Can you imagine how new web technology could open the doors to our library and all of the ideas, knowledge, books, digital info and fun the library possesses?  Couldn’t Web 2.0 help our library to connect our community like never before?  It could be awesome!

That is just what we at Cecil County Public Library set out to do when our old web site began to stumble and groan.  Its old 20th Century technology came to the end of its life cycle.  We knew we needed a new website.  And, we knew our community deserved to have the advantages of this new web technology in their library.

So, our Board and staff from throughout the county worked hard to imagine and develop ways to allow different types of library users – whether children, adults, teens, or even our small business community – to customize their approach to our web site and the information they get.  We wanted to use the new technology to open up the library’s terrific and interesting books, audio books, digital library, and DVD collections for browsing.  We wanted to cater to all our different library site users, and to provide lots more of one of the things we get asked for most – recommendations from our librarians.  And now, you can comment and share information and recommendations with friends – even send e-mails to friends via the library site.  You can sign up for programs online or get RSS feed of the library classes, events and programs that interest you!  You can also get RSS feed to update you each time we add a new blog post.  This new CCPL website is almost like opening a special new 24/7 web library for the whole county.

A web site is never finished.  But the Cecil County Public Library site is now ready for you to explore.

Although visiting a new version of a familiar web site is sometimes unsettling – like waking up in the middle of the night and finding out someone has rearranged your home’s furniture while you were sleeping – you can rest assured that we included all our tried and true web features like the catalog search, program information, and the ability to find, reserve or renew library material.  There’s also a wealth of new resources, materials and information, such as the best of Cecil County blogs, lists of community and informational links and helpful FAQs.  After a few minutes of exploration, you will find all the old features and discover all the new possibilities.

Explore all the special pages for kids, teens, adults, parents and small businesses.  Let us know what you think of those books we recommend (and the whole site. We are still working!).  And have fun, educational experiences on the new website for your 21st Century Cecil County Public Library.

Denise Davis


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10 Responses

  • Ann Heuer Posted March 17th, 2009

    I used to be able to scroll through the calendar for weeks ahead of time. Now I can only find it day by day. Help!

  • admin Posted March 19th, 2009

    Thanks for this comment. If you click “Events and Classes” (the blue tab on the front page), you can see events for the next 30 days in a sortable format by branch and audience – here’s a direct link to that page – – we hope this helps and feel free to contact us with any questions!

  • Susan Posted March 21st, 2009

    The new Website is so colorful and visually attractive. I love it! Thanks.

  • Beth-Ann Posted March 23rd, 2009

    Love the new website CCPL! You have so much great stuff but it’s easy to find everything. Nice job.

  • Barbara Posted March 24th, 2009

    Gotta love it…..lots of information… much easier to find everything…..Great job…..Thanks

  • Marilyn Posted March 24th, 2009

    The overall site is nice, but the individual my account is problematic. When I renewed material, the result to show the new due date was unreadable because it sas very small type and way over to the left. Perhaps this can be fixed. Thanks

  • Lisa I. Posted March 24th, 2009

    Your new website is awesome! Very informative, very user-friendly. I especially like the “Just In: DVDs” on the home page. It lets me see at a glance what new movies the library is carrying. I’m also excited about the “Recession Resources” page for adults. It is full of great resources, guides, websites and other invalualble information that is so helpful for folks like me who are looking for ways to stretch a dollar. Thank you CCPL!!

  • Rose Mary Rutt Posted March 26th, 2009

    This was my first time on the new website. Congratulations! It is awesome.

  • admin Posted March 26th, 2009

    Marilyn – Thanks for this message. We are aware that a few areas of the catalog need improvement and we’re working to make them easier to use. Thanks for bringing this to our attention and please let us know if we can help you with anything. At any time, please feel free to call us (410-996-5600 ext. 481) or email us ( and we are happy to renew your materials or to help you with any other requests. Thanks again and enjoy the site!

  • Reference Services Posted April 24th, 2009

    Your library’s web site is outstanding!

    Here is the blog from the Archives of the Sandusky Library,
    if you would like to take a look: