March 23rd, 2015

Follow Your Dream with the SBIC

Clipper ship“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Do you ever dream of becoming your own boss?  Do you ever wonder if owning your own business is a possibility?  Do you have the entrepreneurial spirit to go it alone and start something new?  Does Mark Twain’s quote inspire you to begin the journey toward self-employment?  If so, let the library help you start your journey!

Did you know that Cecil County Public Library has a Small Business Information Center (SBIC)?  The SBIC provides free information and assistance with the process of starting or running a small business.  This is a no-cost, focused service for potential and existing small business owners.  In addition to access to up-to-date business information, the SBIC also works with a team of local business organizations to get you the help you need. Make an appointment with the SBIC by calling 410-996-5600 ext. 128 or by emailing sbic@ccplnet.org .

The library also offers free online courses that will help you gain the knowledge you need to be successful in your business endeavors.  These 6-week courses can be accessed here, and all you need to sign up is your library card number.  Examples of available courses include “Creating a Successful Business Plan,” “Accounting Fundamentals,” “Effective Selling,” and “Introduction to QuickBooks.”

Along with our online courses, we also offer programming at the library.  On April 1 at 6:30pm at the Elkton Library, Jason Lim from Edward Jones will be presenting, “The Entrepreneurial Equation: Out of the Box Ideas to Prepare for Success.”  To sign up for this program, click here.  You can also sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming small business programming at the library by clicking here.

Don’t look back twenty years from now and, as Mark Twain put it, “…be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Make an appointment with our SBIC librarian, attend the April 1 program, and sign up for our online courses today!



March 16th, 2015

Help Us Put CCPL in the National Spotlight on March 18

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On February 24, we were thrilled to announce Cecil County Public Library’s selection as a finalist for the National Medal, our country’s highest honor presented to libraries that are making a profound positive difference in their communities.

For the 21st year, The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) reviewed applications received from museums and libraries nationwide and narrowed the field of finalists to 15 libraries and 15 museums.

The mission of IMLS “to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement” is similar to CCPL’s “to provide access to educational and cultural resources for all and to promote individual and community success.”

As quoted in the Cecil Whig, our Director Denise Davis said, “We have a philosophy to step-up to the issues here in the county,” including the teen drop-out rate, veteran employment and economic development. “We see these and we say, ‘Let’s look at what we can do,’” she said, adding, “That’s exactly the kind of thing IMLS looks for.”

In the time between the announcement of the 30 finalists and the announcement of the 10 winners on April 21, IMLS is highlighting museum and library finalists on their Facebook page. It’s a national platform for the public to both learn about different institutions around the country as well as to share testimonials about their hometown libraries or museums.

On Wednesday, March 18, it’s CCPL’s turn on the IMLS Facebook page. We encourage our patrons and friends to share how CCPL has made an exceptionally positive impact in our community. Not on Facebook? That’s okay – send us an email or talk to your local librarian.

Cecil County Public Library’s success is due to our dedicated staff as well as the support of our citizens and elected officials. Congratulations Cecil County, let’s celebrate this national recognition!

On February 24, we were thrilled to announce Cecil County Public Library’s selection as a finalist for the National Medal, our county’s highest honor presented to libraries that are making a profound positive difference in their communities.

For the 21st year, The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) reviewed applications received from museums and libraries nationwide and narrowed the field of finalists to 15 libraries and 15 museums.

The mission of IMLS “to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement” is similar to CCPL’s “to provide access to educational and cultural resources for all and to promote individual and community success.”

As quoted in the Cecil Whig, our Director Denise Davis said, “We have a philosophy to step-up to the issues here in the county,” including the teen drop-out rate, veteran employment and economic development. “We see these and we say, ‘Let’s look at what we can do,’” she said, adding, “That’s exactly the kind of thing IMLS looks for.”

In the time between the announcement of the 30 finalists and the announcement of the 10 winners on April 21, IMLS is highlighting museum and library finalists on their Facebook page. It’s a national platform for the public to both learn about different institutions around the county as well as to share testimonials about their hometown libraries or museums.

On Wednesday, March 18, it’s CCPL’s turn on the IMLS Facebook page. We encourage our patrons and friends to share how CCPL has made an exceptionally positive impact in our community. Not on Facebook? That’s okay – send us an email (jessa – you can use my email instead of webmaster) or talk to your local librarian.

Cecil County Public Library’s success is due to our dedicated staff as well as the support of our citizens and elected officials. Congratulations Cecil County, let’s celebrate this national recognition!