The Great American Read

May 18th, 2018

If you had to pick just one book to represent the United States, what would it be?

PBS is trying to figure that out. The Great American Read, produced by PBS, is an 8-part television series that “explores and celebrates the power of reading.” After a survey of 7,500 people and the deliberation of literary experts, 100 books were chosen as being the most influential and beloved. The series will talk about the reasons why these books were chosen—what themes or subject matters seem to resonate with Americans, and why. It’s a celebration of books, reading, and readers—and it is interactive! The nation will decide on the winner through voting during the summer.

The 2-hour launch of the series is May 22nd at 8 PM. After the summer of voting, there will be five one-hour episodes starting on September 11, each surrounding a specific theme. On October 23, there will be a live finale where the winners will be announced.

Cecil County Public Library will be joining in! Cast your vote at our Library After Hours event on June 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Elkton Central Library, and learn more about the initiative from a Maryland Public Television representative. Following the presentation, go into the stacks, share your favorites, find new suggestions from our knowledgeable staff, and discuss ideas and opinions with other readers. For more information or to register, call the Elkton Central Library at 410-996-5600 option 3.

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March Book-o-scopes

March 26th, 2018

Your next read is in the stars! Let book psychic Allie suggest titles based on your sun sign. For March, read a biography or memoir from someone who shares your star sign.

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
No wonder Oprah was the talk show queen—as an Aquarius, she’s a great conversationalist. Pick up this collection of columns she penned for her magazine and learn about her life.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

RBG is peak Pisces—she’s a rock star Supreme Court Justice wanting to make the world better. This bio is laugh-out-loud funny but also a great insight into the 85-year-old’s life.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
If anyone can juggle da Vinci’s varied interests—from painting to literature to mathematics to sculpting to astronomy, it’s the organized Aries.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina’s a slow, stubborn bull who never gave up on her comedy dreams. Fall in love with the hilarious “Bossypants.”

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman

Learn about the two sides of this Gemini—the heroic cowboy on screen, but a melancholic, troubled soul in real life.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
The Truth about Tesla: The Myth of the Lone Genius in the History of Innovation by Christopher Cooper
Tesla’s introverted intellect will resonate with any Cancer. Cooper’s biography sets the record straight with just how much Tesla accomplished in his lifetime.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
Of course the first man who walked on the moon was a Leo—you love being the center of attention.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams by Mark Ribowsky
Hank Williams’s analytical Virgo nature sparked heartbreaking, beautiful music. He led a tragic life, dying at 29, but he still left a mark on country music.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
Libra, you’re a romantic, so read up on Lahiri’s long relationship with mastering another language as a writer.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
Walt Whitman: A Life by Justin Kaplan

The poet Walt Whitman is such a Scorpio: mysterious, secretive, passionate, and a lover of truth.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

The hilarious and outspoken Tiffany Haddish will make you proud that you share the same star sign.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig
Muhammad Ali was determined, ambition, and a leader—a true Capricorn. Eig’s comprehensive biography will satisfy your curiosity.

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you to try. They might just suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online or stop by any branch and pick up a form!

 

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey     Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik     Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson     Bossypants by Tina Fey

John Wayne by Scott Eyman     The Truth about Tesla by Christopher Cooper     No Dream is Too High by Buzz Aldrin     Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams by Mark Ribowsky

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri     Walt Whitman: A Life by Justin Kaplan     The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish     


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