March 4th, 2014

CCPL Named as Finalist for National Award

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This is a special time for Cecil County Public Library, our Board and staff.  CCPL is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor presented to libraries that are making a profound difference in their communities.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the federal agency that provides leadership for libraries and museums at the national level. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.  Each year, IMLS selects a group of 15 libraries and 15 museums as finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and highlights their work for two months before selecting 10 recipients of the IMLS annual medal.

CCPL is honored to have been selected as a finalist for the IMLS medal for 2014.  We are celebrating and hope all of Cecil County will celebrate with us!  We are your community library!

Although CCPL is not a really big library like some of the other finalists (which include Los Angeles and Chicago Public Libraries!), our services are having a major positive impact in Cecil County.  We try to live our mission every day by providing lifelong educational and cultural opportunities and resources for all and actively promoting individual and community success.  We have developed library educational and economic development services and outreach programs that address critical community needs and promote opportunity for all Cecil’s citizens.  We are involved in the community; we listen and learn from you, and step up whenever we can use our resources and talents to help make progress in the county.  We touch the lives of tens of thousands of our citizens.  A video can be worth a thousand words about the impact of CCPL’s work.  Check out these short CCPL videos.

The world is a crazy place and we all certainly have a lot to worry about.  But, let’s all put that aside at least for a while over the next couple months to celebrate this Cecil County success story—the national recognition of your public library!  Visit CCPL libraries, shake a librarian’s hand, scroll through the programs and services listed on our website, join the Friends of the Library, thank an elected official for supporting the library, tell friends, neighbors, parents and children, teens, and entrepreneurs that the library is doing cool things.  And on March 11, when Cecil County Public Library will be featured on the IMLS Facebook page, we hope you will post your CCPL experiences to share with the nation.  Cecil County—America is watching, and they are impressed!


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February 24th, 2014

Mysteries Revealed in Your Old Photos

fatbabiesfamilyAdmit it: deep in the recesses of your crawlspace or attic, you have a dusty ol’ box containing photographs of forgotten people. It’s hard to feel guilty about it. After all, someone gifted you this box from their neglected storage area, and they, too, have no idea who appears in the fading photos or exactly when and where it was taken. Someday you’ll pass it along to someone else with a wink, saying “good luck with this mess” under your breath.

But…that disorganized stack of photos contains the mysteries of your family. Fascinating stories are waiting to be heard! But how do you figure them out?

Well, you’re in luck, because internationally recognized photo detective Maureen Taylor will present her popular lecture “Photo Detecting 101: Identifying and Dating Family Photographs” at the Elkton Central Library on Thursday, March 13 at 6:30pm. She has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on The View, MSNBC, and numerous other popular media outlets. She’s the author of many books, including Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Precious Family Images and Uncovering Your Ancestry Through Family Photographs.

Maureen Taylor will teach you 10 easy steps to figuring out who’s who in your family photos in her fascinating interactive lecture. Learn how comparing facial characteristics, studying clothing and hairstyles, and other simple tips can help you uncover those mysteries. It’s time to dust off that box!

We’re excited to raffle off THREE, on-the-spot expert consultations from Maureen Taylor at the program, so be sure to bring along one photo from your unidentified collection.

A book signing will immediately follow the program. This event is not to be missed!

Click here to sign up for the program or call 410-996-5600 ext. 481.  And tell us — what family photo will you be bringing?


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