April 22nd, 2015
We are thrilled that Cecil County Public Library has been honored as a 2015 National Medal Winner! But we’re not surprised – as The Friends of the Cecil County Public Library we know the value of public libraries and the exceptionally positive impact CCPL has in our community.
A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 94% of Americans believe public libraries improve the quality of life in a community. 81% say libraries provide valuable services that people would struggle to find elsewhere. And 95% of Americans believe library materials and resources play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.
These opinions match directly with Cecil County Public Library’s mission, which is to provide opportunity for all for individual and community success. Cecil County Public Library knows our community needs and is making critical differences in education, workforce, and economic development. And now CCPL has been recognized nationally.
The Friends of CCPL take this celebratory occasion to urge you to join our organization. We are a volunteer membership group that advocates for the library and we raise funds to support programs that are outside the Library’s normal operating budget. Our $10 individual or $15 family memberships are an easy, economical way to make a lasting impact in Cecil County.
The Friends raise funds for special projects and programs such as CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. Studies show that children who do not engage in educational activities during the summer months are at greater risk of dropping out of high school, which leads to significant economic consequences in terms of earnings potential. According to the 2012 US Census, a high school drop-out earns on average $7,500 less per year than a high school graduate. Cecil County’s graduation rate is improving and summer reading and learning is an important part of our students’ continued success.
In addition to joining the Friends, make an impact in a child or teen’s life by getting them involved in CCPL’s Summer Reading and Learning program. This year we start on Saturday, June 1 and the theme is “Every Hero Has a Story.”
The Friends of CCPL believe our librarians are heroes in our county and our story is being told with the National Medal’s recognition. For more information or to join the Friends of Cecil County Public Library visit www.cecil.ebranch.info or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s Celebrate, Cecil County!