June 13th, 2016


vegetables-790022_640Are you interested in learning more about backyard farming this summer? Check-out these homesteading programs at your local branches:

Backyard Chickens 101
Cecilton Branch Library, Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm
Get an introduction to backyard chicken keeping from Beth Tumas of Aristos’ Harvest Farm and Apiary.

Canning with J.R.
Perryville Branch Library, Saturday, July 16 at 11 am
Get canning with J.R.! Local cookbook author, J.R. Coffey, will demonstrate the water-bath method, with a tasting to follow.

Local Bees and Honey with Myrl Stone
North East Branch Library, Monday, July 18 at 6:30 pm
Chester County Beekeeping Association President Myrl Stone talks about the importance of pollination, how his bee farm operates, shows off a honeycomb, and takes your questions about working with nature.

If you’re ready to learn more, CCPL has a sizable collection of books and magazines on homesteading and related subjects. You can also download current periodicals through Zinio where you’ll find magazines like Mother Earth News Food and Garden, American Patchwork and Quilting, Field and Stream, and Organic Life. Through our digital library you can access a comprehensive periodicals collection supporting research in agriculture in the Agriculture Collection. Also in the digital library you’ll find our Gardening, Landscape and Horticultural database.

One of the benefits of holding a CCPL library card is access to free online learning through Gale Courses. Explore the course catalog and you’ll see that it isn’t just about developing workplace skills. You’ll discover courses under Personal Development, including Health and Wellness, where you can find courses like: Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, Start Your Own Edible Garden and Handling Medical Emergencies.

What’s your favorite part of backyard farming: caring for the animals, growing the plants or the canning the harvest?

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June 8th, 2016

New North East Library – Thank You for your Support


We are honored and gratified by the outpouring of support for the new North East Library.

Thank you for voicing your opinions to our elected officials and the community at-large. Your letters, neblogs and phone calls have made all the difference. Thank you for standing firm in the belief that our citizens need and deserve a right-sized building to serve our community for generations. Thank you to our elected officials for your leadership in keeping this promise to our community.

We know we will continue to have to justify this building – which has been meticulously researched and planned to maximize State grant funds to reduce the cost to Cecil County taxpayers. Please stay in contact with us – through social media, our newsletter, or by visiting any of our branches.

We are one step closer to a new public library in North East because the majority of the Council supported the project as proposed by the County Executive in the county capital budget for FY2018. But we must remain involved and informed.

The library will do its job by posting updates and sharing information regularly. Click the link below and consider joining the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library to get more involved and informed.


Once again, our sincere thanks to you. Thank you.

Brigadier General Kennard R. Wiggins, Jr.