May 9th, 2012

There’s an App for That!

bookmyne-appSeveral years ago, I remember watching a commercial for the newest Apple product. They called it the “iPad” and it seemed so new and mysterious.  I’ll admit that I’m one of those people who are intrigued by technology and always crave the latest and greatest gadgets, but I usually don’t buy them.  But that Christmas, my husband gave me an iPad, and I’ve been totally hooked ever since. In fact, it seems that my iPad is within reach at any given moment!

Looking for new apps is always fun, so I was so excited to learn that the company that created our library catalog has developed an app called BookMyne — and it links to the Cecil County Public Library catalog.  With a few clicks, I can see my account info, place holds and renew my materials, all from my iPad. I can even set my account to remind me when my books are due! And this app isn’t just for iPads – it’s also available for use on iPhones and Droid tablets and phones.

I like to see what my friends are reading, and this app allows me to connect to my Good Reads account, and even suggests reading materials based on what’s being checked out and various award-winning books.   The app comes with an instruction guide that gives some basic info on navigation, but if you’re like me, you like to learn the features just by playing with it and tapping around.

Imagine: you’re out and about running errands, get a reminder that your books are due, and you don’t have time to get to the library. Just open up BookMyne and renew your materials! It’s that easy.

A final note to my fellow iPad, smart phone, and gadget users; if you haven’t tried the OverDrive Media Console app, check it out, too.   It’s another great resource to download eBooks and audiobooks from our library, all free, at the tap of the finger.

Happy reading and happy gadgeting! 🙂

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May 3rd, 2012

Journey Stories

Immigrant boy“How did you end up in Cecil County?”  It’s my favorite question to ask. Whether you’re a “from here” or a “come here,” there’s always a story to answer that question. My journey to Cecil County was many years in the making, having grown up a Navy-brat moving from Coast to Coast, I attended college in upstate New York and started my career in New York City. The Cecil County landscape reminds my husband of summers at his grandmother’s Long Island farm, before everything was developed and crowded, and so, for a reason as simple as that, we settled here.

American history is filled with tales of immigration and migration and rags to riches mobility. Americans have always been on the move. Early settlers on horseback searched for better farmland, religious freedom or gold. The industrial revolution spurred innovations in agriculture, manufacturing and transportation, which grew our nation. From steam engine trains to automobiles and airplanes, transportation is an integral part of our social and economic landscape.

This summer, Cecil County Public Library is delighted to partner with the Cecil County Arts Council and the Historical Society of Cecil County to bring you the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibit “Journey Stories.” Cecil County is one of only five sites in Maryland to host this special program and there are events planned county-wide this summer and into the fall. Be on the look-out for a full calendar coming soon.

The Smithsonian exhibit will focus on themes of transportation and immigration on a national scale and library events will focus on local stories. Ukrainian immigrants settled in Chesapeake City to build the C&D Canal and the rivers were busy with barges of tobacco. Lovers flocked to Elkton during the heydays of the marriage business and World War II brought droves of soldiers and munitions workers to the county. A doctor arrived from Russia in the early 1950s with his family, and a local boy who integrated at Elkton High school went on to an internationally successful music career. These are the stories of Cecil County.

What is your Journey Story? Share by leaving a comment below!

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