Monday, April 25, 2016

Friends of the Library Author Event: Elizabeth Engelhardt

Elizabeth Engelhardt, professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of A Mess of Greens: Southern Gender and Southern Food and Republic of Barbecue: Stories Beyond the Brisket, will discuss the food culture of the South and how it has been impacted by class, race and gender at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) on Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Dr. Engelhardt will discuss the intricacies of society through the cultural lens of food, traveling from plantation tables of excess to the southern tables of impoverished black and white people. Throughout her research, Dr. Engelhardt has depended on diaries, letters, cookbooks, novels, photographs and other archives to guide her as a scholar of Southern food studies and its influences on the many dynamics of society.

Dr. Engelhardt will be signing books after the presentation. For more information, call 483-7727 or visit

Monday, April 11, 2016

NC REAL Entrepreneurship Series is a Crash Course in Business

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering a series of courses beginning this April and May designed for aspiring entrepreneurs. The REAL Entrepreneurship Series consists of five stand-alone seminars that explore key issues related to starting your business. Topics include: self-assessment, business idea and site feasibility, legal structure, marketing and business financials. Attend the first four seminars in the series to earn your NC REAL Business Start-Up Certificate. All seminars take place at Cliffdale Regional Branch, 6882 Cliffdale Road. The series is offered by Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Small Business Center.

The Entrepreneur in You
Tuesday, April 19                    10 a.m.

Finding Your Customer
Tuesday, April 25                    10 a.m.
The library offers resources for new entrepreneurs to conduct marketing research on demographics, industry analysis and competition using Simply Map and other Regional Business Data.

Is the Price Really Right?
Tuesday, May 3                                   10 a.m.
Learning a few simple strategies will have you right in line with the competition and generating profits as well. Determine your breakeven point to determine how many products or services you need to sell each month to cover your expenses.

Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Business
Tuesday, May 10                     10 a.m.
Learn the 4 P’s of marketing and the importance of creating a marketing plan and budget to gain customers and increase sales. You will learn innovative ways to market and advertise your business effectively on a limited budget.

On Your Mark, Get Set and Go!
Tuesday, May 17         10 a.m.
Learn tips and strategies to start and sustain your business. Certificates will be given to those individuals who have completed four out of five sessions of the NC REAL Start-Up Series. This session does not count towards the certificate.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

March 6-12 is Severe Weather Preparedness Week and our guide gives you convenient access to information to help you and your family stay safe. Learn More....

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Election 2016 Online Library Guide

Our Information Services staff is providing this guide to provide you with information about voting in the 2016 elections. Learn More....

Friday, March 4, 2016

Book Discussion Series on Exploring the American West Begins March 8

Let’s Talk About It: Exploring the American West...Whose West? is a reading and discussion series that explores five books on the American West. The story of the American West is not one story, but many. It is the story of many cultures and peoples in combination...and in conflict. Check out the books in the series and then — Let’s Talk About It!

All programs are held at Headquarters Library 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 8 at 6:30 p.m. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
Coyote Springs is the only all-Indian rock band in Washington State—and the entire rest of the world. The band sings its own brand of the blues, full of poverty, pain and loss—but also joy and laughter. It all started one day when legendary bluesman Robert Johnson showed up on the Spokane Indian Reservation with a magical guitar, leaving it on the floor of Thomas Builds-the-Fire’s van after setting off to climb Wellpinit Mountain in search of Big Mom. National Book Award winner Alexie vaults with ease from comedy to tragedy and back in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures: Delta blues and Indian rock.

Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of my Chinese-American Family by Lisa See
Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles’s Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Last Refuge: The Environmental Showdown in Yellowstone and the American West by Jim Robbins
A sweeping vision of the American West: how it is being torn apart, how it might be saved. Framed by an examination of Yellowstone National Park and environs, this exploration of the West draws on interviews with ranchers, farmers, miners, environmentalists, archaeologists, Native Americans and others for a compelling description of America's most mythic place.

Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West by Patricia Nelson Limerick
The "settling" of the American West has been perceived throughout the world as a series of quaint, violent and romantic adventures. But in fact, Patricia Nelson Limerick argues, the West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition and consolidation. Here she interprets the stories and the characters in a new way: the trappers, traders, Indians, farmers, oilmen, cowboys and sheriffs of the Old West "meant business" in more ways than one, and their descendants mean business today.

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Find Your War Hero with New Fold3 Database

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center continues to provide the latest in resources for researchers and the community with access to the new database Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry. Access to the database is free from the library or from home with a library card. Fold3 offers access to over 473 million original documents related to military history from the Revolutionary War to recent military actions in Iraq. Fold3’s vast collection is also mostly original records that cannot be found anywhere else on the Internet making it one of the best collections of Civil War, World War II and Vietnam War records.
Fold3 also allows users to create memorial pages or honor walls for family members who served in the military. Users can create personal accounts to upload pictures, stories and documents to a page or wall, allowing collaboration and sharing of information to honor military family members.
Fold3 is not just for genealogists and researchers; with new documents being added all the time, it is perfect for military enthusiasts, veterans and their families or even the classroom. You can access Fold3 at any branch of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center as well as from home with your library card. Just go to our website, click on “Research a Topic,” then click “Genealogy” to find Fold3.

For more information on this and other free programs and services offered at your library, visit