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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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:

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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