10 Free Things to Try on Our Website

December 28th, 2015

Did you give or get a new device this holiday? Or maybe you’re just looking to save a little after spending a lot? With just your library card and a few quick clicks, you can access a wealth of online, streaming, or downloadable content for free through Cecil County Public Library. No fines, no fees, and often, no holds.

duckandgoose _ overdrive _ resized1. EBOOKS – We’re excited to announce that eBooks are now downloadable through our catalog, so it’s easier than ever to find and get the eBooks you want.  It’s also incredibly convenient to transport your books with you — all on your device!

2. AUDIOBOOKS – If you like listening to your books, we’ve got lots of options.  You can find and download eAudiobooks in our catalog, or you can search and access them directly via OneClickdigital or Hoopla.

3. MOVIES – Our Hoopla service offers you 8 movies or TV episodes per month, all for free. You can stream or do a temporary download (a starwars _ hoopla _ resizedgreat option for taking a movie on a plane or on a WiFi only device!)

4. MUSIC Hoopla’s digital music selection has most albums listed on Billboard magazine’s top 100 lists, often on the day the album is released.  It’s a great way to try before you buy or to broaden your musical horizons.

5. MAGAZINES – Use your library card to check out as many digital magazines as you like through Zinio, titles like Car and Driver, Discover, Glamour, OK! Magazine, National Geographic, Saveur, and more.

6. TEST PREP – need help preparing for the SAT, GED, GRE, PRAXIS, or other tests? We have lots of free online tools that can help you build up your skills and prepare for the exam.

caranddriver _ zinio _ resized7. ONLINE COURSESGale Courses are free, six-week, online courses taught by expert instructors.  Learn at your own pace, risk free.  Choose from hundreds of topics, including computers, health care, finance, business, teaching and more.  Sessions begin every month and there’s no limit to how many courses you can take.

8. PERSONALIZED READING SUGGESTIONSBookMate is a personalized service where you fill out a quick survey about your reading interests, then our skilled librarians match you with interesting reads compatible with your tastes.  Try it out!  You’ll never run out of books to read again.

9. GREAT INFORMATION – When you need top-notch information, try our Online Resources.  With your library card, you get access to biographies, demographics, business plans, encyclopedias, investment data, practice tests, Heritage Quest (great for genealogy buffs!), magazines and journals, and so much more.

10. 24/7 HELP – Use AskUsNow! to get 24-hour, live online help from skilled librarians.  They are research experts and can provide assistance with all kinds of questions, even when our branches are closed.

There’s so much to discover at Cecil County Public Library!  What new service will you be trying first?


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A Bucket List of Learning

March 24th, 2014

At first, I thought she had been abducted by aliens. Or, more urgently, had run out of coffee. Either way, my phone was telling me I actually had a text from my mother, the woman notorious for always carrying her cell phone…in the off position.  But here, with formatting and grammar to make Emily Post proud, was a family birthday party invitation from my mother.  In the form of a text message!

After recovering from the shock and consulting my sisters, I learned this new skill had been born strictly out of necessity. My brother never answers a ringing phone (only a beeping text) and my mother was tired of being ignored. Those who don’t adapt see their grandchildren less.

Beyond practicality, this need to learn and grow throughout life can spring from untapped potential, latent desire or childhood dreams.  If you still wish you had pursued a writing career or gotten that certification in project management, it’s never too late.  The library now offers free online, instructor-led courses designed to boost your skills both personally and professionally.   Through Learn4Life, you can explore topics such as:

– Start Your Own Small Business
– Teaching Smarter With Smart Boards
– Start Your Own Edible Garden
– CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep
– Secrets of Better Photography
– Explore a Career in Medical Coding

Or, in my mother’s case, the course aptly titled “Get Assertive!” might just kick-start her plan for a summer vacation with the grand-kids. At least until my brother catches on…

What topics are on your to-learn bucket list?


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