January 9th, 2017

A New Twist on Resolutions for the New Year

Adults across the county have made lists of New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. While eating healthy and working out more frequently are admirable resolutions, they can be difficult to keep, don’t always involve the entire family, and are often not all that fun. Try something different this year, and involve your children by making family goals related to reading and learning at the library. These are not only fun and rewarding for the whole family, but are also easy to keep, especially with a little help from the library staff at the Cecil County Public Library.

Resolution #1 – Have your child be involved in reading for at least 15 minutes every day. Establishing routine reading habits is one of the most significant factors in helping your child improve reading skills. Check out the Kids Page on the library’s website for new ideas and titles recommended by your local library staff.

Resolution #2 – Read aloud to your child as often as possible even if they are able to read on their own. While having your child read independently is always a great idea, remember they are never too old to have someone read aloud to them, too. Listening to you read is not only beneficial in helping them develop reading skills, but also a wonderful way to spend time together. Not sure what to read? Consider selecting one of your childhood favorites as a read aloud. Your child will be eager to share something you enjoyed as a child, and it is sure to be a conversation starter. Visit any branch, and our staff will be happy to help you find just what you need.

Resolution #3 – Explore a variety of formats. Are you used to only reading traditional print books? Instead try one of our many audiobooks. Audiobooks are valuable in helping children expand vocabulary and to enjoy materials beyond their reading level, as listening comprehension tends to be higher than reading comprehension. Listening to audiobooks can motivate young readers and get them excited about reading.

Resolution #4 – Learn something new by attending a library program. You can find numerous programs on a variety of topics at most library branches. Interested in science and art? Check out Chemistry of Colors at the Rising Sun branch on January 18th. Interested in exploring other cultures? Try Passport to Africa at Elkton Central on February 15th. To see a complete listing of all library events, consider subscribing to the library’s newsletter, The Link, visit any of our branches to pick up the current Link, or check out a full calendar on the library’s website.

Whether you adopt all of the above resolutions or just a few, we look forward to seeing you at the library in 2017!

January 2nd, 2017

Ways to Save at CCPL

Did you give or get a new smartphone or tablet this holiday? Or maybe you’re just looking to save a little after spending a lot? With just your library card and a few quick clicks, you can access a wealth of online, streaming, or downloadable content through Cecil County Public Library. No fines, no fees, and often, no holds.

1. PERSONALIZED READING SUGGESTIONS– SelectReads engages avid readers by offering customized reading suggestions, including monthly newsletters on a wide variety of genres, sent directly to your email. You can subscribe to as many genre and author newsletters as you want. Try it!  You’ll never run out of books to read again.

2. EBOOKS– Finding eBooks is easier than ever on our updated OverDrive website.  It’s also incredibly convenient to transport your books with you — all on your smartphone or tablet!

3. AUDIOBOOKS – If you like listening to your books, we’ve got lots of options.  You can find and download eAudiobooks in our catalog, or you can search and access them directly via OverDrive or Hoopla.

4. MUSIC – Hoopla’s digital music selection has most albums listed on Billboard magazine’s top 100 lists, often on the day the album is released.  It’s a great way to try before you buy, broaden your musical horizons and add festive music to your New Year’s Eve celebration.

5. TEST PREP – need help preparing for the SAT, GED, GRE, PRAXIS, or other tests? We have lots of free online tools that can help you build up your skills and prepare for the exam.

6. ONLINE COURSES– Gale Courses are free, six-week, online courses taught by expert instructors.  Learn at your own pace, risk free.  Choose from hundreds of topics, including computers, health care, finance, business, teaching and more.  Sessions begin every month and there’s no limit to how many courses you can take.

7. 24/7 HELP – Use AskUsNow! to get 24-hour, live online help from skilled librarians.  They are research experts and can provide assistance with all kinds of questions, even when our branches are closed.

Find all of these resources and more at www.cecil.ebranch.info. Stay tuned – there’s always something new to read, listen to or learn at Cecil County Public Library. What service will you try first?

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