Celebrate Reading at Library After Hours!

June 15th, 2018

Great American ReadHave you heard of “The Great American Read”? It’s a new series by PBS that revolves around the joy and magic of reading. They’ve selected 100 books, and it’s up to the American public to vote on their favorite title.

Which books have your vote? The library wants to hear your answers! Cecil County Public Library is hosting our second Library After Hours next Friday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM at the Elkton Central Library.

A representative from Maryland Public Television will give a short overview of “The Great American Read,” and you’ll hear from staff on which books impacted their lives. After the presentation, interact with staff and other readers, advocate for your favorites, and find new books! Throughout the night, we’ll hold our own informal vote to choose the “Great Cecil County Read.” Be sure to bring your friends if you want a specific title to win! We will announce the top five winners at the end of the evening.

To check out PBS’s list of the 100 most-loved books, go online at http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

CCPL has most of the books available in print, but be sure to check out the Libby and Hoopla smartphone apps if you’d like to read or listen on the go! See our digital library online here and check out OverDrive’s Great American Read collection.

To spend your Friday night in a literary way, sign up for Library After Hours by calling 410-996-5600 x 481 or sign up online here.

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Quiz: What Graphic Novel Should You Try Next?

May 7th, 2018

The graphic novel format may seem intimidating or strange, but it’s actually a very engaging and fun way to read a story! Some narratives are more easily told with pictures so you can truly understand the author’s concepts. Find out what graphic novel you should try with our quick quiz:

What did you used to love reading as a child?
1. Goosebumps or anything else that was a bit scary
2. Nancy Drew, or other mysteries
3. Historical fiction, like the Dear America series

How would you most like to be described?
1. A good friend
2. Curious
3. Determined

Which decade interests you most?
1. 1960s
2. 1990s
3. 1970s

Pick some colors.
1. Blue, purple
2. Black, white
3. Orange, red

If you got mostly A’s, you may enjoy…

My Favorite Thing is MonstersMy Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris.

Drawn as the journal of ten-year-old Karen Reyes growing up in 1960s Chicago, this graphic novel is exquisite and unlike anything you’ve ever read. Inspired by B-horror movies, Karen is inspired to look into the death of her holocaust survivor neighbor, Anka. “Monsters” is an extraordinary mix of class, gender, and history. Part 2 will be released in late 2018!

Another book you may enjoy: Maus by Art Spiegelman

If you got mostly B’s, you may enjoy…

The Case of the Missing MenThe Case of the Missing Men (Hobtown Mystery series) by Kris Bertin

This is the first book in an ongoing series set in a small East Coast town, which follows a group of teenagers dedicated to solving mysteries in their spare time. Eerie and dark, it’s a combination of Nancy Drew and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.

Another book you may enjoy: Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

If you got mostly C’s, you may enjoy…

The Best We Could DoThe Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bhu

Bhu’s memoir is about her family’s escape out of South Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in the 1970s. It’s a glimpse into the life of a refugee, as well as a depiction of the universal story of family and what it means to be a parent.

Another book you may enjoy: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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