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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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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