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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November 22nd, 2011

Crafting the Perfect Holiday

Christmas Display 2011_1A few days ago I started working on the decorations we will use for our holiday book display at the Elkton Central Library this year.  I am decoupaging old book pages on to a Styrofoam tree.  Will it be a success? I’m not sure at this point.  For me the joy of creating is not really being sure what you will end up with and the pleasure I receive when it turns out, hopefully, better than expected.  The other nice thing about it is that I’m recycling old books and flower pots!

Everyone is looking for ways to save money during the holidays.  One of the ways I save (and recycle) is by making my own gifts for relatives and friends out of vintage paper and fabric.  They appreciate the thought, love and effort put into the gifts, and I enjoy making them.  It, however, is not a pretty sight at my house during the “creative process.”  When an idea strikes me, I rip through the boxes and boxes of vintage paper and fabric I collect until just the right pieces come together.

The library has a wide assortment of craft books from Scherenschnitte (Papercutting) to rug hooking and many dedicated just to holiday crafts. Two of my particular favorites are Sara Toliver’s Vintage Christmas Crafts and Terry Taylor’s Altered Art.  I love the vintage quality of these two books and have made shadow boxes as gifts using ideas from both of them.  Happily, these shadow boxes have become treasured gifts, prized by the recipients.

vintage xmas gifts bookHere is a list of some other craft books available at the library that might inspire you to “craft” the perfect holiday this year.  In December all the Cecil County Public Libraries will host holiday craft programs for all ages and open houses with music and food.  We invite you to join us in celebrating the holidays.  And now is the time to check out those craft books!

What will you be crafting for the holidays?


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