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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Confessions of a Bedtime Book Listener

September 27th, 2012

Dear George,

I love your voice.  It soothes me with its deep, dark and nuanced tones.  In your voice, I can hear every human emotion – love, longing, sorrow and regret.  I adore how sometimes you are French, or you might be Icelandic, or even from Baltimore.  Your voice morphs into characters that are young or old, man or woman.  How do you do it?  When you read to me I understand the book better than if I had read it myself.

…And then on a good night, I drift off to sleep in the middle of a sentence.   Yes, these are the confessions of a bedtime audiobook listener and you, George Guidall, are the premiere voice of audiobooks.

We’ve had an amazing relationship for 25 years.  You’ve been in my bedside CD player and in the car with me, telling me the most amazing stories.  I loved you in Anne Tyler’s Accidental Tourist, The Weatherman by Thayer and and Philip Roth’s recent books; I was moved by Widow for One Year and the Hour I First BelievedThe Corrections was my absolute favorite and I recommend it frequently.

George, I’d love to meet you in person.  I want to know the secrets of your craft and to hear about your fascinating career.  Most importantly, I want to say thank you for the many great reads you’ve brought me.   And now that there are over 200 of your readings available at OneClick digital, I can’t wait to start working my way through those, too.   Your voice is what I use to relax, but I promise not to fall asleep when I hear you live at the Elkton Central Library on Thursday, October 4th at 7pm.

Sincerely, your fan,

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