March 4th, 2014

CCPL Named as Finalist for National Award


This is a special time for Cecil County Public Library, our Board and staff.  CCPL is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor presented to libraries that are making a profound difference in their communities.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the federal agency that provides leadership for libraries and museums at the national level. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.  Each year, IMLS selects a group of 15 libraries and 15 museums as finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and highlights their work for two months before selecting 10 recipients of the IMLS annual medal.

CCPL is honored to have been selected as a finalist for the IMLS medal for 2014.  We are celebrating and hope all of Cecil County will celebrate with us!  We are your community library!

Although CCPL is not a really big library like some of the other finalists (which include Los Angeles and Chicago Public Libraries!), our services are having a major positive impact in Cecil County.  We try to live our mission every day by providing lifelong educational and cultural opportunities and resources for all and actively promoting individual and community success.  We have developed library educational and economic development services and outreach programs that address critical community needs and promote opportunity for all Cecil’s citizens.  We are involved in the community; we listen and learn from you, and step up whenever we can use our resources and talents to help make progress in the county.  We touch the lives of tens of thousands of our citizens.  A video can be worth a thousand words about the impact of CCPL’s work.  Check out these short CCPL videos.

The world is a crazy place and we all certainly have a lot to worry about.  But, let’s all put that aside at least for a while over the next couple months to celebrate this Cecil County success story—the national recognition of your public library!  Visit CCPL libraries, shake a librarian’s hand, scroll through the programs and services listed on our website, join the Friends of the Library, thank an elected official for supporting the library, tell friends, neighbors, parents and children, teens, and entrepreneurs that the library is doing cool things.  And on March 11, when Cecil County Public Library will be featured on the IMLS Facebook page, we hope you will post your CCPL experiences to share with the nation.  Cecil County—America is watching, and they are impressed!

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December 23rd, 2013

Our Year in Review

fireworksWhat a year for Cecil County!   Last December, Cecil County embraced a new form of government, swore in its first County Executive and Council, and would go on to take pivotal steps in planning and creating its future.  At CCPL, as educators, librarians, and leaders, we wanted to do our part to make this time of transition a success for our county and community. Board members and staff re-dedicated themselves to being resourceful community partners.  We worked to build stronger partnerships with our fellow educators at CCPS and Cecil College to advance the commitment to educational excellence and STEM that would assure a much brighter future for Cecil County students of all ages.  We proudly served on the leadership team for the Early Childhood Advisory Council with leaders from CCPS, Cecil College colleagues and Elkton Housing.  We were proud to be asked to serve on the committee charged with drafting a county strategic plan for the future of Cecil County, to strategize on expanding economic development on the Economic Development Commission, and to help build new partnerships for fighting drug abuse.  We worked together with our non-profit partners to do a better job of serving our homeless neighbors.  We even broke some new ground by developing two videos to promote economic development in Cecil County (Libraries Changing the World and Beautiful Cecil County—Your Business Belongs Here) and the library’s role in creating opportunity for our citizens.

In the process of this work, we learned so much from so many of you—dedicated community members, leaders, and county colleagues who may not always agree, but are so clearly committed to the same goals—a bright future filled with opportunity to live, work, play, and learn together.

Many CCPL staff and Board members participated actively in the major community transition to charter government.  As we end 2013, we plan to be part of a greater future, serving thousands of citizens with 21st century educational, business, and technological services, as well as learning opportunities.  All of us at look forward to making year two of this transition even more successful!