July 27th, 2015

A Reluctant e-Reader

Breakfast with a tabletI love technology. If there’s a gadget, I want it. Despite that, it took me a long time to warm up to the idea of reading a book on a device. I was too attached to the idea of feeling the rustle of pages under my fingers, of flipping to the end to see what happens, of smelling that old book smell.

A few different things motivated me to make the switch. The first was George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. The most recent book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, is 1,152 pages long, and it is no exaggeration to say that I had to be careful how I read that book, lest the sheer weight of it hurt my hands. At that point, I thought, reading on a tablet might just help my health! Also, reading on a device allows me to use the Fictionary, which is an e-book dictionary that keeps track of fictional characters and places. When I just can’t remember who that minor character is, I can tap the name, and the Fictionary will remind me. The Fictionary is not available for all books, but there are several options available for fantasy, science fiction, young adult, and classic novels.

One of my favorite things about reading on my tablet is its ability to customize. Want to read white text on a black screen, as I often do at night? Fine! Need a bigger font or more space between the lines? Easy! The app for OverDrive, which the library uses to provide eBooks and e-audiobooks, even includes the OpenDyslexic font, which is designed to make reading easier for people who have dyslexia. (To learn more about the OpenDyslexic font, and to see how to change your font in OverDrive, check out their blog post.)

Have you ever finished your book and realized that you can’t get another because the library is closed? With digital devices, the library is never closed. You can find a book on OverDrive or OneClickDigital and be reading again in seconds. You can also download a magazine from Zinio or an audiobook from Hoopla—no lines, no fines. I’ve found that audiobooks are not just for my commute. I listen to them while I’m weeding my garden, while I’m doing dishes, or while I’m putting away laundry. My audiobooks make mindless tasks a little less boring.

At this time of year, digital devices are perfect for vacations. I used to need a separate bag for all the books I wanted to bring for a trip. When I went on vacation with my family last month, I took a few minutes before we left to download some books onto my tablet, and then I was ready to go. I’d also downloaded a movie or two from Hoopla, in case my daughter got bored during the drive.

Don’t worry—I haven’t gone completely to the Dark Side. I still love my paper books, especially for cooking and crafts. Now that I’ve started using reading, listening, and watching on my tablet, though, I have to admit that I wish I had started all this just a little sooner. Check out what you can put on your device on our devices and downloads page, or ask at your favorite branch.

 


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April 13th, 2015

National Library Week

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It’s National Library Week – a time to celebrate your local library. Did you know that there are 123,000 public libraries in the United States? Have you ever wondered, what do Americans really think about public libraries?

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. An economic impact study by the Free Library of Philadelphia revealed that in Philadelphia, homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library.

The Pew study also found that 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. How do we implement our mission? By knowing our community needs to make critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development.

Your award-winning library has been recognized at the local and state level, and recently by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for the second year as a National Medal finalist.

The Pew study’s national focus is reflected at our local level. Did you know that over 62,000 people use Cecil County Public Library cards? In a county of Cecil County’s size – approximately 100,000 – that’s impressive!

We encourage our many cardholders to find a friend who isn’t a library user and introduce them to our services, our staff and the fastest free broadband connections in the county. Why not visit a new branch, test out a new digital service or try a different genre of reading? Get your child or grandchild a library card and open the door to imagination, exploration and the pathway to success. Always dreamed of starting your own business? Contact our Small Business Information Center at sbic@ccplnet.org

Of course, you don’t have to be a cardholder. Our libraries are always open to all. Have a question? Ask our professional and courteous librarians. Meet a friend and have coffee in one of our cafes, attend a storytime with your child or a program on starting a business. Connect to the library’s wifi.

Whether you are a cardholder or not, we hope you’ll join the celebration of National Library Week.

How will you celebrate your library?

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*Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

It’s National Library Week – a time to celebrate your local library. Did you know that there are 123,000 public libraries in the United States? Have you ever wondered, what do Americans really think about public libraries?

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. An economic impact study by the Free Library of Philadelphia revealed that in Philadelphia, homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library.

The Pew study also found that 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. How do we implement our mission? By knowing our community needs to make critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development.

Your award-winning library has been recognized at the local and state level, and recently by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for the second year as a National Medal finalist.

The Pew study’s national focus is reflected at our local level. Did you know that over 62,000 people use Cecil County Public Library cards? In a county of Cecil County’s size – approximately 100,000 – that’s impressive!

We encourage our many cardholders to find a friend who isn’t a library user and introduce them to our services, our staff and the fastest free broadband connections in the county. Why not visit a new branch, test out a new digital service or try a different genre of reading? Get your child or grandchild a library card and open the door to imagination, exploration and the pathway to success. Always dreamed of starting your own business? Contact our Small Business Information Center at sbic@ccplnet.org

Of course, you don’t have to be a cardholder. Our libraries are always open to all. Have a question? Ask our professional and courteous librarians. Meet a friend and have coffee in one of our cafes, attend a storytime with your child or a program on starting a business. Connect to the library’s wifi.

Whether you are a cardholder or not, we hope you’ll join the celebration of National Library Week.

How will you celebrate your library?


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