Friday, December 2, 2016

Public Library Recognized by NC Public Library Directors Association

Public Library Recognized by NC Public Library Directors Association

Library receives three distinguished awards

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has received three awards from the NCPLDA. The library received outstanding awards for Teen Library Programming for the Vocational Job Fair for teens and young adults, the Adult Library Programming for It’s a WRAP! Winter Reading & Activity Program and Staff Development Program for Calculating the Caldecott. These awards are the result of library staff’s hard work planning programs that improve serving the evolving needs of Cumberland County residents. The awards were presented to the Library Director, Jody Risacher, at the annual banquet on December 1, 2016.
The Vocational Job Fair was designed for teens and emerging adults with little or no job experience. It provides a place to connect with prospective employers, to explore potential careers and gain valuable job seeking skills. The Vocational Job Fair offered résumé review, help with online applications and interview tips and practice. Over 600 people attended three fairs held in 2015 and 2016.
It’s a WRAP! (Winter Reading & Activity Program) was a fun way to encourage customers to interact with their library during a traditionally slower time of year. The library had 485 children and 465 adults participate in the inaugural It’s a WRAP! program in 2015-2016. A second program is planned for January 2017.
Calculating the Caldecott is a three-part staff training that earned the Staff Development Project Award. The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the U.S. during a given year. Fifteen library staff members attended this training designed to enhance Youth Services’ ability to assess children’s literature critically and make age-appropriate recommendations based on the Caldecott award criteria. The varied sessions encouraged participants to actively read and suggest children’s books for the Mock Caldecott award while continuing to develop their skills in book evaluation.
For more information about these and other free library programs, call 483-7727 or visit

The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association is a 501(c)4 organization made up of the directors of the state’s eighty public libraries. Its mission is to share professional knowledge and experience for the good of all members, to serve as advocates for public libraries with the state legislature, to give voice to the aspirations of the public library community, and to serve as the primary liaison between the state library agency and the public libraries.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Craft Programs @ Your Library

Make homemade gifts for your family and friends!

Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center is building up to the holidays with crafty, creative programs for everyone. If you need a little inspiration from fellow crafters or want to give your gifts a personal touch, embrace the many opportunities hosted at a library near you.

            For a full list of craft programs, visit the library’s online calendar and search for “craft.” This month, stop by the library to make gourd necklaces, ugly sweaters, paper and recycled ornaments, popsicle stick snowmen and more.

The following is a brief list of craft programs available at a library nears you. For a complete list or more information on these and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Broke Holiday
Sunday, December 4               2 p.m.
Here come the holidays and there goes your money. Save $$$ this holiday season and craft your frugal heart out for that special someone or for that 3rd cousin who insists on getting you something every year. Supplies and an escape from home are provided. Adults only.

Etching for Christmas
Wednesday, December 7        10 a.m.
Add flair to your glassware with etching. Be creative this Christmas for your special one. Bring in a piece of glassware or choose from a limited supply. Supplies are provided and registration is required. Adult only.

Crazy4Crafts - Popsicle Stick Snowmen
Monday, December 12                6:30 p.m.
On the second Monday of every month, meet other adult craft enthusiasts and make fun and inexpensive crafts with items that can be easily found around the house. December's Theme: Popsicle stick crafts. All materials are provided. 18 years and up.

Let's Celebrate the Holidays!
Tuesday, December 13                 10 a.m.
Celebrate the December holidays with us as we listen to stories, sing songs and have a special craft about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa! Registration is required. 3-5 years.

Ugly Sweater, Pretty Present
Wednesday, December 14      6 p.m.
Ugly sweaters are taking over Hope Mills! You bring the sweater and we will provide the ugly. Stick around and make a holiday trinket tree that would make a pretty present. 12 years & up.

Weekend Craft — Felt Gift Card Envelopes
Saturday, December 17                1 p.m.
Are you constantly looking for a way to jazz up your gift cards? Felt envelopes will quickly add the distinctive flair to your packaging that you've been looking for. Registration required. Materials provided. Adult only.

Holidaze Craft for Teens
Wednesday, December 21      3 p.m.
Create a holiday craft and edible treats to give to your family and friends. There will also be a gift wrapping station. Grades 6-12.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Library Welcomes New Deputy Director

Key appointment made in library’s leadership

Cotina Jones has been hired as the Cumberland County Public Library’s Deputy Director. Jones has served in libraries since 1997, with her first job as a part-time reference librarian in the Granville County Public Library System. She has worked within school library systems and as branch manager in Granville County. Most recently, she has worked in academic libraries at Winston-Salem State University as Health Sciences Librarian and Special Projects Coordinator and at North Carolina Central University as Assistant Director of Library Services.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s from North Carolina Central University in biology and library science respectively. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at North Carolina A & T State University in the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education. Jones began work on November 14 and Director Jody Risacher said, “we are thrilled to have Cotina’s experience and talents joining library leadership.”

For more information on this or free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Teen Health Awareness Programs

Teen Health Awareness Programs
Your library and SHIFT NC team up to breach tough subjects for teens
This December, Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center is offering two December programs on teen health awareness designed especially for grades 6-12. These awareness programs are made possible by SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens), a statewide nonprofit leading North Carolina to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health through increased awareness. Speakers from SHIFT NC will discuss pregnancy prevention, birth control options, STIs, abstinence and more.
            Teen Health Awareness program details follow:
            Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. – Spring Lake Branch (101 Laketree Blvd.)
            Thursday, December 8 at 5 p.m. – North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)

For more information on these and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 822-1998.

Christmas Portraits @ Cliffdale Regional Branch Library

Christmas Portraits @ Cliffdale Regional Branch Library
Free holiday portraits courtesy of the Cliffdale Shutterbug Photography Club

The Cliffdale Shutterbug Photographers are offering their services for free this holiday season. On Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m. at Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road) individuals and families are invited to attend in their festive best and have your family portrait taken. The Cliffdale Shutterbugs are a group of photographers that meet bi-monthly to take and review photographs, many of which have been on display at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County galleries. Please be prepared to save your portraits to a personal flash drive. Registration for this program is required online or by phone at (910) 864-3800.

For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 864-3800.

Monday, November 7, 2016

All Library Branches to Offer Discard Book Sales

While Friends of the Library book sales have been suspended during the restoration process at Headquarters Library, each library branch will begin selling discarded books to benefit the Friends. Children’s books will be two for $1; all other books will be $1 each.
Proceeds will provide the Friends with the ability to supplement library programs and services that would not otherwise be possible such as Summer Reading Programs and the guest author speaker series.
Individuals wanting to support the Friends of the Library may select "Give Now" on the library's website. Friends memberships start at $15 and make great gifts. Membership enables entry to the members-only sale when book sales resume next year. In addition, all donations up to $12,500 to the Library Endowment Trust, managed by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Friends of the Library through Dec. 31, 2016.

            For more information, including the dates of rescheduled author visits, volunteer opportunities and more, visit the library’s website.