March 26th, 2013

Man’s Best Friend

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On Tuesday, March 26 @ 7 pm, Lynne Gartenhaus from C4H, Companions for Heroes, will give a presentation on how soldiers and first responders can heal through the unconditional love of dogs and other pets.  C4H was founded by a soldier, Dave Sharpe, deployed in 2001 with the U.S. Air Force Security Forces. After a life threatening confrontation with a Taliban sympathizer plus additional incidents, his ordeal with PTSD began. His violence, anxiety and other symptoms went undiagnosed for eight years. When he was introduced to a rescued pit bull puppy, his healing began. Time Magazine featured a story about C4H.

C4H’s purpose is not only to help soldiers, but police officers, firefighters, and other first responders recover from the effects of PTSD and similar disorders.  Sharpe’s hope is that C4H will aid them in their recovery while at the same time saving our nation’s shelter and rescued animals. Join us at the Elkton Central Library to hear more and to meet a service dog in training.


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January 14th, 2013

New & Improved Marina, Our Inter-Library Loan System

booksDid you know there’s a statewide system for borrowing books? Did you know if Cecil County Public Library system doesn’t have a particular book you want, we may be able to borrow it from another public library system in Maryland?  It might take a few days, up to about seven, but it’s free and that’s always a good thing.  And, the service was just improved!

Starting January 14, 2013, there’s a new and improved way to borrow from other libraries in the state of Maryland.  The service is still called Marina, but it is easier and much more user friendly.  Simply log in with your library card number and search the statewide catalog.

You can do a simple search, just entering a title or author, but you can also do an advanced search with author and title.  This way, you can eliminate any materials that don’t interest you.  And, if Cecil County Public Library has an available copy, the improved Marina will direct you to our catalog where you can place a hold, even titles that are on order.  When the search comes up totally empty, a form will appear for you to fill out.  At this time, it’s best to contact your local library branch for help if you get that form.

On the same page on which you are requesting, you can check the status of your previous requests by checking your account. If you have an e-mail attached to your account, you’ll get e-mails to let you know the progress of your request/requests.

We know there will be glitches and adjustments that will be needed, but our staff is available to help you. If we can’t solve the problem, we know who can.  Click here for tips on using the new and improved Marina system and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if we can help.

Have you taken advantage of our Inter-Library Loan service?


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