January 12th, 2015

New Year, New You

computerWith the weather turning colder and the start of the New Year, it’s a great time to learn something new.  Your library offers a variety of ways to update and learn new skills. Whether it’s for your own enrichment or to make you more employable, think about taking advantage of all that your library offers.  We are your lifeline to a variety of services and opportunities!

Updating your computer skills is a great way to improve your employment opportunities by showing your desire to be relevant in the workplace, staying current with new technology, and demonstrating a desire to learn and grow.  We offer different opportunities to update your skills.  Consider attending one of our group computer classes held at either the Elkton or North East Branches.  We offer Introduction to Computers, Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Introduction to Yahoo Email.  These 90 minute classes are a great way to learn a new skill and meet new people.  Our Cecilton, Chesapeake City and Rising Sun branches offer 30 minute, personalized computer instruction on a topic of your choice!  You can make an appointment by calling the branch.  Our Perryville branch also offers 60 minutes of one-on-one instruction on Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Email, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.  Contact the Perryville Branch to set up an appointment today.

If you are in the mood for more in depth learning opportunities, consider our Gale Online Courses.  These courses are free of charge, as are all of our services.  Gale Online Courses offer 24 hours of instruction on a variety of topics to include computers, health care, test prep, finance, business, teaching, photography and more.  All you need is a valid library card and the desire to learn.

Classes start monthly and you can complete your lessons whenever your schedule allows.  These classes are an awesome way to update your skills with the Microsoft products, thus increasing your employability!   Check out the wide variety of courses offered here.

If you were a lucky recipient of a new device this holiday season you will want to take advantage of all of the great free digital content offered at the library. We offer eBooks, eAudiobooks, downloadable magazines, movies, and music.  Having trouble?  Our CCPL librarians are always available to assist you.

Since you have already found our website, take a look at the “Digital Library” and see the great services we offer; FAQs, tutorials and guidance are also available. And be sure to use our free, enhanced Wi-Fi at all of our branches.

So, come in out of the cold and give our great services a spin.  It’s a New Year… What will you learn?

With the weather turning colder and the start of the New Year, it’s a great time to learn something new. Your library offers a variety of ways to update and learn new skills. Whether it’s for your own enrichment or to make you more employable, think about taking advantage of all that your library offers. We are your lifeline to a variety of services and opportunities!

Updating your computer skills is a great way to improve your employment opportunities by showing your desire to be relevant in the workplace, staying current with new technology, and demonstrating a desire to learn and grow. We offer different opportunities to update your skills. Consider attending one of our group computer classes held at either the Elkton or North East Branches. We offer Introduction to Computers, Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Introduction to Yahoo Email. These 90 minute classes are a great way to learn a new skill and meet new people. Our Cecilton, Chesapeake City and Rising Sun branches offer 30 minute, personalized computer instruction on a topic of your choice! You can make an appointment by calling the branch. Our Perryville branch also offers 60 minutes of one-on-one instruction on Computer Basics, Internet Basics, Email, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Contact the Perryville Branch to set up an appointment today.

If you are in the mood for more in depth learning opportunities, consider our Gale Online Courses. These courses are free of charge, as are all of our services. Gale Online Courses offer 24 hours of instruction on a variety of topics to include computers, health care, test prep, finance, business, teaching, photography and more. All you need is a valid library card and the desire to learn.

Classes start monthly and you can complete your lessons whenever your schedule allows. These classes are an awesome way to update your skills with the Microsoft products, thus increasing your employability! Check out the wide variety of courses offered here.

If you were a lucky recipient of a new device this holiday season you will want to take advantage of all of the great free digital content offered at the library. We offer eBooks, eAudiobooks, downloadable magazines, movies, and music. Having trouble? Our CCPL librarians are always available to assist you.

Since you have already found our website, take a look at the “Digital Library” and see the great services we offer; FAQs, tutorials and guidance are also available. And be sure to use our free, enhanced Wi-Fi at all of our branches.

So, come in out of the cold and give our great services a spin. It’s a New Year………….What will you learn?



January 6th, 2015

Dr. Graphic Novel, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Medium

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Happy New Year! What’s new about it? Well, in Young Adult services at the library, a new teen program is launching: TEEN SPOTLIGHT SERIES. Throughout the year, different CCPL branches will be “spotlighting” different themes and activities; highlighting various authors, genres, games, tech, films, and fandoms like Supernatural, Doctor Who, and the DC/Marvel Comic Universes.

One such Teen Spotlight coming up is on January 12 at the North East Branch -  “Graphic Novels and Manga” — an often misunderstood medium of storytelling. Let me break it down. Yes, sometimes a comic book is just a comic book. Publishers will collect six to twelve consecutive issues throughout the year and publish them in one binding called a trade paperback. You are right to think: “that’s not a graphic novel.”

However, some graphic novels in the YA section really are novels being told visually. And they aren’t just for kids. Some of them are whopping 500-page books, taking years to finish, telling highly personal, mature coming-of-age stories, like “Blankets” by Craig Thompson. Others are political, like the controversial and autobiographic “Persepolis” by Satrapi, about a young girl during the Islamic Revolution of the 1970s.

And of course, there are a smattering of classic books being retold, a great way for parents to get their teenagers to get a grasp on the more intimidating classic works like Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, and even “Around the World in 80 Days” by Loic Dauvillier, serving as an adaptation for the original by Jules Verne. I’ve read all these and they do great justice for their source material. They are a great “gateway medium” to get teens engaged in future novels that are equally or more challenging.

More recently, magazine and online publications have been giving more face time to graphic novels, fighting the stigma that they are not literature, just funny art for kids.

In the December 2014 issue of “Library Journal,” an entire page was given to highlighting the year’s best graphic novels, and not one was about a child wizard or flying superheroes. These titles were by previous Pulitzer Prize recipients and masters of the English language showing and telling us stories reflecting on World War I (“The Harlem Hellfighters” by Max Brooks), Holocaust survivors (“The Boxer” by Reinhard Kliest), and 1940’s noir murder mysteries with a cast of femme fatales (“Kill My Mother” by Jules Feiffer). These graphic novels are not your children’s “Pokemon” books, but sophisticated stories for mature teens and adults who are looking for a new way to experience a story.

I urge both teens and adults to try something new, and we’ll be seeing you teens at upcoming TEEN SPOTLIGHT SERIES events!