Monday, October 16, 2017

October 15-21 is National Friends of the Library Week

The library is celebrating National Friends of the Library Week October 15-21. Libraries across the country are inspiring community members to join the Friends and thanking Friends members for the endless support their efforts provide the public library.
The Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library, Inc. enhances library services for everyone in Cumberland County and its financial support helps the library fulfill its commitment to advancing literacy, promoting creativity and serving our community. The entire community is also invited to quarterly book sales and special author events the Friends host throughout the year.
To join the Friends, select "Give Now" on the library's website. Friends memberships (starting at $15) make great gifts and provide early entry to the members-only books sales.
For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Friends of the Library Book Sales November 14, 18 & 19

Collection of donated materials ready to be sold!

The Friends book sale is selling thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more! A special Friends members-only sale will be held Tuesday, November 14 from 4 - 7 p.m. Anyone who is not a member may join at the sale or through the library's website. A public book sale is scheduled Saturday, November 18 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m and Sunday, November 19 from 1 - 4 p.m. Cash and checks are accepted, and credit and debit cards with a minimum purchase of $10.

The entrance to the book sale is at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) through the back door near the creek. Please follow the directional signs posted.

          Items in the sale have been donated to the Friends of the Library or have been discarded from the library's collection. Proceeds provide the Friends with the ability to supplement library programs and services such as Summer Reading Programs and the guest author speaker series.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Community Forum on Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Moderated panel discussion at Headquarters Library

The Cumberland County Public Library hosts a community forum at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane on Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. This moderated panel discussion gives our community an opportunity to learn from experts, share opinions and explore alternate perspectives. Forum participants include:
Dr. Peter Murray, Professor of United States History at Methodist University.
Panel members:
Dr. Stanley Johnson, Professor of United States History at Fayetteville State University.
Dr. Harry L. Watson, Professor of Southern Culture at UNC Chapel Hill.
Dr. Tom Hennessey, Fayetteville State University faculty retiree.
David Winslow, Senior Consultant with the North Carolina Civil War History Center Foundation.
For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Library's Annual Report & Update

Check out your library's Annual Report and Update by clicking here.

Thank you for letting us serve you, Cumberland County!

Friends of the Library will Match Library Endowment Fund Donations

Giving benefits library programs and services for everyone

         The Friends of the Library will match any donation to the Library Endowment Fund – Cumberland County, North Carolina (LEF) in 2017 up to $50,000. For example, a $50 donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar with a total of $100 added to the fund.
          The LEF is managed by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. and is intended to enhance library services and programs that would otherwise not be possible. Every financial gift increases the fund’s principal and the interest it earns is devoted to enhancing library services. Funds are then disbursed annually to enrich library services including early literacy and cultural programming for adults, teens and children.
          To learn more, visit “Give Now” at or contact library administration at (910) 483-7727 ext. 1304 or the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. at (910) 483-4449.

          Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt charitable organization. All gifts, whether made today or through an estate or will, are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. (CCF) administers all library endowments and trusts, which can be verified by the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (919) 807-2214.

Friends of the Library Present Elliot Engel

Engel discusses the brilliance of Jane Austen
          Dr. Elliot Engel celebrates his 40th appearance at Cumberland County Public Library at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 22 at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane. This discussion will single out Jane Austen, the first great woman writer in English, and the multiple perfections within her novels. 
          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 every continent.
          Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for Friends members and $2 for students and are sold at the door, first-come, first-served. You may join the Friends at the door or online. 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 is used solely for library needs beyond the budget provided by Cumberland County.