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!



December 30th, 2014

A New Year’s Resolution: Be More Selfish

Take timefor yourself!After the season of gifts, encompassing thoughtfulness and emptying your wallet on behalf of others, I encourage you to think about your resolutions in a new way: selfishness. Of course, this is tongue and cheek, but how will we ever accomplish our resolutions without dedicated “me-time?”

Here are a few ways Cecil County Public Library can connect you to resources to accomplish your goals:


Spend More Time with Family

CCPL has many family programs – from “Storytime Yoga” in Elkton to family movie nights in Perryville and stargazing in Chesapeake City. If the program times don’t suit your schedule, families are welcome to gather in our children’s spaces to read and play together. With the wide array of books and movies available in the branches and streaming content from Hoopla, family movie night at home is a snap! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, the Link and always have our newsletter and upcoming events on your device.



Learn Something New

Starting in January, we will feature a new series called, “Pinteresting Programs.” Starting with an introduction to Pinterest itself, this series covers diverse topics from ballroom dancing, to upcycling to yoga. These programs will inspire creativity and promote a healthy lifestyle. Once a class is finished, check-out related resources to take you to the next level.

Do you prefer “armchair” hobby exploration? With our Zinio collection of digital magazines, you can explore birdwatching to cooking, woodworking to photography, hockey to gardening!



Upskill Your Talents

Along the lines of learning something new – have you looked at the topics in the “Gale Online Courses” section of CCPL’s website? From project management to accounting and finance, many of the free, six-week courses will “upskill” your talents in the workplace. Perhaps you’re interested in a new career? Check out “Start Your Own Business” or “Explore a Career in Medical Coding.”

For some serious “self-time” why not register for an online “Certificate in Meditation” or “Individual Excellence?”


Mastering Technology

Whether you’ve received a new device or you’re struggling to maximize the usefulness of the one you already own, your professional librarians are available to connect you to tips and tools for your particular needs. Visit the Devices and Downloads section of our website for details. Do you still have questions and need to start with the basics? Make an appointment with a Computer Tutor at the Cecilton, Chesapeake City or Rising Sun Branches. You will receive 30 minutes of personalized computer instruction on a topic of your choice and a time convenient to your schedule. Perryville Branch offers 60-minute sessions on a variety of computer topics.


Follow Your Dreams

Have you been thinking about starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin? Visit the Small Business Information Center section of our website for the Keys to Starting a Business in Cecil County, business plan help and a list of upcoming small business classes. Are you ready to take the next step? Make an appointment with our professional small business librarian, who will review your ideas, answer questions and connect you with resources and research.

These are just a few resolution ideas but the doors to opportunity and exploration are always open at CCPL.

How will you take time for yourself to accomplish your goals in 2015?