March 13th, 2014

Tech “Maker Day” for Kids & Teens this Saturday

SMALL Maker Day at the Library ELK Mar 2014 REVISED

For children and teens who are interested in invention, exploration and innovation, “Maker Spaces” are great places to get started! The Maker movement is all about the enthusiasm and curiosity for invention and innovation. Makers are ordinary people, young and old, who have made extraordinary things with everyday products, simple electronics, and ingenuity. Maker Spaces provide the tools and the know-how of experienced Makers to turn anyone into an inventor.

The Elkton Central Library will host an exploratory Maker Space for grades 3 and up, as well as curious adults and parents, on Saturday, March 15 from 10am-3pm. Workshops will have limited space, so please register to be sure that there will be supplies available for your tween or teen. To register, call 410-996-5600 ext.481 or click the links below.

Here are the specifics:

Maker Day at the Library – 10am-3pm
Make things fly, roll, wiggle and illuminate! Invent hovering, lighter-than-air creatures and test them in wind tubes! Build a huge marble run with wood, cardboard and foam! Create electrified creatures that wiggle or draw! Fabricate hypnotic spinning sculptures with LED’s!

It’s Alive! Wigglebots and Drawing Machines – 10:30am-12pm
Using household materials and electromechanical components, invent a friend that wiggles, walks or draws! Perfect for the aspiring inventor, engineer and kinetic artist. Seats are limited. Open to grades 3 and up. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Hypnotica – 1:30pm-3pm
Prepare to be hypnotized – invent a spinning, illuminated handheld device that might control minds! Learn fundamental electronics skills, all projects go home! Seats are limited. Open to grades 3 and up. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This “Maker Day,” provided by “FutureMakers,” is made possible by a grant from Best Buy and the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

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March 4th, 2014

CCPL Named as Finalist for National Award


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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