December 14th, 2015

Recommendations, Resources & Gift Guides For All Ages!

for-reading-813666_640Are you looking for the next great book for your child or grandchild? Check out these resources!

Your Librarians

Our professional and skilled librarians are always available to answer questions and connect you with a variety of authors, books and themes—for yourself—or your children. Can’t make it to the library in person? Call any branch or email:

CCPL’s Great Reads

Have you visited the “Great Reads” section of our website? It has themed lists, staff recommendations as well as all the newest award-winners and best-sellers.

CCPL’s Bookmate

Still looking for that perfect book when you have —or your loved one has — “read everything?” Try Bookmate— the free book and author matching service is for all ages and interests. Fill out a simple survey and return it to your local branch—trained librarians will make 3 recommendations.

A Mighty Girl

The world’s largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls. Choose from a variety of topics such as building, top holiday picks as well as by age group.

Guys Read

A web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka. The  mission is to help boys be self–motivated, lifelong readers. Look for reading ideas, booklists, and research based on encouraging guys to read.

Common Sense Media

This website rates, educates, and advocates for kids, families, and schools—with ratings by what both kids and parents have to say. Their gift guide is packed with 100+ holiday gift ideas hand-selected to inspire, educate, and entertain kids of all ages and stages. Whether your list includes young children, tweens, or teens, use this guide to find presents that kids and parents will feel good about.

What’s your favorite way to recommend a good read?


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February 9th, 2015

Get Ready for College with CCPL

studentAre you looking for scholarships for college? Trying to prepare for the SAT or the AP test? Look no further than Cecil County Public Library!

CCPL has a myriad of resources just for students looking to apply for college or trying to find scholarships. You can come into the library and check out books on both subjects, such as:  “Peterson’s Scholarships, grants and prizes 2015” and “Get Paid to Play: Every Student Athlete’s Guide to over $1 million in College Scholarships.”

However, if you are the type of person who would rather do everything digitally, there are many online resources that you can use through the library’s website. There are online practice tests for the PSAT, SAT, ACT and GED. Just click the Test Prep and Scholarship Resources section on the “Digital Library” tab of the library’s website.

If you are not a big fan of reading, the library has videos and audiobooks to help you study. Hoopla is an audio and video streaming library service which offers numerous test prep resources. If you are studying vocabulary, you could listen to “SAT Prep: Core 100 Words” by downloading it right to your device for free – and listen on your way to school, whether you drive yourself or take the bus. If you need help with math, you could download and watch “New SAT Prep 4: Intro to the Math Section.” All of these resources are free with your CCPL library card.

Are you or your student applying to college and confused by the process to apply for financial aid? Come to the Elkton Central Library at 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 12 for a program about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and applying for college financial aid. There will be plenty of time for questions. To register call (410) 996-5600 x481 or visit our website.

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