November 10th, 2010

Home of the Brave

Recently, President Obama officially declared November “Military Family Month,” honoring the sacrifices and contributions made by the brave family members and loved ones of our service men and women.  You can check out the president’s entire proclamation here.

In his address, President Obama also called for us all to “reaffirm our commitments to these selfless individuals who exemplify the highest principles of our Nation.”  We here at CCPL heard the message loud and clear.  And so, this Friday, November 12th, we’re excited to launch a new collection of resources for military families at the Perryville Branch Library.  The collection includes essential resources for adults, children, and teens in a variety of formats, from DVDs to children’s learning resource kits, all with the aim of connecting the members of military families with the materials they need to handle the challenges of deployment, separation, reunion, and the many other situations they so courageously face each day.

Here are some examples of what you’ll find in the collection:

For children, we offer everything from picture books like Mommy, You’re My Hero! and While You Are Away to helpful DVDs such as Mr. Poe & Friends Discuss Family Reunion After Deployment.  A special learning resource kit for military families based on the classic children’s story The Kissing Hand is also available.

For caregivers and spouses, there’s the U.S. Army’s Deployment Cycle Readiness:  Soldier’s and Family Member’s Handbook, as well as the guide, Life as a Military Spouse.  Many free pamphlets, guides, book lists, and resource guides are available as well.  We’ve only just begun to build this collection for you, and as we go forward, we welcome your input and suggestions on the resources you and your family need. For a listing of helpful online resources, click here.

This Friday, November 12th at 11am, we’ll be holding a special ceremony at the Perryville Branch Library to unveil this collection and honor our local military families, as well as our veterans.  Live music, activities for children, and light refreshments will be on hand.  Please join us at the library as we celebrate these members of our community who inspire us every day with their courage, resilience, and commitment to their families and country.

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November 3rd, 2010

The Many Ways to Connect to Your Local Library

Whether you’ve seen the new movie “The Social Network,” you have crops you need to tend on Farmville, or you actively hunt for what’s trending on Twitter, all of us are aware of the new social media craze.  The library is embracing this trend by launching a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and Text A Librarian service with the hopes of connecting with more of you.  We hope to make it as convenient as possible for you to access the wealth of information and resources the library provides – plus it’s fun!

You can find the Library’s new Facebook page at  We will post information about exciting upcoming library programs, interesting book recommendations, and ask for your feedback and input.  Are vampires so last season?  Can’t wait to put your hands on the latest memoir?  What do you think will be the next trend in books and films?  We want to know!  We’d love to get your feedback on this and other library related topics, so don’t forget that we’ll be just one click of the ‘Like’ button away!

Are you interested in another way to connect with the library online?  Try following our tweets at We’ll be tweeting about our great programs, book recommendations and library news.  Our feed will include a Book of the Day, helpful web resources, small business information and more.  If you haven’t started tweeting yet, be sure to sign up for an account at and follow the Cecil County Public Library. We don’t think you can have too much of the library, but be warned:  tweeting is addictive.

For those who rely on their cell phones, we’re now just a text away. You can get fast, reliable info by composing a text to 66746 and starting a reference question with the keyword CCPL411.  Do you have an event outside and you’re not sure if it’s going to get rained out?  Try texting our librarians for the latest weather forecast.  Are you at the grocery store and forgot that list of ingredients?  Try texting the library to find out what was in that special recipe.

If you need that little bit of extra help to start a Facebook page or Twitter Account, be sure to check out these great books at your local Cecil County Public Library branch:

Facebook: The Missing Manual by Emily Vander Veer

Facebook for Dummies by Carolyn Abram

Facebook and Twitter for Seniors for Dummies by Marsha Collier

Twitter for Dummies by Laura Fitton, Michael E. Gruen and Leslie Poston

Twitter: Tips, Tricks, & Tweets by Paul McFedries

There are so many ways to reach out to the library.  So let us know, what’s your favorite new way to reach the library?  Facebook, Twitter, or texting?

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