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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Outlander Pub Trivia

February 6th, 2017

Many bars and restaurants host weekly trivia nights—chances are you have a friend or family member who frequents a local bar on a weekday night for just that reason. Have you ever wondered how trivia nights originated?

Pub trivia, as it is most commonly called, first appeared in Great Britain sometime in the 1970s. There are a few theories on the origin of the pub quiz.
Local pubs were (and still are) where the community came together; a place for conversation with neighbors, where ideas, politics, and opinions are shared and discussed. Pubs are also where people come together to relax.

In the 1970s, many would visit the pub to watch their favorite weekly shows. Quiz shows were among the most popular; trivia has often been a staple of British culture, so trivia shows would always draw a crowd. Pub patrons would play along with the show and yell out answers. After the show, people would think of their own trivia questions and try to stump their friends.
Eventually, bartenders saw how popular the game was and decided to profit from it, creating their own “live trivia” events.

According to author Marcus Berkmann, the creation of Trivial Pursuit is the reason quiz nights spread so rapidly throughout the country. Created in 1979, the game boasted 6,000 questions, which patrons would use to entertain themselves at the pub. By 1990, most pubs had a weekly quiz night as opposed to five years earlier.

Cecil County Public Library is starting their own versions of the pub quiz—quiz nights dedicated to popular book series. On February 15th, CCPL will host a trivia night at Minihane’s in downtown Elkton based on the popular “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon and the Starz television adaptation. If you’ve read all the books, or watched the show, come join us and meet new friends while supporting local businesses! The event is free, but registration is required. Please call the Elkton library at 410-996-5600 extension 481 to sign up, or register online.


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