November 5th, 2011

Support the Library by Joining the Friends

Friend your libraryIf you are reading this blog then you are most likely a friend of the library–but, are you a member of the Friends of the Library? Confused? So was I, until I met a dedicated group of folks, The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library. The Friends is an active group of community members who love the library and volunteer their time and talents.

The Friends support the Library through many activities, such as membership and donations, business donations and fundraising, as well as generously supporting the Library’s Summer Reading Program each year. This program is so essential to our community and especially crucial for our children and their success in school. The Friends also volunteer their time at the Library assisting staff with many tasks. They plan and coordinate successful fundraisers such as basket raffles, bake sales, silent auctions and other activities–all to benefit the library. The Friends have also hosted interesting and educational programs for the community. Most recently, they hosted a local author program and a fascinating presentation on the historical significance of the Chesapeake waterways. They even host fun activities like book swaps.

The next event on the Friends’ calendar is their annual meeting on November 9, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited. After a brief business meeting, free antique appraisals will be offered by Carl York and his daughter, Carla York, from 7-8:45 p.m. Plan to arrive by 6 p.m. to secure a number for an appraisal. Items to be appraised should be portable. Also, a silent auction with antique items will be ready for bids and light refreshments will be available.

If you love the library, won’t you consider becoming a Friend of the Cecil County Public Library? For more information about the Friends, membership or making a donation email friends@ccplnet.org, leave a message at 410.996.5600, ext. 474 or visit the Friends page on our website.


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November 1st, 2011

Creepy Reads for Dark, Winter Nights

I’d give almost anything to see the original Nightmare on Elm Street again for the first time. Not just for that first glimpse of a very young Johnny Depp, but for the opportunity to squeal like only a scared teenage girl can. These days, seeing Freddy Krueger’s tongue popping out of a phone makes me lunge for the Mercurochrome rather than my neighbor’s arm.  Glimpses out of the corner of your eye, déjà vu, coincidence, and fate all tingle my now adult spine with dark possibilities far more than a bloody knife. With my son’s football practices lasting well past sunset, I’ve been working to rediscover my timid inner self through the undercurrents of a subtle ghost story.  Here are a few titles I probably shouldn’t have read sitting in the car by myself:

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Those Across the River—Christopher Buehlman
The residents of Whitbrow, Georgia refuse to cross the river. Only a monthly sacrifice of two garlanded pigs sets foot on the other side, never to be seen again.  Researching his great-grandfather’s local plantation, WWI vet Frank Nichols votes to end this tradition, igniting the unquenchable revenge of those across the river.

Black Light—Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan
Buck can pull the most evil of spirits out of the air, trapping them deep in his core. The danger of madness is worth the glimpse of the Black Light and the chance to connect with his lost parents.  From the creators of the Saw movies, Buck’s search for the Something Horrible feels as deadly as it sounds.

The Man in the Picture—Susan Hill
Hanging on the wall of a Cambridge professor is a rather dark painting of an 18th century Venetian carnival scene. Looking closely, a visiting student spots a man in the picture dressed in modern clothes being propelled down a dark alley by two captors. Mesmerized by his pleading stare, the student tempts fate to uncover the man’s identity.

Property of a Lady—Sarah Rayne
Insanity, disappearances, and death follow the Dead Man’s Knock heard by visitors to Shropshire’s Charect House.  The knocking figure with no eyes is looking for Elvira.  Who is she and what will happen if her hiding place is found?

Floating Staircase—Ronald Malfi
The Glasgow’s new house in western Maryland comes complete with both a small lake and the ghost of the young boy drowned in its waters.  Or is the ghost the brother of homeowner Travis who also tragically drowned many years ago? Plagued by ghosts seen and unseen, Travis’ sanity begins to float just like the wooden staircase rising from the lake.

What are your favorite reads now that the days are growing shorter?


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