Monday, March 20, 2017

The Transformation of Moonshine to NASCAR

An afternoon of Carolina history at North Regional Branch

North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road) is celebrating the history of the Carolinas with a special program on moonshine and NASCAR. This long and storied history of moonshining, revenooers, NASCAR and even the invention of the Carbine rifle will be brought to life on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. History enthusiasts are encouraged to attend and add to their arsenal of knowledge two of the most prized parts of Carolina history.

For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Your Library Celebrates Local Women

Honor women and learn at the Petticoats to Power Suits exhibit

March 1 – April 30, Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) is celebrating Women’s History Month with a special exhibit outside the Local & State History Room. “Petticoats to Power Suits: Looking Back, Moving Forward” is a celebration of 31 strong, influential women in our hometown who invoked change, broke social barriers and accomplished remarkable tasks. Also on display are the memorabilia collected from our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

This exhibit was researched and compiled by the Local & State History Room staff at Headquarters Library. For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Find Your FUNspriration at the 2017 NC Science Festival

Library offers free science programs for all ages April 7-23

          The North Carolina Science Festival, running April 7-23, is a multi-day celebration across the state showcasing science and technology. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

           The Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is proud to participate in the festival again this year. All eight library branches are offering programming for all ages focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. For 2017, the festival’s theme is “Art and Design.” Participants in NC Science Festival programs can chat with a NASA Solar System Ambassador, build circuits to take home, learn about reptiles and rodents, make a DNA bracelet, plant a garden, create an engineering marvel with straws, build bridges, make their own ice cream and more. A full schedule is available on the library’s website.

          The North Carolina Science Festival offers the opportunity to celebrate science in a fun and welcoming setting. This Festival seeks to cultivate a positive environment that encourages children to pursue science-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina.

          For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call (910) 483-7727 or visit the library’s website at

          The North Carolina Science Festival is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and is a member of the Science Festival Alliance. Learn more at

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Discussion Series on Great Children’s Literature

North Regional Library Branch hosts “Let’s Talk About It” book discussions

North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road) is hosting a five-part series book discussion led by local scholars on the topic of great children’s literature. Let’s Talk About It: Children’s literature broadens horizons, introduces new ideas and helps us deal with complex issues. The lessons of children’s literature are not always obvious, not as simple as a straightforward moral at the end of the story. Yet the timeless classics of children’s literature always have something to teach, no matter the age of the reader. Local scholars will share their insights and lead discussions on our common literary heritage.

All programs are held at North Regional Branch and registration is required and can be completed online, by telephone or in person at any branch. If you’d like to borrow a copy of the book from the library, ask when you register or visit the library’s online catalog to place a hold. For more information, call 483-7727.

Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Alice Osborn

The Classic Fairy Tales by Iona & Peter Opie
This husband-and-wife team of folklorists spent years gathering together the earliest English-language editions of twenty-four of some of the most popular fairytales, ranging from “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” to “Sleeping Beauty.” They are presented here with short histories detailing how the stories have changed over time. 

Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Anne Baker

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This spirited and timeless story tells of four sisters growing up together while their father is off fighting in the Civil War. Together, they must love, learn, and grow in this classic childhood masterpiece. 

Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Julie Cartner

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mary Lennox is an arrogant, unpleasant girl growing up in India until a cholera outbreak has her sent to England to the home of an odd recluse with many secrets. When she discovers some of those secrets, including a hidden, walled garden, Mary learns and grows in this iconic book redolent with rich descriptions of natural beauty. 

Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Louise Taylor

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
This sweet, charming story tells of Wilbur the Pig, the spider Charlotte, Templeton Rat and the plot that they hatch to save Wilbur from slaughter. It is a timeless story of love, loyalty and friendship. 

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
On the surface, Jesse Aaron and Leslie Burke have little in common.  Despite their differences, the two of them become friends and imagine an elaborate fantasy world hidden in the woods in this deft portrayal of childhood friendship, imagination and loyalty. 

Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Michelle Manning

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Inspired by a true story, Yep tells of a young Chinese immigrant, Moon Shadow, who is struggling to make his way in turn-of-the-century California while helping his father fulfill his dream of building an airplane. Together, they must face mockery, poverty, homesickness and racism as they work to fulfill their dreams in this richly detailed historical novel about the immigrant experience. 

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lowry’s stark dystopian masterpiece tells of twelve-year-old Jonas, who is a model citizen until he is chosen to become his community’s Receiver of Memory. In his new role, Jonas learns just how much they have given up for peace and security in this haunting tale of choice, freedom and sacrifice. 

Discussion Leaders
Alice Osborn
Osborn’s past educational (MA in English, NCSU and BS in Finance, VA Tech) and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet-singer/songwriter, editor and popular writing coach. She founded Wonderland Book Club eight years ago. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors from ages 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat.

Anne Baker
Baker specializes in American literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the nineteenth century. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught at North Carolina State University since 2001. She is the author of Heartless Immensity: Literature, Culture, and Geography in Antebellum America. In this interdisciplinary study of geography and antebellum American literature, she examines schoolbooks, popular visual art and political speeches as well as literary works by Melville, Thoreau and Fuller (among others). She is currently at work on a biography of novelist, actress and educator Susanna Rowson (1762-1824).

Julie Cartner
Cartner taught high school English for 38 years, primarily at South Rowan High School in China Grove and Davie County High School in Mocksville, both in the Central Piedmont part of North Carolina. She specialized in junior and senior honors English, which focuses primarily on American and British literature. In addition to teaching, she spent many years coaching cheerleading as well as being involved in many other aspects of public education.  Julie graduated from Catawba College in 1977 with a degree in English and Physical Education.  She later added AIG certification, then her National Board Certification. She has been married for 32 years and has five children ranging from 21 to 30. They live in North Carolina and Connecticut.  She and her husband have two dogs, two cats, a horse and a donkey. She is very involved in yoga and line dancing, loves to take long walks in the woods taking many pictures and is an avid reader. Julie also belong to a writing guild and is working on several short stories and a biography/autobiography. She have been involved in “Let's Talk About It” for many years as a participant. Last year was her first year as an official facilitator, but she has led many programs at her local library.

Louise Taylor
Taylor is the daughter of two hard-working parents from the mountains of Virginia and Kentucky who moved north to Ohio during the Great Depression. There, her father became a successful lawyer and her mother was woman for all seasons—housekeeper, gardener, horse-woman, public speaker and coach of her dad’s oral arguments. Louise was encouraged to do well in school and attend college. After college, she became a teacher, first at Josephus Daniels Middle School in Raleigh and later at Campbell College, where she met Jerry Taylor, a young math teacher who became her husband and the love of her life. They have three adult sons.

She taught English at Meredith College for 25 years, retiring in 2003. In retirement, she has worked for political candidates, including herself in 2004.  Louise also served on the Harnett County Board of Elections, taught courses in the NCSU Encore Program, and has enjoyed leading discussions with library book groups such as this one.

Michelle Manning
Manning, a North Carolina native, received a BA in English from UNCCH and an English Ed degree from UNCW. She was received two masters degrees from UNCW: a MAT in English and a MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction. In addition to teaching high school English, she was a visiting instructor at the University of Central Florida. Presently, as a full-time lecturer at UNCW, she teaches both traditional and online classes in literature, teacher education, professional writing, and composition.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council & the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NC Kids Digital Library Launches Feb. 1

Visit our newest service for children: NC Kids Digital Library.

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has joined a statewide eBook consortium specifically for preschoolers through fourth graders, “NC Kids Digital Library.” The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina created the new digital resource sharing service.

Over 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, read-alongs, and videos are offered through OverDrive’s digital reading platform. All titles can be accessed via the app on all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only). All that’s needed to get started is a library card.

NC Kids Digital Library is sponsored by NCPLDA and the N.C. General Assembly with assistance from the State Library of N.C., a division of the Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources. In July of last year, the 2016 Appropriations Act was signed into law for fiscal year 2016-2017 that included a funding provision for $200,000 for the State Library to work with NCPLDA to create a statewide consortium for all public library cardholders. 

To find more downloadable eBooks and other digital materials, click here 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to ID Fake News with your Library's Help

The ability to tell the difference between real and fake news is a crucial one, as a recent editorial in The Fayetteville Observer noted. Your local library can help you sort out facts from propaganda. 

Did your mother call you to tell you that liberals hate science? Did your Facebook feed pop up with an article on a new pesticide that's going to kill us all? Did one of your friends breathlessly tell you that president-elect Donald Trump was going to pardon mass shooter Dylann Roof? You might have heard any or all of these stories, but there's one thread connecting all of them: they're not true. The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you'll use for the rest of your life. Ask a librarian at your local library for help or get started on researching for yourself with the help of this library resource guide from Indiana University East.