Digital Graphic Novels Now Available

May 8th, 2017

Having a library card is magic. The benefits of a properly used library card cannot be overstated. Once upon a time a library card got you only books. That couldn’t be further from the truth today. Your modern CCPL card grants you access to resources, online courses, services, information and entertainment.

You now have access to hundreds and hundreds of digital graphic novels with Hoopla our digital streaming and downloading service which also includes thousands of music albums, movies, audiobooks and television shows. These aren’t just duplicates of what we already have in our print collection, they are in addition to our existing collection. Plus, the same week graphic novels hit the shelves in stores; you can have it at your fingertips on your tablet or home PC. And there are no holds or wait lists. None. Ever.

Graphic novels are a different format for storytelling and the Hoopla collection is comprised of a wide variety of titles, for all ages that contain genres and categories including fiction, non-fiction and biographies. Graphic novels tell stories that deal with social issues, history, current events, folklore, mythology and pop culture.

Did you know that the combination of artwork and text can appeal to reluctant readers as the visuals often help supply context clues as well as holding the readers interest? It also promotes the development of critical thinking, visual literacy, comprehension and interpretation skills.

The ebooks and graphic novel selection on Hoopla also includes children’s picture books, Marvel, DC, and Disney materials. You can limit the service to operate using wi-fi only to avoid data charges, and if you have kids who love Dora and Sesame Street, age-appropriate books can be easily located by using the “kid safe search” found in settings.

Once you’ve logged on, click a genre that interests you, read a synopsis or two, and press borrow. That’s it. Instant reading. Borrow up to eight items a month with Hoopla. And for the graphic novels, there’s a unique feature called “action view” which allows you to go in and out of full screen of a single frame with a simple click or tap on the panel.

Intrigued but not sure how to get started? Our staff is happy to talk you through the steps and show you how to use Hoopla as well as any of our other digital services.


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Never Forget What You Read Again

March 6th, 2017

 

Sometimes patrons ask if we can look up books they have borrowed and returned, to remind themselves if they’ve already read the book. While we don’t keep a record of items once a patron returns them, there are a number of ways to keep track on your own. Using your library card number and PIN, you can log into your account through the CCPL website, www.cecil.ebranch.info and click on the “My Lists” feature on the top right of your screen. You can keep one running list or name as many lists as you’d like.
If you’d like a more interactive but still easy tracking method, consider Goodreads.com. If you are even a little familiar with social networking sites like Facebook, Goodreads is a breeze. If you need assistance, signing up for a 30-minute one-on-one tech session with a librarian can help you get set-up.

GoodReads lets you create “bookshelves.” Virtual organization has never been more customizable. You can organize the books you’ve read by genre, author, books you loved or totally hated, etc. You can track books you have read and books you want to read. You can also browse previous year’s Goodreads Awards winners and nominees. Categories include best graphic novel, best children’s book, best memoir, and more.

For smartphone/tablet users, there is a free Goodreads app which allows you to scan books instantly. This is a great feature if you come across something you want to remember at the airport, Barnes and Noble, or your public library. Scan the UPC barcode on the book jacket, see the average rating, the synopsis, and save it to your “to read” bookshelf. NEVER again will you say “what was that book I had in my hand yesterday?” or “Am I on book 13 or 15 of that John Sandford series?”

If smartphone apps are not for you (but you’re comfortable on a PC) use CCPL’s SelectReads service which allows you to subscribe to customized recommendations email newsletters. http://www.cecil.ebranch.info/great-reads/discover-your-next-great-read/

If you are old-school and just want great recommendations, Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests is a highly recommended reference book. Found at most branches in Cecil County, this book by Cynthia Orr and Diana Herald is a superb browsing guide to understanding why certain people are attracted to certain genres and what they should try next! Be your own expert!
It’s also worth noting these websites which thoroughly cover popular genres. For mystery award winners, try http://www.stopyourekillingme.com. For buzz-worthy science fiction reviews, try http://www.sff180.com/. For Romance books, one of the best is http://allaboutromance.com.

Still have questions? We’re here to help you find your next great read. Visit our www.cecil.ebranch.info, message us through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cecilcountypubliclibrary send an email to ask@ccplnet.org or call (410) 996-5600.


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