September 10th, 2013

September is Disaster Preparedness Month

SCH087As we remember the tragedy of September 11, learn from Katrina and approach the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and Newtown, CT — we ask: Are you ready?

The Department of Homeland Security’s “READY” campaign encourages Americans to Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Preparations can be made to better respond to natural disasters and emergencies by doing three basic things: create an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and stay informed. For links and tips, check out

Did you know that the library is a vital part of your emergency plan? Libraries are always primary sources for information and resources—but libraries can also be invaluable during times of crisis.

Unless underwater or without power, we will do our best to be open after a storm or emergency. Use your library to connect with resources, to plug in devices and escape the elements—hot or cold. Access computers and WiFi to conduct business, find a tree removal service or follow up with relatives and your insurance company.

Libraries also are a safe place for children and teens to play and explore after a storm or other disaster. And in our technological world, a good book is one of the few things that still works without batteries.

Check off these items every fall:

- Change smoke detector batteries

- Update your emergency contact information with Cecil County Public Schools—have you dropped your land lines but not provided a cell phone contact?

- Sign up for free school closing notifications or like Cecil County Public School on Facebook

- Sign up for emergency calls and texts from the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services

- Create a packet with your insurance policies and other essential information that you can access quickly should you need to leave your home

Share with us – what are your best preparedness tips?

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July 8th, 2013

Visit Us at the Fair, July 19-27

Happy 60th Birthday, Cecil County Fair! In 1953, members of the Calvert, Cecilton and Colora Granges met over lunch to discuss the idea of founding a fair in Cecil County. The founders approached Mr. William DuPont who owned the land which is now Fair Hill Natural Resources. Mr. DuPont was an enthusiastic supporter of the idea, helping to share founding expenses as well as donating a grandstand and some outbuildings.

It took a year of planning, but the first Cecil County Fair was held on July 31, 1954 from 10am to 10pm. Admission was free, there were two games on the midway and the main event was a calf scramble – the winner getting to keep the calf!

The Cecil County Fair has evolved over the years to the 9-day event we know and love – especially the Cecil County Public Library’s booth. Be sure to stop by, enter our classic counting jar contest, create a craft and pick up a free book.  Did you know that Monday, July 22 is Children’s Day? Swing by the big stage at 10:40am for a lively library dance party.

What’s the best book you’ve picked up at the Library’s fair booth?  What’s your favorite part of the fair experience?

frontline staff July 2013 Fair