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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April 12th, 2012

National Library Week

National Library Week 2012Nine years ago, I moved from the bustling borough of Brooklyn, New York to the quiet community of Cecilton. A stay-at-home mom, with an infant and a husband who traveled for work, I found myself lonely and isolated. Driving country roads, listening to talk radio, I realized, “I don’t love talk radio, I just need to hear adult conversation!” Lucky for me, the Cecilton Library was within walking distance from my home.

Cecil County Public Library was a welcome haven of friendly, helpful staff, internet connectivity (broadband hadn’t come to the south county yet) and programs where I could meet other moms. There are no community centers or YMCA below the C&D canal, and because my girls were not in school, the library was the only place I could connect.  I started attending babytime, singing along with Miss Karen’s guitar. Over the next few years, I had another child and the library offered all sorts of resources, from happy sleeping to potty training. At home and in the car, my girls and I sang storytime songs and acted out “two little blackbirds sitting on a hill…” On nights when my husband was out of town, I could watch subtitled foreign film DVDs to my heart’s content.

I now work part-time at the Elkton Central Library and am thrilled to be part of such an energetic and resourceful organization. I share my story as a simple example of how important libraries are and that they are a lifeline to resources and a vital connection to the community for so many citizens like me.

In celebration of National Libraries Week, April 8 – 14, I encourage you to share your own library stories and to take advantage of all the resources CCPL offers.

How has the library impacted you?


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