April 22nd, 2015

Join the Friends — Make a Difference

2015 WinnerGraphic

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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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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