fireworksWhat a year for Cecil County!   Last December, Cecil County embraced a new form of government, swore in its first County Executive and Council, and would go on to take pivotal steps in planning and creating its future.  At CCPL, as educators, librarians, and leaders, we wanted to do our part to make this time of transition a success for our county and community. Board members and staff re-dedicated themselves to being resourceful community partners.  We worked to build stronger partnerships with our fellow educators at CCPS and Cecil College to advance the commitment to educational excellence and STEM that would assure a much brighter future for Cecil County students of all ages.  We proudly served on the leadership team for the Early Childhood Advisory Council with leaders from CCPS, Cecil College colleagues and Elkton Housing.  We were proud to be asked to serve on the committee charged with drafting a county strategic plan for the future of Cecil County, to strategize on expanding economic development on the Economic Development Commission, and to help build new partnerships for fighting drug abuse.  We worked together with our non-profit partners to do a better job of serving our homeless neighbors.  We even broke some new ground by developing two videos to promote economic development in Cecil County (Libraries Changing the World and Beautiful Cecil County—Your Business Belongs Here) and the library’s role in creating opportunity for our citizens.

In the process of this work, we learned so much from so many of you—dedicated community members, leaders, and county colleagues who may not always agree, but are so clearly committed to the same goals—a bright future filled with opportunity to live, work, play, and learn together.

Many CCPL staff and Board members participated actively in the major community transition to charter government.  As we end 2013, we plan to be part of a greater future, serving thousands of citizens with 21st century educational, business, and technological services, as well as learning opportunities.  All of us at look forward to making year two of this transition even more successful!

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