November 17th, 2014

In the Mood

holiday lightsOne morning after dropping my kids off at school. I decided to go to the market to pick up something special to fix for dinner that evening, since it was a Friday and Friday is movie night.

As I got out of my car and began walking towards the market, the first thing I noticed were the pre-decorated Christmas wreathes outside the store.  As I went through the sliding doors it was no way to ignore the Christmas Holiday.  With the synchronized LED lights flickering along the aisles and a Santa display in the middle of the market, I realized that I hadn’t gotten into the holiday spirit yet. In years past it was always a song on the radio or the holiday lights in front of a house that got me in the mood. When I returned home I went into the basement and started rummaging through my Christmas decorations.  That’s when it hit me. Let me see what holiday music is on hoopla?  I pulled out my phone, touched my hoopla app, typed “Thanksgiving.”

I quickly downloaded “A Motown Thanksgiving Celebration”, “We Give Thanks: 15 Thanksgiving Hymns on Piano” and the perfectly titled “Music for Thanksgiving Dinner.” Now that Thanksgiving’s music was taken care of – I typed “Christmas music” and myriad of albums appeared on my screen.

The first album that caught my attention was “Christmastide” And “In The Spirit” by opera singer Jessye Norman. This 2CD set covers all of the holiday classics such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Oh Emmanuel.” All of the songs are sung in an operatic style which really gives the listener the feeling they’re sitting in a grand theatre. Other notable albums I borrowed were “40 years: A Charlie Brown Christmas by David Benoit.” This jewel of a CD features a number of jazz artists doing their interpretations of this childhood favorite.  Notable stand outs are “Christmas Time Is Coming” and Brian McKnight singing the classic “Christmas Time Is Here”.  If you’re not in a traditional mood and want something different check out The Rippington’s “Curves Ahead.” It’s not holiday music per se but the sound of this CD will put you in a wintery bliss. If you want something jazzy for a Grown Up and Sexy holiday bash,  check out “Christmas Party – Holiday Piano Spiked With Swing” by Dave McKenna. The title alone says it all.

One morning after dropping my kids off at school. I decided to go to the market to pick up something special to fix for dinner that evening, since it was a Friday and Friday is movie night.

As I got out of my car and began walking towards the market, the first thing I noticed were the pre-decorated Christmas wreathes outside the store.  As I went through the sliding doors it was no way to ignore the Christmas Holiday.  With the synchronized LED lights flickering along the aisles and a Santa display in the middle of the market, I realized that I hadn’t gotten into the holiday spirit yet. In years past it was always a song on the radio or the holiday lights in front of a house that got me in the mood. When I returned home I went into the basement and started rummaging through my Christmas decorations.  That’s when it hit me. Let me see what holiday music is on hoopla? I pulled out my phone, touched my hoopla app, typed “Thanksgiving.”

I quickly downloaded “A Motown Thanksgiving Celebration,” “We Give Thanks: 15 Thanksgiving Hymns on Piano” and the perfectly titled “Music for Thanksgiving Dinner.” Now that Thanksgiving’s music was taken care of – I typed “Christmas music” and myriad of albums appeared on my screen.

The first album that caught my attention was “Christmastide” And “In The Spirit” by opera singer Jessye Norman. This 2CD set covers all of the holiday classics such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Oh Emmanuel.” All of the songs are sung in an operatic style which really gives the listener the feeling they’re sitting in a grand theatre. Other notable albums I borrowed were “40 years: A Charlie Brown Christmas by David Benoit.” This jewel of a CD features a number of jazz artists doing their interpretations of this childhood favorite.  Notable stand outs are “Christmas Time Is Coming” and Brian Mckinght singing the classic “Christmas Time Is Here”.  If you’re not in a traditional mood and want something different check out The Rippington’s “Curves Ahead.” It’s not holiday music per se but the sound of this CD will put you in a wintery bliss. If you having something jazzy for a “for the Grown and Sexy holiday bash” check out “Christmas Party – Holiday Piano Spiked With Swing” by Dave McKenna. The title alone says it all.



November 10th, 2014

We Honor and Support our Veterans Every Day!

vaEach November, the President signs a proclamation declaring November Military Family Appreciation Month. This is a time for us to acknowledge and honor the commitment the military family makes in service of our country. Tuesday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

When you visit the library this month take a look at our displays celebrating those who have served and their families. Our displays will highlight our Military Family Resource Collection. This special collection of adult, children and teen books, DVDs, and children’s learning resource kits are available to connect military members and military families with the materials they need to handle the unique challenges of military life. Resources include materials about deployment, families, women’s issues, relationships, re-entering civilian live, employment, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, job training, starting a business and more.

Cecil County Public Library supports our veterans every day. With our Perryville Branch so close to Perry Point VA Medical Center, we help our veteran population is a variety of ways. We offer three veteran computer classes during the week. This time, specifically reserved for our veterans, provides an opportunity for them to learn computer skills to include basic mouse skills, internet basics and searching techniques, and email setup. With these skills our veterans are able to search and apply for jobs online. We also offer one-on-one opportunities for computer assistance to the general public, of which many veterans take advantage.

We have partnered with APGFCU to provide financial literacy and budgeting workshops to our veteran population. We have fostered a good working relationship with the VA to ensure the veterans are able to utilize our services at the library for both educational and entertainment resources.

Cecil County Public Library is available to veterans who need assistance connecting with their VA Benefits. A great place to start getting connected with VA benefits is by visiting the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs website or by contacting the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs Service Officer, Russ Biondo, at the State Office Building, 2 South Bond Street, 4th Floor, Bel Air, MD 21014 (410) 836-4900. The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs was created by the State Legislature in 1999 as an executive agency with the mission of assisting veterans, active duty service members, their families and dependents, in securing benefits earned through military service.

During the week of November 10th Cecil County Public Library will be honoring our veterans in a variety of ways. Stop by your local branch of the library on November 10th for light refreshments honoring our veterans and their families. Children will also have the opportunity to write a letter to an American Soldier, to thank them for their service. The Perryville Branch will be celebrating our veterans and their families all week long.

Join us in honoring the sacrifices and contributions made by our veterans and the brave family members and loved ones of our service men and women.

Have you thanked a vet today?


“Our nation owes each day of security and freedom that we enjoy to the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Behind our brave service men and women, there are family members and loved ones who share in their sacrifice and provide unending support.”
- President Obama


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