April 22nd, 2015

Join the Friends — Make a Difference

2015 WinnerGraphic

We are thrilled that Cecil County Public Library has been honored as a 2015 National Medal Winner! But we’re not surprised – as The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library we know the value of public libraries and the exceptionally positive impact CCPL has in our community.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. And 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.

These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. Cecil County Public Library knows our community needs and is making critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development. And now CCPL has been recognized nationally.

The Friends of CCPL take this celebratory occasion to urge you to join our organization. We are a volunteer membership group that advocates for the library and we raise funds to support programs that are outside the Library’s normal operating budget. Our $10 individual or $15 family memberships are an easy, economical way to make a lasting impact in Cecil County.

The Friends raise funds for special projects and programs such as CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. Studies show that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are at greater risk of dropping out of high school, which leads to significant economic consequences in terms of earnings potential. According to the 2012 US Census, a high school drop-out earns on average $7,500 less per year than a high school graduate.  Cecil County’s graduation rate is improving and summer reading and learning is an important part of our students’ continued success.

In addition to joining the Friends, make an impact in a child or teen’s life by getting them involved in CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. This year we start on Saturday, June 1 and the theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.”

The Friends of CCPL believe  our librarians are heroes in our county and our story is being told with the National Medal’s recognition. For more information or to join the Friends of Cecil County Public Library visit www.cecil.ebranch.info or email friends@ccplnet.org. Let’s Celebrate, Cecil County!

We are thrilled that Cecil County Public Library has been honored as a 2015 National Medal Winner! But we’re not surprised – as The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library we know the value of public libraries and the exceptionally positive impact CCPL has in our community.

A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. And 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.

These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. Cecil County Public Library knows our community needs and is making critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development. And now CCPL has been recognized nationally.

The Friends of CCPL take this celebratory occasion to urge you to join our organization. We are a volunteer membership group that advocates for the library and we raise funds to support programs that are outside the Library’s normal operating budget. Our $10 individual or $15 family memberships are an easy, economical way to make a lasting impact in Cecil County.

The Friends raise funds for special projects and programs such as CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. Studies show that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are at greater risk of dropping out of high school, which leads to significant economic consequences in terms of earnings potential. According to the 2012 US Census, a high school drop-out earns on average $7,500 less per year than a high school graduate.  Cecil County’s graduation rate is improving and summer reading and learning is an important part of our students’ continued success.

In addition to joining the Friends, make an impact in a child or teen’s life by getting them involved in CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. This year we start on Saturday, June 1 and the theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.”

The Friends of CCPL believe  our librarians are heroes in our county and our story is being told with the National Medal’s recognition. For more information or to join the Friends of Cecil County Public Library visit www.cecil.ebranch.info or email friends@ccplnet.org. Let’s Celebrate, Cecil County


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February 2nd, 2015

An Evening with Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman - photo credit Jan CobbI was thrilled to learn that award-winning local author Laura Lippman will be stopping at the Cecil County Public Library on Friday, February 27th at 7 pm, as part of her latest book tour. Best known for her Baltimore-based mystery series featuring private investigator Tess Monaghan, Hush Hush will be the first Tess Monaghan story since 2008. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been writing. In 2008 the author wrote what would become her first best-selling novel, What the Dead Know. Set in and around Baltimore, she wrote of a time and a place right out of my own past and evoked such a sense of nostalgia that I was transported right back to my childhood. In her best selling novel to date, I’d Know You Anywhere, the author wrote a complex psychological thriller, one that left me with many questions. These questions and the feeling of a shared experience make me eager to meet the author and hear more about her stories and life. I won’t be missing this opportunity!

Since the last Tess Monaghan novel, both she and Laura Lippman have become mothers. It is this experience she draws on in Hush Hush. It is a story of suspense about mothers; good mothers, bad mothers, homicidal mothers. It promises to be every bit as complex and psychological as her latest book.

During “An Evening with Laura Lippman,” a fundraiser benefiting the CCPL Foundation and the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library, the author will discuss her latest book and answer questions from the audience. In addition, each ticket holder will receive a hardback copy of Hush Hush, with a book signing to follow. Tickets can be purchased at any CCPL branch or online via our website.

If you can’t get enough of murder and mayhem be sure to check out “A Day in the Life of a Forensic Scientist” at the Elkton Library on Thursday, February 5th at 7 pm and “Homicide Detective and Cases” at the Perryville Library on Thursday, February 12th at 7 pm.

Laura Lippman photo credit Jan Cobb.


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