Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to ID Fake News with your Library's Help

The ability to tell the difference between real and fake news is a crucial one, as a recent editorial in The Fayetteville Observer noted. Your local library can help you sort out facts from propaganda. 

Did your mother call you to tell you that liberals hate science? Did your Facebook feed pop up with an article on a new pesticide that's going to kill us all? Did one of your friends breathlessly tell you that president-elect Donald Trump was going to pardon mass shooter Dylann Roof? You might have heard any or all of these stories, but there's one thread connecting all of them: they're not true. The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you'll use for the rest of your life. Ask a librarian at your local library for help or get started on researching for yourself with the help of this library resource guide from Indiana University East.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Black History Month @ Your Library

Enjoy movies, books and more celebrating the African diaspora

February marks Black History Month and your library has programs designed to remember and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans in our community and Africans throughout the world. Explore those accomplishments through movies, books, games, story times and discussions available at a nearby branch. Throughout January and February, Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) has an exhibit honoring some of the successful and prominent African Americans of Cumberland County who directly impacted landmarks, educational institutions and more.
A full list of Black History Month programs follows:
Black History Month Movie – Race (PG-13)
Saturday, February 4              2 p.m.              Hope Mills Branch (3411 Golfview Road)
Friday, February 17                4 p.m.              Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road)
In Race, Jesse Owens’ quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

Friends of the Library Present: Ross Howell
Tuesday, February 7               7 p.m.              North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)
Ross Howell Jr., the author of Forsaken and a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has taught at a variety of universities and is making a special visit to the library. His debut novel, Forsaken, is a fictionalized version of the true story of a young African-American girl who was convicted of murdering her employer in 1912. The author will have books for sale after the presentation.
Fayetteville’s African-American Heroes
Thursday, February 9              9 & 10:30 a.m.            Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane)
Dr. Kelli C. Walsh of Fayetteville State University and Charles Anderson of Methodist University present a look at the lives of six African-American men of distinction: Isaac Hammond, Omar Ibn Said, Lewis Leary, Hiram Revels, Charles Chesnutt and Dr. Ezekiel Ezra Smith. Call 483-3745 to register. No online registration. Grades 3-5.
Carter G. Woodson and Lessons of Black History
Saturday, February 11            2 p.m.             Bordeaux Branch (3711 Village Drive)
This presentation examines the life and career of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Discuss the founding and evolution of Black History Month, along with the relevance of Black History in modern society.
Black History Month Crafternoon
Wednesday, February 15        4:30 p.m.         Hope Mills Branch
Expand your knowledge of African-American inventions, contributions and achievements while making special crafts. Grades K-5.
Heroes & Heritage!
Monday, February 20             4 p.m.              Spring Lake Branch (101 Laketree Blvd.)
Celebrate Black History Month with this school-age story time. All ages.
Movie Night with Trivia – In the Heat of the Night
Monday, February 20             6:30 p.m.         Bordeaux Branch
Enjoy this classic movie, plus trivia about the movie and the actors. Film not rated. Adults only.
Not Just Story Time: Black History Month Edition
Wednesday, February 22        3:30 p.m.        Bordeaux Branch
Celebrate Black History Month with stories, games and a craft to take home. Grades K-5.
Movies at Spring Lake – The Queen of Katwe (PG)
Thursday, February 23            3:30 p.m.         Spring Lake Branch
In The Queen of Katwe, a Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess. PG. All ages.
Malcolm X (R)
Saturday, February 25            2 p.m.              East Regional Branch (4809 Clinton Road)
Biographical epic of this controversial and influential African-American leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster to his leadership and ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam during the civil rights movement. Registration is recommended.
Homeschool Fun: Black History Bingo
Monday, February 27             11 a.m.            North Regional Branch
Grades K-12
School-Age: Black History Bingo
Tuesday, February 28            3:30 p.m.         North Regional Branch
Registration is required by calling 822-1998 ext. 1450. Grades K-5.
For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Decorated Snowman Contest @ Cliffdale Regional Branch Library

Create your contest entry using your preferred supplies and crafts!

Children of all ages are invited to participate in the first annual Snowman Decorating Contest is happening at Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road) during the final week of January. Decorate a snowman at home with your preferred materials (no snow, please) and enter it into the contest beginning January 26 at 4 p.m. until closing at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 28. Completed entries should be turned into the Youth Services Department at Cliffdale Regional Branch, should be able to sit on a table and be no taller than two feet. Contest winners will be announced at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 28 following the snowman story time program. One winner will be selected from the following age categories: Birth-Pre-K, K-Grade 5, Grades 6-8 & Grades 9-12.

For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 864-3800.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Winter Reading & Activity Program @ Your Library

Despite the cold, there’s fun and games and great reads at the library!

This January, Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center is offering a Winter Reading & Activity Program for children (ages 11 and under) and adults (12 years and up). This program is designed to keep reading over the wintery season fun and rewarding. Reading logs are available at all branches starting December 28. Fill out your log January 1-31, submit it to any branch when finished and receive a prize for participating while supplies last. All adult and child reading logs are entered into drawings for a chance to win one of eight gift baskets. The children’s baskets include a gift card to Barnes & Noble, duckies and more. The adult baskets include hot chocolate, a mug, a blanket and movie tickets or a gift card. Adults will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for one of two $50 gift cards. Fill out additional reading logs for more chances to win! All drawings take place the first week of February.
For more information on these and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting & Author Visit

Dr. Tweedy joins annual Friends event as guest speaker

Author and physician Dr. Damon Tweedy, will speak at the annual Friends of the Library meeting at North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Rd.) on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Tweedy will discuss his book Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, a memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias and the unique health problems of black Americans. Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors and the health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care.
                Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. As an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke and a staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center, Tweedy brings incredible experience and insight to the social paradigms of racism and the question of how a community can take steps towards respecting and meeting the needs of all. Books are available for sale after the presentation and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Library.
This program is made possible by the Friends. Attendees will have the opportunity to join the Friends at the event and learn how their work supplements library programs and services that would not otherwise be possible. For more information on this and other free programs at the library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.