Thursday, December 13, 2012

Community Resources

Community Resources have been added to our website. You can find easy-to-access information for those who are in need of assistance, suggestions for family-friendly things to do, and links to government agencies and more. You may click here or "Community Resources" in the menu on the right hand side of the library's home page. Keep checking back as new topics will be added.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Library Wins National Medal

National Award Recognizes Exceptional Contributions to Cumberland County

WASHINGTON (November 5, 2012) – The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced Cumberland County Public Library in North Carolina as one of 10 recipients of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community, the National Medal celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities. The National Medal will be presented at a celebration in Washington, D.C. on November 14.

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is a vital resource in a community distressed by the economic downturn. At the heart of workforce development, the library offers job skills training, entrepreneurial opportunities, one-on-one assistance, and job fairs. In addition, the library’s award-winning programs foster literacy, celebrate arts, culture, and their rich history. Given its proximity to Fort Bragg, the library lends support to military service members and their families.

“Museums and libraries serve as community gathering places and centers for lifelong learning, and we are very proud to name the Cumberland County Public Library one of this year’s National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners,” said Susan Hildreth, director, Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This year’s National Medal recipients demonstrate the many ways libraries and museums build strong communities and provide opportunities for individual success. Innovative programs are teaching residents how to read late in life, inspiring children to dream, using technology to offer e-books on the go, bridging cultural differences, and more.”

“The modern library transforms its community. Just by entering our doors a person gains the potential for intellectual growth. You have at your fingertips resources and experiences beyond the ordinary, all ready to be realized. Public libraries are also a positive force that keeps democracy vibrant,” said Cumberland County Public Library Director Jody Risacher. Willie Wright, a retired U.S. Army veteran who has volunteered at the library since 1987, will travel to Washington and share the impact Cumberland County Public Library has had on his life during the November 14 celebration.

This year’s honorees exemplify the nation’s great diversity of libraries and museums and include a school library, county library systems, individual libraries, children’s museums, an art museum, science centers, a park conservancy, and more, hailing from 10 different states. Medal winners are selected from nationwide nominations of institutions that demonstrate innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. For a complete list of 2012 recipients and to learn more about the 2012 National Medal winners, please visit

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grantmaking, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter at @US_IMLS.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Attention Nook Owners!

We've got an app to help you! Go to the Nook App Store and download the Overdrive Media Console app to read free eBooks from the NC Digital Library. Download directly to your Nook Color, HD, or HD+, Tablet.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Safeguarding Your Identity

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission.  The FTC’s updated resources explain how to protect your information and how to respond if it’s stolen. Click the following links for more information: "Taking Charge What to Do if Your Identity is Stolen," "Safeguarding Your Child's Future," and "Identity Theft What to Know, What to Do."

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Series on Mystery & Crime Begins In September

Explore modern crime as a dilemma
in our own community as we kick off the book discussion series: Let’s Talk About It: Mysteries – Clues to Who We Are on Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m., Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane.

The novels are concerned with not only the crime that impacts the communities in which they occur, but also how the communities mold and shape those crimes. The discussion series, which is facilitated by local scholars, encourages us to discover clues to our own identities through thoughtful dialogue focused on the following books:

Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
The death of a young Zuni Indian boy is complicated by the Zuni religion and distrust between two different Indian tribes.

Burn Marks, by Sara Paretsky
Solving the crime is made more difficult by the clash between disenfranchised populations and power-hungry real estate developers.

Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Features Easy Rawlins, a black WWII veteran, and recreates the history and social attitudes of black Americans in the 1940s.

Time’s Witness by Michael Malone
In the fictional small town of Hilliston, N.C., solving the crime includes navigating the South’s ghosts of race and prejudice.

The Last Child by John Hart
The disappearance of a child is complicated by the nature of family life and race relations.

Copies are available for participants to check out and discussions are free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be by clicking here,or at any location, or by calling 483-7727 ext. 202. You may also text “ccplinfo.”

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina. It is also sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dial 2-1-1

Need help, but don't know where to turn? Simply dial 2-1-1 from your home, office or cell phone, any time 24 hours a day, 365days a year to learn about vital services in your community. This call is free, confidential and available in any language.
An information specialist will give you referrals to local organizations that provide for basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter; child care services; consumer help; counseling; crisis intervention, healthcare, housing, senior services, support groups, and volunteer opportunities.
2-1-1 is a service of the United Way with support from Cumberland County, City of Fayetteville, PWC, Cape Fear Valley, and Give an Hour Community Blueprint Network.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Scan Documents to USB

At Headquarters Library and Cliffdale Regional Library, you can now scan documents to a USB flash drive. The process is simple: Insert the money, place a USB in the port, select the “scan to external memory” option and hit start. The document is scanned and saved within seconds, ready to upload to e-mail via one of the library’s computers or the customer’s own. The cost of the scan is fifty cents per page.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Need Help Finding an eReader?

Click here for a general comparison chart of popular eReaders. Our staff suggests that you research the features of the devices that you are considering and try them out in person if possible. Always remember that what makes the eReader right for you is the content it provides.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Download books to Kindle for free!

You can now download books for Kindle through NC Digital Library. To get started, click here.