April 22nd, 2015

Join the Friends — Make a Difference

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We are thrilled that Cecil County Public Library has been honored as a 2015 National Medal Winner! But we’re not surprised – as The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library we know the value of public libraries and the exceptionally positive impact CCPL has in our community.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. And 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.

These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. Cecil County Public Library knows our community needs and is making critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development. And now CCPL has been recognized nationally.

The Friends of CCPL take this celebratory occasion to urge you to join our organization. We are a volunteer membership group that advocates for the library and we raise funds to support programs that are outside the Library’s normal operating budget. Our $10 individual or $15 family memberships are an easy, economical way to make a lasting impact in Cecil County.

The Friends raise funds for special projects and programs such as CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. Studies show that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are at greater risk of dropping out of high school, which leads to significant economic consequences in terms of earnings potential. According to the 2012 US Census, a high school drop-out earns on average $7,500 less per year than a high school graduate.  Cecil County’s graduation rate is improving and summer reading and learning is an important part of our students’ continued success.

In addition to joining the Friends, make an impact in a child or teen’s life by getting them involved in CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. This year we start on Saturday, June 1 and the theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.”

The Friends of CCPL believe  our librarians are heroes in our county and our story is being told with the National Medal’s recognition. For more information or to join the Friends of Cecil County Public Library visit www.cecil.ebranch.info or email friends@ccplnet.org. Let’s Celebrate, Cecil County!

We are thrilled that Cecil County Public Library has been honored as a 2015 National Medal Winner! But we’re not surprised – as The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library we know the value of public libraries and the exceptionally positive impact CCPL has in our community.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. And 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.

These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. Cecil County Public Library knows our community needs and is making critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development. And now CCPL has been recognized nationally.

The Friends of CCPL take this celebratory occasion to urge you to join our organization. We are a volunteer membership group that advocates for the library and we raise funds to support programs that are outside the Library’s normal operating budget. Our $10 individual or $15 family memberships are an easy, economical way to make a lasting impact in Cecil County.

The Friends raise funds for special projects and programs such as CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. Studies show that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are at greater risk of dropping out of high school, which leads to significant economic consequences in terms of earnings potential. According to the 2012 US Census, a high school drop-out earns on average $7,500 less per year than a high school graduate.  Cecil County’s graduation rate is improving and summer reading and learning is an important part of our students’ continued success.

In addition to joining the Friends, make an impact in a child or teen’s life by getting them involved in CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. This year we start on Saturday, June 1 and the theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.”

The Friends of CCPL believe  our librarians are heroes in our county and our story is being told with the National Medal’s recognition. For more information or to join the Friends of Cecil County Public Library visit www.cecil.ebranch.info or email friends@ccplnet.org. Let’s Celebrate, Cecil County


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April 13th, 2015

National Library Week

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It’s National Library Week – a time to celebrate your local library. Did you know that there are 123,000 public libraries in the United States? Have you ever wondered, what do Americans really think about public libraries?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center* found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. An economic impact study by the Free Library of Philadelphia revealed that in Philadelphia, homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library.

The Pew study also found that 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. How do we implement our mission? By knowing our community needs to make critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development.

Your award-winning library has been recognized at the local and state level, and recently by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for the second year as a National Medal finalist.

The Pew study’s national focus is reflected at our local level. Did you know that over 62,000 people use Cecil County Public Library cards? In a county of Cecil County’s size – approximately 100,000 – that’s impressive!

We encourage our many cardholders to find a friend who isn’t a library user and introduce them to our services, our staff and the fastest free broadband connections in the county. Why not visit a new branch, test out a new digital service or try a different genre of reading? Get your child or grandchild a library card and open the door to imagination, exploration and the pathway to success. Always dreamed of starting your own business? Contact our Small Business Information Center at sbic@ccplnet.org

Of course, you don’t have to be a cardholder. Our libraries are always open to all. Have a question? Ask our professional and courteous librarians. Meet a friend and have coffee in one of our cafes, attend a storytime with your child or a program on starting a business. Connect to the library’s wifi.

Whether you are a cardholder or not, we hope you’ll join the celebration of National Library Week.

How will you celebrate your library?

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*Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

It’s National Library Week – a time to celebrate your local library. Did you know that there are 123,000 public libraries in the United States? Have you ever wondered, what do Americans really think about public libraries?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center* found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. An economic impact study by the Free Library of Philadelphia revealed that in Philadelphia, homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library.

The Pew study also found that 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. How do we implement our mission? By knowing our community needs to make critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development.

Your award-winning library has been recognized at the local and state level, and recently by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for the second year as a National Medal finalist.

The Pew study’s national focus is reflected at our local level. Did you know that over 62,000 people use Cecil County Public Library cards? In a county of Cecil County’s size – approximately 100,000 – that’s impressive!

We encourage our many cardholders to find a friend who isn’t a library user and introduce them to our services, our staff and the fastest free broadband connections in the county. Why not visit a new branch, test out a new digital service or try a different genre of reading? Get your child or grandchild a library card and open the door to imagination, exploration and the pathway to success. Always dreamed of starting your own business? Contact our Small Business Information Center at sbic@ccplnet.org

Of course, you don’t have to be a cardholder. Our libraries are always open to all. Have a question? Ask our professional and courteous librarians. Meet a friend and have coffee in one of our cafes, attend a storytime with your child or a program on starting a business. Connect to the library’s wifi.

Whether you are a cardholder or not, we hope you’ll join the celebration of National Library Week.

How will you celebrate your library?


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