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.

Friday, December 5, 2014

New Online Resources Brainfuse and Pronunciator Now Live

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is pleased to offer two new online resources free to all library card holders: Brainfuse and Pronunciator. Brainfuse and Pronunciator are replacing and Mango Languages, respectively. Both services can be accessed both within and outside the library on any computer with Internet access and offer apps for Android and iOS users.  

Brainfuse is an anytime, anywhere eLearning solution for students of all ages and levels. Brainfuse is divided into two sections: HelpNow for younger students and the Adult Learning Center. HelpNow provides resume assistance and live online tutoring from 2 p.m. to midnight. Includes: GED prep, 24/7 writing lab, skills building, Microsoft Office Essential Skills Series, and 24/7 Question Center. Both HelpNow and the Adult Learning Center assist students in preparing for the SAT/ ACT/AP tests.  Additionally, the Adult Learning Center offers help on TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), GED, HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) and the U.S. Citizenship Test.

Pronunciator, which has replaced Mango Languages, is a fun and easy way to learn any of 80 languages.

Register for free and start learning — at your own pace! All you need for now is a web browser with JavaScript enabled, and Flash version 10.0 or higher; or an iPad or iPhone/iPod with iOS 5.0 or higher; or an Android tablet or phone with Android 3.0 and up. To get started, click here!

Monday, October 20, 2014

2013/2014 Annual Report Now Available

It's been a productive fiscal year for the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center! The 2013-2014 Annual Report is now available to read online. The report includes:

  • Back to Work: Job fairs give back to the community.
  • We Mean Business: The library offers space and technology for entrepreneurs.
  • Grants for the Good: Branches make use of funding to purchase technology.
  • Learning Happens: From science to summer reading, the library helps students.
  • Recognition: Read about award-winning programs and services.
  • Library Board: Meet our Board of Trustees.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Headquarters Library Voted Best Library Branch, Best Use of Tax Dollars

Since 1998, Up & Coming Weekly has asked the public to cast their vote in the annual Best of Fayetteville awards. In 2014, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is honored to receive two awards: Headquarters Library was voted Best Library Branch and the library system, along with Cumberland County Schools, was voted Best Use of Local Tax Dollars.

“We’re glad to hear that people value our Headquarters Library in its urban location,” said Jane Casto, manager of Headquarters Library. “It’s not a quiet location in a small neighborhood, but a bustling, busy library in the heart of downtown.” At right, Jane Casto accepts the award from Up & Coming’s Bill Bowman.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fayetteville 411 Offers Relocation Readiness Resources

If you are a newcomer to the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area, check out this LibGuide offering relocation resources. Fayetteville 411 offers area maps; tips on moving safely from the U.S. Department of Transportation; crime statistics and safety tips from the Fayetteville, Hope Mills and Spring Lake Police Departments as well as the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office; ground and air transportation information; housing search resources; local providers of utilities, trash/landfill services, television and Internet; and local media outlets.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DAR's Essay Contest

Here are resources to help you write your essay for the Daughters of the American Revolution's 2014 American History Essay Contest. Learn more...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Bus Route Serves West Regional Branch Library

West Regional Branch Library, 7469 Century Circle, is now served by a new bus route on the Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST). Route #10 provides service between Century Circle in West Fayetteville along Strickland Bridge Road and Raeford Road to Ireland Drive and connects with the existing Route #7.
            Many of the other branches of the Cumberland County Library & Information Center are also served by bus routes. Route #9 serves North Regional Branch Library, 855 McArthur Road; Route #15 serves Bordeaux Branch Library, 3711 Village Drive; Routes #4, #12 and #14 serve Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane; and Routes #17 and #18 serve Cliffdale Regional Branch Library, 6882 Cliffdale Road.

For maps, schedules and more information about FAST, visit

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Library Offers Free Driver's Permit Practice Tests

Getting a driver’s license is a big responsibility and preparation is important to passing the written exam. The library is offering free North Carolina driver permit practice tests for automobiles and motorcycles licenses. The free tests are available at and do not require a library card number or any personal information.
           The site also provides convenient access to the North Carolina Driver Handbook and more. This resource is for anyone looking to brush up on his or her knowledge of North Carolina traffic laws and provides a helpful frequently asked questions section with answers that residents might need without having to visit the local Department of Motor Vehicles.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Be Prepared - Hurricane Season is Upon Us

This guide to Natural Disasters & Emergency Preparedness will help you find local, state and federal assistance should you need it after a natural disaster. It also provides valuable information about how to prepare for emergencies.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Be Prepared for Hurricanes & Natural Disasters

This guide will help you find local, state, and federal assistance should you need it after a natural disaster. It will also provide valuable information about how to prepare for emergencies and links to library books and DVDs. Learn more...
Hurricane Fran 1996

Digital Special Collections of the American Museum of Natural History

Digital Special Collections of the American Museum of Natural History’s Research Library provides free access to our rich collections of digitized archival photographic images, art and memorabilia images and Rare Book Collection illustrations. Learn More...


Rare Book Collection

Finnin, Denis, “Cicinnurus regius from Elliot's A monograph of the Paradiseidae,” AMNH Digital Special Collections, accessed June 11, 2014,
Cicinnurus regius from Elliot's A monograph of the Paradiseidae
New Guinea

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Homeschooling and Your Library

Welcome all Homeschool Parents and Youth! Whether you are currently homeschooling or just starting out, this is the place for you. Learn More....

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Is It Time to Stop Smoking?

Perhaps your New Year's resolution is to kick the habit. Click here to find out more about how to quit smoking.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Help the Friends to Help the Library!

The Friends of the Library ask that you donate your gently used books, CDs and DVDs to any library location. 

These materials are sold at the Friends Book Sales held four times a year. Proceeds enrich programming for Cumberland County citizens, including author visits and Summer Reading Clubs as well as opportunities for professional development for library staff members.

For more information, call any library location or email: