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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April 8th, 2011

What’s Your Story?

nlwBeginning April 10th, libraries throughout the nation will celebrate National Library Week.  This year’s theme is “Create Your Own Story @ Your Library.”

Throughout the course of the week, our libraries will offer programs geared at helping you do just that.  The Rising Sun branch will host National Library Week themed children’s story programs on Tuesday, April 12th at 1:30pm, Wednesday, April 13th at 10:30am, and Thursday, April 14th at 10:30am.  They will also hold a Family Game program on Saturday, April 16th from 1-2:30pm.  Winners of the county-wide NLW children’s bookmark contest will be announced at each branch during the week.

Teens will get the chance to perform an extreme makeover on boring book covers at the Perryville Branch on Thursday, April 14th at 3pm, and those with a flair for creative writing can exercise their pens, as well as their imaginations, at the Elkton Teen Writers group on Thursday, April 14th at 3:30pm. Cecilton teens can view a classic story made modern with a screening of Ten Things I Hate About You on Saturday, April 16th at 2pm.

On Wednesday, April 14th, the Friends of the Library will sponsor  “Meet the Authors,” featuring three local authors—Ken Wiggins, Corinne Litzenberg, and Bobbie Hinman—who will share their stories and advice on becoming a writer.  You can delve more into the story of “you” at the North East Branch’s Genealogy Detectives program on Saturday, April 16th from 11am-1pm.

To finish out the week, the Elkton Central Library will host an Open House from 10am-4pm on Saturday, April 16th, featuring tours of the CCPL Bookmobile and a family concert with local songster Scott Birney (free Italian ice and pretzels for all who attend the concert!).  Visit our “tech café” to watch previews of this year’s Cecilwood Film Festival and sample playlists from our cd collection (check out a free playlist preview here).

Please check with your local branch for additional details on programs taking place during National Library Week.

Looking for a library/librarian inspired read this week?  Check out our list of favorites here.  I’m currently engrossed in Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, set in Oxford’s atmospheric Bodelian Library.

My library “story” began when I was five years old and signed up for my first library card at the Elkton library, spending much of my childhood in its stacks and kicking off a lifelong love affair with books and libraries.  I know that throughout the course of my life, both as a librarian and a patron, the library has given me access to knowledge and learning opportunities I never would’ve had without it.  That’s my story—what’s yours?

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