January 26th, 2015

Make a Difference — Make a Friend

HappyDid you know that the library has a service for homebound seniors? It is our “Book Buddy” program, and we offer it at every branch in the county. It is a great program where a volunteer comes to visit a patron every few weeks to bring new books and take back the books that were read.

After a senior fills out an application, we would pair him or her up with a volunteer who has expressed interest in being a Book Buddy to a homebound patron in the county. The Book Buddy coordinator interviews every volunteer to make sure that they would make a good candidate to visit our home-bound patrons. The patron can discuss with the volunteer how often she would like her Book Buddy to visit. We want the schedule to be easy for both the volunteer and the homebound patron, who can call the library and place holds for the volunteer to bring. This way she knows she is getting books she most wants to read.

There is no limit to how many books or audio books she can check out; however, she cannot check out CDs or movies via her Book Buddy. She would actually need to come in herself to do that.

CCPL also has a need for volunteers for the Book Buddy program. If you know anyone who is interested, please send them to the library or download an application from our website: .

Potential volunteers need to fill out an application and sit down for an interview with the coordinator. Their main responsibility would be to bring books to and from the library for the person they are paired with and to sit and visit for a while when they do.

It’s so simple and is such a rewarding experience for everyone involved – without a lengthy time commitment.

Another service that the library offers is the “Book Mate” matching program. If you do not know which book to read next, we can help you with that.

In the branches and our website, fill out the Book Mate form. Fill out the survey of your current favorite titles, authors and genres. A team of librarians is on hand to reply with a personalized list of six recommended titles.

To sign up for the Book Buddy program, all you need to do to begin the application process is to call the volunteer coordinator at the library or head onto the website to download the form. And if you want to be a volunteer, we can never have too many. Just call us, email us at ask@ccplnet.org, or stop in and see us about it.

January 20th, 2015

Great Food + Great Friends = Great Impact

alice-in-wonderland-276452_640We are pleased to introduce Amanda Butler, President of the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library volunteer advocacy group!

If you love good food paired with the perfect wine or beer, do we have an event for you! Join us for “An Evening in Wonderland,” hosted by the Friends of CCPL at The Granary, located on the banks of the Sassafras River in lower Cecil County. We are celebrating the 183rd anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s birthday!

The evening starts off with a welcome canapé and drink (Prosecco or pear cider). Our menu includes three Alice in Wonderland themed food and wine (or beer) courses. All inclusive tickets are $60 per person and costumes are optional. So don your best tea party outfit, check your watch and don’t be late for this very important date: Saturday, January 31 at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling The Granary at 410-275-1603.

In addition to great food and conversation, why do we host these fundraising events? The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that advocates and raises funds for the library. We raise money through memberships and fundraising events.

The Friends also advocate and raise awareness about the value of CCPL’s programs and services by attending public meetings, connecting with event attendees and purchasing equipment and hiring performers that are not covered by the library’s operating budget.

CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program is the largest program series of the year. This year’s program will kick-off on Monday, June 1, so mark your calendars!

Why is summer reading so important that the Friends work year-round to underwrite the performers and prizes? Did you know that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are more likely to fall behind their peers when school starts in the fall? Did you know that this “summer learning loss” is cumulative and is a contributing factor to the high school drop-out rate? Education is a priority in Cecil County, according to the comprehensive plan. The Friends of CCPL support out-of-school and summer learning initiatives as the best way to keep our children growing, learning and striving for excellence.

How do you get involved? Individual memberships are just $10 per year and Family Memberships are just $15. Members will receive quarterly newsletters and advance notification of special events. We are hosting “Membership Mondays” on our Facebook page – check it out!

We look forward to seeing you on January 31. And bring a friend – you don’t have to be a member of the Friends of CCPL to attend any of our fundraisers!

How will you make an impact on Cecil County in 2015?

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