June 4th, 2016

New North East Library — Your Support is Needed Now

Dear Friends,
I am sure you are well aware of the need for a new North East library. The Cecil County Public Library director, staff, and Board of Trustees have been diligently working on this project for half a decade now. We acquired the land last year at a cost under our original estimate.

We are about to engage in the County Capital Improvement Program which forecasts and budgets for large capital projects. We seek to begin the design and engineering process in fiscal year 2018 and then continue in the following years with construction, furnishings and library materials for a completion target of 2020. We’ve done our homework and can provide detailed data and rationale for our request, the alternatives we have examined, the comparable costs of other projects, the special requirements of a modern library and more. We have also planned the project to benefit two or our largest communities—both the Elkton and North East Libraries will benefit.347_Nor Lot Aerial 10.30.15

At a recent work session of the County Council there was discussion regarding reducing our overall request of $18.8 million for this project to $12 million. This would not be a reasoned adjustment or a mere trim. The result would be an amputation. It would leave us unable to meet the needs of our community. It would re-create the present condition of a North East library that was obsolete the day it opened its doors. This kind of cut would also send a strong signal to the state that we are not serious about meeting state standards and would surely jeopardize our state grant requests.

Oddly enough it is likely that the county portion of the library cost might actually increase with this smaller budget, in that the state may take a bye, leaving a bigger bill for the county. I hope that you will demonstrate your support at this final hour by contacting our Council members before they make their final decision this coming Tuesday evening. I would urge you to attend this critical budget meeting (which begins with citizen comments at 6 PM) and make your support for the Cecil County Public Library visible.Library Board 2012 Kennard Wiggins thumb

You can learn more at this link.


Brigadier General Kennard R. Wiggins, Jr.
President of the Board of Library Trustees

For contact information to get in touch with local elected officials, click here.

May 30th, 2016

Summer Reading

2016_SR_sticker_reminder_finalSummer Reading is almost here! The Cecil County Public Library 2016 Summer Reading and Learning Program begins June 1 with kick-off events Saturday, June 4. It’s a fun, free, and educational way to stay academically engaged all summer long, and encourages children, as well as teens and adults, to read and explore topics they are interested in. (Note, “Read to Me” where participants tracked the number of books, is now part of the Kids Summer Reading program and all logs are completed by tracking time spent reading.)

If you’re like me, you know that students who do not participate in reading or educational activities began to “slide” further and further behind their peers and that each year of falling behind could lead to a student’s low academic achievement or dropping out of school. Summer reading is important because it helps combat this slide. Simply reading 4-5 books over the course of the summer may be powerful enough to prevent a decline in reading achievement skills.

Here are some quick tips to try this summer to keep the children and teens in your life reading, active and engaged all summer long:

-Visit the library. Check out books and participate in educational and fun programming.
-Let your kids and teens choose! Any kind of reading can help kids sustain or improve skills.
-Read every day.
-Ask questions about what they’re reading! Start a conversation and kids and teens can practice comprehension skills by talking about what they’re reading.
-Connect what they’re reading to activities. Going to the zoo? Read Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya. Planning a picnic? Check-out Picnic by Emily McCully. You can also ask a librarian for crafts, recipes, and activities that can be done with your child based on the book they are reading.
-Bring books with you wherever you go. Whether you are waiting for an appointment or stuck in a traffic jam, reading books is a great way to pass the time.
-Don’t forget to write. Writing improves reading skills. Encourage your child to keep a journal, compose a story, or write a poem.
-Practice math and science skills at the library too! Check out topic-specific books and sign your kids up for our science-themed programming throughout the summer!

Stop in at any branch to learn more about the full list of summer events or to register for summer reading, which begins June 1 for all ages. Sign up at any branch or online:

What is your favorite summer read?

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