January 2nd, 2017

Ways to Save at CCPL

Did you give or get a new smartphone or tablet this holiday? Or maybe you’re just looking to save a little after spending a lot? With just your library card and a few quick clicks, you can access a wealth of online, streaming, or downloadable content through Cecil County Public Library. No fines, no fees, and often, no holds.

1. PERSONALIZED READING SUGGESTIONS– SelectReads engages avid readers by offering customized reading suggestions, including monthly newsletters on a wide variety of genres, sent directly to your email. You can subscribe to as many genre and author newsletters as you want. Try it!  You’ll never run out of books to read again.

2. EBOOKS– Finding eBooks is easier than ever on our updated OverDrive website.  It’s also incredibly convenient to transport your books with you — all on your smartphone or tablet!

3. AUDIOBOOKS – If you like listening to your books, we’ve got lots of options.  You can find and download eAudiobooks in our catalog, or you can search and access them directly via OverDrive or Hoopla.

4. MUSIC – Hoopla’s digital music selection has most albums listed on Billboard magazine’s top 100 lists, often on the day the album is released.  It’s a great way to try before you buy, broaden your musical horizons and add festive music to your New Year’s Eve celebration.

5. TEST PREP – need help preparing for the SAT, GED, GRE, PRAXIS, or other tests? We have lots of free online tools that can help you build up your skills and prepare for the exam.

6. ONLINE COURSES– Gale Courses are free, six-week, online courses taught by expert instructors.  Learn at your own pace, risk free.  Choose from hundreds of topics, including computers, health care, finance, business, teaching and more.  Sessions begin every month and there’s no limit to how many courses you can take.

7. 24/7 HELP – Use AskUsNow! to get 24-hour, live online help from skilled librarians.  They are research experts and can provide assistance with all kinds of questions, even when our branches are closed.

Find all of these resources and more at www.cecil.ebranch.info. Stay tuned – there’s always something new to read, listen to or learn at Cecil County Public Library. What service will you try first?

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December 26th, 2016

A new advisory tool for avid readers

One of my favorite things to do in the library is browse the shelves. I run my fingers along the edges of the books until one catches my eye. I can flip through it and decide whether or not to take it home. Sometimes I stop at the new books shelves. Other times I wander farther into the library where I can find something that, while not a recently released book, is still new to me. Now you can browse our books from the comfort of your own home and even receive emailed lists of books you might like with your newest product, SelectReads.

SelectReads lets you find books in several different ways. You can sign up for emailed newsletters of both new releases and books you might have missed in any of more than twenty categories, including mysteries, memoirs, history, graphic novels, books for both kids and teens, and even our monthly list of books recommended by our staff. You will receive emails around the sixth of the month, and you can unsubscribe easily using a link at the end of the email. Because both the library and SelectReads value your privacy, the library does not have access to what emails you are receiving. If you’d rather not see the lists in your email, you can also check on the library’s SelectReads site and see the lists on the web as well.

If you click one of the books in the list, you will see more about the book, including other books you might like and a link to find the book in CCPL’s catalog. Clicking from book to book is a fun way to browse the library’s collection. You can also learn more about the author of the book and, if you click the “track author” button, can sign up to receive an email when the library receives a new book by that author.  We also have lists of award-winning titles for readers of all ages.

For more information and a video tutorial on SelectReads, head to http://ow.ly/jpki307lpZC  — we hope you can find your next favorite book!