We Mean Business!

September 26th, 2011

IMG_9770Recently, the library was honored with a nomination for the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Non-Profit Partner in Business award for developing a productive partnership with the business community.  Some readers might not know about the library’s relationship with the local business community, so here are some highlights:

– The CCPL Small Business Information Center (SBIC) helps Cecil County entrepreneurs start or grow their small business.  The SBIC provides free one-on-one consultations with the Small Business Librarian, helping aspiring and current business owners to develop business concepts, financial strategies and marketing opportunities.  Over the last two years, the SBIC assisted over 2,000 people with small business information, providing the research necessary to start businesses and keep them afloat through these difficult economic times.

– CCPL offers lots of resources for job seekers, career changers, and business people.  We serve this community with everything from free access to computers to one-on-one assistance with job searches and resumes, not to mention the Resume Review service, computer classes, tons of small business information, and public access to Wifi.  Over the last two years, CCPL provided job consultation and services to over 3,000 Cecil Countians.

– CCPL also partnered with the business community and local schools to better serve students.  In addition to working with CCPS and the local business community to provide the annual Summer Reading program, CCPL developed an innovative outreach program called My Special Book. This program works to get books to children who live in lower income communities with limited access to transportation. With the help of PNC and BB&T Banks, CCPL is developing new ways to get books permanently into the hands and homes of Cecil County kids.

We’re very proud to serve Cecil County’s business community and are in excellent company; the following non-profit organizations were also nominated in this award category: Cecil County Arts Council, Cecil County Office of Economic Development, Cecilton Lions Club and Charities, the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association, Susquehanna Workforce Network, Inc., and the YMCA.

The winner of the Non-Profit Partner in Business award will be announced this Friday, September 30th at the Chamber’s annual gala.  Congrats to all of the nominees!

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George Washington DID Sleep Here!

September 20th, 2011

george-washingtonIf you’ve ever driven through Charlestown, Maryland, perhaps you slowed down a bit to catch this magical microcosm of American history.  Your eye may have been caught by the picket fence fronting the double-galleried porch of the “Indian Queen Tavern.”  Or perhaps your curiosity was piqued by the more modest  Red Lyon Tavern, located right next door.  As you drove through this little waterfront town, maybe you admired the lovely historical homes along the coastline and wondered what life was like way back when…

Imagine then, the horses and stage coaches of the past clip-clopping along this Old Post Road, halfway on their journey between  Baltimore  and Philadelphia. Visitors would disembark into the taverns for a warm bed and a satisfying drink of ale by the fire.  One of those travelers was certainly George Washington, for he recorded such visits in his own diaries. Charlestown was a thriving colonial town, a major port and the county seat.

The history behind these buildings and others in colonial Charlestown will be revealed in a talk given by local historian Audrey Edwards at the North East Branch Library on Tues. Sept. 27th at 6:30pm.  Please call 410-996-6269 to register.  Ms. Edwards will discuss ghosts and secrets of the past, found in remnants of an era long gone:  old leather shoes, chalkboards from a schoolhouse, tankards from a tavern, and many other artifacts she has unearthed.  Step back in time to this fascinating little town, Charlestown, and relive a bit of American history!

Which Cecil County town is your favorite for its history?

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