June 13th, 2016


vegetables-790022_640Are you interested in learning more about backyard farming this summer? Check-out these homesteading programs at your local branches:

Backyard Chickens 101
Cecilton Branch Library, Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 pm
Get an introduction to backyard chicken keeping from Beth Tumas of Aristos’ Harvest Farm and Apiary.

Canning with J.R.
Perryville Branch Library, Saturday, July 16 at 11 am
Get canning with J.R.! Local cookbook author, J.R. Coffey, will demonstrate the water-bath method, with a tasting to follow.

Local Bees and Honey with Myrl Stone
North East Branch Library, Monday, July 18 at 6:30 pm
Chester County Beekeeping Association President Myrl Stone talks about the importance of pollination, how his bee farm operates, shows off a honeycomb, and takes your questions about working with nature.

If you’re ready to learn more, CCPL has a sizable collection of books and magazines on homesteading and related subjects. You can also download current periodicals through Zinio where you’ll find magazines like Mother Earth News Food and Garden, American Patchwork and Quilting, Field and Stream, and Organic Life. Through our digital library you can access a comprehensive periodicals collection supporting research in agriculture in the Agriculture Collection. Also in the digital library you’ll find our Gardening, Landscape and Horticultural database.

One of the benefits of holding a CCPL library card is access to free online learning through Gale Courses. Explore the course catalog and you’ll see that it isn’t just about developing workplace skills. You’ll discover courses under Personal Development, including Health and Wellness, where you can find courses like: Introduction to Natural Health and Healing, Start Your Own Edible Garden and Handling Medical Emergencies.

What’s your favorite part of backyard farming: caring for the animals, growing the plants or the canning the harvest?

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May 30th, 2016

Summer Reading

2016_SR_sticker_reminder_finalSummer Reading is almost here! The Cecil County Public Library 2016 Summer Reading and Learning Program begins June 1 with kick-off events Saturday, June 4. It’s a fun, free, and educational way to stay academically engaged all summer long, and encourages children, as well as teens and adults, to read and explore topics they are interested in. (Note, “Read to Me” where participants tracked the number of books, is now part of the Kids Summer Reading program and all logs are completed by tracking time spent reading.)

If you’re like me, you know that students who do not participate in reading or educational activities began to “slide” further and further behind their peers and that each year of falling behind could lead to a student’s low academic achievement or dropping out of school. Summer reading is important because it helps combat this slide. Simply reading 4-5 books over the course of the summer may be powerful enough to prevent a decline in reading achievement skills.

Here are some quick tips to try this summer to keep the children and teens in your life reading, active and engaged all summer long:

-Visit the library. Check out books and participate in educational and fun programming.
-Let your kids and teens choose! Any kind of reading can help kids sustain or improve skills.
-Read every day.
-Ask questions about what they’re reading! Start a conversation and kids and teens can practice comprehension skills by talking about what they’re reading.
-Connect what they’re reading to activities. Going to the zoo? Read Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya. Planning a picnic? Check-out Picnic by Emily McCully. You can also ask a librarian for crafts, recipes, and activities that can be done with your child based on the book they are reading.
-Bring books with you wherever you go. Whether you are waiting for an appointment or stuck in a traffic jam, reading books is a great way to pass the time.
-Don’t forget to write. Writing improves reading skills. Encourage your child to keep a journal, compose a story, or write a poem.
-Practice math and science skills at the library too! Check out topic-specific books and sign your kids up for our science-themed programming throughout the summer!

Stop in at any branch to learn more about the full list of summer events or to register for summer reading, which begins June 1 for all ages. Sign up at any branch or online:

What is your favorite summer read?

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