Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Homelessness Forum April 16 at Headquarters Library

This informational forum, April 16 at 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, focuses on the issue of homelessness in our community. Panelists include: Homeless Officer Stacey Sanders; Denise Giles, Director of Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network; a homeless individual; Graham Kelly from Family Endeavors; and Paige Rentz from The Fayetteville Observer as moderator. Learn about the issue and what can be done to help and discuss your concerns.

For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call (910) 483-7727.
Homelessness is a serious problem for Cumberland County; a January 2013 count found 615 individuals, representing .19% of the county's total population. According to data from the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness, nearly a quarter of North Carolina's homeless population are children and another fifteen percent are their parents. Single men make up nearly half of the homeless population (46%) while single women are 15%. Statewide, veterans comprise 9% of the homeless population. Statistics from Carolina Demography: 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Library Closed for Easter Holiday

Due to the Easter holiday, all locations close at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, and remain closed Friday - Sunday, April 4-5. All locations reopen on Monday, April 6. 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) 223-0431.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Get Riveted by the 2015 NC Science Festival

The North Carolina Science Festival, running April 10-26, is a multi-day celebration across the state showcasing science and technology. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.
The Cumberland County Library & Information Center is proud to participate in the festival again this year. All eight library branches are offering programming for all ages focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. Much of the library’s 2015 festival programming focuses on the topic of sound; programs are planned at each branch to explore the science of music and sound. Other topics include forensics, a science fair for homeschoolers, astronomy, natural science, science in the kitchen and the science of color. A full schedule is available on the library’s website.
The North Carolina Science Festival offers the opportunity to celebrate science in a fun and welcoming setting. This Festival seeks to cultivate a positive environment that encourages children to pursue science-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina.
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. Learn more at

First Annual How-To Festival March 21 Offers Free Mini-Classes on a Variety of Topics

On Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is hosting the first annual How-To Festival at Headquarters Library. The How-To Festival is a free, family-friendly event that features short sessions throughout the day which will offer you the chance to learn new skills, explore new hobbies and discover new interests. All ages are welcome.
Choose from a broad range of topics covering everything from fitness, DIY and outdoor activities to home safety information, culinary adventures and much more. The day’s schedule (subject to change) is available at

If you’re in town for the All-American Marathon on Sunday, March 22, stop by the library on Saturday and learn a new skill while you’re in the area!

Call (910) 483-7727 for more information on this and other free programs at your library.

Friends will Match Library Endowment Trust Donations in 2015

          The Friends of Library have announced that they will match any donation to the Library Endowment Trust (LET) in 2015 until donations reach $7,500. So far, there have been $2,081 in donations, leaving $5,419 to match. The LET is managed by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Every financial gift increases the fund’s principal and the interest it earns is devoted to enhancing library services that would otherwise not be possible.
          There are several methods of contributing to the LET. Contact Cumberland County Public Library at (910) 483-7727 ext. 1304 or Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. at (910) 483-4449 to learn how you can remember the library through a direct gift, life insurance, appreciated securities/stocks, other tangible assets, a bequest or by creating your own legacy through a named endowment to support your preferred library branch. Information is also available under “Support Your Library” at All 2015 donations to the LET are eligible for the doubling program.
           Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt charitable organization. All gifts, whether made today or through an estate or will, are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. (CCF) administers all library endowments and trusts.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pay Your Overdue Fines Online

Pay Your Overdue Fines Online
Library customers can now pay fines online using a credit or debit card

          Library customers can now pay their fines using their credit/debit cards online (MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted), making it more convenient to keep your account in good standing.
          To pay fines online, log in to your account via the link at the top right of If you have any outstanding fines, you will see them under the "Fines" section of the Account Summary and will be given the option to pay online. If you need help, ask at any information desk.