Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Celebrate Harry Potter @ Your Library

This July, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday and the release of J.K. Rowling’s latest work, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Harry Potter fans around the county are invited to Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) on Tuesday, July 26 at 6 p.m., when the wizard rock band Tonks and the Aurors are performing live with music about Harry Potter, also known as wizard rock. They have recently expanded their music to include more “Muggle” interest, such as Hunger Games, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, John Green’s books and even The West Wing. The concert will also feature wizard rock bands Tiana and the Cliffhangers, out of Pittsburgh, PA, and Cary, NC’s The Blubbering Humdingers. The concert is free and for all ages, but registration is recommended. One lucky registrant will win a copy of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II that will be mailed to them upon its release on July 31.
The fun doesn’t stop there – On Friday, July 29 at 12 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch (3711 Village Drive), celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with the whole family. Take a Potter quiz, color your house crest or make some Potter glasses.
You can also place a hold for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or the other books in the Harry Potter series through the library’s online catalog. For more information on this program and other free programs available at the library, call 483-7727 or visit

Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons Exhibit @ Your Library

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is hosting the Opening Doors exhibit from July 5 – August 13 at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) on the second floor. Opening Doors is an exhibition celebrating contemporary African-American academic surgeons and the contributions they have made to medicine and medical education.

This exhibit is the final installment completing a grant the library was awarded in 2015 totaling $39,395. The grant has focused on creating family-oriented projects providing improved access to health resources, digital information and health related programs for children and families.

Making health resources more readily available to the community has been a focus for this grant, and this exhibit tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who have had great successes in their fields. Through contemporary and historical images, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of these academic surgeons and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before and after. An online version of the exhibition is also available here.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

Health programming is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Entrepreneurs Can Explore Franchising Options in Three-Part Series

The Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering a series on Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options. Designed for those who wish to explore business models and funding options, the series is presented by Career Transition and Business Coach Terence West, Sr. of the Entrepreneur’s Source. This is a three-part series which will be offered at three library branches over the course of July and August. Registration is available online or by calling 483-7727.

Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options:
Part 1: Explore franchising as an entrepreneurial option.

Tuesday, July 5                      7 p.m.              Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane)

Tuesday, August 9                  10 a.m.            North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)

Wednesday, August 10           10 a.m.           Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road)

Part 2: Explore which business model is best for you and investigate funding options.

Tuesday, July 12                    7 p.m.              Headquarters Library

Tuesday, August 16                10 a.m.           North Regional Branch

Wednesday, August 17           10 a.m.           Cliffdale Regional Branch

Part 3: Learn how to overcome fears and establish your financial goals.

Tuesday, July 19                    7 p.m.              Headquarters Library

Tuesday, August 23                10 a.m.            North Regional Branch

Wednesday, August 24           10 a.m.            Cliffdale Regional Branch
For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call 483-7727 or visit the library’s website at

Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Programs @ Your Library

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering information sessions on health insurance for seniors throughout the month of July. These programs are made possible by counselors trained by the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), an award-winning program developed by the State of North Carolina. It is designed to offer unbiased information on Medicare, prescription drug coverage and long-term care insurance along with access to other resources for seniors in our communities. There will also be an opportunity for those interested in becoming SHIIP counselors to learn about the recruiting process.
The full month’s SHIIP programs follow:
Monday, July 11 at 11 a.m.               Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane)

Tuesday, July 26 at 3 p.m.                 North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)

Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m.                  Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road)

For more information on this program and other free programs available at the library, call 483-7727 or visit

Learn to Dance @ Your Library

Throughout the month of July, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering a variety of dance-related programs for adults, children and teens. These programs allow people with or without dancing experience to have fun and get moving at the library. All dance classes are introductory and are intended primarily to be fun and to promote exercise and healthy living while also encouraging cultural understanding on where certain dances and rhythms originate.
Children’s dance programs:

Hip-Hop 4 Toddlers

Saturday, July 2 at 4 p.m.                    Spring Lake Branch (101 Laketree Blvd)

Bounce and sway to the hip-hop rhythm. Learn techniques of hip-hop and b-boy dancing with a special guest from Child of This Culture. Registration is required by calling 497-3650. 2-5 years.

Train like a Ballerina

Thursday, July 7 at 10 a.m.                 Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road)

Learn what it takes to dance, jump and twirl like a ballerina. We'll learn about training, healthy eating and dancing from a real-life ballerina. Registration is recommended. Grades K-5.

Belly Dancing for Kids

Monday, July 11 at 1 p.m.                   East Regional Branch

Learn basic techniques from our experienced belly dancers and make your own costume piece to take home. All ages.

Zumba for Kids

Friday, July 15 at 2:15 p.m.                 East Regional Branch (4809 Clinton Road)

Exercise the fun way, by learning to dance to cool music and Latin dance rhythms with Miss Marvine, a licensed instructor. Please wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe athletic shoes. Registration recommended. All ages.

Teen dance programs:

Girls’ Fit Club

Wednesday, July 6 at 5 p.m.                Cliffdale Regional Branch

Get fit as we try different exercise activities, including yoga and dance. Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothing and bring your water bottle and a yoga mat or towel. Grades 6-12.

“Just Dance 2016” Tournament

Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m.              Hope Mills Branch (3411 Golfview Road)

Show off your moves at this fun-filled dance tournament. Compete for the high score in Just Dance 2016 on the Xbox One. Prizes are given to the winners. No experience is needed. 10 years and up.

Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance

Monday, July 25 at 1 p.m.                   East Regional Branch

Learn the basics of hip-hop dance from Toni Brinker of The Firehouse: Eastover's Studio of Performing Arts. 10 years and up. Registration is recommended.

Teen Line Dancing

Friday, July 29 at 3 p.m.                      West Regional Branch (7469 Century Circle)

Get fit and have fun while learning the newest line dances. Grades 6-12.

Adult dance programs:

Getting Fit with Line Dancing

Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m.                West Regional Branch

Have fun as you dance your way to fitness while learning old and new line dances.

Shag Dancing for Beginners

Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.              East Regional Branch

Learn how to shag dance at the library! The Fayetteville Area Shag Association (FASA) will perform a demonstration and teach a shag dancing lesson. You do not need a dance partner to attend. Registration is required.

For more information on these programs and other free programs available at the library, call 483-7727 or visit

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

July Programming with Local & State History

This July, the Local & State History Room at Headquarters Library is delivering another round of programs for history enthusiasts. Join a walking tour of downtown Fayetteville where you can explore the influences of past centuries, attend one of the many sessions designed to further your understanding of family ancestry or explore what DNA research can tell us about genealogy.

The full month’s schedule follows. All programs take place at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane.

Genealogy Seminar: Sons of the American Revolution
Thursday, July 7 at 6 p.m.                     Pate Room
          David Gammon, North Carolina Genealogist for Sons of the American Revolution, gives away his best tips and genealogy tricks. Hear how members of genealogical societies begin researching a family line. Learn about the hottest spots to track down ancestors online and hear about archives that are worth a road trip visit. Library staff offer a brief tour of the Local & State History room at the conclusion of the lecture. This information session is open to the general public. Seating is limited. Registration is recommended.

Genealogical DNA: What it Means and How to Use it
Saturday, July 16 at 3 p.m.                       Local & State History Room
          You've seen the commercials; send a cheek swab and a credit card number and all your questions will be answered. But will they? Frank Horton from the Sons of the American Revolution will explain, in layman's terms, what the test can (and cannot) tell you and how it applies to lineage societies, such as SAR and DAR.

Genealogy Drop-In Clinic
Thursday, July 21 at 6 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.

Preserving Historic Documents
Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m.                     Pate Room
          Learn how to preserve, clean, and store those precious papers that document your family history, such as curled diplomas, folded letters, or dog-eared and dusty deeds. Class topics include a brief review on the composition of documents, potential condition issues, easy to implement treatments, when to call an expert, as well as handling, storage, and display tips.

Downtown Architecture Walking Tour
Saturday, July 30 at 9 a.m.                       Local & State History Room
          Discover the stories behind the many arches, gates and buildings in downtown Fayetteville. Staff from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum delve into the architecture and history of downtown, then lead a walking tour following the presentation.

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.