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December 22nd, 2017

ebookMaybe your family or friends gifted you a new eReader this holiday season. How exciting to have all the books in the world at your fingertips!

Until, after the party, you’re at home, trying to figure out how to download a book, and then, you are shocked to learn that eBooks are just as pricey as paperbacks.

Never fear! You can find what you’re looking for through the library for the low, low price of $0. Talk about a deal.

CCPL has three apps to access digital content: Libby for OverDrive, Hoopla, and RBdigital (formerly OneClickDigital). You can check out what’s available right now– check under “Digital Library” on our website, www.cecil.ebranch.com.

If you’ve never used an eReader before, stop by any branch! One of our librarians can assist you with setting up your new eReader or tablet, help you download one of our apps, and troubleshoot any technical errors.

Are you already an e-book connoisseur? Here are a few tips you may not know:

  1. Keep your data bill from going up– download your book to your device through WiFi. Once it’s downloaded, it’s on your phone until the due date when it’s automatically removed from your device, so you can listen to your audiobook in the car with no worries!
  2. Is the narrator suuuuuper slow on your audiobook? You can increase the audiobook speed by 1.25, 1.5, 1.75 or 2 times. Look for the button that resembles a speedometer on top of the audiobook when it’s open in your app.
  3. With Libby, OverDrive’s new app, you can add additional library cards to your app– that means, if your whole family shares an e-reader, you can all use the same app to read and listen! Simply press the “Add Library Card” on the Libby homepage to add a card and toggle between accounts.

Do you want to have your next book, audiobook or album instantly available? Try Hoopla! Checkouts are immediate with no holds or fines (be sure to download to your device as mentioned in tip #1). Browse thousands of e-books, audiobooks, movies, graphic novels, and children’s materials. Download the app and make an account with your CCPL library card.

If you’d like to explore on your own time, try the Niche Academy tutorial videos on our website. If you still have questions, call your local branch or e-mail ask@ccplnet.org.


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Book-o-scopes: December DIY

December 15th, 2017

The new year is upon us… select a new do-it-yourself hobby that you should consider adopting or get inspired for some last minute holiday gifts to give! CCPL’s Book-o-scopes suggest great titles based on your birthday!

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
“Open House: Reinventing Space for Simple Living” by Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen

Innovation is your middle name, and innovation generates renovation! Renovate your existing space into something new, modern and beautiful.

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
“Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food to Share” by Kristin Donnelly

You’re a natural host, Pisces. Take some time to learn new recipes to keep in your back pocket for the next time you entertain.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
“Mason Jar Nation: The Jars that Changed America and 50 Clever Ways to Use Them Today” by JoAnn Moser

Aries, you love leading the way, so find out new ways to use an old American staple—the mason jar!

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
“DIY Bedroom Decor: 50 Awesome Ideas for Your Room” by Tana Smith

Taurus, you love getting cozy! Why not make some DIY decor to decorate your favorite place?

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
“The Home Brewer’s Companion: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Master’s Edition” by Charlie Papazian

You love learning, Gemini, and you love socializing. Learn how to brew your own beer—and then take it to your next gathering!

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
“The Big Awesome Book of Hand & Chalk Lettering” by Dina Rodriguez

You treasure you friendships. Why not learn the craft of calligraphy, so you can send beautiful letters to your loved ones? They will cherish them forever.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
“DIY Temporary Tattoo Art: Easy Step-by-Step Instructions” by K.L. Cao

You love being the center of attention. Why not make temporary tattoos to show off next time you’re out?

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
“Crochet Therapy: The Soothing Art of Savoring Each Stitch” by Betsan Corkhill

Sometimes you need to let go, Virgo! Crocheting is a relaxing craft that you can do anywhere & any time you need a break.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
“If You Can Doodle, You Can Paint: Transforming Simple Drawings into Works of Art” by Diane Culhane

Libra, you love being surrounded by art. Learn how to paint your own masterpiece to put on your walls.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
“The Art of Memoir” by Mary Karr

Embrace your depth, Scorpio—you have so much to say. Learn how to put your deepest thoughts on paper in the form of a personal narrative.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
“DIY Succulents: From Placecards to Wreaths, 35+ Ideas for Creative Projects with Succulents” by Tawni Daigle

You love having greenery around your home, but you need something low-maintenance to complement your busy lifestyle. The solution: succulents, the low-key and trendy plant!

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
“Build Stuff with Wood: Make Awesome Projects with Basic Tools” by Asa Christiana

You should consider woodworking, Capricorn! It will appeal to your patience and love for useful things.

Did we guess right? CCPL has a variety of DIY books and to find your favorite new hobby or inspiration for gift-giving this holiday season! Can’t make it to your local branch? Hoopla offers a great selection of e-books that you can check out right now! Visit https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/great-reads/discover-your-next-great-read/ for the many ways to find your next great read.