Romance Readers Going Digital

November 9th, 2018

Romance readers everywhere are coming across a new trend that can make finding new books a little harder: more and more romance authors are publishing titles only as eBooks that you have to download and read on a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Why is this happening? The romance industry is finding that more and more people are reading their books exclusively on devices, and therefore authors are continuing to publish their books in print, but are supplementing with digital-only titles as well.

If you are an avid reader like me and have been trying to find a way to read all the eBooks – I have your solution! Hoopla, one of the apps Cecil County Public Library provides to all library users, has an incredible selection of romance eBooks! They have everything from historical romance, to contemporary romance, to westerns, and any genres in between.

A few of my recommendations are “Blackmoore” by Julianne Donaldson, “When a Scot Ties the Knot” by Tessa Dare, or “The Accidental Guardian” by Mary Connealy.

Unsure about downloading and reading e-books? Come in to any of our libraries and we can show you how to download the app, or access the website, and then you can start reading immediately!

One of the best features of an eBook—in addition to its always being with you on your phone or e-reader—is the ability to change text size or the brightness of the screen, so you really can read in any situation.

To check out the selection on Hoopla, sign up with you library card and pin on our website.

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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.

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! 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:

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