Quiz: What July New Book Should You Read?

July 27th, 2018

What are you most interested in reading?
A. Historical Fiction
B. Dark comedy
C. True story

Pick a character.
A. Rasputin
B. Rip Van Winkle
C. Captain Hook

Where would you go on vacation?
A. Somewhere cold
B. Somewhere isolated
C. Somewhere hot

Pick an appetizer.
A. Charcuterie board
B. Roasted brussel sprouts
C. Soft pretzels with mustard

The Romanov EmpressIf you picked mostly A’s, you may enjoy…
The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner
C.W. Gortner spins the story of Maria Fedodorovna, the Danish princess turned Russian empress who gave birth to the last Russian tsar. The book chronicles her life up until the crumbling of the Romanov empire. Other titles you may enjoy: Sisi by Allison Pataki; Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison; The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander

If you picked mostly B’s, you may enjoy…
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Moshfegh returns with another strange, dark comedy—this time, a young college graduation in New York City has decided to leave behind reality and spend a year “hibernating”. Other titles you may enjoy:  Ottessa Moshfegh’s first novel, Eileen; Look at Me by Jennifer Egan; The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Between the Desert and the SeaIf you picked mostly C’s, you may enjoy:
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast by Michael Scott Moore
In 2012, journalist Michael Scott Moore is captured by Somali pirates while on an assignment. For three years, he is a prisoner, until his eventual release. A harrowing hostage memoir that investigates economics, history, foreign policy, and religion. Other titles you may enjoy: Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle by Ingrid Betancourt; Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle by Marc Gonsalves; A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

For more information, title availability and reading recommendations, please visit our website, call 410-996-5600 or stop by any branch.

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Celebrate Reading at Library After Hours!

June 15th, 2018

Great American ReadHave you heard of “The Great American Read”? It’s a new series by PBS that revolves around the joy and magic of reading. They’ve selected 100 books, and it’s up to the American public to vote on their favorite title.

Which books have your vote? The library wants to hear your answers! Cecil County Public Library is hosting our second Library After Hours next Friday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM at the Elkton Central Library.

A representative from Maryland Public Television will give a short overview of “The Great American Read,” and you’ll hear from staff on which books impacted their lives. After the presentation, interact with staff and other readers, advocate for your favorites, and find new books! Throughout the night, we’ll hold our own informal vote to choose the “Great Cecil County Read.” Be sure to bring your friends if you want a specific title to win! We will announce the top five winners at the end of the evening.

To check out PBS’s list of the 100 most-loved books, go online at http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

CCPL has most of the books available in print, but be sure to check out the Libby and Hoopla smartphone apps if you’d like to read or listen on the go! See our digital library online here and check out OverDrive’s Great American Read collection.

To spend your Friday night in a literary way, sign up for Library After Hours by calling 410-996-5600 x 481 or sign up online here.

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