Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Library Accepting Applications for Local Author Showcase June 26

Writers from the Sandhills region are invited to participate in the Local Authors’ Showcase on 4th Friday, June 26, 2015. The event runs from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Pate Room of Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane.

Local authors may submit an application to participate. Space is limited, and authors will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for a table at the event, published authors should download an application form here: Please mail completed applications by May 15 to:

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center
ATTN: Erika Earp
300 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28301.

The Local Authors’ Showcase gives the community a chance to meet area writers and learn more about their books. For more information, please contact program coordinator Erika Earp at 483-7727 x1350 or

Monday, March 16, 2015

Get Riveted by the 2015 NC Science Festival

The North Carolina Science Festival, running April 10-26, is a multi-day celebration across the state showcasing science and technology. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.
The Cumberland County Library & Information Center is proud to participate in the festival again this year. All eight library branches are offering programming for all ages focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. Much of the library’s 2015 festival programming focuses on the topic of sound; programs are planned at each branch to explore the science of music and sound. Other topics include forensics, a science fair for homeschoolers, astronomy, natural science, science in the kitchen and the science of color. A full schedule is available on the library’s website.
The North Carolina Science Festival offers the opportunity to celebrate science in a fun and welcoming setting. This Festival seeks to cultivate a positive environment that encourages children to pursue science-related careers and encourages businesses to invest in North Carolina.
For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call (910) 483-7727 or visit the library’s website at

The North Carolina Science Festival is an initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Learn more at

Friends will Match Library Endowment Trust Donations in 2015

          The Friends of Library have announced that they will match any donation to the Library Endowment Trust (LET) in 2015 until donations reach $7,500. So far, there have been $2,081 in donations, leaving $5,419 to match. The LET is managed by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Every financial gift increases the fund’s principal and the interest it earns is devoted to enhancing library services that would otherwise not be possible.
          There are several methods of contributing to the LET. Contact Cumberland County Public Library at (910) 483-7727 ext. 1304 or Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. at (910) 483-4449 to learn how you can remember the library through a direct gift, life insurance, appreciated securities/stocks, other tangible assets, a bequest or by creating your own legacy through a named endowment to support your preferred library branch. Information is also available under “Support Your Library” at All 2015 donations to the LET are eligible for the doubling program.
           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.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pay Your Overdue Fines Online

Pay Your Overdue Fines Online
Library customers can now pay fines online using a credit or debit card

          Library customers can now pay their fines using their credit/debit cards online (MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted), making it more convenient to keep your account in good standing.
          To pay fines online, log in to your account via the link at the top right of If you have any outstanding fines, you will see them under the "Fines" section of the Account Summary and will be given the option to pay online. If you need help, ask at any information desk.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Online Tax Guide for 2014

This guide provides easy access to information about free and low-cost tax assistance, books, and more to help you during this year's tax season. Learn more...

Monday, December 29, 2014

Library Wins Two Awards from NC Public Library Directors Association

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center received two awards from the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association. The first award was for an Outstanding New/Improved Library Facility; Hope Mills Branch won in the category of medium-sized remodeled facility (10,000 - 25,999 square feet). The library's homeschooling programming also won an award for programming designed for children and families. 

          Hope Mills Branch Library, built in 1992 at 11,200 square feet, has become the highest circulating community branch in the county. The branch's renovation enhanced the usability of this community space by the addition of a conference room for customers and increased the number of computers in the adult and children's labs. It maximized seating for small groups and independent study and provided functional furniture and an overall improved aesthetic.

          Through networking and seeking public input, the library established a series of successful programs, activities and resources geared specifically for homeschoolers and their families. Services to this target audience have expanded from one pilot location to four others with more coming online this year. During the last fiscal year, we reached 840 participants, both children and their parents, with programs like Homeschool Fun Friday, Homeschool Story Time, Homeschool Parents' Night Out and Homeschool Chess Club.