September 19th, 2013

Summer Reading Cup Challenge Winners

SR cup challenge winners 2013Though the leaves are beginning to change and the chill of fall is most definitely in the air, summer, and more specifically, summer reading, was on the minds of students and faculty members at Kenmore Elementary and Conowingo Elementary who were recently presented with one of this year’s two APGFCU Summer Reading Cup Challenge trophies.

2,160 elementary school students from the Cecil County Public Schools registered for this year’s Dig Into Reading summer reading program at the Cecil County Public Library, and 28% of them finished the program by reading for at least 4 hours over the summer.  The students at Kenmore Elementary, however, went above and beyond with 35.6% of their students finishing this year’s program, making them the 2013 Winner of the APGFCU Summer Reading Cup Challenge, an award that recognizes the school with the highest percentage of students who complete the summer reading program at the Cecil County Public Library.  As the winner of this year’s award, the school received a $500 check from APGFCU for their media center, a trophy, and Mister Softee ice cream.

The students from Kenmore Elementary weren’t the only ones celebrating, as Conowingo Elementary, with a 33.9% completion rate, won this year’s Most Improved Award for increasing their rate of completion from 17.05% last year – the largest increase for all county elementary schools.  For their hard work and dedication to reading over the summer, they received a $250 check, also from APGFCU, for their media center, a trophy, and a snack bag of cookies following their Good News Assembly.

Cecil County Public Library and APGFCU are proud of the accomplishments of the students and faculty at Kenmore Elementary and Conowingo Elementary and are eagerly looking forward to next summer’s Fizz, Boom, Read! program when we will crown another Summer Reading Cup Challenge winner.

Will it be your school?

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September 10th, 2013

September is Disaster Preparedness Month

SCH087As we remember the tragedy of September 11, learn from Katrina and approach the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and Newtown, CT — we ask: Are you ready?

The Department of Homeland Security’s “READY” campaign encourages Americans to Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. Preparations can be made to better respond to natural disasters and emergencies by doing three basic things: create an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and stay informed. For links and tips, check out

Did you know that the library is a vital part of your emergency plan? Libraries are always primary sources for information and resources—but libraries can also be invaluable during times of crisis.

Unless underwater or without power, we will do our best to be open after a storm or emergency. Use your library to connect with resources, to plug in devices and escape the elements—hot or cold. Access computers and WiFi to conduct business, find a tree removal service or follow up with relatives and your insurance company.

Libraries also are a safe place for children and teens to play and explore after a storm or other disaster. And in our technological world, a good book is one of the few things that still works without batteries.

Check off these items every fall:

- Change smoke detector batteries

- Update your emergency contact information with Cecil County Public Schools—have you dropped your land lines but not provided a cell phone contact?

- Sign up for free school closing notifications or like Cecil County Public School on Facebook

- Sign up for emergency calls and texts from the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services

- Create a packet with your insurance policies and other essential information that you can access quickly should you need to leave your home

Share with us – what are your best preparedness tips?

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