Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Young Adult Author Visiting Headquarters Library

Author will discuss truisms of teen fiction and subsequent Twitter sensation

The Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, will host Carrie Ann DiRisio on Saturday, November 25 at 2:30 p.m. DiRisio is the author of the young adult parody book BROODING YA HERO: Becoming a Main Character. This hysterical, illustrated novel takes a reader through all the tropes and clich├ęs of a teen story. The book will be available for purchase and she will sign personal copies following the presentation.
DiRisio is from Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing her masters in digital marketing. Her book’s main character, the Brooding YA Hero, is a Twitter sensation and can be followed at @broodingYAhero.
For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 424-4008.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Libraries closed for Thanksgiving holiday

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, all locations are close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and remain closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24. All locations reopen on Saturday, November 25. 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's website or by calling (910) 223-0432.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Headquarters Library Hosts Book Discussion Series on the African-American Experience

Headquarters Library Hosts "Let's Talk About It" book discussions

Let's Talk About It: The African-American Experience: Looking Forward, Looking Back serve as a chronology of sorts, recounting the periods of American history where African Americans struggled for freedom and enfranchisement - from slavery in the antebellum period to the post-civil rights era of the latter twentieth century. In distinct ways, these authors explore the role of African Americans in the creation of an American culture even as they tell of the inhumanity of slavery, the trials of emancipation, unjust Jim Crow laws, senseless segregation and violence in response to the civil rights movement.

All programs are held at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) 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, October 3 at 6 p.m. Family by J. California Cooper
Discussion Leader: Alice Osborn

J. California Cooper's powerful first novel, Family, weaves a tragic story of loss and triumph across the generations of one family. This novel depicts the painful realities of slavery and racism, while also sharing the joys and triumphs as the characters create new lives, retaining their dignity and humanity.

Tuesday, October 17 at 6 p.m. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Discussion Leader: Sandra Govan

James Baldwin's autobiographical first novel highlights the powerful themes of struggle and perseverance in the face of systemic racism. John's story is deeply intertwined with those of his parents, his aunt and his slave grandmother. 

Tuesday, October 31 at 6 p.m. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Discussion Leader: Frank Deena

Ralph Ellison's seminal novel, Invisible Man, tells the story of an unnamed protagonist who finds himself invisible to society because of the color of his skin.  The narrator's story encompasses the social and intellectual ramifications of being black in America.

Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Discussion Leader: Sandra Govan

Alice Walker's acclaimed novel, The Color Purple, tells the story of Celia, a young woman who relates her experiences and those of her family and friends in letters to God.  Downtrodden and abused as a child, then sold in marriage to the seemingly omnipotent Mister, Celia must find the strength and self-confidence to escape and win peace for herself and her children.

Tuesday, November 28 at 6 p.m. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
Discussion Leader: Bill DiNome

Echoing actual events in the racially-segregated South, Bebe Moore Campbell's Your Blues Ain't Like Mine begins with the murder of an African-American boy in 1950s Mississippi, just after integration laws have been enacted. This vivid, haunting work of historical fiction discusses not only civil rights activism and the quest for justice, but its effect on one family's search for hope and healing.

 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.

Monday, October 16, 2017

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 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.