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 Tutor.com 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!