Digital Graphic Novels Now Available

May 8th, 2017

Having a library card is magic. The benefits of a properly used library card cannot be overstated. Once upon a time a library card got you only books. That couldn’t be further from the truth today. Your modern CCPL card grants you access to resources, online courses, services, information and entertainment.

You now have access to hundreds and hundreds of digital graphic novels with Hoopla our digital streaming and downloading service which also includes thousands of music albums, movies, audiobooks and television shows. These aren’t just duplicates of what we already have in our print collection, they are in addition to our existing collection. Plus, the same week graphic novels hit the shelves in stores; you can have it at your fingertips on your tablet or home PC. And there are no holds or wait lists. None. Ever.

Graphic novels are a different format for storytelling and the Hoopla collection is comprised of a wide variety of titles, for all ages that contain genres and categories including fiction, non-fiction and biographies. Graphic novels tell stories that deal with social issues, history, current events, folklore, mythology and pop culture.

Did you know that the combination of artwork and text can appeal to reluctant readers as the visuals often help supply context clues as well as holding the readers interest? It also promotes the development of critical thinking, visual literacy, comprehension and interpretation skills.

The ebooks and graphic novel selection on Hoopla also includes children’s picture books, Marvel, DC, and Disney materials. You can limit the service to operate using wi-fi only to avoid data charges, and if you have kids who love Dora and Sesame Street, age-appropriate books can be easily located by using the “kid safe search” found in settings.

Once you’ve logged on, click a genre that interests you, read a synopsis or two, and press borrow. That’s it. Instant reading. Borrow up to eight items a month with Hoopla. And for the graphic novels, there’s a unique feature called “action view” which allows you to go in and out of full screen of a single frame with a simple click or tap on the panel.

Intrigued but not sure how to get started? Our staff is happy to talk you through the steps and show you how to use Hoopla as well as any of our other digital services.

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What’s on Your Reading List?

April 24th, 2017

The recent spate of warm weather days have reminded us summer is just around the corner and with that comes Cecil County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading and Learning program.  While registration for this year’s program doesn’t begin until June 1st, it’s never too early to compile your summer “To Read” list.  We like to start with award-winning books, and while many have heard of the Caldecott and the Newbery, there are numerous awards given each year which honor diverse and varied materials for readers of all ages.

Here are just a few of this year’s winners:

Coretta Scott King Book Award: Presented to outstanding African American authors and illustrators who demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

March, book 3 by John Lewis


March By John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Book 3 in a powerful trilogy detailing true events from the life experiences of civil rights leader, John Lewis. (Grades 8 and older.)




Pura Belpre Medal: Presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.

Juana and Lucas by Juan Medina


Juana and Lucas By Juan Medina

An entertaining story about a little girl from Colombia and her dog, Lucas.




(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award: Presented to the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

We are Growing by Laurie Keller


We Are Growing! By Laurie Keller

Fans of Elephant and Piggie will enjoy this fun story of a blade of grass named Walt.




Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award: Presented for the best beginning and transitional fiction and nonfiction.

Duck, Duck, Porcupine! by Salina Yoon


Duck, Duck, Porcupine! By Salina Yoon.

Comical story of an older sister who thinks she knows it all…but, does she really?




Plants Can't Sit Still By Rebecca E. Hirsch

Plants Can’t Sit Still
By Rebecca E. Hirsch

Budding botanists will enjoy the interesting ways plants move as they grow.


Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban


Weekends with Max and His Dad By Linda Urban

Heartwarming story of a boy and his dad who go on adventures while adjusting to a new apartment.




Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton


Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions By Chris Barton

An informative picture book biography of Lonnie Johnson, NASA engineer and inventor.



This is just the beginning of our “To Read” list but if you visit the “Great Reads” tab on our website and click on “Discover Your Next Great Read,” our Select Reads service is a great way to help you get started on yours.  Learn what’s new at the library by having titles based on your preferences for all types of genres delivered right to your inbox making it easier than ever to find books you want to read.

Find more award-winning books on CCPL’s Kids page under Great Books.

Watch this column for more information on this year’s Summer Reading and Learning program, or visit any of our branches to learn more.

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