Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Library Closed for Easter Holiday

Due to the Easter holiday, all locations close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, and remain closed March 30- April 1. All locations reopen on Monday, April 2. If you wish to return any items when the library is closed, please use the book drops located outside all library locations. Materials may be renewed on the library's web site, or by calling (910) 223-0432.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Friends of the Library Present: Howard Owen

Mystery writer to visit Headquarters Library

Howard Owen, a Fayetteville-born mystery writer, will visit Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Owen will read selections from the 6th installment of the Willie Black series, The Devil’s Triangle and his latest work, Annie’s Bones, which will come out in April.
Before becoming a novelist, Owen was a newspaper reporter and sports editor for 44 years in Richmond, Va. Owen and his wife of 43 years currently live in Fredericksburg, Va, where they are editors for The Free Lance Star, a daily paper that has been in circulation since 1885. He wrote his first novel, Littlejohn, in 1989. In 2012, Owen was awarded the Dashiell Hammett Prize for crime literature for his 10th novel, Oregon Hill, which is the first installment of the Willie Black series.
For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

English Conversation Club Begins!

Language learners, enjoy this small group setting to practice English

The Spring Lake Library, 101 Laketree Blvd, is starting its first-ever English Conversation Club this month. This monthly program is designed for English speakers of varying levels and offers a small group setting to practice speaking and listening in English. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for Wednesdays, March, 21, April 18 and May 16 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is recommended for all programs.
This is a great opportunity to ask questions about Mango, the library’s leading resource for language learning. Mango offers lessons and activities in more than 70 languages. It prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills. The application is easy to use and can be accessed from your phone, desktop or any personal device.
For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call 910-497-3650 or visit the library's website at

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Be Prepared with Emergency Planning Classes @ Your Library

The Bordeaux Branch, 3711 Village Drive, is hosting two programs to assist the community in preparing for emergencies. Purposefully Prudent, on Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m., focuses on staying safe in your place of worship. The second program, Emergency Preparedness, on Monday, April 30 at 6 p.m., offers guidance to create a plan and prepare for an emergency as well as other safety and security concerns. Local safety expert, Steve Rogers, leads the discussion at both programs.
For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call (910) 497-3650 or visit the library’s website at

Find Your FUNspiration at the 2018 NC Science Festival

Library offers free science programs for all ages in April

          The North Carolina Science Festival, running throughout April, is a statewide celebration showcasing science and technology through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances. The festival celebrates the economic, educational and cultural impact of science in North Carolina.
          All eight library branches are offering programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. For 2018, the festival’s theme is “The Science of Food and Drink.” Participants in NC Science Festival attendees can experiment with yeast or salt, make edible science treats, extract DNA from spinach, build rockets and much more. The library’s NASA@ Your Library grant has further expanded April’s programming to include learning about our galaxy from a local planetarium manager and astronomer and using professional equipment to view stars. A full schedule is available on the library’s website.
          For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call (910) 483-7727 or visit the library’s website at

The North Carolina Science Festival is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and is a member of the Science Festival Alliance. Learn more at

The NASA@ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center, NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation program.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Headquarters Library Hosts "Let's Talk About It" book discussions

Each of the novels in the Let’s Talk About It: Altered Landscapes – North Carolina’s Changing World series makes a small North Carolina town, connected to a fast disappearing rural economy, a touchstone for its characters’ identity. Michael Parker’s town of Trent, Sarah Addison Allen’s Bascom, Pam Duncan’s Russell, Tim Tyson’s Oxford and Isabel Zuber’s Faith share common elements. As places they look deceptively stable, yet within them, characters are experiencing upheaval, displacement, a recognition that at bottom, nothing will be the same as it once was.

All programs are held at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, registration is required and can be completed online, by telephone or in person at any branch. If you’d like to borrow a copy of the book from the library, ask when you register or visit the library’s online catalog to place a hold. For more information, call 483-7727.

Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy Tyson | Tuesday, March 13
While there was no question who killed a young black man, no one was ever convicted. The black response, a series of riots, marches, rallies and boycotts, brought a new force to be reckoned with.

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen | Tuesday, March 27
No one is immune to time, and whether one stays, like Claire Waverly, or runs both away and back, like her sister Sydney, to live means to face threats, to meet challenges, and to change. 

If You Want Me to Stay by Michael Parker | Tuesday, April 10
Joel Junior must return home to face the music. He disappears into fantasies that make his lost mother into a God-like protector, until finally he runs out of lies. 

Plant Life by Pamela Duncan | Tuesday, April 24
 Laurel finds herself immersed in the narrative voices of her mother and her mother’s friends, whose stories turn her from an escapist to a sleuth working to uncover meanings in others’ lives, which in turn give meaning to her own. 

Salt by Isabel Zuber | Tuesday, May 8
 Anna mourns the sacrifice of her childhood love of adventure. She resents the philandering husband who was given wider vistas when he went off to fight in World War I, but returned resolved to stay put on the farm. Is her resignation heroic or defeatist?

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council & the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.