Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Online Tax Guide for 2014

This guide provides easy access to information about free and low-cost tax assistance, books, and more to help you during this year's tax season. Learn more...

Thursday, January 8, 2015

NC REAL Entrepreneurship Series is a Crash Course in Business

NC REAL Entrepreneurship Series is a Crash Course in Business
Aspiring business owners can earn a start-up certificate in four sessions
Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering a series of courses beginning this January designed for aspiring entrepreneurs. The Winter 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 four out five seminars in the Winter 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, January 13 10 a.m.

Market Research for Your Business
Tuesday, January 20 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, January 27 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, February 3 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, February 10 10 a.m.
Learn tips and strategies to start and sustain your business. Certificates will be given to those individuals who have completed four out of five sessions of the NC REAL Start-Up Series. This session does not count towards the certificate.

For more information, call 483-7727.

Library Holds “READ” Poster Contest for Teens

Library Holds “READ” Poster Contest for Teens
Teens invited to design their own “READ” poster for a chance to win

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to show off their artistic abilities by creating an original, library-appropriate poster centered around the theme “READ.” Blank posters can be picked up at the Cliffdale children's desk at Cliffdale Regional Branch, 6882 Cliffdale Rd., beginning January 2, and must be returned there by 6 p.m. on Friday, January 30.

Prizes will be awarded to three winners chosen by library staff. All posters will be displayed throughout the month of February.

For more information, call 864-3800 or visit

Monday, December 29, 2014

Library Wins Two Awards from NC Public Library Directors Association

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center received two awards from the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association. The first award was for an Outstanding New/Improved Library Facility; Hope Mills Branch won in the category of medium-sized remodeled facility (10,000 - 25,999 square feet). The library's homeschooling programming also won an award for programming designed for children and families. 

          Hope Mills Branch Library, built in 1992 at 11,200 square feet, has become the highest circulating community branch in the county. The branch's renovation enhanced the usability of this community space by the addition of a conference room for customers and increased the number of computers in the adult and children's labs. It maximized seating for small groups and independent study and provided functional furniture and an overall improved aesthetic.

          Through networking and seeking public input, the library established a series of successful programs, activities and resources geared specifically for homeschoolers and their families. Services to this target audience have expanded from one pilot location to four others with more coming online this year. During the last fiscal year, we reached 840 participants, both children and their parents, with programs like Homeschool Fun Friday, Homeschool Story Time, Homeschool Parents' Night Out and Homeschool Chess Club.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Online Resources Brainfuse and Pronunciator Now Live

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is pleased to offer two new online resources free to all library card holders: Brainfuse and Pronunciator. Brainfuse and Pronunciator are replacing and Mango Languages, respectively. Both services can be accessed both within and outside the library on any computer with Internet access and offer apps for Android and iOS users.  

Brainfuse is an anytime, anywhere eLearning solution for students of all ages and levels. Brainfuse is divided into two sections: HelpNow for younger students and the Adult Learning Center. HelpNow provides resume assistance and live online tutoring from 2 p.m. to midnight. Includes: GED prep, 24/7 writing lab, skills building, Microsoft Office Essential Skills Series, and 24/7 Question Center. Both HelpNow and the Adult Learning Center assist students in preparing for the SAT/ ACT/AP tests.  Additionally, the Adult Learning Center offers help on TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), GED, HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) and the U.S. Citizenship Test.

Pronunciator, which has replaced Mango Languages, is a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages.

Register for free and start learning — at your own pace! All you need for now is a web browser with JavaScript enabled, and Flash version 10.0 or higher; or an iPad or iPhone/iPod with iOS 5.0 or higher; or an Android tablet or phone with Android 3.0 and up. To get started, click here!

Monday, October 20, 2014

2013/2014 Annual Report Now Available

It's been a productive fiscal year for the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center! The 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available to read online. The report includes:

  • Back to Work: Job fairs give back to the community.
  • We Mean Business: The library offers space and technology for entrepreneurs.
  • Grants for the Good: Branches make use of funding to purchase technology.
  • Learning Happens: From science to summer reading, the library helps students.
  • Recognition: Read about award-winning programs and services.
  • Library Board: Meet our Board of Trustees.