August 17th, 2010

Adult Summer Reading – Our Best Year Yet!

This June, CCPL invited its patrons on a literary cruise around the world.  No area was too remote, no port of call too exotic.  Our patrons cruised along to places like the South Carolina Low Country, the Mexican Peninsula, the World’s Fair and even to Imperial Japan.

And the mercury rising outside wasn’t the only thing hitting an all-time high this summer.  From June 1st to July 31st, over 1,300 adults in Cecil County cruised to thousands of literary destinations aboard the U.S.S. Summer Reading by participating in the 2010 Adult Summer Reading Program.  That’s a 130% increase in participation from our 2009 sign-ups!  In total, our patrons read 6,575 books in just 2 months!  That’s an average of 821 books a week.

And for all your “hard” work vacationing to these literary lands, you were amply rewarded.  Congratulations to Nancy, Derek, Morgan and Cindy, our Grand Prize winners!  Just for reading, they took home Hershey Park tickets, a summertime survival kit, a gardener’s toolkit, and a Visa gift card.  Although the summer may be ending and the cruise ship is docked, you can embark on a cruise of your own any time of the year.  Just let your library card be your passport!

Did you escape to any great literary destinations this summer?  Tell us where you went!


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June 11th, 2010

Come Sail Away

There’s really nothing like summertime on the East coast.  It’s a time for the beach, backyard baseball and barbecues.  After this year’s long winter (Snowmageddon anyone?), the first hints at summer had me racing out the door into the bright sunlight. But as any East Coaster knows too well, summers here can get hot.  And humid.  And just around the 4th of July I feel that all too familiar itch for a change in latitude.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be sailing towards French Polynesia, trying my hand at swordfish fishing off the coast of Massachusetts, exploring the dramatic coastline of the Pacific Northwest, and on a steamship headed up the Congo River.  And I’m not even leaving my air conditioned apartment to do it.  And with CCPL’s Adult Summer Reading Program, you can sail away anytime to a dream destination.

Whether your schedule this summer is too hectic for a vacation or your wallet is too light, no port of call is out of reach for you at the library.  Hop aboard the U.S.S. Summer Reading and plan your own literary adventure by customizing an itinerary chock full of great reads.  Think of each section in the library as your personal passport to faraway lands, exciting outings and lots of fun on the open seas.  Click here to begin your adventure and “book” your cruise today.  You can print out your itinerary here or see any library travel agent to begin your adventure.  Just for participating in CCPL’s Adult Summer Reading program, you could sail away with some nifty nautical prizes like tickets to Hershey Park, a summertime survival kit, or a gardener’s toolkit.

Let us know what literary lands you plan to explore (or are revisiting) this summer!


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