Celebrate Cecil County Communities for National Library Week!

April 15th, 2013

If your public library’s mission is to promote community success, what exactly should the library do to achieve that goal every day?  We frequently ask ourselves that question as we develop our services at CCPL, because our mission statement says exactly that.  We are very pleased that the American Library Association chose to promote public libraries’ unique role in promoting successful communities for National Library Week in 2013.  Here are some examples of what we do in Cecil County to show Communities Matter @ Your Library!

1. We—our citizen Board and staff—pay attention and get involved.  We learn about community challenges from the library users who walk in the door with their questions and concerns, AND from our work on boards, committees and volunteering activities around the county.

2. We are committed to being part of the solution. We work hard to anticipate what the “gamechanger” insights, knowledge, books, services, technology, presentations or classes will be, AND we aim to have them at the library for you and your family or business when you walk in our door or click on our website.

3. We strive to serve the whole community and every community in Cecil County.  Our mission statement says something else special—that we provide educational and cultural resources for all.  Whether you are in kindergarten, college or AARP, wealthy or cash-strapped, studying for the GED, ASVAB, or MCAT, working to find a job or get a promotion, starting a business, or craving a good book, we are here, and we are often there, to give you access to those game-changing insights, knowledge, and services and to promote you and your community’s success.

4. It is not just a job to us.  Cecil County is, after all, a fantastic place to live, work, study and grow—a community of communities that really matter.  You inspire us with your creativity, determination, and accomplishments every day.

Visit us to celebrate our community in Cecil County Public Library branches for National Library Week, April 14 to 20.

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New & Improved Marina, Our Inter-Library Loan System

January 14th, 2013

booksDid you know there’s a statewide system for borrowing books? Did you know if Cecil County Public Library system doesn’t have a particular book you want, we may be able to borrow it from another public library system in Maryland?  It might take a few days, up to about seven, but it’s free and that’s always a good thing.  And, the service was just improved!

Starting January 14, 2013, there’s a new and improved way to borrow from other libraries in the state of Maryland.  The service is still called Marina, but it is easier and much more user friendly.  Simply log in with your library card number and search the statewide catalog.

You can do a simple search, just entering a title or author, but you can also do an advanced search with author and title.  This way, you can eliminate any materials that don’t interest you.  And, if Cecil County Public Library has an available copy, the improved Marina will direct you to our catalog where you can place a hold, even titles that are on order.  When the search comes up totally empty, a form will appear for you to fill out.  At this time, it’s best to contact your local library branch for help if you get that form.

On the same page on which you are requesting, you can check the status of your previous requests by checking your account. If you have an e-mail attached to your account, you’ll get e-mails to let you know the progress of your request/requests.

We know there will be glitches and adjustments that will be needed, but our staff is available to help you. If we can’t solve the problem, we know who can.  Click here for tips on using the new and improved Marina system and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if we can help.

Have you taken advantage of our Inter-Library Loan service?

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