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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A quick quiz to find your next great read!

April 23rd, 2018

Woman writingHow would you prefer to spend your weekend?
A. Video games
B. Hiking
C. Learning something new

Which superpower would you pick?
A. Predict the future
B. Be able to communicate with plants
C. Read minds

What kinds of stories do you like?
A. Fast-paced and thrilling
B. Long and descriptive
C. Short and punchy

What are you watching?
A. Back to the Future, for the sci-fi
B. Planet Earth, for the beautiful natural imagery
C. Get Out, for the dark humor

If you chose mostly A’s, you should read…

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
Twentysomething Will Dando wakes up with the power to predict the future and finds himself to be the most powerful man in the world.  Or you may like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

If you chose mostly B’s, you should read…

The Overstory by Richard Powers
National Book Award winner Richard Powers is back with The Overstory. If the trees could talk, what would they say? Powers weaves multiple characters together, all connected by trees. Or try reading the nonfiction title The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.

If you chose mostly C’s, you should read…

Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
This stunning debut collection of short stories features black middle-class America. Or have you read New People by Danzy Senna?

Want more suggestions? Discover your next great read on CCPL’s websites! We have book lists, staff recommendations, and more. Check it out now: https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/great-reads/staff-recommendations/

Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash


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