A New Year’s Resolution: Be More Selfish

December 30th, 2014

Take timefor yourself!After the season of gifts, encompassing thoughtfulness and emptying your wallet on behalf of others, I encourage you to think about your resolutions in a new way: selfishness. Of course, this is tongue and cheek, but how will we ever accomplish our resolutions without dedicated “me-time?”

Here are a few ways Cecil County Public Library can connect you to resources to accomplish your goals:

Spend More Time with Family

CCPL has many family programs – from “Storytime Yoga” in Elkton to family movie nights in Perryville and stargazing in Chesapeake City. If the program times don’t suit your schedule, families are welcome to gather in our children’s spaces to read and play together. With the wide array of books and movies available in the branches and streaming content from Hoopla, family movie night at home is a snap! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, the Link and always have our newsletter and upcoming events on your device.

Learn Something New

Starting in January, we will feature a new series called, “Pinteresting Programs.” Starting with an introduction to Pinterest itself, this series covers diverse topics from ballroom dancing, to upcycling to yoga. These programs will inspire creativity and promote a healthy lifestyle. Once a class is finished, check-out related resources to take you to the next level.

Do you prefer “armchair” hobby exploration? With our Zinio collection of digital magazines, you can explore birdwatching to cooking, woodworking to photography, hockey to gardening!

Upskill Your Talents

Along the lines of learning something new – have you looked at the topics in the “Gale Online Courses” section of CCPL’s website? From project management to accounting and finance, many of the free, six-week courses will “upskill” your talents in the workplace. Perhaps you’re interested in a new career? Check out “Start Your Own Business” or “Explore a Career in Medical Coding.”

For some serious “self-time” why not register for an online “Certificate in Meditation” or “Individual Excellence?”

Mastering Technology

Whether you’ve received a new device or you’re struggling to maximize the usefulness of the one you already own, your professional librarians are available to connect you to tips and tools for your particular needs. Visit the Devices and Downloads section of our website for details. Do you still have questions and need to start with the basics? Make an appointment with a Computer Tutor at the Cecilton, Chesapeake City or Rising Sun Branches. You will receive 30 minutes of personalized computer instruction on a topic of your choice and a time convenient to your schedule. Perryville Branch offers 60-minute sessions on a variety of computer topics.

Follow Your Dreams

Have you been thinking about starting your own business, but don’t know where to begin? Visit the Small Business Information Center section of our website for the Keys to Starting a Business in Cecil County, business plan help and a list of upcoming small business classes. Are you ready to take the next step? Make an appointment with our professional small business librarian, who will review your ideas, answer questions and connect you with resources and research.

These are just a few resolution ideas but the doors to opportunity and exploration are always open at CCPL.

How will you take time for yourself to accomplish your goals in 2015?

Best Reads of 2014

December 22nd, 2014

book-506481_640Looking for last minute gift ideas? Check out “LibraryReads,” the nationwide library staff-picks list! Some have already been reviewed by our staff or chosen for book discussions. For a sneak peak at 2015, click here:

• “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin
When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

• “The Rosie Project” by  Graeme Simsion
Don Tillman, a professor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he’s not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.

• “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

• “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell (a YA title)
Cath struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.

• “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt
A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo struggles to make sense of his new life. In the following years, he is entranced by the one thing that reminds him of his mother: a small  painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld.

• “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart (a YA title)
Spending the summers on her family’s private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

• “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it

• “One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes
Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell-until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them.

• “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show s she can’t travel with her husband, Neal and kids for Christmas. Then, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts.

• “Longbourn” by Jo Baker
In this irresistibly imagined below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage. Sarah, the orphaned housemaid, spends her days scrubbing the laundry, polishing the floors, and emptying the chamber pots for the Bennet household. But there is just as much romance, heartbreak, and intrigue downstairs at Longbourn as there is upstairs.

What was your favorite read of 2014?