December 8th, 2014

Recommendations, Resources & Gift Guides For All Ages!

girlsreadingAre you looking for the next great book for your child or grandchild? Check out these resources!

Your Librarians

Our professional and skilled librarians are always available to answer questions and connect you with a variety of authors, books and themes—for yourself—or your children. Can’t make it to the library in person? Call any branch or email: ask@ccplnet.org


CCPL’s Great Reads

Have you visited the “Great Reads” section of our website? It has themed lists, staff recommendations as well as all the newest award-winners and best-sellers.


CCPL’s Bookmate

Still looking for that perfect book when you have —or your loved one has — “read everything?” Try bookmate— the free book and author matching service is for all ages and interests. Fill out a simple survey and return it to your local branch—trained librarians will make 3 recommendations.


A Mighty Girl

The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Choose from a variety of topics such as building, top holiday picks as well as by age group.


Guys Read

A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The  mission is to help boys be self–motivated, lifelong readers. Look for reading ideas, booklists, and research based on encouraging guys to read. 


Common Sense Media

The website rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools—with ratings by what both kids and parents have to say. Their gift guide is packed with 100+ holiday gift ideas hand-selected to inspire, educate, and entertain kids of all ages and stages. Whether your list includes young children, tweens, or teens, use this guide to find presents that kids and parents will feel good about.


What’s your favorite way to recommend a good read?


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December 2nd, 2014

Naughty or Nice, we’re always on your device

Naughty or Nice, we're always on your device

So you’re thinking about gifting a digital device this season – or really hoping to receive one. Are you unsure how to get great books, magazines, music and movies onto that device, especially after an expensive holiday season?

Cecil County Public Library is your best source for free digital content for your device. Upload at home or use the library’s enhanced WiFi network to connect to all your library has to offer. There are no fines for any of CCPL’s digital materials.

Overdrive: ebooks and e-audiobooks are available to download anytime.

Zinio: full copies of popular magazines, downloaded to your device, indefinitely. Back issues are also available.

Hoopla: movies, TV shows, audiobooks and music.  Search and download your choices for great viewing and listening.

Ereaders also make figuring out what to read next easy. With sites like GoodReads, you can see what your friends are reading, get suggestions, and read reviews. Our Staff Recommendations page also features fantastic reviews of books and other materials, hand-picked by our talented staff.

Perhaps the best feature of handheld devices is that you can carry the library with you, no matter where you are. Stuck waiting in a doctor’s office? Download an eBook. Going on a trip? Load up your device with music, magazines and books that won’t add a single pound to your suitcase.

If you have questions about using or setting up your device or how to download content, CCPL’s librarians are always available to help. For tutorials and guidance, visit the digital library section of our website.

Find, borrow and enjoy! What is your favorite download?


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