A New Way to Read

July 3rd, 2017

One of the best resources at Cecil County Public Library is our book discussions. Each branch has monthly discussions of varying genres and subjects which is a great way to connect with the community.

One of our newest approaches is an adjustment to our traditional book discussions at the library. This summer, the Chesapeake City Branch and Elkton Central Library will hosting discussions in the community.

A new book discussion group called “Pageturners” is hosted in Elkton. The club’s premise is for participants to bring a book you’re excited about – one that you can’t stop recommending to other people. Pageturners is for readers to expand their knowledge of what’s out there, recommended by other avid readers.

Chesapeake City is hosting a “Summer Vacation Book Club” and each discussion will be held off-site at a local restaurant. Each book chosen is set in a different country, so it is perfect for those who didn’t have time for an international vacation. You can enjoy a staycation while still exploring the world around us.

If you are looking for personalized reading recommendations, try our Bookmate service and we’ll match you up with some great books! Fill out the survey online or print a copy below and one of our skilled librarians will review your responses and pick out four books compatible with your reading tastes.

For a list of all book discussions planned this summer, visit our website: https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/great-reads/book-discussions/

Saturday, July 15 at 4 PM at Minihane’s Irish Pub
Saturday, August 12th at 3 PM – Elkton Central Library
Summer Vacation Book Club
Tuesday, July 18 at 4 PM – Schaefer’s Canal House
“In the Woods” by Tana French, set in Ireland
Tuesday, August 8 at 4 PM – Bayard House
“Ways to Disappear” by Idra Novey, set in Brazil

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One Maryland, One Book

August 17th, 2015


Do you find that when you discuss a book, you get so much more out of it compared to when you read it by yourself? I know that every time I talk about a book over dinner with friends or in the break room at work, I find myself surprised at how I missed something. The other person will have a great point or insight into the plot that I completely overlooked. Reading books by yourself can be great, but when you discuss as a group, there is so much more to learn! In addition to our monthly book discussions, here at the library, we have an additional opportunity coming up for you to delve deep into a book.

One Maryland One Book is an initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council designed to bring people together, across the state, to share in the experience of reading the same book. Every year, they choose a book based on a certain theme and in its eighth year, the selection is: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

I cannot wait to take part in this discussion with other people from Cecil County. Each person that comes to this book discussion will bring perspective from different walks of life, so I’m sure the conversation will be rich and full of new insights for me. Six of our seven branches are offering book discussions, on different nights, with free books available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. You can also download the e-book using OverDrive or the e-audiobook using OneClickDigital.

Will you join the conversation?

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