April 13th, 2015

National Library Week

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It’s National Library Week – a time to celebrate your local library. Did you know that there are 123,000 public libraries in the United States? Have you ever wondered, what do Americans really think about public libraries?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center* found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. An economic impact study by the Free Library of Philadelphia revealed that in Philadelphia, homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library.

The Pew study also found that 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. How do we implement our mission? By knowing our community needs to make critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development.

Your award-winning library has been recognized at the local and state level, and recently by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for the second year as a National Medal finalist.

The Pew study’s national focus is reflected at our local level. Did you know that over 62,000 people use Cecil County Public Library cards? In a county of Cecil County’s size – approximately 100,000 – that’s impressive!

We encourage our many cardholders to find a friend who isn’t a library user and introduce them to our services, our staff and the fastest free broadband connections in the county. Why not visit a new branch, test out a new digital service or try a different genre of reading? Get your child or grandchild a library card and open the door to imagination, exploration and the pathway to success. Always dreamed of starting your own business? Contact our Small Business Information Center at sbic@ccplnet.org

Of course, you don’t have to be a cardholder. Our libraries are always open to all. Have a question? Ask our professional and courteous librarians. Meet a friend and have coffee in one of our cafes, attend a storytime with your child or a program on starting a business. Connect to the library’s wifi.

Whether you are a cardholder or not, we hope you’ll join the celebration of National Library Week.

How will you celebrate your library?

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*Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

It’s National Library Week – a time to celebrate your local library. Did you know that there are 123,000 public libraries in the United States? Have you ever wondered, what do Americans really think about public libraries?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center* found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. An economic impact study by the Free Library of Philadelphia revealed that in Philadelphia, homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library.

The Pew study also found that 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. How do we implement our mission? By knowing our community needs to make critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development.

Your award-winning library has been recognized at the local and state level, and recently by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for the second year as a National Medal finalist.

The Pew study’s national focus is reflected at our local level. Did you know that over 62,000 people use Cecil County Public Library cards? In a county of Cecil County’s size – approximately 100,000 – that’s impressive!

We encourage our many cardholders to find a friend who isn’t a library user and introduce them to our services, our staff and the fastest free broadband connections in the county. Why not visit a new branch, test out a new digital service or try a different genre of reading? Get your child or grandchild a library card and open the door to imagination, exploration and the pathway to success. Always dreamed of starting your own business? Contact our Small Business Information Center at sbic@ccplnet.org

Of course, you don’t have to be a cardholder. Our libraries are always open to all. Have a question? Ask our professional and courteous librarians. Meet a friend and have coffee in one of our cafes, attend a storytime with your child or a program on starting a business. Connect to the library’s wifi.

Whether you are a cardholder or not, we hope you’ll join the celebration of National Library Week.

How will you celebrate your library?


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April 8th, 2015

National Poetry Month

4757004_69f7ec8fea_zIn our hectic lives of work and school schedules, sports practices and volunteer commitments, many of us wonder, where does the time go?

Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor, states, “When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause. ”

Inspired by this quote, I did a little research and learned that April isn’t just for rain showers and the tax man. April is also National Poetry Month. Founded in 1996, National Poetry Month encourages tens of millions of people celebrating the importance of poetry in our lives and cultures.

The Poets.org site suggests thirty ways in thirty days to celebrate National Poetry Month – everything from subscribing to a poem a day to an essay by Edward Hirsch entitled “How to read a poem”.

Recently, Tyler Crawford, one of our Teen Specialist librarians recommended a book of poetry called “Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty” by Christine Heppermann. What a great combination – readable, modern poetry using classic fairy tale themes.

A quick search for poetry on CCPL’s website yields plenty of resources about poetry and poets – from “The Open Door: One Hundred Poems, One Hundred Years of Poetry Magazine” to a kids’ video, “A Child’s Garden of Poetry” and  “Poems for the Millennium” to “In the Heart of the Beat – the Poetry of Rap.”

Be sure to check our digital selections (Overdrive) of poetry as well – if you’re looking for a laugh with the kids, try Roald Dahl’s “Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts” e-audiobook or if you’re ready to slow down, consider “She Walks in Beauty – a Woman’s Journey Through Poems” selected by Caroline Kennedy.

And did you know our colleagues at the Cecil County Arts Council has their weekly “Lunchlines meeting?” It’s a group of poets who meet for lunch, poetry exercises and laughter the first and third Tuesday each month.

How will you celebrate National Poetry Month? Do you have a favorite poet?

Image credit: Magnetic Poetry by Natalie Roberts on Flickr.