December 27th, 2012

So You Got an eReader for the Holidays…

Cecil County Public Library ebooksReading is one of your pastimes and everyone knows it. So, this holiday season, someone who loves you thought it would be a brilliant idea to buy you an eReader. You opened it and tried to force a smile, but inside, you panicked….

Does this description fit you to a T? If so, take a deep breath and let us introduce you to some of the great benefits of eReaders.

FREE CONTENT
As you set up your new eReader, smartphone, tablet, or other device, you’ll probably discover that it’s easy to rack up charges. However, Cecil County Public Library offers great free options for downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks. Search your device’s app store for “Overdrive” and “OneClickDigital” to download free, easy apps, or visit our site to learn more. Using your library card number, you’ll get access to a large catalog of free downloadables.

NO FINES
People often ask how to return eBooks. The beauty of downloading CCPL’s free digital content is that you don’t need to return anything! You won’t get fines, ever, because the eBook disappears once your lending period is up.

When it comes to managing physical items you check out from our branches, there’s an app for that, too! For Apple and Droid device users, BookMyne is a fantastic app that lets you access your account with Cecil County Public Library. You can see what you have checked out, place holds, renew items, and even set alarms to remind you when items are due.

READING PLUS

By reading on a device, you have a wealth of resources a tap away. Don’t know the definition of a word? Many eReaders let you tap any word to look it up in the dictionary. Not familiar with a place? Do a quick internet search to read up on it or to consult an online map.Many devices also let you highlight sections, take notes, or even share quotes with friends.

Ereaders also make figuring out what to read next easy. With sites like GoodReads, you can see what your friends are reading, get suggestions, and read reviews. Our Staff Recommendations page also features fantastic reviews of books hand-picked by our talented staff.

CARRY YOUR LIBRARY WITH YOU
Perhaps the best feature of eReaders and other modern devices is that you can carry the library with you, no matter where you are. Stuck waiting in a doctor’s office? Download an eBook. Going on a trip? Load up your device with several titles that won’t add a single pound to your suitcase.

Did you get a new eReader or device this holiday season?


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December 19th, 2012

Elkton Central Library: Meeting 21st Century Needs

Elkton Central LibraryWe work hard to keep all Cecil County Public Libraries up-to-date, efficient and comfortable.  The Elkton Central Library opened in 1987—a lot has changed since then and a few updates are in order! Here’s an overview of what’s going on:

Changes in collections.

• Librarians are still able to find knowledge, information, evidence and data on the topics and issues better than anyone.  But reference collections are very different than in years past.  We now buy many reference books in digital formats and access them online.  The space needed is less than it was, so we can allocate that important resource in new ways.

• Audiobooks and DVDs are more popular than ever, and Elkton’s shelving is overcrowded and deteriorated.

Library users are changing, too.

• Teens are proving to be the fastest growing demographic of library users today, and they read a lot.

• All library users expect to “plug in” a device at the library.

• The Perryville Branch Library café has proven to be a very popular place for study or work, and the ability to get a decent cup of coffee, snack, or even lunch in the library is appreciated by many library users.

The improvements: We are moving a lot of things around, adding some shelving, a bit of furniture, and paint.

• The reference collection is moving to the previous teen space. This will provide a quieter area for reference research and for reference computer users.

• Teen seating and books will get the larger space previously occupied by those outmoded reference books. This will be a safe and constructive environment for teens to study together, use technology, and read (and the new comfortable space will be there for adults and others during school hours).

• The audiovisual collection will move to new mobile shelving, and the magazine shelving will be consolidated to higher shelving, yielding more space. Mobile shelving allows for flexible use of library space, as well as better security.

• A linoleum floor and a new counter (with plug ins) where the audiovisual shelving used to be, plus vending machines and tables, will become a new café area for Elkton library users.

We started this transition in early December.  Things may be a little harder to find at first, but we will still have all the tables, study seating and chairs we had before—and great books and magazines to check out and read.  Please just ask if you are trying to find something.  Already, teens are moving in to their new area and loving it. We will work hard to complete the rest of these improvements with as little disruption as possible.  Thanks for your patience and flexibility!


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