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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March 21st, 2012

What Buzzin’ in Your Garden?

bees“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” There is a real debate about who actually made this remark, but it is often attributed to Albert Einstein.  Perhaps this may be an extreme statement, but it emphasizes the importance of this small insect.

I grew up in Cecil County with my siblings and we had a big, big yard, not a lawn. A yard covered with little white clover blossoms that honey bees just loved.  Every summer, our barefoot selves would be stung two or three times.  I always felt bad because I knew the bee died – my mom always told us that when she pulled out the stinger and covered it with baking soda paste.  I moved back to our home several years ago and we still have that big, big yard, not a lawn!  But, I hardly ever see those bees anymore and the clover just doesn’t seem as robust. Why is that?  There’s been buzz in the media about bees disappearing, but what does it all mean?

On Thursday, March 29th, we’re hosting a Science Cafe to answer many of these questions. Katherine Darger, a Master’s candidate from the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, will discuss the importance of bees in your garden. She’ll cover identifying and attracting them, and when to be afraid and when not to.  Although the topic doesn’t encompass the world, our gardens and yards are microcosms of the big picture.  The ecological health of our gardens and our pollinators are indicators of the importance of bees in agriculture and world economics.

Whether you love bees or are terrified of them, they are critical to our world.  And, besides, who doesn’t enjoy that bit of honey in our tea or on a slice of warm homemade bread!!!

Have questions about bees?  Share them here or join us Thursday night to learn more about these fascinating creatures and their role in our lives.

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