Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reading Heroes Needed! Summer Reading Clubs June 1 - August 15

 Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering summer reading programs for readers of all ages from June 1 to August 15.

Keeping your children engaged in reading will help them avoid “summer set-back,” ensuring that they return to school ready for the next year.

To participate in summer reading, stop by any local library branch to pick up a reading log for the appropriate age group. In addition to a paper log, there is an opportunity to participate online. The online clubs allows individuals to share reading lists and review books.

As readers progress toward reading goals, they become eligible for prizes and (for teens and adults) drawings for gift cards. All prizes are limited to one per person and are available while supplies last. The Friends of the Library sponsor the summer reading clubs and provide all prizes and giveaways.

This year’s theme focuses on heroes of all kinds.

Summer Reading for Children:


Summer Reading for Teens:


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Prepare for August’s Job Fair with Job Search Boot Camp in July

         The Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering another session of the popular Job Search Boot Camp July 22 – August 15 at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane. Polish your job searching and interviewing skills. Registration is required for these free courses; call 483-7727 or visit our website to register. Prepare for the library job fair August 19.


Search Secrets and Strategies

Wednesday, July 22 9 a.m. Headquarters Library

Learn proven strategies for locating the right job for you, tools that can help and how traditional techniques may actually slow down your search. Registration is required.

Writing Killer Résumés and Cover Letters

Wednesday, July 29 9 p.m. Headquarters Library

Learn the secrets of writing killer résumés. Plus, we’ll help you determine if you need a cover letter or if you can skip it entirely. Registration is required.

Finding Insider Information on Employment Prospects

Wednesday, August 5 9 a.m. Headquarters Library

If you think that job ad seems too good to be true, you might be right. Check out prospective employers before you apply. Get the research you need to gain the competitive edge over your rivals at the interview. Learn where to go to find the inside information to ensure your next employer meets YOUR expectations. Registration is required.

Acing the Interview

Wednesday, August 12 9 a.m. Headquarters Library

You got the call. An interview is scheduled. Are you ready? Discuss dressing for success and proven techniques for answering even the most terrifying interview questions. Leave the class feeling confident, comfortable and ready to ace your interview. Registration is required.

Hands-on Interviewing Practice

Saturday, August 15 10 a.m. Headquarters Library

Put what you’ve learned about interviewing into practice. The best way to learn is by doing! Here’s your chance to smooth out those rough answers and to work on your delivery and presentation style. Participants will receive pointers and constructive criticism. Registration is required.

Library Offers Help Creating a My Social Security Account

          On three dates in July and August, Brenda Brown, a representative from the Social Security Administration, will offer drop-in help with creating a My Social Security account. Creating a My Social Security account makes it possible to keep track of earnings and verify them every year, get an estimate of future benefits, get a letter with proof of benefits, manage benefits, change your address, start or change your direct deposit, get a replacement Medicare card and get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

Monday, July 20                     10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane

Tuesday, August 4                  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bordeaux Branch, 3711 Village Drive

Monday, August 10                6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cliffdale Regional Branch, 6882 Cliffdale Road

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.

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.