December 28th, 2015

10 Free Things to Try on Our Website

Did you give or get a new device 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 for free through Cecil County Public Library. No fines, no fees, and often, no holds.

duckandgoose _ overdrive _ resized1. EBOOKS – We’re excited to announce that eBooks are now downloadable through our catalog, so it’s easier than ever to find and get the eBooks you want.  It’s also incredibly convenient to transport your books with you — all on your device!

2. 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 OneClickdigital or Hoopla.

3. MOVIES – Our Hoopla service offers you 8 movies or TV episodes per month, all for free. You can stream or do a temporary download (a starwars _ hoopla _ resizedgreat option for taking a movie on a plane or on a WiFi only device!)

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 or to broaden your musical horizons.

5. MAGAZINES – Use your library card to check out as many digital magazines as you like through Zinio, titles like Car and Driver, Discover, Glamour, OK! Magazine, National Geographic, Saveur, and more.

6. 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.

caranddriver _ zinio _ resized7. ONLINE COURSESGale 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.

8. PERSONALIZED READING SUGGESTIONSBookMate is a personalized service where you fill out a quick survey about your reading interests, then our skilled librarians match you with interesting reads compatible with your tastes.  Try it out!  You’ll never run out of books to read again.

9. GREAT INFORMATION – When you need top-notch information, try our Online Resources.  With your library card, you get access to biographies, demographics, business plans, encyclopedias, investment data, practice tests, Heritage Quest (great for genealogy buffs!), magazines and journals, and so much more.

10. 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.

There’s so much to discover at Cecil County Public Library!  What new service will you be trying first?


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December 7th, 2015

See The Nutcracker at CCPL

nutcrackerEvery December, when the holiday music begins, I look forward to hearing the strains of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” My grandmother took me to the ballet when I was seven and I fell in love immediately. The lively music, the fabulous costumes and the magic of the growing Christmas tree never lose their enchantment.

I was curious about who wrote “The Nutcracker” and learned that the original was written in 1816 as a scary story for adults. It was re-written into a children’s story by French author, Alexander Dumas and  subsequently commissioned for a ballet by the Russian Imperial Ballet. At this time Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky was asked to compose the music and Lev Ivanov designed the choreography. The first “Nutcracker” was performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in December 1892, more than 120 years ago!

I now enjoy this holiday tradition with my children – and so can you! This Saturday, December 12 the Perryville and Elkton Central Libraries are hosting a free program called “Discover Dance: The Nutcracker.”  Get an up close view of The Nutcracker when dancers from Cecil Dancenter perform excerpts. Learn the story behind the ballet, how dancers prepare, and even learn some dance steps!

We hope you’ll join us. What’s your favorite part of the Nutcracker?


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