November 7th, 2016

News You Can Use – Accessing Digital Books & E-Audiobooks Now Even Easier with CCPL’s OverDrive

overdriveOverDrive, Cecil County Public Library’s service for checking out digital books and audiobooks to your computer, tablet or phone, is getting a new look next month. The refresh of the site will offer a number of improvements for finding titles, exploring recommendations and managing your account. Using OverDrive, you can check out up to six items at a time and once your item is due, it disappears from your device so there are never any late fees.

Here are a few of the things you can look forward to with the OverDrive upgrade:

• Items will have a small banner on each book cover image that will let you know at a glance if the title is immediately available to check out or if you need to join the wait list.

• If the book you want is not available and you place it on hold, OverDrive will suggest similar titles that are currently available for immediate reading or listening.

• Did you know you can control the length of time of your OverDrive checkout? All of you speed readers can select a seven-day loan and not have to worry about returning things early and can keep checking out up to six items at a time. If you prefer to have a 21-day loan, you can choose that option, too.

• When you search for a title or genre in OverDrive, you will be able to share your search – just copy the text in the search bar and paste it in an email or social media.

• The OverDrive site’s look has been modernized with improved viewing on mobile devices. This will make it easier to check out an audiobook on your smartphone to play during your commute every day.

• Our favorite improvement is autocomplete in searches which makes it easier to search for that specific book or author when you can’t quite remember the exact spelling.

Have we piqued your curiosity? To preview the new site and improvements, go to the OverDrive site: www.maryland.lib.overdrive.com and click the red “preview” bar at the bottom of the page. The refreshed site should go live on or about November 9th. We hope you enjoy these improvements for better access and overall experience for our library patrons.



October 31st, 2016

Small Business Information Center Client Highlight: Aristos’ Harvest – Beth Tumas

aristosharvestBeth Tumas walked into the Small Business Information Center at the Cecil County Public Library back in 2012 with the dream of creating a small business that produces and sells natural honey and goat milk products, locally, with fresh homemade ingredients. At the time, Tumas did not even own a single bee or goat, but she had a vision and a passion, she just needed a plan of action. Fast forward to today, and Beth operates her small business, “Aristos’ Harvest” along with her numerous colonies of bees, her herd of alpine goats and with her other animals, she has recently expanded her business to a new farm. She sells her honey, soaps, lip balms, and her hand salve at stores like Pickled Pickles in Oxford, PA and Rooted in New London, PA. Tumas’ mission statement for Aristos’ Harvest is that it will be “a working farm that balances our animals, ourselves, and the environment through education, business, and environmental stewardship.” Tumas credits her business success with the help she received at the Cecil County Public Library’s Small Business Information Center (SBIC).

At the SBIC, she met with the Small Business Librarian one-on-one and learned the process of starting a business and how to map out her goals in a business plan. Tumas is especially grateful for the free online Gale Courses the library offers. She took the free course titled, “Start Your Own Business” and learned about the different legal business structures and the tax implications of each form. She credits the course for giving her a firm foundation to make smart decisions in the early stages of her business.

Tumas also credits the knowledge she gained at the free programs offered by the SBIC at the library with her success. Tumas states, “the free QuickBooks classes taught at the library really tasked me with organizing my business. I realized the importance of keeping track of inventory and now, at any point, I can know if I am making or losing money. I am so grateful I learned this in the early stages of my business.” At another program Tumas attended, “From Hobbyist to Entrepreneur: Building an Online Business” presented by local business owner and artisan, Sara Renzulli, she learned the adage “Don’t be afraid to promote yourself.” Tumas said that really stuck with her and has given her the courage needed to self-promote her business, something that she was not initially comfortable with. The Small Business Information Center provides free assistance and resources to any aspiring or established entrepreneur.

If you are interested in learning more about the Small Business Information Center, visit http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/small-business/, call 410-996-5600 x481, or email sbic@ccplnet.org. For more information on the free Gale Courses, visit http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/digital-library/gale-online-courses/. If you are interested in learning more about Aristos’ Harvest, visit her website at www.aristosharvest.com, email her at aristosharvest@gmail.com, and be sure to like her on Facebook. Tumas will be at Pickled Pickles in Oxford, PA on Friday, November 18th from 5pm to 9pm to meet customers and to create a bees’ wax craft for those interested.

What small business do you want to start?