CCPL named 1 of 15 library finalists for the 2015 National Medal

February 24th, 2015


This is a very special time for Cecil County Public Library, our Board and staff.  For the second time in just two years, CCPL is a finalist for the nation’s highest honor presented to libraries that are making a profound positive difference in their communities.  CCPL is the only library or museum in Maryland among the finalists.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is the federal agency that provides leadership for libraries and museums at the national level. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.  Each year, IMLS selects a group of 15 libraries and 15 museums as finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and highlights their work for two months before selecting 10 recipients of the IMLS annual medal.

CCPL is honored to have been selected as a finalist for the IMLS medal for 2015.  We are celebrating and hope all of Cecil County will celebrate with us!  We are your community library!

Although CCPL is not a very big library like some of the other finalists (which include Los Angeles and Brooklyn Public Libraries!), our services are having a major impact in Cecil County.  We strive to live our mission every day by providing lifelong educational and cultural opportunities and resources for all and actively promoting individual and community success.  We have developed library educational and economic development services and outreach programs that address critical community needs and promote opportunity for all Cecil’s citizens. Over the past few years, we have also developed specialized services for veterans who are staying at the Perry Point VA Medical Center so that they can become more successful in their careers and lives after they have left the military.

We are involved in the community; we listen and learn from you, and step up whenever we can use our resources, skills, and talents to make progress in our county.  We touch the lives of tens of thousands of our citizens.  A video can be worth a thousand words about the impact of CCPL’s work.  Check out these short CCPL videos about our work with innovative solutions for school success and small business.

The world is a crazy place and as a nation, state, and community, it seems there is always a lot to worry about.  But, once again, let’s put that aside over the next couple months to celebrate this Cecil County success story—the national recognition of your public library!  Visit CCPL branches, shake a librarian’s hand, scroll through the programs and services listed on our website, join the Friends of the Library, thank elected officials for supporting the library, tell friends, neighbors, parents and children, teens and entrepreneurs about your library!  And on Wednesday, March 18, when Cecil County Public Library will be featured on the IMLS Facebook page, we hope you will post your CCPL experiences to share with the nation.  Cecil County—America is watching, and they are impressed!

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

February 28th, 2012

Victorian fashionChildren all like to play dress-up.   When I was little, my best friend and I would put on old prom dresses and take turns wearing her grandmother’s old, heavy rabbit fur coat. The coat started out white, but slowly turned a lovely, soft gray.   We would then parade around our neighborhood in our sparkling dresses and coat. This took great dedication on our part because Minnesota was hot in the summer, but even 90 degree weather didn’t deter us.

As I got older, I dreamed of living in a different era.  For some reason, castle life in Medieval England appealed to me.  I guess I had that old “princess” thing going on (though more likely I would have been a serf).  Only later did I come to understand the demands of fashion (especially for women) and how fortunate I was to be born in the 20th century.   Ladies, we’ve come a long way from wimples, 18” waists, corsets, crinoline petticoats and wool bathing suits.  We might still like to dress up, but not many of us want to spend our days like a Victorian miss in layers of clothing with no air conditioning!

Celebrate Women’s History Month and join us for the Under the Skirts Tour of the Civil War on Saturday, March 3 at 2pm as we literally go under the skirts of a proper Victorian lady.  Karen Jesse and Rosanna Hart will present a live dressing (from the pantaloons on up) of what the fashionable Victorian miss would have worn.

What’s your favorite aspect of fashion from years gone by? And your least favorite?

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