Thursday, September 24, 2015

Help Pets in Need During 31 Days of Love

During the month of October, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is accepting donations of pet supplies for animals that are sheltered at the Cumberland County Department of Animal Control.
For animals at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter, responsible pet owners can make a difference by saving those animals that have a lot of life and love left to give. For those who are unable to adopt an animal, donations are greatly appreciated and needed. As a fellow county department, the library is working during the month of October to increase awareness of the Department of Animal Control’s services and to facilitate the donation drive. Donations may include: pet food, cat litter, toys, flea-control products, treats, shampoo, plastic crates and carriers. No newspapers, please. Bring items to any of the library's eight locations.
Each library branch is also celebrating 31 Days of Love with pet-related programs, including movies about pets, pet training programs, cat toy craft programs and even adoption events at East Regional and Hope Mills branches. Here are the upcoming programs:

31 Days of Love Pet Adoption Event
Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m., Cliffdale Regional Branch
Saturday, October 10 at 11 a.m., Bordeaux Branch
Friday, October 16 at 1 p.m. at North Regional Branch
Friday, October 23 at 10 a.m., Hope Mills Branch
Thursday, October 29 at 1 p.m., East Regional Branch
Adorable pets need homes! The staff of the County Animal Shelter are on hand to help you pick out a pet and take it home that same day. For more information, call the individual branch; Cliffdale, 864-3800; Bordeaux, 424-4008; North, 822-1998; Hope Mills, 425-8455; and East, 485-2955.

Fun with Dogs! - Tricks & Tips
Wednesday, October 7 at 4 p.m., Spring Lake Branch
Learn tricks and tips for training your dog or future pet. Watch RiverRun Dog Training demonstrate obedience and agility with their experienced dogs. Please leave your dog at home. 2-10 years. Registration is required.

DIY Pet Toys
Tuesday, October 13 at 10 a.m., East Regional Branch
Saturday, October 17 at 1 p.m., East Regional Branch
Monday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., Hope Mills Branch
Show your pet how much you care by making fun pet toys for them or make toys to donate. Materials are provided. Registration is required.

Not Just Story Time: Pet Edition
Wednesday, October 14 at 3:30 p.m., Bordeaux Branch
Stories, activities and a craft to celebrate the amazing world of pets. Grades K-5.

Let's Celebrate Our Pets!
Thursday, October 15 at 10 a.m., Headquarters Library
Listen to stories, enjoy a puppet skit and make a craft celebrating pets. Also, meet Casper and Georgette, two pet corn snakes from the Fascinate-U Children's Museum.  Registration is required by calling 483-7727 ext. 1351. 3-5 years.

Furry Friends Return
Friday, October 23 at 11 a.m., Hope Mills Branch
Therapy dogs return to show off their talents in a champion competition! Visit our pet adoption event outside afterwards. 3-5 years. 

Banned Books Week Film Festival September 28 - October 3

Banned Books Week is a national event celebrating the importance of reading and the freedom of the First Amendment. First launched in 1982, it was held in response to an increase in the number of books challenged by schools, libraries and bookstores. Watch the films based on such books during the week of September 28 – Oct. 3, then decide for yourself.

Monday, Sept. 28
2 p.m.
North Regional Branch
The Grapes of Wrath (NR)

6 p.m.
Bordeaux Branch
Catching Fire (PG-13)
Young Adult
Tuesday, Sept. 29
2 p.m.
North Regional Branch
Brideshead Revisited

6 p.m.
Bordeaux Branch
Mockingjay Part 1 (PG-13)
Young Adult

7 p.m.
Spring Lake Branch
Carrie (R)
Wednesday, Sept. 30
2 p.m.
North Regional Branch
The Color Purple (R)

2 p.m.
Headquarters Library
The Great Gatsby (PG-13)

4 p.m.
Spring Lake Branch
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG)
All Ages
Thursday, Oct. 1
3:30 p.m.
East Regional Branch
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (PG-13)
Young Adult
Friday, Oct. 2
(All Day) Begins 9 a.m.
Headquarters Library
Oliver! (G)

All Ages

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (G)
All Ages

Man of la Mancha (PG)

Les Misérables (PG-13)
Friday, Oct. 2
5:30 p.m.
Cliffdale Regional Branch
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (PG-13)
 Young Adult
Saturday, Oct. 3
(All Day) Begins 9 a.m.
Hope Mills Branch
The Bridge to Terabithia (PG)
All Ages

Hope Mills Branch
Matilda (PG)
All Ages

Hope Mills Branch
James & the Giant Peach (PG)
All Ages

Hope Mills Branch
Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG)
All Ages

The American Library Association compiles lists of the top ten most frequently challenged books every year. This year’s list (as well as previous years’ lists) can be viewed here. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials by a person or group who objects to the material for some reason, while a banning is the removal of the materials.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

NC REAL Entrepreneurship Series is a Crash Course in Business

This September, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is reprising a popular series of courses designed for aspiring entrepreneurs. The Fall 2015 REAL Entrepreneurship Series consists of five stand-alone seminars that explore key issues related to starting your business. Topics include: self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing and business financials. Attend the first four seminars in the Fall 2015 NC REAL series to earn your NC REAL Business Start-Up Certificate. All seminars take place at Cliffdale Regional Branch, 6882 Cliffdale Road.

The Entrepreneur in You
Tuesday, September 8 at 10 a.m.

Market Research for Your Business
Tuesday, September 15 at 10 a.m.
The library offers resources for new entrepreneurs to conduct marketing research on demographics, industry analysis and competition using Simply Map and other Regional Business Data.

Is the Price Really Right?
Tuesday, September 22 at 10 a.m.
Learning a few simple strategies will have you right in line with the competition and generating profits as well. Determine your breakeven point to determine how many products or services you need to sell each month to cover your expenses.

Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Business
Tuesday, September 29 at 10 a.m.
Learn the 4 P’s of marketing and the importance of creating a marketing plan and budget to gain customers and increase sales. You will learn innovative ways to market and advertise your business effectively on a limited budget.

On Your Mark, Get Set, and Go!
Tuesday, October 6 at 10 a.m.
Learn tips and strategies to start and sustain your business. Certificates will be given to those individuals who have completed the first four sessions of the NC REAL Start-Up Series. This session does not count towards the certificate.

Computer Accessibility Kits Now Available at All Library Branches

Each location of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center (with the exception of the Court Library) now offers a computer accessibility kit that consists of:

1. Large print keyboard with large print letters on yellow keys;

2. Large track ball mouse good for those with physical or motor control issues

3. Headphones to facilitate text-to-speech features for visually impaired customers

The kits are for use in the library and accompany the Non Visual Desktop Access software on public lab computers and other video phone programs on checkout laptops. The kits allow customers with visual or physical limitations to use library computers more easily.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Library Receives Funding to Address Family Well-Being and Foster Early Literacy

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has received grants from the State Library of North Carolina and the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County.
          The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library will position the library as a center for lifelong learning where families can improve their general knowledge of health and take practical steps in managing their well-being. The $35,813 grant will fund “Health Happens @ Your Library,” a comprehensive initiative that includes programs for all ages, health-related exhibitions, collection development, digital displays and themed story time kits.
          The Women’s Giving Circle grant of $8,625 supplements the library’s Raising A Reader (RAR) program and will provide 69 digital and print books with headphones to children at designated child care centers. The centers provide care for children who will attend elementary schools where students are not reading at the expected grade level by the end of third grade. Raising A Reader is a national program that engages caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight and fosters healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading and the literacy skills critical for school success. RAR is funded through the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County.

The LSTA grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) seeks to build and encourage philanthropy in women, engage all generations, and encourage women to be more intentional with their giving.  The WGC and its projects focus on women and children in Cumberland County and is administered through the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Build Early Literacy Skills with ABC Mouse

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has added a new service called ABC Mouse. ABC Mouse is an educational game available at all eight library locations on computers in the children’s area. The learning program teaches reading, math and other early learning skills and is recommended for children in preschool through early primary grades. Even the youngest computer users will be able to begin the journey into reading. 
To access the game, find the ABC Mouse icon on the desktop of all public computers in the Youth Services area of each library branch.
Providing access to ABC Mouse supports the library’s long-range plan goal of providing early literacy resources to the public.