Thursday, August 17, 2017

Library Launches Early Literacy Centers

Child-friendly activities make learning fun and help develop pre-reading skills

Learning experts tell us that what happens during a child’s early years sets the foundation for all the educational years that follow. In cultivating an environment rich in learning experiences, the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has established Early Literacy Family (ELF) Centers all locations.
The centers provide easily accessible, child-friendly, literacy-based activities including books, puzzles, games, manipulatives, and more. In explaining how these activities help children learn to read, the library’s Youth Services Division Manager Megan Smith, said, “When children and parents or caregivers read, play, write, talk and sing together, it begins to help children build a bridge between how words are formed and how stories are shared." She added that by offering warm and welcoming spaces where families interact, "we are fostering future readers and lifelong learners.”
An element at several of the centers is a digital learning station that is outfitted with iPads, which are preloaded with the best kids’ reading apps. This encourages seek-and-discover learning experiences that allow young minds to pursue and interact with the educational content that captures their attention.
This project is made possible through a $45,656 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under 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. For more information about the centers, youth programming, story times and other library programs or services, visit, visit any location, or call 483-7727.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Your Library Receives Summertime Kids Grant

Funds benefit campers promoting children’s literacy

          Cumberland County Public Library was awarded a $5,000 grant to provide books and book bags to children attending camps throughout the county. Library staff delivered books and bags to camp participants at the following sites in Cumberland County: Autism Society of Cumberland County, Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland County, Communities United for Youth Development, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Inc., Fayetteville Flyers Track Club, Moore Street Foundation and the Museum of the Cape Fear.

           These enrichment programs offer children 5 -12 years old opportunities to socialize and interact with peers and develop new skills. Campers are in a safe environment where they will be supervised by trained and educated individuals to provide an enjoyable and encouraging setting for all. This grant was provided by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Friday, July 28, 2017

"The Divine Nine" Fraternities & Sororities at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University boasts a variety of world renown Greek houses to enrich a student’s experience on campus. Since their inception at FSU, these houses have forged and strengthened relationships between the students and their community. Learn about the "Divine Nine" histories and view Greekdom memorabilia in this two-month exhibit located outside the Local & State History Room. This exhibit will be on display until September 4.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Attend Your Library's NASA Programs for Free Solar Eclipse Glasses!

The library is celebrating the once in a lifetime solar eclipse by hosting programs across the county on August 21. Learn about this natural phenomenon and view the eclipse in celebratory fashion! These glasses are available while supplies lasts and registration for these programs is required.

NASA@ My Library: Solar Eclipse Celebrations
Considered by the scientific community as the "celestial event of the century," you won't want to miss this! Free solar eclipse glasses provided through funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement, and Google. Eclipse viewing will be held weather permitting. Click on the location of your choice to register for a program near you.

1 p.m. @ East Regional Branch (Program Full)
1:30 p.m. @ North Regional Branch (Program Full)
1:30 p.m. @ Spring Lake Branch (Program Full)
1:30 p.m. @ West Regional Branch (Program Full)
2 p.m. @ Bordeaux Branch (Program Full)
2 p.m. @ Cliffdale Regional Branch First-come, first-served
2 p.m. @ Hope Mills Branch (Program Full)
2:15 p.m. @ Headquarters Library (Program Full)

The NASA@ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation program.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Public Library Commemorates WWI Centennial

Programs and exhibits presented from July through November
           Beginning next month, the Local & State History Room at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) offers five months of programs and exhibits to commemorate the centennial of WWI. Programs feature a range of topics and perspectives, and are presented by local and regional experts. 

Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 pm.
 The US Enters the Great War – Dr. Stanley Sandler.

Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 pm.
Fayetteville and WWI (with a tour of FILI museum) – Bruce Daws.

Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina’s Women “Do Their Bit” - Dr. Angela Robbins.

Sunday, October 1 at 2:30 pm.
WWI-era Popular and Patriotic Songs – Cross Creek Chordsmen vocal group.

Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm.
WWI and American: Thoughts from Then and Now – Dr. Angela Robbins & members of Sweet Tea Shakespeare dramatic troupe

          From September 1 through November 30, the library presents a Cumberland County WWI veteran memorial wall, and an exhibit focused on North Carolina during WWI. The Local & State History Room will also host a national travelling WWI-themed exhibit, October 1 – 24.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Public Library Hours Change July 1

All Cumberland County library locations will have new customer service hours
             Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center’s eight locations will have new hours beginning July 1, 2017. The adjustment is a result of changes made to the county’s budget for fiscal year 2018.
            “Our library continues to adapt to challenges and opportunities on many levels and the new service hours will serve our citizens during peak times. At the same time, we want to draw attention to services that everyone can access online every hour of every day,” said Library Director Jody Risacher.
            Although library hours have changed, library cardholders can conveniently download e-books, audio books, and magazines from anywhere. Job seekers can take advantage of the library’s online job center with its weekly listing of job openings and other employment assistance. Students of all ages and job seekers alike can also use Brainfuse, an online learning resource. Brainfuse’s “Adult Learning Center” provides résumé review and feedback, GED preparation, a 24-hour writing lab, self-paced learning on Microsoft Office Essentials and much more.  “HelpNow” offers students individual homework tutoring by experts in core subjects such as math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Tutors are on standby from 2 p.m. to midnight.
           “More than ever, we want the public to explore their online library,” Risacher said. “It truly is a library without walls.”

Library hours by location beginning July 1, 2017:

Bordeaux Branch, 424-4008
3711 Village Dr.
Monday - Tuesday                      9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday               9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday                        10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                        Closed

Cliffdale Regional Branch, 864-3800
6882 Cliffdale Rd.
Monday - Thursday                     9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday                                           9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                       9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday                                         1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

East Regional Branch, 485-2955
4809 Clinton Rd.
Monday - Tuesday                      9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday               9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday                        10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                        Closed

Hope Mills Branch, 425-8455
3411 Golfview Rd., Hope Mills
Monday - Thursday                    9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday                                         9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday                                       Closed

Headquarters Library, 483-7727
300 Maiden Lane
Monday - Thursday                     9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday                                          9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                      9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday                                        1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

North Regional Branch, 822-1998
855 McArthur Rd.
Monday - Thursday                     9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday                                          9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                      9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday                                        1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Spring Lake Branch, 497-3650
101 Laketree Blvd., Spring Lake
Monday - Wednesday                  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday                                      9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday                                           Closed
Saturday                                       10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                          Closed

West Regional Branch, 487-0440
7469 Century Circle
Monday - Tuesday                         9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday                9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday                         10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                         Closed

For more information about library programs and services, visit or call (910) 483-7727. To make an appointment with a librarian for individual assistance, call or visit any location.