follow. Tickets can be purchased at any CCPL branch or online via our website.

If you can’t get enough of murder and mayhem be sure to check out “A Day in the Life of a Forensic Scientist” at the Elkton Library on Thursday, February 5th at 7 pm and “Homicide Detective and Cases” at the Perryville Library on Thursday, February 12th at 7 pm.

Laura Lippman photo credit Jan Cobb.

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January 20th, 2015

Great Food + Great Friends = Great Impact

alice-in-wonderland-276452_640We are pleased to introduce Amanda Butler, President of the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library volunteer advocacy group!

If you love good food paired with the perfect wine or beer, do we have an event for you! Join us for “An Evening in Wonderland,” hosted by the Friends of CCPL at The Granary, located on the banks of the Sassafras River in lower Cecil County. We are celebrating the 183rd anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s birthday!

The evening starts off with a welcome canapé and drink (Prosecco or pear cider). Our menu includes three Alice in Wonderland themed food and wine (or beer) courses. All inclusive tickets are $60 per person and costumes are optional. So don your best tea party outfit, check your watch and don’t be late for this very important date: Saturday, January 31 at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling The Granary at 410-275-1603.

In addition to great food and conversation, why do we host these fundraising events? The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that advocates and raises funds for the library. We raise money through memberships and fundraising events.

The Friends also advocate and raise awareness about the value of CCPL’s programs and services by attending public meetings, connecting with event attendees and purchasing equipment and hiring performers that are not covered by the library’s operating budget.

CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program is the largest program series of the year. This year’s program will kick-off on Monday, June 1, so mark your calendars!

Why is summer reading so important that the Friends work year-round to underwrite the performers and prizes? Did you know that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are more likely to fall behind their peers when school starts in the fall? Did you know that this “summer learning loss” is cumulative and is a contributing factor to the high school drop-out rate? Education is a priority in Cecil County, according to the comprehensive plan. The Friends of CCPL support out-of-school and summer learning initiatives as the best way to keep our children growing, learning and striving for excellence.

How do you get involved? Individual memberships are just $10 per year and Family Memberships are just $15. Members will receive quarterly newsletters and advance notification of special events. We are hosting “Membership Mondays” on our Facebook page – check it out!

We look forward to seeing you on January 31. And bring a friend – you don’t have to be a member of the Friends of CCPL to attend any of our fundraisers!

How will you make an impact on Cecil County in 2015?

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