November 30th, 2015

Cecil County Public Library Bookmobile

bookmobileSo many Cecil County citizens tell us that they remember the impact the bookmobile had on them when they were children.  Today, lack of transportation and isolation is still a challenge for many Cecil County children and families and our bookmobile is as important as ever to continue opening the world of reading, books, and imagination to Cecil’s children.

We recognize the needs of our community and target our bookmobile outreach and services to meet the needs of children and families less likely to come to a library branch. We have introduced programs like “My Special Book” for our youngest students to come aboard the bookmobile and choose a high-quality hard-covered book to keep.

Our bookmobile is a critical tool in our outreach to these communities but growing mechanical issues have created disruptions in service. We need a new bookmobile to ensure continued, high-quality service. Together with the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library, we plan to raise significant funds toward the purchase of the new vehicle.

Strong community support of this indispensable program is vitally important to securing additional funding from the county for the purchase of a new bookmobile.

Share your bookmobile memories with us!  (410) 996-1055 x129  or  

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November 8th, 2015

Genealogy Symposium Saturday, November 14th


It wasn’t that long ago that I became interested in genealogy – and at first it was quite daunting! I’ve learned that we have so many resources that you can use! One that could really help you is the upcoming 4th Annual Cecil County Public Library Genealogy Symposium.

On November 14th, from 9am-1pm, we will have three speakers all of which are designed to help people further their research. I’ll be the first speaker and I’ll be presenting “Exploring Library Genealogy Resources.” This lecture is designed to help people discover what resources are available at the Cecil County Public Library. There will also be two other speakers: Mary Mannix, the manager of the Maryland Room in Frederick County, will present “Thinking about Your Stuff: Estate Planning for Genealogists,” and Shamele Jordan, a genealogical researcher, lecturer, writer and podcaster, will present “Visualizing the Past: Mapping Your Ancestors.”
We will have tables with representatives from local and state organizations such as the Historical Society of Cecil County, Daughters of the American Revolution, Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the Delaware Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society.

In case you cannot make it to our symposium on the 14th, we have a great collection of books that you could check out that would be very helpful when beginning this search.

Genealogy online for dummies
How to do everything : Genealogy
Quillen’s Essentials of Genealogy : Tracing Your European Roots
Family photo detective : learn how to find genealogy clues in old photos and solve family photo mysteries
Troubleshooter’s Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy

Another resource that might be of help is our Gale Online Courses which are six-week courses taught by professors and experts. These classes are free with your library card. A good place to start is our “Genealogy Basics” course, which introduces you to the basic concepts of research.

As always, if you have any more questions, please contact any of our librarians. We all would be happy to help you or to point you in the right direction. Hope to see you at the Symposium!

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