Friday, September 23, 2016

Friends of the Library Present: Ross Howell

Local author Ross Howell Jr. will be appearing at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) on Tuesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. He will be discussing his first and highly provocative novel, Forsaken, the true story of a young African-American girl who was convicted of murdering her employer in 1912 and soon after became the first female executed in Virginia by electric chair.

Howell is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at Harvard University, Simmons College, the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia and Elon University. Most recently, he has pursued careers in fund-raising, marketing and book publishing. The author will have books for sale after the presentation.

For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 483-7727.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Vocational Job Fair @ Your Library

Cumberland County Public Library is offering teens and young adults who are entry-level job-seekers the opportunity to engage local employers, meet representatives from businesses, explore careers for your future and get guidance on fine-tuning résumés and other personal resources. The Vocational Job Fair is planned for Thursday, October 6, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane). This program is designed for ages 16-24.
A list of upcoming Job & Career programs follows:

Computers and Internet for the Absolute Beginner
Wednesday, October 5 2 p.m. Headquarters Library
If you feel ill-at-ease around computers and confused when someone says “dot-com” or “www,” take a laid-back tour of computers and the internet. Learn computer terms, practice navigating the internet and refine your mouse skills. This is a slow approach to acquainting yourself with a computer and intended for beginning computer users only.

Word for the Absolute Beginner
Thursday, October 6          10:30 a.m.    Spring Lake Branch (101 Laketree Blvd.)
Friday, October 7              10 a.m.          West Regional Branch (7469 Century Circle)
Wednesday, October 19    10 a.m.          Bordeaux Branch (3711 Village Drive)
Learn the basics of word processing in Microsoft Word. Knowledge of how to use a keyboard and mouse is required.

Excel for the Absolute Beginner
Wednesday, October 12    12:30 p.m.     East Regional Branch (4809 Clinton Road)
Monday, October   17        10:30 a.m.    North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)
Create, send and receive email and manage your account. Registration is required.

Email for the Absolute Beginner
Thursday, October 13        2 p.m.           Hope Mills Branch (3411 Golfview Road)
Learn the basics of word processing in Microsoft Word. Knowledge of how to use a keyboard and mouse is required.

Intermediate Word
Friday, October 14            10 a.m.          West Regional Branch
Thursday, October 20        10:30 a.m.     Spring Lake Branch
Explore more of the world of word processing in Microsoft Word, such as further formatting options or the use of tables.

NCWorks: Your First Stop for Job Searching
Wednesday, October 19     3 p.m.           Headquarters Library
NCWorks is a single-stop resource for all your employment searching needs. Learn how it can help you build a résumé, find job leads and manage your job search. Registration is required. Basic computer skills and an active email address with password are required for this class. If you need help obtaining an email account, please see library staff prior to class.

PowerPoint for the Absolute Beginner
Thursday, October 27         11 a.m.         West Regional Branch
Learn the basics of creating a slide presentation with PowerPoint. Knowledge of mouse use is necessary.

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.

October Programming with Local & State History


This October, the Local & State History staff are offering programs to embolden the entire family to visit the library and learn together about their shared heritage. Join local historical enthusiasts to expand your understanding of the Victorian Era in Fayetteville, local architecture and explore the resources available for your own historical interests.
The full month’s schedule follows. All events take place at Headquarters Library.
Family History Day
Saturday, October 1                 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.    
Learn about family history and genealogy with speakers, information from regional libraries, genealogical societies and family heritage centers, as well as crafts and games. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Virtual Family History Fair
Saturday, October 15               10 a.m.                        Local & State History Room
The Virtual Family History Fair offered by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library will include four lectures and information on libraries and genealogy collections across North Carolina.


Victorian Series – Victorian Mourning
Tuesday, October 18               6:30 p.m.                     Local & State History Room
Cross Creek Cemetery, MacPherson Church Cemetery and Brookside Cemetery…We’ve all seen the gravestones, but what happened before the burial? Heidi Bleazey from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum discusses the mourning rituals of the Victorian Era and what that would have been like in Fayetteville.

Genealogy Drop-In Clinic
Thursday, October 20              6 - 8 p.m.                     Local & State History Room
Drop in to the Local & State History Room between 6 and 8 p.m. to get your genealogy questions answered by librarians and members of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society. If you are just getting started, stuck at a roadblock, have questions or want to share a new discovery, stop by and chat with us.
 
Local Buildings and Landmarks History Club
Monday, October 24                6 p.m.                          Conference Room #3
Explore and share your interest in local historic buildings and landmarks. Enjoy a different presentation each week. 

For more information on Local & State History programs and other free programs available at the library, call 483-7727 ext. 1359 or visit the library’s website.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Adult Book Bundles @ Your Library


Adult Book Bundles @ Your Library
Enjoy the convenience of a bundle ready to go on a topic of interest!

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has proudly launched the adult book bundle program at each of our eight branches. This new program is geared towards adults who may not have time to browse the library collection but are looking for a new topic to explore, more information on a hot topic of today or books in a specific genre. Adult book bundles are on display at each library ready to grab for your convenience. While selection varies by location, you can easily find bundles with a wide variety of subjects, including football, Halloween decorating, how- to learn French, theater classics and many more.
In addition to specific topics, customers will find “Date Night” and “Dinner & a Movie” bundles. These typically include a DVD and cookbook to make date night set-up relaxing while, together, you explore a new recipe to go with a great movie.
Book bundles for children are also available at all locations in the Youth Services departments. These assortments of age-appropriate materials, from picture books to chapter books, are designed to make selection easy for parents and guardians. This convenience has been a huge success throughout the county.
We welcome suggestions and ideas for book bundle topics by emailing the address provided above. For more information on book bundles and the free programs and services at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 483-7727.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Friends of the Library present Elliot Engel


Friends of the Library present Elliot Engel
Engel discusses Shakespeare 400 years later

On Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, Dr. Elliot Engel commemorates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616. Using anecdotes, Dr. Engel will take his audience to a performance of a Shakespeare play to demonstrate what it was actually like to attend a performance during the exciting Renaissance period in England.
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.
Dr. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, Turkey and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on all the continents including Antarctica. Four plays which he has written have been produced during the last ten years.
Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for Friends members and $2 for students and are sold at the door, first-come, first-served. Presented by the Friends of the Library.
Before Dr. Engels program, Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s What You Will pre-show will be at 6 p.m. and also at Headquarters Library. The pre-show festivities will include scenes from the troupe’s upcoming projects in partnership with Methodist University. Sing along, clap along and play along with the troupe as we celebrate the commemoration of 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. This program is free.
You can become a member of the Friends of the Library online (www.cumberland.lib.nc.us/ccplsite/content/join-friends) or at the door. Members of the Friends of the Library receive:
  • Admission to the Members Only Book Sales.
  • Early e-mail notices of book sales and author events.
  • Among Friends, the quarterly newsletter of the Friends,
    enclosed in the Calendar of Events mailed to you monthly.
            Money received by the Friends from dues or from special projects is used solely for library needs beyond the budget provided by Cumberland County.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

September Programming with Local & State History


September Programming with Local and State History
     Learn about your ancestry, local anniversaries and local landmarks with the library

          This September, the Local and State History staff are offering programs to build your knowledge on local history and its permanence in today’s understanding. Join local historical enthusiasts to expand your knowledge on America’s journey to independence, research your own ancestry and celebrate the 200th Anniversary of our local newspaper, The Fayetteville Observer.

The full month’s schedule follows.

Liberty Point: Then and Now
Sunday, September 11             3 p.m.                          Local and State History Room
          Near the intersection of Bow and Person Streets, 55 patriots signed a document declaring independence from Britain, more than a year earlier than the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776 up in Philadelphia. Henry (Ike) Eisenbarth with the Fayetteville Rotary Club will explain what the Liberty Point Resolves were and his plans to update the area to better promote the historical significance of the event. Please call 483-7727, ext. 1359 for more information.

200 Years of the Observer: The Columnists’ Perspective
Tuesday, September 13                       6:30 p.m.                     Pate Room
          Myron Pitts, Bill Kirby, Kim Hasty and Thomas Pope have been a part of your daily lives for years. Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of The Fayetteville Observer, North Carolina’s oldest newspaper still being published, and hear a few of the columnists’ favorite and most touching stories. Turn the tables on your favorite reporters and ask them questions.

Genealogy Drop-In Clinic
Thursday, September 15                      6 - 8 p.m.                     Local and State History Room
          Drop in to the Local & State History Room between 6 and 8 p.m. to get your genealogy questions answered by librarians and members of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society. If you are just getting started, stuck at a roadblock, have questions or want to share a new discovery, stop by and chat with us.

Victorian Series – Victorian Fayetteville
Tuesday, September 20                       6:30 p.m.                     Local and State History Room
          Discover what it was like to live in Victorian Fayetteville with Heidi Bleazey from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum.  She will introduce us to a few characters who walked the same streets you do today.

Local Buildings and Landmarks History Club
Monday, September 26                        6 p.m.                          Conference Room #3
          Explore and share your interest in local historic buildings and landmarks. At this informational meeting we'll discuss possible presentation topics and future club activities.

200 Years of The Fayetteville Observer: The Photographers’ Perspective
Thursday, September 29                      6 p.m.                          Pate Room
          Cindy Burnham and Andrew Craft, photographers for The Fayetteville Observer, continue the 200th anniversary celebration with photographs through the years. They will share iconic scenes of Fayetteville as well as some of their favorite photographs. 



For more information on Local and State History programs and other free programs available at the library, call 483-7727 ext. 1359 or visit the library’s website.