Longwood Gardens Community Read

March 12th, 2018

Community Read

Cecil County Public Library is proud to announce a new partnership! Longwood Gardens is in its fifth year of their “Community Read” program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and to spark conversation. They’ve selected books relating to the theme of women in horticulture and science.

For the first time, the Community Read program has crossed into Maryland! We have book discussions and events throughout March and April to celebrate the initiative.

Book Discussion Groups will read “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren in March and April. “Lab Girl” is a fascinating memoir chronicling Hope Jahren’s journey to become (and prosper as) a scientist. Her personal frankness in meeting challenges is inspirational, and she delivers the message with her own spirited voice and personality. At times, it’s out right hilarious.

Additionally, CCPL is hosting two related programs. On Monday, April 2 at 6 PM, David Sleasman, Director of the Library at Longwood Gardens, will present on the botanical gardens. On Tuesday, April 17 at 7 PM, learn from “lab girl” Emily Russ, a graduate student who researches Susquehanna sediment deposits. Both events will take place at the Elkton Central Library.

The children’s selection is “The Tree Lady,” a picture book about the true story of Kate Sessions, who loved trees and science, and ultimately transformed San Diego into a green city known for its parks and gardens! Copies are available to be checked out at every library branch, and there will be related programming, such as “An Arbor Day Celebration” for ages 5-11 at the Elkton Central Library on April 25 at 3:30 PM.

All program attendees will receive the chance to win Longwood Gardens tickets. To sign up for any of these events, or for more information, call 410-996-5600 x 481 or visit your local branch.

For a full list of area programs, visit https://longwoodgardens.org/education/library-archives/community-read/community-read-events.


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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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