September 21st, 2015

Our Award-Winning Library

IMLS Ceremony WH - Davis, Cousar, Obama - 2You may have already seen this photograph of me and community member, US Army Veteran Thomas Cousar, accepting that National Medal at the White House in May 2015.

While a picture may be worth a thousand words, the reasons why we should celebrate the National Medal take many thousands more! The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for library service, bestowed upon libraries that both know their communities and are having a powerful effect on the communities they serve.  CCPL’s winning application was exemplified by these areas of library service:

• Small Business Information Services
• Job Seekers and Career Changers
Year-Round Out-of-School Learning
• Summer reading and combating summer learning loss
Service to veterans

We are proud of these achievements but we want to thank you, the people of Cecil County for your continued support and usage of our community spaces, high-speed Wifi, digital courses and services, cultural classes and educational materials. You enroll your children and students in our classes because we make learning fun. You come to us for solutions and for the right answers – the information you can’t just “google.” You come to us because we don’t just find an answer we find solutions and you know we care deeply about community and individual success.

Therefore it is my honor to invite you to our Community Celebration on Saturday, September 26 at the Perryville Branch Library from 11am-2pm. We’ll have Kona Ice and family activities, balloon animals and crafts and live music with Take 2. It’s an open-house style event, so come as you are and bring along your family.

We’ll have a few welcome remarks at noon and we’ll unveil our new library card design!

Will you join us?

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February 24th, 2015

CCPL named 1 of 15 library finalists for the 2015 National Medal


This is a very special time for Cecil County Public Library, our Board and staff.  For the second time in just two years, CCPL is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor presented to libraries that are making a profound positive difference in their communities.  CCPL is the only library or museum in Maryland among the finalists.

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 2015.  We are celebrating and hope all of Cecil County will celebrate with us!  We are your community library!

Although CCPL is not a very big library like some of the other finalists (which include Los Angeles and Brooklyn Public Libraries!), our services are having a major impact in Cecil County.  We strive 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. Over the past few years, we have also developed specialized services for veterans who are staying at the Perry Point VA Medical Center so that they can become more successful in their careers and lives after they have left the military.

We are involved in the community; we listen and learn from you, and step up whenever we can use our resources, skills, and talents to make progress in our 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 about our work with innovative solutions for school success and small business.

The world is a crazy place and as a nation, state, and community, it seems there is always a lot to worry about.  But, once again, let’s put that aside over the next couple months to celebrate this Cecil County success story—the national recognition of your public library!  Visit CCPL branches, shake a librarian’s hand, scroll through the programs and services listed on our website, join the Friends of the Library, thank elected officials for supporting the library, tell friends, neighbors, parents and children, teens and entrepreneurs about your library!  And on Wednesday, March 18, 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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