December 2nd, 2014

Naughty or Nice, we’re always on your device

Naughty or Nice, we're always on your device

So you’re thinking about gifting a digital device this season – or really hoping to receive one. Are you unsure how to get great books, magazines, music and movies onto that device, especially after an expensive holiday season?

Cecil County Public Library is your best source for free digital content for your device. Upload at home or use the library’s enhanced WiFi network to connect to all your library has to offer. There are no fines for any of CCPL’s digital materials.

Overdrive: ebooks and e-audiobooks are available to download anytime.

Zinio: full copies of popular magazines, downloaded to your device, indefinitely. Back issues are also available.

Hoopla: movies, TV shows, audiobooks and music.  Search and download your choices for great viewing and listening.

Ereaders also make figuring out what to read next easy. With sites like GoodReads, you can see what your friends are reading, get suggestions, and read reviews. Our Staff Recommendations page also features fantastic reviews of books and other materials, hand-picked by our talented staff.

Perhaps the best feature of handheld devices is that you can carry the library with you, no matter where you are. Stuck waiting in a doctor’s office? Download an eBook. Going on a trip? Load up your device with music, magazines and books that won’t add a single pound to your suitcase.

If you have questions about using or setting up your device or how to download content, CCPL’s librarians are always available to help. For tutorials and guidance, visit the digital library section of our website.

Find, borrow and enjoy! What is your favorite download?


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November 22nd, 2011

Crafting the Perfect Holiday

Christmas Display 2011_1A few days ago I started working on the decorations we will use for our holiday book display at the Elkton Central Library this year.  I am decoupaging old book pages on to a Styrofoam tree.  Will it be a success? I’m not sure at this point.  For me the joy of creating is not really being sure what you will end up with and the pleasure I receive when it turns out, hopefully, better than expected.  The other nice thing about it is that I’m recycling old books and flower pots!

Everyone is looking for ways to save money during the holidays.  One of the ways I save (and recycle) is by making my own gifts for relatives and friends out of vintage paper and fabric.  They appreciate the thought, love and effort put into the gifts, and I enjoy making them.  It, however, is not a pretty sight at my house during the “creative process.”  When an idea strikes me, I rip through the boxes and boxes of vintage paper and fabric I collect until just the right pieces come together.

The library has a wide assortment of craft books from Scherenschnitte (Papercutting) to rug hooking and many dedicated just to holiday crafts. Two of my particular favorites are Sara Toliver’s Vintage Christmas Crafts and Terry Taylor’s Altered Art.  I love the vintage quality of these two books and have made shadow boxes as gifts using ideas from both of them.  Happily, these shadow boxes have become treasured gifts, prized by the recipients.

vintage xmas gifts bookHere is a list of some other craft books available at the library that might inspire you to “craft” the perfect holiday this year.  In December all the Cecil County Public Libraries will host holiday craft programs for all ages and open houses with music and food.  We invite you to join us in celebrating the holidays.  And now is the time to check out those craft books!

What will you be crafting for the holidays?


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