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: https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/great-reads/book-discussions/

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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Hands Free Reading

May 29th, 2017

Planning for the weekend ahead, I find myself in the rare situation of having a day with absolutely zero plans. I intend to take full advantage by running errands, weeding my garden, putting the finishing touches on a quilt, and reading an entire book! How will I accomplish this? I’ll tell you my secret: “hands free reading” with audiobooks!

I listen to audiobooks basically anytime my ears are free. They are a great way to pass the time when you’re doing chores, driving, or anytime your hands are occupied, but your mind isn’t. You can get done whatever you need to get done while also reading a book. Talk about multi-tasking!

Audiobooks have all of the same benefits of more traditional reading, no comprehension or quality is lost by listening to the words rather than reading them.  They are especially great for all of us who feel we’re just too busy to read. If you’re listening to an average-length audiobook (about 11 hours) only on your 15 minute drive to and from work each day, you’ll still have your book done in only about 3 weeks.

In addition to traditional CD books available from any branch, CCPL also offers 3 different ways to check out audiobooks digitally: OverDrive, OneClickDigital and Hoopla. Hoopla has the added benefit that there are no holds, so any book that it carries is available for download immediately.

Our website has how-to guides on how to setup an account and access these books, (http://ow.ly/DD9R30c12dE) or you can come to any branch to have a librarian show you in person. It’s easy!

And audiobooks don’t just have to accompany you when you’re doing chores. If you’re gearing up for your next family vacation and looking to keep everyone happy and occupied on that long car drive, consider an audiobook!

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