February 1st, 2016

Visions of the Universe

cats-eye-nebula-1098160_1280Galileo Galilei transformed our knowledge of the universe in 1609 when he peered into the cosmos using an telescope—the first person to do so. An exciting exhibit, which opens the week of February 1st at Cecil County Public Library, celebrates the story of how astronomy has evolved over the four hundred years since then.

“Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” uses historical drawings and diagrams made by Galileo and other early astronomers, along with dramatic contemporary images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other space missions, to show how our views and understanding of the universe and the objects within it have changed over the centuries. The 12-paneled exhibit will be on display at the Perryville Branch, Chesapeake City Branch and Elkton Central Library through March.

Space exploration has fascinated Americans, especially in the 20th century, from Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier in 1947 to the space race and Apollo 11’s 1969 moon landing and from the development, then retirement of the Space Shuttle, to NASA’s current call for a new class of astronauts. Movies and books have also encouraged our love of space, whether fact or fiction, from Gravity to Star Wars and from “Neil Armstrong: a Life of Flight” to “The Martian.”

The “Visions of the Universe” exhibit will engage our community in a discussion of what’s really in the night sky, our understanding of it past and present, and the possibilities of future exploration. This exhibit and related programs are an opportunity to remind parents and ignite the imaginations of children and teens about the many career possibilities in STEM industries –right here in Cecil County and throughout Maryland. With the right education and experiences students can embark on career-paths in a wide variety of fields such as: aeronautical (Orbital ATK), defense (Aberdeen Proving Ground, US Naval Academy), Physics (Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab), medicine (Shock Trauma) and research (University of Maryland) – just to name a few.

CCPL will offer space-themed events for all ages on a variety of topics for children, teens and adults, such as “Astronaut Academy,” “Constellation Hunting” and “Meet an Astronaut.” For more information or to sign-up pick up a brochure at any Cecil County Public Library branch or visit www.cecil.ebranch.info.

“Visions of the Universe” is presented by the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Maryland; the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and the American Library Association, Chicago, through funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

What’s your favorite space book or movie?


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December 14th, 2015

Recommendations, Resources & Gift Guides For All Ages!

for-reading-813666_640Are you looking for the next great book for your child or grandchild? Check out these resources!

Your Librarians

Our professional and skilled librarians are always available to answer questions and connect you with a variety of authors, books and themes—for yourself—or your children. Can’t make it to the library in person? Call any branch or email: ask@ccplnet.org

CCPL’s Great Reads

Have you visited the “Great Reads” section of our website? It has themed lists, staff recommendations as well as all the newest award-winners and best-sellers.

CCPL’s Bookmate

Still looking for that perfect book when you have —or your loved one has — “read everything?” Try Bookmate— the free book and author matching service is for all ages and interests. Fill out a simple survey and return it to your local branch—trained librarians will make 3 recommendations.

A Mighty Girl

The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Choose from a variety of topics such as building, top holiday picks as well as by age group.

Guys Read

A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The  mission is to help boys be self–motivated, lifelong readers. Look for reading ideas, booklists, and research based on encouraging guys to read.

Common Sense Media

This website rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools—with ratings by what both kids and parents have to say. Their gift guide is packed with 100+ holiday gift ideas hand-selected to inspire, educate, and entertain kids of all ages and stages. Whether your list includes young children, tweens, or teens, use this guide to find presents that kids and parents will feel good about.

What’s your favorite way to recommend a good read?

 


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