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.

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