April 11th, 2016

Why Read?

Read a book           Read an ebook!

It’s National Library Week, April 10-16! To celebrate, I challenged a friend and her family to read more. When asked why, I pulled together a quick list of the many benefits of reading for adults and children:

1. Exercise your mind by reading – your brain is a muscle and it needs exercise.

2. Discover new things; educate yourself; expose yourself to other people’s opinions and travel anywhere in this or another world.

3. Develop imagination and creativity by thinking about what you read and seeing perspectives and lives different from yours.

4. Improve spelling and verbal proficiency by reading higher level vocabulary used in different contexts.

5. Prevent Summer Learning Loss – continued reading over summer months helps prevent learning loss when students are out of school.

6. Research: interpretation of ideas can create collaboration and change.

7. Find and keep a well-paying job. Reading and writing are vital to effective communication, which is so critical in business and relationships.

8. Enjoy the arts and volunteer. A study by the National Education Association revealed people who read for pleasure are more likely to visit museums and attend concerts, they are three times more likely to volunteer and perform charity work than non-readers.

9. Read for your health. Reading for just six minutes slows down your heart rate and eases tension in your muscles according to a study by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex.

10. Socialize – “what are you reading” is a great conversation starter!

For reading recommendations and suggestions, visit the staff recommendations section or favorites lists of our website or join one of our book discussions. Not sure what to read next? fill out a Book Mate survey and we’ll give you personalized recommendations.

What’s your favorite thing to read?


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February 22nd, 2016

Local Author David Teague to Visit

Henry Cicada's Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade by David TeagueIf you have children in elementary or middle school, especially those who are aspiring writers, we have a program that you don’t want to miss. Join us at the Elkton Central Library on February 25th at 4:00 p.m. to meet local author David Teague.

David Teague is the author of several children’s and middle grade books. After finding a niche in storytelling with his kids at bedtime, David began his career by writing picture books. David’s first book, Franklin’s Big Dreams, features a boy named Franklin who cannot sleep. Why, you ask? Because night after night, a construction crew enters his bedroom and starts building railroads, canals, and runways. In an interview about his book, David admits that his idea stemmed from a recurring dream he had as a child. While attempting to fall asleep, David often heard the rumbling of the trains from his bedroom. However, while David’s dreams never led him to the end of the tracks, he wanted to give Franklin the chance to investigate the mystery and follow the path out of his bedroom.

After the success of his first book, David published a second picture book, The Red Hat. He then decided to collaborate with his wife, Marisa de los Santos, on his next two novels. Marisa is the author of several adult books including Belong to Me and The Precious One. What happens when you mix together an adult novelist and a picture book writer? You get middle grade books. David and Marisa’s first collaborative effort was Saving Lucas Biggs, which features a mix of historical fiction and time travel. The novel received critical acclaim and is a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee for 2015-2016. The couple then paired on Connect the Stars, which was published in September of 2015. When asked about how this collaboration works, David and Marisa note that planning is key. For Saving Lucas Biggs, for example, David wrote the chapters told from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy, and Marisa wrote the chapters told by a 13-year-old girl. This partnership succeeded in producing two books for middle grade readers that are heartwarming, beautifully written, and feature quirky characters that cannot help but make readers laugh.

On January 19th, 2016, just in time for his visit to our library, David Teague released his newest novel, Henry Cicada’s Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade. This is David’s first solo middle grade book, and it has already received 4.2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads from readers of advanced copies. Henry Cicada is a wacky adventure novel that features a tween, Henry, whose mother invented a luminescent green metal called Elktonium. After a run-in with this metal, Henry discovers a telepathic connection to a girl named Lulu. While this sounds exciting enough on its own, Henry soon learns that Lulu is in trouble, and Henry is the only one who can help her.

By the way, did you notice anything about David’s title? The curious metal, Elktonium, is named after our very own town of Elkton! David spent time in Elkton as a child and references our great town in his newest book.

Want to know more about David? He currently lives in Wilmington, DE with his wife, Marisa, his two teens, Charles and Annabel, and their two Yorkies, Huxley and Finn. David plays the violin, loves The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, and teaches literature at the University of Delaware.

To register for this free program, please click here or call 410-996-5600 ext. 481.


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