Celebrate Reading at Library After Hours!

June 15th, 2018

Great American ReadHave you heard of “The Great American Read”? It’s a new series by PBS that revolves around the joy and magic of reading. They’ve selected 100 books, and it’s up to the American public to vote on their favorite title.

Which books have your vote? The library wants to hear your answers! Cecil County Public Library is hosting our second Library After Hours next Friday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM at the Elkton Central Library.

A representative from Maryland Public Television will give a short overview of “The Great American Read,” and you’ll hear from staff on which books impacted their lives. After the presentation, interact with staff and other readers, advocate for your favorites, and find new books! Throughout the night, we’ll hold our own informal vote to choose the “Great Cecil County Read.” Be sure to bring your friends if you want a specific title to win! We will announce the top five winners at the end of the evening.

To check out PBS’s list of the 100 most-loved books, go online at http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

CCPL has most of the books available in print, but be sure to check out the Libby and Hoopla smartphone apps if you’d like to read or listen on the go! See our digital library online here and check out OverDrive’s Great American Read collection.

To spend your Friday night in a literary way, sign up for Library After Hours by calling 410-996-5600 x 481 or sign up online here.


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Make the Virtual Small Business Resource Center Your First Stop on the Road to Entrepreneurism

June 26th, 2017

Small Business Resource CenterStarting a small business is no easy feat!  Just thinking of starting a business can cause major stress.  Entrepreneurs have to be willing to research and think through every component of their business.  At the library, we realize research isn’t everyone’s passion like it is ours and not everyone has the time to sort through the 876 million results of a Google query “How to Start a Business.” Fortunately, Cecil County Public Library has an online resource called the Small Business Resource Center, which gives entrepreneurs a great place to begin their research.

We recommend all aspiring entrepreneurs spend time in the Small Business Resource Center because it really can help answer a lot of the questions an early-stage entrepreneur might have.  This database is designed especially for small business owners.  Based on the type of business you are thinking of starting you will find business plans, related professional associations and articles from trade journals which are specific to your industry.  It also has general information on common small business topics such as management, financing, budgeting and marketing.

To access this free online resource, visit: https://www.cecil.ebranch.info/small-business/business-plan-help/ and scroll down to Small Business Resource Center.  Enter your library card number and you will have immediate access to this information.

Another helpful feature of this resource is the glossary.  It defines business terminology that a new entrepreneur might not be familiar with such as “cash flow” and “break-even pricing” in easy to understand terminology.  There is also a page dedicated to overall “how to” questions like: How to Finance Your Business, How to Sell a Business, How to Buy a Business, and more.  The resource will generate recommended resources that answer these questions.

For more information on this database, or our other small business databases that provide competitor and demographic information, feel free to contact the Small Business Information Center at the Cecil County Public Library at 410-996-5600 ext. 128 or email sbic@ccplnet.org.


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