January 17th, 2013

The Library Gets Pinteresting

pinterest-iconJust when you thought the library couldn’t get any cooler, we’re now on Pinterest!

What is Pinterest, you say? Simply, Pinterest is an online scrapbook of your favorite things. As you click-click-click your way around the internet, you find stuff you want to remember: books you want to read, DIY projects you want to try, places you want to travel to, quotes that inspire you, images that make you laugh, recipes you want to cook, fashions you wish you could pull off…   Pinterest makes remembering websites a visually exciting experience, using only images and small bits of text that link back to their original source.

Now you can see your library’s favorite things! (Note: You do not have to be a Pinterest user to benefit from the library’s account.)

We’re just revving our engines now, so please give us your feedback. If you check us out today, you’ll find themed book lists for adults and kids, some homeschooling ideas, and staff book recommendations. See a book you like? Click its picture to place a hold (you’ll be routed to our website). How easy is that? And for our patrons who love to pin, you can pin great books, audiobooks, DVDs and other materials straight from our site!

You’ll also see an exciting board highlighting our upcoming program, Tackling Paper Clutter. You’ll find ideas on purging, organizing, and systematizing. You’ll see organization books available at the library, compelling infographics, and instructions on how to find FREE magazine articles about managing paper clutter.

Stay tuned for more exciting stuff on our Pinterest page! We’ll be adding more homeschooling resources, as well as information on jobs and small businesses, and more.

What would you like to see on our Pinterest page? How do you use Pinterest?

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November 3rd, 2010

The Many Ways to Connect to Your Local Library

Whether you’ve seen the new movie “The Social Network,” you have crops you need to tend on Farmville, or you actively hunt for what’s trending on Twitter, all of us are aware of the new social media craze.  The library is embracing this trend by launching a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and Text A Librarian service with the hopes of connecting with more of you.  We hope to make it as convenient as possible for you to access the wealth of information and resources the library provides – plus it’s fun!

You can find the Library’s new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CecilCountyPublicLibrary.  We will post information about exciting upcoming library programs, interesting book recommendations, and ask for your feedback and input.  Are vampires so last season?  Can’t wait to put your hands on the latest memoir?  What do you think will be the next trend in books and films?  We want to know!  We’d love to get your feedback on this and other library related topics, so don’t forget that we’ll be just one click of the ‘Like’ button away!

Are you interested in another way to connect with the library online?  Try following our tweets at www.twitter.com/ccpltweets. We’ll be tweeting about our great programs, book recommendations and library news.  Our feed will include a Book of the Day, helpful web resources, small business information and more.  If you haven’t started tweeting yet, be sure to sign up for an account at www.Twitter.com and follow the Cecil County Public Library. We don’t think you can have too much of the library, but be warned:  tweeting is addictive.

For those who rely on their cell phones, we’re now just a text away. You can get fast, reliable info by composing a text to 66746 and starting a reference question with the keyword CCPL411.  Do you have an event outside and you’re not sure if it’s going to get rained out?  Try texting our librarians for the latest weather forecast.  Are you at the grocery store and forgot that list of ingredients?  Try texting the library to find out what was in that special recipe.

If you need that little bit of extra help to start a Facebook page or Twitter Account, be sure to check out these great books at your local Cecil County Public Library branch:

Facebook: The Missing Manual by Emily Vander Veer

Facebook for Dummies by Carolyn Abram

Facebook and Twitter for Seniors for Dummies by Marsha Collier

Twitter for Dummies by Laura Fitton, Michael E. Gruen and Leslie Poston

Twitter: Tips, Tricks, & Tweets by Paul McFedries

There are so many ways to reach out to the library.  So let us know, what’s your favorite new way to reach the library?  Facebook, Twitter, or texting?


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