10 Free Things to Try on Our Website

December 28th, 2015

Did you give or get a new device 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 for free through Cecil County Public Library. No fines, no fees, and often, no holds.

duckandgoose _ overdrive _ resized1. EBOOKS – We’re excited to announce that eBooks are now downloadable through our catalog, so it’s easier than ever to find and get the eBooks you want.  It’s also incredibly convenient to transport your books with you — all on your device!

2. 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 OneClickdigital or Hoopla.

3. MOVIES – Our Hoopla service offers you 8 movies or TV episodes per month, all for free. You can stream or do a temporary download (a starwars _ hoopla _ resizedgreat option for taking a movie on a plane or on a WiFi only device!)

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 or to broaden your musical horizons.

5. MAGAZINES – Use your library card to check out as many digital magazines as you like through Zinio, titles like Car and Driver, Discover, Glamour, OK! Magazine, National Geographic, Saveur, and more.

6. 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.

caranddriver _ zinio _ resized7. ONLINE COURSESGale 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.

8. PERSONALIZED READING SUGGESTIONSBookMate is a personalized service where you fill out a quick survey about your reading interests, then our skilled librarians match you with interesting reads compatible with your tastes.  Try it out!  You’ll never run out of books to read again.

9. GREAT INFORMATION – When you need top-notch information, try our Online Resources.  With your library card, you get access to biographies, demographics, business plans, encyclopedias, investment data, practice tests, Heritage Quest (great for genealogy buffs!), magazines and journals, and so much more.

10. 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.

There’s so much to discover at Cecil County Public Library!  What new service will you be trying first?


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New Year, New Business

December 28th, 2015

womenThe idea of starting your own business probably stirs up equal parts excitement and fear.   If you have decided that 2016 may indeed be the year to launch your small business, let the Cecil County Public Library’s free business resources help assuage some of your fears.

Are you overwhelmed at the prospect of deciding on a legal structure, knowing which licenses you will need and what forms you need to fill out?  Did Google bring up so much information that you are completely overwhelmed?   We’ve done all the research for you and created a guide titled “Key Steps to Starting a Business,” which gives you step by step instructions on how to start a business in Cecil County and includes all the relevant contact information for each step.

Do you dread writing the business plan?  Don’t fret – we are here to help!  We have sample business plans, templates, databases that easily find competitor information and demographic information, and it’s all easily accessible from your home computer.

Are you worried you don’t have the right connections to start your business in Cecil County?  Again, we are here to help!  We can connect you to the Cecil Business Resource Partners and introduce you to people that work in organizations dedicated to helping small businesses succeed in Cecil County.

Does the accounting side of small business ownership worry you?  We have free online courses, including: Accounting Fundamentals, Introduction to QuickBooks, and Introduction to Excel to name a few.  The classes are taught by an instructor and are six weeks in length.  They can be accessed on your home computer with your library card.

So as 2015 winds down and you are looking forward to a new year, a bold change, and the dream of entrepreneurship, remember that the Cecil County Public Library is here to help.