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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September 14th, 2015

Zane Campbell


Are you interested in local history?


Does an afternoon of bluegrass music sounds like the perfect way to pass the time?


If you answered yes to either of those questions, join us on October 3rd from 2-3 PM at the Elkton Central library, to hear the music and stories of Zane Campbell, a local bluegrass artist and the nephew of the late local bluegrass legend, Ola Belle Reed.


Zane will be giving an hour long performance where he will play his songs, and tell the stories behind those songs. Spend some time immersing yourself in his music, while gaining a deeper appreciation for our area and the history behind it.


If you want to learn more about the Campbell family and Ola Belle Reed, there are many resources available for you to do so. The library has Zane’s CD, as well as Ola Belle’s CDs and her book, My Epitaph; A Documentary in Song and Lyric.


In addition to the library resources, a new book about Ola Belle Reed has recently been released from Dust to Digital and gives an in-depth look at her life and includes 58 newly-remastered recording and texts.


We hope to see you there!


What’s your favorite bluegrass song?

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