A quick quiz to find your next great read!

April 23rd, 2018

Woman writingHow would you prefer to spend your weekend?
A. Video games
B. Hiking
C. Learning something new

Which superpower would you pick?
A. Predict the future
B. Be able to communicate with plants
C. Read minds

What kinds of stories do you like?
A. Fast-paced and thrilling
B. Long and descriptive
C. Short and punchy

What are you watching?
A. Back to the Future, for the sci-fi
B. Planet Earth, for the beautiful natural imagery
C. Get Out, for the dark humor

If you chose mostly A’s, you should read…

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Twentysomething Will Dando wakes up with the power to predict the future and finds himself to be the most powerful man in the world.  Or you may like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

If you chose mostly B’s, you should read…

The Overstory by Richard Powers
National Book Award winner Richard Powers is back with The Overstory. If the trees could talk, what would they say? Powers weaves multiple characters together, all connected by trees. Or try reading the nonfiction title The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

If you chose mostly C’s, you should read…

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
This stunning debut collection of short stories features black middle-class America. Or have you read New People by Danzy Senna?

Want more suggestions? Discover your next great read on CCPL’s websites! We have book lists, staff recommendations, and more. Check it out now: https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/great-reads/staff-recommendations/

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Library After Hours with David Healey

February 26th, 2018

David HealeyLocal author David Healey will host our first Library After Hours event celebrating our first Adult Winter Reading program. We sat down with him to ask him a few questions.

 Why do you read?
C.S. Lewis said it best: “We read to know we are not alone.”

What’s your preferred reading format–audiobook, print, digital?
I love my Kindle. I have around 300 books on my Kindle right now. I can carry all those books in my back pocket.

I tend to jump between different books so I have whatever I want right on the device. I can also switch back and forth between my Kindle and my iPhone, and it syncs to whatever page I’m on.

What are you currently reading?
I am lucky because I work at home and have more control over how my day is structured. Something that I’ve gotten into the habit of doing is reading nonfiction when I get up in the morning. It primes the pump. I keep Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art within reach, along with Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss and Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles. Then, it’s time to work!

During lunch I read fiction. Currently I’m on Valley Forge by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen, Wicked Deeds (set in Baltimore and featuring lots of Poe history) by Heather Graham, and one of the Pendergast books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

What’s an upcoming release you can’t wait to read?
Anything by John Sandford or Lincoln Child or Paul Doiron. Locally, I am looking forward to a new naval history of Delaware Bay by Ken Wiggins. Ken is the President of our Board of Trustees and is also quite an accomplished writer and historian.

Why should people come to the Library After Hours event?
I think most of us have been to events in New York and other cities that are similar, where a museum or historic property will open its doors on a Friday evening after hours. Sure, you could visit during regular hours, but this is a cultural version of adult swim. Our county library is one of the first in Maryland to offer something like this, so that’s rather special.

Reading is a solitary activity, but talking about books and getting excited about what we want to read next can be more social. There will be snacks, trivia, conversation, a chance to roam the stacks after hours, and prizes. Did I mention that it’s free?


David Healey has written several novels and nonfiction books, including Great Storms of the Chesapeake. His new WWII novel, Iron Sniper, is due out in April. You can see a booklist of the titles David mentioned throughout the interview.

Library After Hours is Friday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm. Register on our website or call 410-996-5600 x481.


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