Friday, February 5, 2016

Friends of the Library Book Sales February 16 & 20

Stock up on all your reading needs with thousands of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and audio books in good condition donated by the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library and local residents. Two book sales are planned – a special Friends members-only sale will be held Tuesday, February 16 from 5 – 8 p.m. Anyone who is not a member may join at the sale or through the library’s website. A sale open to the public will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cash or check only.
The entrance to the book sale is at Headquarters Library through the back door near the benches by the creek.
          Items in the sale have been donated to the Friends of the Library or have been discarded from the library’s collection. Proceeds provide the Friends with the ability to supplement library programs and services that would not otherwise be possible such as Summer Reading Clubs and the guest author speaker series.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Find Your War Hero with New Fold3 Database

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center continues to provide the latest in resources for researchers and the community with access to the new database Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry. Access to the database is free from the library or from home with a library card. Fold3 offers access to over 473 million original documents related to military history from the Revolutionary War to recent military actions in Iraq. Fold3’s vast collection is also mostly original records that cannot be found anywhere else on the Internet making it one of the best collections of Civil War, World War II and Vietnam War records.
Fold3 also allows users to create memorial pages or honor walls for family members who served in the military. Users can create personal accounts to upload pictures, stories and documents to a page or wall, allowing collaboration and sharing of information to honor military family members.
Fold3 is not just for genealogists and researchers; with new documents being added all the time, it is perfect for military enthusiasts, veterans and their families or even the classroom. You can access Fold3 at any branch of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center as well as from home with your library card. Just go to our website, click on “Research a Topic,” then click “Genealogy” to find Fold3.

For more information on this and other free programs and services offered at your library, visit

Monday, February 1, 2016

Find Your Perfect Literary Match with NoveList

It's February, love is in the air and readers everywhere are looking for their next great read. Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center (CCPL&IC) now offers NoveList Plus, a resource that matches readers with books are right for them. Learn more about the service at “Find Your Perfect Match with NoveList” on Saturday, February 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch, 3711 Village Drive, or ask for more information at any library branch. NoveList can be accessed via CCPL&IC’s website while at the library or from home with a library card.
The NoveList Plus database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. One of the most popular elements is read-alikes; if you’ve just finished a great book, log into NoveList Plus and find more great books similar to that title, author or series. NoveList Plus also contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books covering both fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from the youngest readers to adults. It also has reviews (both professional reviews and reader reviews), book discussion guides, curriculum guides and other book-oriented articles.
Identifying the right books for every reader helps younger readers achieve reading success. Parents, teachers and students can search by age, reading level, grade and more.
Audiobook recommendations are a recent addition to NoveList Plus. When you want to find the perfect listening experience – whether that means short, long, for the whole family, a specific narrator – this service will help you find lots of suggestions. Sound clips are included so you can get a preview.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Celebrating Black History Month @ Your Library

February is Black History Month. Celebrate at the Cumberland County Public Library by learning about local history, attending a forum on black history before America, listening to stories, watching a movie, enjoying dance and more. The full list of events follows.

Black History in Fayetteville
Monday, February 1                            7 p.m.              Bordeaux Branch
Fred Whitted, author of the books Fayetteville: Profiled in Black and Fayetteville: Profiled in Black - Volume Two, discusses the important components of this city's history. Take a look at Fayetteville's key communities and discover little-known black history facts, including looking at people who have made a difference in the state, national and international arenas. Adults and teens are welcome. Registration is recommended. Mr. Whitted's books can be purchased at; books can be signed at the program's conclusion.
Celebrate Black History
Thursday, February 4                    10 a.m.            Headquarters Library
Celebrate Black History Month with stories, music and a puppet skit. 2-5 years.
Fayetteville's African-American Heroes
Thursday, February 4                   6:30 p.m.          Headquarters Library (teens and adults)
Thursday, February 18                 9 & 10:30 a.m. Headquarters Library (Grades 3-5)
Dr. Kelli C. Walsh, Assistant Professor at Fayetteville State University, and Charles Anderson, Adjunct Professor at 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.
Lost Kingdoms of Africa
Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18 & 25    6:30 p.m.         East Regional Branch
Watch the four-part documentary series The Lost Kingdoms of Africa and learn the fascinating histories of Nubia, Ethiopia, Great Zimbabwe and Benin before European colonization. Each week's program focuses on one kingdom. Bring your own snacks and drinks with a lid. Celebrate Black History Month!
Black History Before America: A Community Forum
Monday, February 8                            6 p.m.              Headquarters Library
This informational forum focuses on black history before America. Learn about and discuss the ancestors of today's African-Americans - what they know and what they accomplished.
Home School Fun: Black History Month - Inventors
Monday, February 15                          11 a.m.            North Regional Branch
In honor of Black History Month, learn about prominent African-American and black inventors and the inventions they've created that influence us today. Register by calling 822-1998 ext. 4. Grades K-12.
Black History Month Bingo
Monday, February 15                          1:30 p.m.         Headquarters Library
Tuesday, February 23                          4:30 p.m.         Hope Mills Branch
Play a fun game of Bingo and learn about important African-American figures in history. Compete for prizes! Grades K-8.
Books to Film: The Help
February 22 & 23                                6:30 p.m.         Hope Mills Branch
Enjoy this exciting two-night event to celebrate Black History Month! On February 22, participate in a fun and lively discussion of the New York Times best-selling novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Return on Tuesday, February 23 for a viewing of this Academy Award-winning movie and a slice of chocolate pie. PG-13. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Library.
Teen Movie - 42
Wednesday, February 24                     3:30 p.m.         Cliffdale Regional Branch
Observe Black History Month with the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Snacks are provided. PG-13. Grades 6-12.
Thursday, February 25                        4 p.m.              Cliffdale Regional Branch
Celebrate Black History Month with a viewing of the movie Selma, which chronicles the battle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers as they fight to win the right to vote. Witness their historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in the midst of violent opposition. Rated PG-13.
Celebrate African-American Dance
Saturday, February 27                         11:30 a.m.       Cliffdale Regional Branch
Celebrate Black History Month with an exploration of African-American dance. The Dance Ensemble of Fayetteville State University lends their expertise in teaching the dynamic, soulful and rhythmic moves unique to black culture. In this workshop you'll learn African, afro-jazz and modern dance in the tradition of Alvin Ailey. Registration is required. 16 years to adult.
For information on these and other free programs at your library, call 483-7727 or

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Downton Abbey Library Program Rescheduled

The Downton Abbey program scheduled for Sunday at North Regional Library has been rescheduled for Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Health Happens at Your Library: Health and Fitness Clubs

During January and February, jumpstart your goals for a healthy 2016 by participating in health and fitness clubs for adults, teens and children. Challenge yourself to try new activities and enter to win prizes. Both programs run January 1 – February 29.
Adults and teens (12 years and up), pick up a Healthy Habit logbook and a pedometer (one per person, while supplies last) at any library location. Complete six of the listed activities in the booklet (sample activities include using one of the library’s online health resources and setting a personal fitness goal) and return your booklet to any location to enter a drawing for a Fitbit.

Children 11 years old and younger, pick up a checklist for C.C.'s Food, Fun & Fitness Club at any library location. Complete seven of ten activities (sample activities include getting a good night’s sleep and washing hands with soap and water) and return your checklist to any library location to enter a drawing for one of eight $25 gift certificates to Monkey Joe's.

These programs are supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.