Summer Reading 2017

June 5th, 2017

Summer Reading 2017Longer days and warmer weather are all signs that school will soon be out and the summer reading season is here. This year’s theme of “Build a Better World…READ!” promises to be engaging, informative, and enjoyable for all ages.

You likely already know summer reading and public libraries are a tradition, but do you know these educational facts:

– Research shows that visiting the library and participating in summer reading and learning is the best way to combat summer learning loss, which is critical to future school success.

-Participating in CCPL’s summer reading program encourages daily reading and provides families with the framework and incentives for sustained reading all summer long.

-By encouraging kids and teens to choose their materials, they are more likely to read them.

-A variety of educational programs are offered for children and teens for example: discovering aerodynamic principals behind paper airplanes or exploring how animals adapt to survive in their environments.

-Whether visiting the local branch of your library to check-out print or audiobooks, or going online to access digital databases and ebooks, the library is the perfect place to meet all of your reading and learning needs this summer.

New for 2017 – Celebrate the start of summer with our annual Summer Reading Picnic on June 10th at North East Town Park from 11-2.  Entertainment will be provided by a DJ and The Juggling Hoffmanns. Bring lunch and a blanket and spend the day in the park with us!

Our new “After Hours @ The Library” event is just for teens! Have fun hanging out with friends and register for summer reading. We’ll have a trivia contest, games, and more. Registration is required as space is limited, so please call your local branch to register. Friday, June 9 at Elkton Library and Friday, June 16 at Rising Sun Library. All events begin at 5:30pm.

What’s your favorite thing about summer reading?



A New Twist on Resolutions for the New Year

January 9th, 2017

Adults across the county have made lists of New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. While eating healthy and working out more frequently are admirable resolutions, they can be difficult to keep, don’t always involve the entire family, and are often not all that fun. Try something different this year, and involve your children by making family goals related to reading and learning at the library. These are not only fun and rewarding for the whole family, but are also easy to keep, especially with a little help from the library staff at the Cecil County Public Library.

Resolution #1 – Have your child be involved in reading for at least 15 minutes every day. Establishing routine reading habits is one of the most significant factors in helping your child improve reading skills. Check out the Kids Page on the library’s website for new ideas and titles recommended by your local library staff.

Resolution #2 – Read aloud to your child as often as possible even if they are able to read on their own. While having your child read independently is always a great idea, remember they are never too old to have someone read aloud to them, too. Listening to you read is not only beneficial in helping them develop reading skills, but also a wonderful way to spend time together. Not sure what to read? Consider selecting one of your childhood favorites as a read aloud. Your child will be eager to share something you enjoyed as a child, and it is sure to be a conversation starter. Visit any branch, and our staff will be happy to help you find just what you need.

Resolution #3 – Explore a variety of formats. Are you used to only reading traditional print books? Instead try one of our many audiobooks. Audiobooks are valuable in helping children expand vocabulary and to enjoy materials beyond their reading level, as listening comprehension tends to be higher than reading comprehension. Listening to audiobooks can motivate young readers and get them excited about reading.

Resolution #4 – Learn something new by attending a library program. You can find numerous programs on a variety of topics at most library branches. Interested in science and art? Check out Chemistry of Colors at the Rising Sun branch on January 18th. Interested in exploring other cultures? Try Passport to Africa at Elkton Central on February 15th. To see a complete listing of all library events, consider subscribing to the library’s newsletter, The Link, visit any of our branches to pick up the current Link, or check out a full calendar on the library’s website.

Whether you adopt all of the above resolutions or just a few, we look forward to seeing you at the library in 2017!