Monday, August 22, 2016

Libraries closed for Labor Day holiday

Due to the Labor Day holiday, all locations are closed Monday, September 5. All locations reopen on Tuesday, September 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 website or by calling (910) 223-0431.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Nominate a librarian for the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

Our nation’s librarians transform their communities, schools, campuses and the lives of the people they serve every day. If a librarian has impacted your life in a meaningful way, now is the chance to tell how.
The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.
Nominations will be open until September 19.
Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library. Winners will be announced in November 2016.
Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.
For more information and to nominate a librarian, visit
The award is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times.

It is administered by The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fayetteville State University Historical Exhibition @ Your Library

Fayetteville State University Historical Exhibition @ Your Library
Explore the historical transformations of FSU’s past 

This August and September, the Local & State History department of Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane – second level) is proudly presenting an historical exhibition of Fayetteville State University. This presentation was compiled by Library Associate Arletha Campbell and includes a comprehensive overview on the school’s history, founders, presidents and buildings. Also on display, you will find various museum pieces including FSU yearbooks and a 19th century sword. Become acquainted with the history of past Cumberland County residents who transformed the dialogue of educational liberties and created an academic institution now attended by over 6,000 students a year.
For more information on this and other free programs and services offered at your library, visit or call 483-7727.

Fourth Friday Presents The Parsons @ Your Library

Fourth Friday Presents The Parsons @ Your Library

Enjoy the sounds of this three-man string band! 

This 4th Friday, August 26, at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) the Parsons, Jon and Caroline, and their longtime sidekick Jerome Hawkes will be performing in their string band. All three are gifted songwriters, singers and multi-instrumentalists and they have been playing music together for nearly 20 years. Refreshments are offered. This program is sponsored by Systel.
For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Celebrate National Coloring Book Day @ Your Library

 Celebrate National Coloring Book Day @ Your Library
Celebrate your creativity this August by coloring at a library near you

In honor of National Coloring Book Day, August 2, Cumberland County Public Library has compiled a full month of coloring programs for children, families and adults. The coloring craze has captivated creative and colorful hearts across the world, and a library near you is equipped with coloring books, sheets, pencils, markers and crayons. Bring your children to the Youth Services department within any of our eight branches for coloring sheets featuring our very own mascot, C.C. Leopard. The library is also giving a free coloring book to children who sign up for their very own library card.

August’s coloring programs are as follows. All refreshments and coloring supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library.

Color Me Relaxed
August – All Month                             West Regional Branch (7469 Century Circle)
Pick up coloring sheets to take home or enjoy coloring at the library. Use colored pencils borrowed from our service desk or bring your own pencils.

Evening Coloring, Cookies and Coffee
Thursday, August 11        6 p.m.           East Regional Branch (4809 Clinton Road)
Color and relax at the library. Coloring pages, colored pencils and light refreshments are provided.

DIY Coloring Pages
Sunday, August 14           3 p.m.           Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane)
Coloring is a great way to reduce stress and have fun. Learn how to turn any picture into your own coloring page and swap your creation with fellow enthusiasts. Familiarity with mouse and keyboard required. Computers for this class are provided by NCWorks Career Center and Workforce Development.

Deaf Chat @ Your Library
Saturday, August 20          12 p.m.           Bordeaux Branch (3711 Village Drive)
We will celebrate with a family coloring event with coloring sheets for all ages. Coloring sheets, pens and markers will be provided. It is a great opportunity for those interested in Deaf culture and sign language to connect with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, ASL Interpreters and others. For more information, please email or call 424-4008.

Coloring for Adults
Saturday, August 20          1 p.m.            East Regional Branch (4809 Clinton Road)
Enjoy coloring and relaxation at the library. Coloring pages and colored pencils are provided.

Inside the Lines – Adult Coloring Book Club
Monday, August 22            6:30 p.m.      Hope Mills Branch (3411 Golfview Road)
Enjoy a mellow hour of coloring and relaxing music. All materials provided.

If you’d like to find more information on these program and other free programs at a library near you please visit For more information, call 483-7727.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Job & Career Training @ Your Library

 Job and Career Training @ Your Library
Fine-tune your research skills and your personal resources

Cumberland County Public Library is offering several programs specifically for job seekers and those needing to fine-tune their personal resources and skills for job advancement. Starting in August, a four-part Job Search Boot Camp kicks off on Mondays at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane). This Boot Camp is a popular resource for job seekers throughout the county and offers a number of practical tips on résumés, cover letters, interview skills and job search techniques. Prepare for the annual job fair taking place Wednesday, September 21 at Headquarters Library.

A full list of Job & Career programs follows:

Cover Letter Writer’s Workshop
Thursday, August 4               2 p.m.           Headquarters Library
Cover letters are one of the most difficult parts of the job application process. Learn tips and tricks for making your cover letters a cut above the rest.

Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options – Part One
Tuesday, August 9                10 a.m.          North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)
Wednesday, August 10 10 a.m. Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road)
Introduction to Franchising. Explore franchising as an entrepreneurial option. Have your questions answered by Career Transition and Business Coach Terence West, Sr. of The Entrepreneur's Source.

Résumé Makeover
Thursday, August 11            2 p.m.             Headquarters Library
Bring in your résumé and take it to the next level. Get your questions answered about formats, wording and all the little details that can take your résumé from standard to stand-out.

Job Search Boot Camp
     Search Secrets and Strategies
     Monday, August 22                6:30 p.m.           Headquarters Library
     Learn proven strategies for locating the right job for you, tools that can help and how traditional techniques may actually slow down your search.

     Writing Killer Résumés and Cover Letters
     Monday, August 29                 6:30 p.m.         Headquarters Library
     Learn the secrets of writing killer résumés and whether you need a cover letter or if you can skip it entirely. 

     Finding Insider Information on Employment Prospects

     Monday, September 12           6:30 p.m.           Headquarters Library
     Discover the research you need to gain the competitive edge. Find inside information to ensure your next employer meets YOUR expectations.

     Acing the Interview
     Monday, September 19           6:30 p.m.            Headquarters Library
     Discuss proven techniques for answering even the most terrifying interview questions. Leave the class feeling confident, comfortable and ready to ace your interview.

Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options – Part Two
Wednesday, August 17           10 a.m.            Cliffdale Regional Branch
How to Choose the Right Business Model and Funding Options. Explore which business model is best for you and investigate funding options for your new venture. Presented by Career Transition and Business Coach Terence West, Sr. of The Entrepreneur's Source.

Career Readiness Certificate Training
Wednesday, August 24           10 a.m.           Bordeaux Branch (3711 Village Drive)
Learn about taking the first step toward getting certified with a portable credential verifying your skills in three areas: Applied Math, Reading for Information and Locating Information.

Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options – Part Three
Wednesday, August 24           10 a.m.           Cliffdale Regional Branch
Unlocking Your Career Potential. Learn how to overcome fears and establish your financial goals. Presented by Career Transition and Business Coach Terence West, Sr. of The Entrepreneur's Source.

NCWorks Basics
Thursday, August 25              11 a.m.           Spring Lake Branch (101 Laketree Blvd.)
Learn about all of the resources available through the NCWorks website, including job searching, résumé creation and labor market analysis.

Registration is required for all these programs by calling 483-7727 or registering online. Computers for these classes are provided by NCWorks Career Center and Workforce Development.