CCPL’s New Book Club for Business Owners: the Entrepreneur Book Club

September 4th, 2018

The OriginalsCecil County Public Library is spearheading a new book discussion aimed at business professionals in the county. Starting in September, the Elkton Central Library will host a morning monthly Entrepreneur’s Book Discussion on the third Thursday of the month. Small Business Librarians Laura Metzler and Laura Hannan will facilitate, choosing book titles aimed to educate and spur creative discussions, as well as encourage networking of small business owners within the county.

September’s pick is “The Originals” by Adam Grant, and the discussion is on September 20th at 9:30 AM. If you can’t make the first discussion, plan to join us on October 18th at 9:30 AM for a discussion of “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. You can download Sinek’s audiobook from our Hoopla app and get a head start for the October meeting.

If you can’t make the book discussions, CCPL has numerous business resources to explore. Learn new skills with Lynda video tutorials and Gale Online Courses. features engaging video tutorials on a variety of skills; there are even learning paths for “Becoming a Leader” and “Fostering Collaboration.” Gale Online Courses are 6-week courses that are led by real professors. Courses include Accounting Fundamentals, Effective Business Writing, and Computer Skills for the Workplace—but there are hundreds of options! Both and Gale Online Courses provide certificates of completion.

If you’re ready to plan out your business, be sure to try the Gale Small Business Builder, which is supremely helpful if you are just starting out with planning your business or nonprofit. You can learn whether entrepreneurship is a good fit with your interests and experiences, and what paths you should take. The Small Business Builder prompts you with questions that you may have not otherwise considered.

To access, Gale Online Courses and the Small Business Builder, visit us online at For help getting started, stop in to any of our local branches. To set up an appointment with one of our Small Business Librarians to receive personalized assistance, call 410-996-5600 x 128. To sign up for the Entrepreneur Book Club, call 410-996-5600 x 481, or register online.

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Justice by DNA Evidence: One Maryland One Book is Back!

August 24th, 2018

What if everyone in the state of Maryland read the same book? That’s the idea behind One Maryland, One Book, an initiative started by Maryland Humanities. This year’s book is “Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence” by Tim Junkin. Set in Maryland, it is a true crime exploration of an issue that affects many individuals and families in the United States.

After the horrible 1984 death of young Dawn Hamilton in Baltimore County, law enforcement was pressed to find the killer. But the process was rushed, and flawed, and Kirk Bloodsworth was unfairly charged with murder, and given the death sentence.

Bloodsworth insisted upon his innocence and studied as much as about criminal justice as his prison library could offer. It was there he learned about the new science of DNA testing. His lawyer petitioned for its use, and Bloodsworth was proved innocent. His exoneration was the first of its kind. Since then, DNA evidence has set many more wrongfully imprisoned inmates free.

If you’re a true crime fan, and love podcasts or television series such as “Serial” or “Making a Murderer,” or you’re interested in regional history, you may be interested in “Bloodsworth.” Cecil County Public Library is hosting 8 discussions that you can join throughout September, including an online book discussion on Sunday, September 30th on the Facebook CCPL Readers Group. You can access the group through the main CCPL Facebook page.

For more local history, check out “Cold Cases of Cecil County” at the Perryville Branch on Tuesday, September 18th at 7 PM. Local historian Mike Dixon will talk about local homicide cases, their effects on the surrounding community, and if—and how—they were solved by law enforcement.

For book discussion dates or to sign up for any event, check our calendar online at! To start reading “Bloodsworth” immediately, log on to and sign up with your library card and PIN. You can download the e-book to your device right away. Stop by or call 410-996-5600 x481 if you need any assistance.

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