May 4th, 2015

Plant Swaps @ the library

SeedlingOne thing gardeners all have in common is their generosity. Whether they’re trying to give away plant divisions, extra seedlings, or a plant that just won’t work for them, if you garden or have a friend who gardens you know they’re always happy to share. As a gardener myself I know that I’d rather pass on an extra plant and give it a new home than, heaven forbid, throw it away! But there are only so many plants your friends and neighbors are willing to take; so what’s a gardener to do!?

Three years ago the Elkton Library hosted its first plant swap to great success, now we’d like to offer a plant exchange at the Perryville Library. We will be hosting our First Annual Plant Exchange on Wednesday, May 13th @ 7 pm, and if you can’t make it to Perryville, Elkton will have its 3rd Annual Plant Swap on Tuesday, May 26th @ 6 pm. We hope you can make it! This will be a wonderful opportunity to give your plants a new home, refresh your garden with new plants and share experiences with other gardeners.

Whether you’re an avid gardener or someone who is just starting out you want to make the most of your garden.  At CCPL we have an extensive collection of gardening books and magazines, but if you’re looking for the latest, most up-to-date information you might want to check out our collection of on-line magazines through Zinio where you can download home and garden magazines like Mother Earth News, Country Gardens and Organic Gardening. In addition, our Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture database contains magazine and journal articles for everyone from the novice gardener to the professional.


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April 27th, 2015

CCPL’s Digital Services

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Recently, I was browsing the magazines at the Elkton Central Library, and a magazine cover advertising “quick weeknight dinners” caught my eye. I was all set to check it out when I saw the red star on the cover, indicating that it was the current issue and needed to stay in the branch for others to view. Fortunately, I was able to check it out using Zinio, which provides access to full magazine issues through CCPL’s website. You can check out as many as you want, and there are no late fees.

Now, you only need one account to access the magazines. Just create an account using your library card number – the link is at the top right of the screen – and you can be reading a magazine right away. We have magazines for everybody: cooking, gardening, science, sports, crafts, and travel.

If you want to read on the go, you can use the new Zinio for Libraries app (available for iPad and Android). For other devices, the commercial Zinio app, which requires two accounts , is available.

Of course, you can do more than read magazines on the go. Check out our devices and downloads page for links to Hoopla (movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music), OverDrive (ebooks and audiobooks), OneClickDigital (audiobooks), and BookMyne (Android version shown above), which allows easy access to the CCPL library catalog and lets you place holds, renew items, or just see what you have checked out, all from your smartphone or tablet.

If all this sounds a little overwhelming, don’t despair. You can get one-on-one help with your smartphones, e-readers, or tablets at our Smart Device Helper program at the North East Branch Library at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 27. Register by clicking the dates or by calling 410-996-6269. If you can’t make those dates, try Is This Thing On: A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming, or try asking a librarian for help.

How many CCPL digital services have you tried?


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