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.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Library Closed - Labor Day

Due to the Labor Day holiday, all locations will be closed on Monday, September 7. All locations reopen on Tuesday, September 8. 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 web site, or by calling (910) 223-0431.

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.