April 18th, 2012

Book Swap & Bake Sale

Book Swap Friends Cecil County Public LibraryAvid readers will love the upcoming Book Swap and Bake Sale hosted by the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library. This is a great opportunity to browse stacks of gently used books and exchange your used books for new-to-you books.

Please join the Friends on Saturday, May 5, for their 3rd Annual Book Swap and Bake Sale. Bring with you up to ten gently used, of current interest books and exchange them for a like number of books. Enjoy chatting with other book lovers and find out what they have been reading. Then, don’t forget to visit the bake sale table of incredibly tempting and delicious baked goodies. I promise you, it will be too difficult to pass up purchasing a few items to take home!

In addition, this year you can help support future teen programs by purchasing 50/50 raffle tickets. These tickets are also currently on sale at all Cecil County Public Library branches, $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. The final drawing will be at the Book Swap at 2 p.m. You do not need to be present at the time of the drawing.

So circle May 5 on your calendar and stop by the Elkton Central Library between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And, feel good about “being green” — this event is free and the swapped books are free, so you not only save money, you may save a tree or two!

What books will you be swapping?


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April 12th, 2012

National Library Week

National Library Week 2012Nine years ago, I moved from the bustling borough of Brooklyn, New York to the quiet community of Cecilton. A stay-at-home mom, with an infant and a husband who traveled for work, I found myself lonely and isolated. Driving country roads, listening to talk radio, I realized, “I don’t love talk radio, I just need to hear adult conversation!” Lucky for me, the Cecilton Library was within walking distance from my home.

Cecil County Public Library was a welcome haven of friendly, helpful staff, internet connectivity (broadband hadn’t come to the south county yet) and programs where I could meet other moms. There are no community centers or YMCA below the C&D canal, and because my girls were not in school, the library was the only place I could connect.  I started attending babytime, singing along with Miss Karen’s guitar. Over the next few years, I had another child and the library offered all sorts of resources, from happy sleeping to potty training. At home and in the car, my girls and I sang storytime songs and acted out “two little blackbirds sitting on a hill…” On nights when my husband was out of town, I could watch subtitled foreign film DVDs to my heart’s content.

I now work part-time at the Elkton Central Library and am thrilled to be part of such an energetic and resourceful organization. I share my story as a simple example of how important libraries are and that they are a lifeline to resources and a vital connection to the community for so many citizens like me.

In celebration of National Libraries Week, April 8 – 14, I encourage you to share your own library stories and to take advantage of all the resources CCPL offers.

How has the library impacted you?


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