November 5th, 2011

Support the Library by Joining the Friends

Friend your libraryIf you are reading this blog then you are most likely a friend of the library–but, are you a member of the Friends of the Library? Confused? So was I, until I met a dedicated group of folks, The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library. The Friends is an active group of community members who love the library and volunteer their time and talents.

The Friends support the Library through many activities, such as membership and donations, business donations and fundraising, as well as generously supporting the Library’s Summer Reading Program each year. This program is so essential to our community and especially crucial for our children and their success in school. The Friends also volunteer their time at the Library assisting staff with many tasks. They plan and coordinate successful fundraisers such as basket raffles, bake sales, silent auctions and other activities–all to benefit the library. The Friends have also hosted interesting and educational programs for the community. Most recently, they hosted a local author program and a fascinating presentation on the historical significance of the Chesapeake waterways. They even host fun activities like book swaps.

The next event on the Friends’ calendar is their annual meeting on November 9, beginning at 6 p.m. The public is invited. After a brief business meeting, free antique appraisals will be offered by Carl York and his daughter, Carla York, from 7-8:45 p.m. Plan to arrive by 6 p.m. to secure a number for an appraisal. Items to be appraised should be portable. Also, a silent auction with antique items will be ready for bids and light refreshments will be available.

If you love the library, won’t you consider becoming a Friend of the Cecil County Public Library? For more information about the Friends, membership or making a donation email, leave a message at 410.996.5600, ext. 474 or visit the Friends page on our website.

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June 29th, 2011

Enjoying the Limelight

This June has been a thrilling month for Cecil County Public Library. Summer Reading always brings an energizing start to summer, but we also recently won two prestigious awards: one for our blog and another for our My Library, My Lifeline logo! We’re pretty cheerful folk around here, but everyone is extra excited to see our library get such special attention.

We were delighted to receive a 2011 Library Blog Award from Salem Press, a major library publisher. Out of hundreds of nominations, we won first place in the Outstanding Local Blog category.  Thank you for your votes! We were very proud to share the nomination with other amazing library blogs such as Athens-Clarke County Library, Seattle Public Library, New York Institute of Technology, and Santa Fe Public Library.

mlmlThis past weekend, our library was also honored with a Best of Show Award for our My Library, My Lifeline logo. The Best of Show Awards recognize the top public relations materials produced by American libraries in the past year. The logo is a visual representation of how libraries are a vital lifeline to so many crucial resources and services – books, computers, legal information, the arts, health information, and much more. This past year, the Friends of the Cecil County Public Library started selling beautiful tote bags that feature the logo.  You can get one at any CCPL Branch for only $2.

new book bag 017These awards are an amazing way to start the summer, but seeing Cecil County in the national spotlight also makes us really proud. We might be a smaller, mostly rural county, but we have so much to offer (great libraries are just one of many things).  As our director, Denise Davis, said “the awards are a tribute to our amazingly creative and tech-savvy staff, to our Library Board members who have a strong commitment to innovation, and also to our community which inspires our work.”

Thanks for supporting and inspiring us! So join us and bask a little in the limelight.

What makes you proud to live in Cecil County?

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