May 26th, 2015

CCPL Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero Has a Story

Superhero!“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
― Joseph Campbell

This is your official call to adventure!   Should you accept the challenge, you will conquer your fears, come face to face with friends and foes, and claim the treasures that await you on your hero’s journey…

The concept of “The Hero’s Journey,” first identified by mythologist Joseph Campbell as it relates to world myths and stories, is based on the belief that each person is born with a purpose and it is our deepest desire to express it.  We are each the hero of our own life’s story.

“Every Hero Has a Story” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program at public libraries across the nation.  It is an invitation to readers of all ages to participate in unique reading and learning opportunities at every library and be richly rewarded!

Thanks to the heroic support of the Cecil County Friends of the Library, powerful programming is planned at every branch.  From Spiderman to local K-9 police dogs, from George Washington to family farmers, celebrated stories of heroes past, present, and future will be spotlighted.

Be amazed and delighted by Mike Rose’s “Super Magic,  go face-to-face with sharks thanks to the National Aquarium, bring favorite nursery rhyme heroes and heroines to life with Winterthur Museum,  create hands-on “super art” with the Delaware Art Museum and train to be a future hero with martial artist Josh Hayhurst.   All library branches will offer an action-packed line-up of early childhood classes, school-age activities, STEM and lots more for teens and adults!

Educators agree that reading is integral to success in school and in life.  To encourage everyone to keep reading throughout the summer months, incentive programs are offered at all levels from babies through adult.  Parents are encouraged to enroll younger children in “read-to-me”; older readers can track time spent reading and all receive fantastic prizes and coupons and earn chances to enter grand prize raffles for scooters, Orioles tickets, family fun baskets, gift cards and more!

The action officially begins June 1 and runs through August 8.   Most branches will host Summer Reading Blast-off events on June 6 packed with superheroes, a Comic-con, environmental heroes, crafts, refreshments, and program registration.  Contact your local branch for details and leap into your library to live out your own hero’s story!

Who is your favorite hero?

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May 11th, 2015

NMTC Science Café: People, Ticks, and Lyme Disease

Deer tickI was chatting with a patron recently about an investigative report on how little is spent on Lyme disease prevention and research.

This is an important topic to me as I have been treated for Lyme disease after finding the bull’s eye bite plus the flu-like symptoms and severe headache. When I started to search for facts about Lyme disease, I found some eye opening information.

Ron Hamlen, PhD., Vice-chair, Lyme Disease Association of Southeastern PA, Inc., sent me some information compiled by Dr. Daniel Cameron, a researcher and expert on tick-borne diseases.

Here a few quick facts about the seriousness of Lyme disease:


– Ticks have been around for 15,000,000 years and the first case was described 5300 years ago.

– CDC reports 300,000 new cases/year, that’s 822 cases/week

– It is the fastest growing disease over HIV, Breast Cancer, Hepatitis and Colon Cancer

– Research funding is only $21 million compared to Hepatitis ($200 million), Colon Cancer ($288 million), Breast Cancer ($674 million) and HIV (3005 Million)

– The Elisa test used is only 35-50% accurate, the disease is usually misdiagnosed because it exhibits symptoms similar to other diseases. Fewer than 50% people remember being bitten by a tick or even noticing a rash.

– 40% of Lyme patients end up with long-term health problems. If left untreated, 60% patients have arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling

– Some Lyme disease patients are as disabled as people with Congestive Heart Failure and have as much pain as post-operative patients

If you want to learn about Lyme disease, come to our NMTC Science Café: People, Ticks and Lyme Disease with Ron Hamlen, PhD, Lyme Disease Assoc. of Southeastern PA. We will have an informal discussion led by Dr. Hamlen, May 19, 7:00 pm at the Elkton Central Library.
If you can’t come to the program but are still interested in this topic, go to NIH, MDHM or CDC (as per links below)

Did you know dogs can contract Lyme disease, too?

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