Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sign up for New Emergency Notification

Cumberland County Emergency Services has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification service. The CodeRED system provides county officials the ability to quickly deliver weather warnings and other urgent messages to targeted areas or to the entire county. You can sign up by clicking here.

Emergency Services Director Kenny Currie cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them.

"If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called," Currie said. The system will give individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Currie said. Individuals and businesses can also sign up through the County’s website and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page.

Residents can supply as many phone numbers for one address as they choose; however, they cannot supply numerous addresses for one phone number. Citizens can also supply email addresses and choose to receive text messages. At the bottom of the link, they will notice the Weather Warning box. This is where they choose whether or not they wish to receive the weather warnings, and if so, which warnings they want to receive (flash flood, tornado, and/or severe weather).

Citizens without Internet access may call the Emergency Management Office at 910-678-7641 M-F from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number.

All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

“CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages," Currie said.

“CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes,” Currie said. Questions should be directed to the Emergency Management Office at 910-678-7641.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Disney Digital Books Now Online!

Hundreds of Disney Digital books are now online and can be checked out! Based on popular Disney shows and movies from classics to new releases, these fun interactive books range from picture books to chapter books. To get started, click here! You'll need your library card, so keep it handy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Shop your favorite stores while giving to the Friends!

Your online shopping can provide cash donations to the Friends of the Library,which is now registered with Each time you shop at more than 900 stores, will donate up to 26% of your purchase to the Friends.
Signing up with is free, fast and simple!
Just register with and select The Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library as your designated charity. Then, whenever you shop online, start at and from there select the store of your choice and shop as you usually do.
Through you can shop at the following stores, plus hundreds more!
Bed Bath & Beyond
Best Western
Burpee Gardening
Clinique Online
L.L. Bean
Lowe's Home Improvements
Saks Fifth Avenue
Swiss Colony
Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Library’s $100K Grant Provides Technology to Better Serve Cumberland County

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has been awarded a $100,000Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to purchase equipment to fully implement Radio Frequency Identification Technology to better serve the residents of Cumberland County.

Upon learning that the library received the grant, Library Director Jody Risacher said, “This is a huge step in providing the very best customer service possible and will help us extend RFID technology to all library locations.” West Regional Branch Library and Bordeaux Branch Library already utilize RFID technology.

RFID technology, which enables communication through radio waves, transfers data between library materials and an electronic tag attached to the materials for the purpose of identification and tracking. As a result, customers can checkout their own materials, which virtually eliminates waiting in line for service and improves staff efficiency. Work on the six locations, which remain open during the project, begins immediately and is planned to cause as little inconvenience as possible to library customers.

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center received one of the seven competitive grants that were awarded for fiscal year 2011-2012 specifically for technology. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services for their communities. The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners also approved a budget allocation to complete this project.

This 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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cumberland County History at Your Library

Have you visited our Local and State History Room at Headquarters Library? Click here to find out more.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Take NCpedia's Easy Online Quiz

How much do you know about NC? Test your NC trivia knowledge with this quiz at NCpedia. NCpedia is an online resource the covers all of NC related to Biography & Peoples; Business & Industry; Culture; Education; Geography & Environment; Government; History; Quick Facts.

"Everything you need to know about North Carolina is on NCpedia! I mean everything!" -- Michael Boyle, History Teacher.

This valuable resources is good for people of all ages and is receiving the 2011 Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Services.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Emergency Preparedness Resources

Click here for resources related to emergency preparedness and keeping your family safe in the event of a disaster.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Questions About World Events?

The Library has electronic access to magazines and journals from all over the country. Learn more about current world events, such as the conflict in Libya, through our online resources. Visit NCLive to get started. For Culture Grams, click "C" from here. You will need your library card number for both sites.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011