February 8th, 2016

Teen Film Fest 2016

There’s something big on the horizon for you, Cecil County teens. This year, our beloved Cecilwood film competition has morphed into something new. Don’t worry, the 2016 Teen Film Fest will carry on the tradition of allowing you to share your short film with the world. However, we’ve added a few twists to make the experience even better! You can now shoot and submit your film with a tablet or smartphone. You can also attend two brand-new programs designed to take your footage to the next level. And yes, your submissions will still be shown to the public, and awards will still be given. Sometimes, change is great.
This year, your goal is to create the best Book Trailer. Have you ever read a book and thought it would make an awesome movie? Did you have a picture in your head of the characters, the scenery, or the epic battle sequences? Would you like to turn your ideas into a short film, and freak out with your fellow book nerds? Now’s your chance. And if you’re not sure what it’ll take to achieve amazing results, never fear! We’ve got you covered with a new two-part program: Behind the Scenes.
Professor Brandon Boas will be visiting the Elkton Central Branch to lead the Behind the Scenes programs and help you bring your vision to life. In Part I (February 16th @ 4), he’ll teach you some filmmaking basics to get the ball rolling. Part II (March 15th @ 3:30) is all about helping you edit and polish your footage. With this kind of support anything is possible, so be sure to save the dates and register as soon as you can. Can’t wait to get started? Check out Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts or Digital SLR Video and Filmmaking for Dummies, or take a free Gale course in Screenwriting. You should also head over to the Teen Film Fest page for submission guidelines, deadlines, and FAQ’s. See you at Elkton on May 5th for the screening!
What book will you use for your film?

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April 27th, 2015

CCPL’s Digital Services


Recently, I was browsing the magazines at the Elkton Central Library, and a magazine cover advertising “quick weeknight dinners” caught my eye. I was all set to check it out when I saw the red star on the cover, indicating that it was the current issue and needed to stay in the branch for others to view. Fortunately, I was able to check it out using Zinio, which provides access to full magazine issues through CCPL’s website. You can check out as many as you want, and there are no late fees.

Now, you only need one account to access the magazines. Just create an account using your library card number – the link is at the top right of the screen – and you can be reading a magazine right away. We have magazines for everybody: cooking, gardening, science, sports, crafts, and travel.

If you want to read on the go, you can use the new Zinio for Libraries app (available for iPad and Android). For other devices, the commercial Zinio app, which requires two accounts , is available.

Of course, you can do more than read magazines on the go. Check out our devices and downloads page for links to Hoopla (movies, TV shows, audiobooks, and music), OverDrive (ebooks and audiobooks), OneClickDigital (audiobooks), and BookMyne (Android version shown above), which allows easy access to the CCPL library catalog and lets you place holds, renew items, or just see what you have checked out, all from your smartphone or tablet.

If all this sounds a little overwhelming, don’t despair. You can get one-on-one help with your smartphones, e-readers, or tablets at our Smart Device Helper program at the North East Branch Library at 1 PM on Wednesday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 27. Register by clicking the dates or by calling 410-996-6269. If you can’t make those dates, try Is This Thing On: A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming, or try asking a librarian for help.

How many CCPL digital services have you tried?

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