January 20th, 2015

Great Food + Great Friends = Great Impact

alice-in-wonderland-276452_640We are pleased to introduce Amanda Butler, President of the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library volunteer advocacy group!

If you love good food paired with the perfect wine or beer, do we have an event for you! Join us for “An Evening in Wonderland,” hosted by the Friends of CCPL at The Granary, located on the banks of the Sassafras River in lower Cecil County. We are celebrating the 183rd anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s birthday!

The evening starts off with a welcome canapé and drink (Prosecco or pear cider). Our menu includes three Alice in Wonderland themed food and wine (or beer) courses. All inclusive tickets are $60 per person and costumes are optional. So don your best tea party outfit, check your watch and don’t be late for this very important date: Saturday, January 31 at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling The Granary at 410-275-1603.

In addition to great food and conversation, why do we host these fundraising events? The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that advocates and raises funds for the library. We raise money through memberships and fundraising events.

The Friends also advocate and raise awareness about the value of CCPL’s programs and services by attending public meetings, connecting with event attendees and purchasing equipment and hiring performers that are not covered by the library’s operating budget.

CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program is the largest program series of the year. This year’s program will kick-off on Monday, June 1, so mark your calendars!

Why is summer reading so important that the Friends work year-round to underwrite the performers and prizes? Did you know that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are more likely to fall behind their peers when school starts in the fall? Did you know that this “summer learning loss” is cumulative and is a contributing factor to the high school drop-out rate? Education is a priority in Cecil County, according to the comprehensive plan. The Friends of CCPL support out-of-school and summer learning initiatives as the best way to keep our children growing, learning and striving for excellence.

How do you get involved? Individual memberships are just $10 per year and Family Memberships are just $15. Members will receive quarterly newsletters and advance notification of special events. We are hosting “Membership Mondays” on our Facebook page – check it out!

We look forward to seeing you on January 31. And bring a friend – you don’t have to be a member of the Friends of CCPL to attend any of our fundraisers!

How will you make an impact on Cecil County in 2015?

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November 4th, 2013

Make a Wreath, Meet a Friend!

42-17312182The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library are holding their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 6:30pm at the Elkton Central Library this year and would like you to join them! Who are the Friends? The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library are a non-profit membership group of volunteer members who advocate, educate, and raise funds on behalf of the Library and the larger community.

The Friends make a difference by supporting the Board of Trustees, by raising funds for the entire library system, by advocating for public funding for our libraries, and by promoting use of the library. The Friends raise funds for Library activities and materials not ordinarily covered under the Library’s operating budget – such as new digital signage for the Elkton Central Branch.

The Annual Meeting kicks off at 6:30pm with a regular Board of Directors meeting. Anyone interested in learning how the Friends operate or in meeting the directors is welcome to attend. Friends members and the general public are also invited for a special wreath making presentation from Ann Stubbs of Sinking Springs Farm. A raffle of Sinking Springs items and refreshments will also be available. Admission is free to Friends Members and the public, so come stop by and have fun with the Friends!

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