September 26th, 2011

We Mean Business!

IMG_9770Recently, the library was honored with a nomination for the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Non-Profit Partner in Business award for developing a productive partnership with the business community.  Some readers might not know about the library’s relationship with the local business community, so here are some highlights:

- The CCPL Small Business Information Center (SBIC) helps Cecil County entrepreneurs start or grow their small business.  The SBIC provides free one-on-one consultations with the Small Business Librarian, helping aspiring and current business owners to develop business concepts, financial strategies and marketing opportunities.  Over the last two years, the SBIC assisted over 2,000 people with small business information, providing the research necessary to start businesses and keep them afloat through these difficult economic times.

- CCPL offers lots of resources for job seekers, career changers, and business people.  We serve this community with everything from free access to computers to one-on-one assistance with job searches and resumes, not to mention the Resume Review service, computer classes, tons of small business information, and public access to Wifi.  Over the last two years, CCPL provided job consultation and services to over 3,000 Cecil Countians.

- CCPL also partnered with the business community and local schools to better serve students.  In addition to working with CCPS and the local business community to provide the annual Summer Reading program, CCPL developed an innovative outreach program called My Special Book. This program works to get books to children who live in lower income communities with limited access to transportation. With the help of PNC and BB&T Banks, CCPL is developing new ways to get books permanently into the hands and homes of Cecil County kids.

We’re very proud to serve Cecil County’s business community and are in excellent company; the following non-profit organizations were also nominated in this award category: Cecil County Arts Council, Cecil County Office of Economic Development, Cecilton Lions Club and Charities, the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association, Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc., and the YMCA.

The winner of the Non-Profit Partner in Business award will be announced this Friday, September 30th at the Chamber’s annual gala.  Congrats to all of the nominees!

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June 29th, 2011

Enjoying the Limelight

This June has been a thrilling month for Cecil County Public Library. Summer Reading always brings an energizing start to summer, but we also recently won two prestigious awards: one for our blog and another for our My Library, My Lifeline logo! We’re pretty cheerful folk around here, but everyone is extra excited to see our library get such special attention.

We were delighted to receive a 2011 Library Blog Award from Salem Press, a major library publisher. Out of hundreds of nominations, we won first place in the Outstanding Local Blog category.  Thank you for your votes! We were very proud to share the nomination with other amazing library blogs such as Athens-Clarke County Library, Seattle Public Library, New York Institute of Technology, and Santa Fe Public Library.

mlmlThis past weekend, our library was also honored with a Best of Show Award for our My Library, My Lifeline logo. The Best of Show Awards recognize the top public relations materials produced by American libraries in the past year. The logo is a visual representation of how libraries are a vital lifeline to so many crucial resources and services – books, computers, legal information, the arts, health information, and much more. This past year, the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library started selling beautiful tote bags that feature the logo.  You can get one at any CCPL Branch for only $2.

new book bag 017These awards are an amazing way to start the summer, but seeing Cecil County in the national spotlight also makes us really proud. We might be a smaller, mostly rural county, but we have so much to offer (great libraries are just one of many things).  As our director, Denise Davis, said “the awards are a tribute to our amazingly creative and tech-savvy staff, to our Library Board members who have a strong commitment to innovation, and also to our community which inspires our work.”

Thanks for supporting and inspiring us! So join us and bask a little in the limelight.

What makes you proud to live in Cecil County?

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