Friday, June 26, 2015

Free Genealogy Research Tips, Tricks and Tour @ Your Library

This month, two free genealogy seminars are offered at the Local & State History Room in Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane. The North Carolina Genealogist for Sons of the American Revolution presents a seminar on Thursday, July 9, and Local & State History Room staff offer a seminar aimed at Generation Z on Monday, July 13.

Genealogy Seminar: Sons of the American Revolution
Frank Horton, North Carolina Genealogist for Sons of the American Revolution, will give away his best genealogy tips and tricks at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9. Horton will demonstrate how members of genealogical societies begin researching a family line. He will also lecture on the hottest spots to track down ancestors online and recommend archives that are worth a road trip to visit. Library staff will offer a brief tour of the Local & State History Room at the conclusion of the lecture. Seating is limited and registration is recommended. To register, please call 483-7727 ext. 1359.

Genealogy Gems for Generation Z
On Monday, July 13 at 2 p.m., learn about fun games, crafts and projects that incorporate family history. Genealogy doesn't have to be a drag for the younger generation. Make reunions more fun. Bring a picture of your favorite ancestor or relative and make it into a personalized "family hero" trading card. Grade 3 - adult.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Library Closed - Independence Day

Due to the Independence Day holiday, all locations close at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, and remain closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. All locations resume regular hours on Sunday, July 5. 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 web site or by calling (910) 223-0431.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Library Receives Funding to Address Family Well-Being and Foster Early Literacy

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has received grants from the State Library of North Carolina and the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County.
          The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library will position the library as a center for lifelong learning where families can improve their general knowledge of health and take practical steps in managing their well-being. The $35,813 grant will fund “Health Happens @ Your Library,” a comprehensive initiative that includes programs for all ages, health-related exhibitions, collection development, digital displays and themed story time kits.
          The Women’s Giving Circle grant of $8,625 supplements the library’s Raising A Reader (RAR) program and will provide 69 digital and print books with headphones to children at designated child care centers. The centers provide care for children who will attend elementary schools where students are not reading at the expected grade level by the end of third grade. Raising A Reader is a national program that engages caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight and fosters healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading and the literacy skills critical for school success. RAR is funded through the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County.

The LSTA grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the 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.

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) seeks to build and encourage philanthropy in women, engage all generations, and encourage women to be more intentional with their giving.  The WGC and its projects focus on women and children in Cumberland County and is administered through the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Library Hosts Showcase for Local Authors June 26

           Meet writers from the Sandhills region during Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center’s annual Local Authors’ Showcase on Friday, June 26. The event runs from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Pate Room of the Headquarters Library.
          This author fair will give the community a chance to meet area writers to learn more about their books as well as an opportunity to purchase books. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit or call Erika Earp at 483-7727 ext. 1350.

As of June 8, the following authors are scheduled to participate:

  • Annette Bailey — The Daily Brainstorm Vol. 1
    Patrice Carter — SUPERb Woman: From Bad Girl to God's Girl
  • Cedric Coleman — Anointed Spoken Word
  • Shirley Jones — Journey Home
  • Lady J — I Know I'm Bad
  • Leslie Miklosy — Thinkerer; My Thoughts Prefer Side Streets; Which is More Round, The World or Your Tummy?
  • Star Noble — Secrets to a Happy Life
  • DeWanna Whitted — The Pig That Wanted to be Kept; Into Me You See
  • Fred Whitted — Black Diamonds; Fayetteville: Profiled in Black

  • Sonya Boone — Sneak Attack; Sneak Attack 2
  • Elizabeth C. Burgess — Prison Camp Road; A Day in Cascilla; The Twins' Cafe; Meadow Keep; Jody and the Backyard Bullies
  • Ellen Corcoran Hart — Beloved Innocence
  • Paul Joseph — Marker Stone; Homesick; Infinity Machine
  • Joseph Latino — The Device
  • Michael Potts — End of Summer; Unpardonable Sin; Aerobics for the Mind; Hiding From the Reaper
  • H.V. Purvis — Extinction; Survival; Death in a Small Town
  • Kathleen Wanamaker — Maelstrom: A Storm is Brewing
  • A.C. Warneke — A Million Kisses or More; Stone Solitude
  • David G. Wilson — High Crimes in Carolina
  • Peaches Dean — Memories of My Mommy
  • Sophia Moore — How Would You Feel?
  • Sharon Williams — Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Rainforest Adventure
  • Kari Grace Neal — Random Thoughts From a Very Random Redhead
  • Carlton R. Smith — The Ignorant Grandfather

Build Early Literacy Skills with ABC Mouse

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has added a new service called ABC Mouse. ABC Mouse is an educational game available at all eight library locations on computers in the children’s area. The learning program teaches reading, math and other early learning skills and is recommended for children in preschool through early primary grades. Even the youngest computer users will be able to begin the journey into reading. 
To access the game, find the ABC Mouse icon on the desktop of all public computers in the Youth Services area of each library branch.
Providing access to ABC Mouse supports the library’s long-range plan goal of providing early literacy resources to the public.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Easy to Use Online Community Resource Guides

Learn about resources available in Cumberland County through the library's community resource guides. You may also find community resources through Cape Fear Valley Health System's online guide that includes support groups, community education programs, advance directives and more.