Confessions of a Bedtime Book Listener

September 27th, 2012

Dear George,

I love your voice.  It soothes me with its deep, dark and nuanced tones.  In your voice, I can hear every human emotion – love, longing, sorrow and regret.  I adore how sometimes you are French, or you might be Icelandic, or even from Baltimore.  Your voice morphs into characters that are young or old, man or woman.  How do you do it?  When you read to me I understand the book better than if I had read it myself.

…And then on a good night, I drift off to sleep in the middle of a sentence.   Yes, these are the confessions of a bedtime audiobook listener and you, George Guidall, are the premiere voice of audiobooks.

We’ve had an amazing relationship for 25 years.  You’ve been in my bedside CD player and in the car with me, telling me the most amazing stories.  I loved you in Anne Tyler’s Accidental Tourist, The Weatherman by Thayer and and Philip Roth’s recent books; I was moved by Widow for One Year and the Hour I First BelievedThe Corrections was my absolute favorite and I recommend it frequently.

George, I’d love to meet you in person.  I want to know the secrets of your craft and to hear about your fascinating career.  Most importantly, I want to say thank you for the many great reads you’ve brought me.   And now that there are over 200 of your readings available at OneClick digital, I can’t wait to start working my way through those, too.   Your voice is what I use to relax, but I promise not to fall asleep when I hear you live at the Elkton Central Library on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm.

Sincerely, your fan,

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Internationally Renowned Author Visits Cecil County

September 19th, 2012

cellistCecil County Public Library is honored to be one of only six stops on author Steven Galloway’s book tour this fall! Following his appearance at the Baltimore Book Festival, Galloway will visit the Elkton Central Library on Monday, October 1st at 3pm to talk about his bestseller, The Cellist of Sarajevo. To give him a warm, Cecil County welcome, we have invited cellist Meredith Bates to perform in the main part of the library starting at 2pm.

The Cellist of Sarajevo is a moving story of resiliency and courage set in a city devastated by violence. When a cellist witnesses the deaths of 22 people outside his window, he risks his life to honor them, playing cello at the site for 22 days in the midst of snipers and chaos. Inspired by a true story, The Cellist explores the ways in which war uniquely changes our sense of self and our connection to others’ lives and well-being.

The Cellist of Sarajevo was this year’s One Maryland One Book selection. One Maryland One Book is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. Visit the Maryland Humanities Council website to read more about the book and events around the state.

Join the conversation! Stop by your local branch, pick up a FREE copy (yes, you can keep it!), and pop into one of our many discussions:

Elkton Central Library: 9/20 @ 7pm
Cecilton Branch Library: 9/25 @ 6:30pm
Perryville Branch Library: 9/27 @ 7pm
Chesapeake City Branch Library: 10/1 @ 1pm
Rising Sun Branch Library: 10/10 @ 7pm
Rising Sun Branch Library: 10/22 @ 1pm

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