Longwood Gardens Community Read

March 12th, 2018

Community Read

Cecil County Public Library is proud to announce a new partnership! Longwood Gardens is in its fifth year of their “Community Read” program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and to spark conversation. They’ve selected books relating to the theme of women in horticulture and science.

For the first time, the Community Read program has crossed into Maryland! We have book discussions and events throughout March and April to celebrate the initiative.

Book Discussion Groups will read “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren in March and April. “Lab Girl” is a fascinating memoir chronicling Hope Jahren’s journey to become (and prosper as) a scientist. Her personal frankness in meeting challenges is inspirational, and she delivers the message with her own spirited voice and personality. At times, it’s out right hilarious.

Additionally, CCPL is hosting two related programs. On Monday, April 2 at 6 PM, David Sleasman, Director of the Library at Longwood Gardens, will present on the botanical gardens. On Tuesday, April 17 at 7 PM, learn from “lab girl” Emily Russ, a graduate student who researches Susquehanna sediment deposits. Both events will take place at the Elkton Central Library.

The children’s selection is “The Tree Lady,” a picture book about the true story of Kate Sessions, who loved trees and science, and ultimately transformed San Diego into a green city known for its parks and gardens! Copies are available to be checked out at every library branch, and there will be related programming, such as “An Arbor Day Celebration” for ages 5-11 at the Elkton Central Library on April 25 at 3:30 PM.

All program attendees will receive the chance to win Longwood Gardens tickets. To sign up for any of these events, or for more information, call 410-996-5600 x 481 or visit your local branch.

For a full list of area programs, visit https://longwoodgardens.org/education/library-archives/community-read/community-read-events.


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Get Answers at CCPL

September 18th, 2017

It’s late, there’s a big paper due in the morning, and your student is stuck needing a final fact.  Or maybe you’re interested in a topic that’s not school-related but your internet searches are coming up empty. When you can’t find information, try “AskUsNow!”

AskUsNow! is a 24/7 live online interactive service that uses the expertise of trained librarians from across the country to provide answers to questions, guidance with research, and help with navigating the Internet resources. http://askusnow.info/

When you log on, you can be anonymous or share your name.  If you provide an e-mail address (it’s not required), a transcript of everything you chatted about – including resources and links provided by the librarians – is sent to you after the session has ended. This can be very helpful in accessing the resources later. And, if the librarian cannot find the answer within the session or finds more links after you’ve logged off, they can be emailed to you later.

An important tip: when you type in your question, be sure to be specific.  For example, if its high school level physics, college level bio, middle school math or an elementary school science fair project, be sure to mention that in your initial question. This way, the person who picks up your question will be the best one to give you the fastest answer!

Librarians and staff at Cecil County Public Library are happy to assist you with your information requests. For more homework and research resources, don’t forget to use your CCPL Virtual Student Library Card at any of our branches or online at www.cecil.ebranch.info! Find the “using your library” tab at the top of the website or for a list of all the ways to use the student virtual card, visit: http://bit.do/studentcard.

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