Devices and downloads

February 20th, 2017

Based on the widely-publicized recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, you may find yourself wondering, could my phone or device ever be fire hazard? Apart from the Samsung recall (which has been linked to a manufacturing defect) reports of exploding and fire-catching devices are very rare. However, the vast majority of modern devices use lithium-ion batteries, which do contain flammable liquids that can catch fire or even explode under certain extreme conditions.

In today’s world, it’s easy to fall asleep with a charging device by your side. Or perhaps you charge your laptop on a soft chair at your bedside. Devices get fairly hot while charging and these conditions can be unsafe and overheat the device, potentially leading to a fire. We consulted with a local fire fighter who confirmed he has put out several fires that started from devices left on soft surfaces. He advised that one of the key dangers to watch out for is that the device doesn’t end up sandwiched in-between flammable items like pillows and bedding. The best spot for your device (particularly when it’s charging) is on a hard surface, free of flammable clutter such as paper or clothes.

A few other tips from our staff: don’t leave a device plugged in after it has fully charged, as that can cause heat to build up. If you lose the charging cable that came with the device, invest in a quality, name-brand charging cable to replace it. Certainly, if your charging cable shows signs of wear such as exposed wires, get a new one. We pay a lot of money for our devices, so it makes sense to invest a little money in charging them safely. Finally, don’t charge your device in the extreme cold (below 32) or high heat (above 100) — it can cause damage to the battery.

While we’re on the subject, we have lots to offer for your device at Cecil County Public Library. To learn another language, you can use the Rosetta Stone app, free with your library card. Hoopla gives you access to movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks. Try out our OverDrive service for a great selection of eBooks and audiobooks and use Zinio to browse and download magazines. Want to do more on your device using library tools, resources and services? Our librarians and staff are ready to help you at any of our seven branches.


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Ways to Save at CCPL

January 2nd, 2017

Did you give or get a new smartphone or tablet this holiday? Or maybe you’re just looking to save a little after spending a lot? With just your library card and a few quick clicks, you can access a wealth of online, streaming, or downloadable content through Cecil County Public Library. No fines, no fees, and often, no holds.

1. PERSONALIZED READING SUGGESTIONS– SelectReads engages avid readers by offering customized reading suggestions, including monthly newsletters on a wide variety of genres, sent directly to your email. You can subscribe to as many genre and author newsletters as you want. Try it!  You’ll never run out of books to read again.

2. EBOOKS– Finding eBooks is easier than ever on our updated OverDrive website.  It’s also incredibly convenient to transport your books with you — all on your smartphone or tablet!

3. AUDIOBOOKS – If you like listening to your books, we’ve got lots of options.  You can find and download eAudiobooks in our catalog, or you can search and access them directly via OverDrive or Hoopla.

4. MUSIC – Hoopla’s digital music selection has most albums listed on Billboard magazine’s top 100 lists, often on the day the album is released.  It’s a great way to try before you buy, broaden your musical horizons and add festive music to your New Year’s Eve celebration.

5. TEST PREP – need help preparing for the SAT, GED, GRE, PRAXIS, or other tests? We have lots of free online tools that can help you build up your skills and prepare for the exam.

6. ONLINE COURSES– Gale Courses are free, six-week, online courses taught by expert instructors.  Learn at your own pace, risk free.  Choose from hundreds of topics, including computers, health care, finance, business, teaching and more.  Sessions begin every month and there’s no limit to how many courses you can take.

7. 24/7 HELP – Use AskUsNow! to get 24-hour, live online help from skilled librarians.  They are research experts and can provide assistance with all kinds of questions, even when our branches are closed.

Find all of these resources and more at www.cecil.ebranch.info. Stay tuned – there’s always something new to read, listen to or learn at Cecil County Public Library. What service will you try first?


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