Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Get Answers to Tax Questions @ Your Library

As tax season approaches, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering several programs designed to answer your tax-related questions. Topics include “First-Time Tax Filers,” “Small Business Tax Questions” and “Understanding the Tax Code.” In addition, reference the "Tax Help: Free and Low-Cost Assistance" library resource guide for more information.

Taxes and You
Monday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m.                   East Regional Branch
Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m.                   North Regional Branch
Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m.                  Cliffdale Regional Branch
Tax changes can impact you and your family on federal and state levels. An H&R Block tax professional instructs you on common do's and don'ts for your tax returns including W-4 basics, life changes, filing status & exemptions, and the Affordable Care Act and its impact on your tax return.

Understanding the U.S. Tax System
Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m.                   North Regional Branch
Thursday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m.                  Cliffdale Regional Branch
Thursday, January 28 at 2 p.m.                       Headquarters Library
It’s that time of year — time to start thinking about taxes. A representative from H&R Block explains who needs to file a tax return, which form to use, when to file, what is taxable income and what you can do when wage withholding isn't enough.

First-Time Tax Filers
Monday, February 8 at 6:30 p.m.                   Bordeaux Branch
Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.                   North Regional Branch
Thursday, February 11 at 7 p.m.                     Cliffdale Regional Branch
Are you a first-time tax filer? An H&R Block tax professional reviews the information you need for filing, the forms to use and the steps for receiving your refund or paying taxes owed.

Small Business & Self-Employed Tax Questions
Thursday, February 18 at 7 p.m.                     Cliffdale Regional Branch
Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.                 North Regional Branch
The IRS uses nine factors to distinguish a hobby from a business.  Find out what these are and determine your status. Learn what federal and state forms small businesses must file, as well as what documents you will need and how long they must be kept to claim certain deductions. 

For more information on this and other free programs and services offered at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call 483-7727.


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Monday, November 23, 2015

White Flag Conditions: Emergency Shelter Info

    Emergency Shelters & White Flag Conditions
When NOAA reports the temperature or wind chill factor will fall below 32 degrees the White Flag emergency inclement weather will be initiated at the places of refuge listed below. A white flag will be posted outside the front entrance. Please call for availability.
     
    Salvation Army
    245 Alexander Street
    Families, Males and Females
    POC: Manny Specht (910) 922-1681
    • Check-in is from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Only shelter residents will eat breakfast from 7 - 7:30 a.m.
    • Leave for 15-30 minutes to allow for clean-up and then may re-enter and watch TV until lunch.
    • Open for Love Lunch for everyone from 12 - 12:30 p.m.
    • Leave for 15-30 minutes to allow for clean-up and then may re-enter and watch TV until dinner.
    • Dinner is served to everyone from 5 - 5:30 p.m.
    • Maximum of 100 in the dining hall
    • Total of 65 beds available, 32 male, 12 female, two family rooms that sleep five. Overflow room has additional 10 beds
    • Maximum of 30 beds are allowed in the gym (males and females)
    • After female beds fill up they will be transported to Hope Center
    • No fees, no sex offenders allowed, criminal background check required every two weeks
    • All beds will be utilized. Will attempt to house 10 additional in the dorms prior to opening up the gym.
    • Will remain open throughout the day ONLY if the City is shut down
    Hope Center
    913 Person Street
    Females ONLY
    POC: Tony (910) 364-2981
    • Check-in is from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    • Will take 10 additional women during white flag only (total 31)
    • No transportation will be provided
    • Serves dinner
    • No fees, no criminal check
    • All shelter residents must leave by 7 a.m.
    • Will have 3 staff members
     
    True Vine Ministries
    5315 Morganton Road
    Males and females
    POC: King (910)366-4815
    • Check-in is from 6 - 7:30 p.m.
    • All shelter residents must leave by 7 a.m.
    • Will NOT be providing transportation. Under NO Circumstances will transportation be provided from downtown.
    • Dinner & showers are provided
    • Maximum of 32 persons allowed overnight
    • No fees, no criminal check, sex offenders allowed
    • Will have 3 staff members
    • Open throughout the day ONLY if the City is shut down
     
    Operation InAsMuch
    531 Hillsboro Street
    POC: Sue Byrd (910) 433-2161
    • Open for breakfast 7 to 9 a.m.
    • Can stay and watch movies or attend classes from 9 - 11:30 a.m.
    • Will have 2 staff members
    • Maximum of 104 allowed in the dining area
    • If the City/County is closed OIAM will remain open all day with potential of an all night movie marathon

Friday, November 20, 2015

It’s a WRAP! Winter Reading Clubs for All Ages

This year, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is debuting a winter reading programs for readers of all ages from December 1 to January 31.
Stay engaged through the winter holidays and encourage reading habits with our fun BINGO cards for children, teens and adults. Complete such activities as “Read a classic novel,” “Attend a library program,” or “Learn about holidays in other countries,” and when you get BINGO, return your BINGO sheet for a prize.

To participate in winter reading, stop by any local library branch to pick up a BINGO card for the appropriate age group or download a copy from our website. The adult/teen BINGO card is available here; the children's BINGO card is available here. Children ages birth-11 will earn a snowman toy and be entered in a drawing to win a Playaway Launchpad pre-loaded tablet. Teens and adults ages 12 and up will earn a snowman stress ball and be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket or a Kindle Fire. All prizes are limited to one per person and are available while supplies last. The Friends of the Library sponsor the winter reading program and provide all prizes and giveaways.

Bordeaux Branch Celebrates Thirty-Year Anniversary

Celebrate Bordeaux Regional Branch's 30th anniversary on Wednesday, December 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at this family-friendly event; enjoy cake and light refreshments, see a running slideshow of past events at the library and watch as we open a time capsule created almost 20 years ago!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Library Receives Best Buy Foundation Grant to Support Teen Technology Programming

        Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has received a Community Grant from Best Buy Foundation for $6,580.00 to be used to purchase MacBook Pro laptops, a GoPro camera, a 3-D printer, Cubelets (build-your-own modular robots) and Squishy Circuits (electronics built using play dough) to be used in programming that will enable teens in Cumberland County to expand their knowledge of and experience with technology. This supports the library’s five-year goals of support its users in connecting to and participating in the digital world and supporting lifelong creative expression.
The programming made possible with the money from this grant will enable teens to explore computer programming by learning how to code, designing games, and creating animations and express themselves through the arts by filming and editing their own movies, by electronically creating a publication featuring their own writing and their own book cover design, and by performing and recording their own music, dramas, or radio shows. Teens will discover engineering principles as they use computer-aided design software to design models to be printed using a 3-D printer and apply their knowledge of coding to the development of a website. These new-found technology skills will give teens the confidence they need to discover new career paths. Programming using this new technology has already begun in conjunction with Teen Read Week in October and is planned out through April of 2016.
With 56.9% of Cumberland County Students receiving free or reduced lunch, it can be inferred that the families of many students cannot afford technology in their homes. Through its relationship with community organizations who serve teens with disadvantages, the library will be able to reach out and help these teens bridge the technology gap.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Computer Accessibility Kits Now Available at All Library Branches

Each location of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center (with the exception of the Court Library) now offers a computer accessibility kit that consists of:

1. Large print keyboard with large print letters on yellow keys;

2. Large track ball mouse good for those with physical or motor control issues

3. Headphones to facilitate text-to-speech features for visually impaired customers

The kits are for use in the library and accompany the Non Visual Desktop Access software on public lab computers and other video phone programs on checkout laptops. The kits allow customers with visual or physical limitations to use library computers more easily.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Library Receives Funding to Address Family Well-Being and Foster Early Literacy

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has received grants from the State Library of North Carolina and the Women’s Giving Circle of Cumberland County.
          The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the State Library will position the library as a center for lifelong learning where families can improve their general knowledge of health and take practical steps in managing their well-being. The $35,813 grant will fund “Health Happens @ Your Library,” a comprehensive initiative that includes programs for all ages, health-related exhibitions, collection development, digital displays and themed story time kits.
          The Women’s Giving Circle grant of $8,625 supplements the library’s Raising A Reader (RAR) program and will provide 69 digital and print books with headphones to children at designated child care centers. The centers provide care for children who will attend elementary schools where students are not reading at the expected grade level by the end of third grade. Raising A Reader is a national program that engages caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight and fosters healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading and the literacy skills critical for school success. RAR is funded through the Partnership for Children of Cumberland County.

The LSTA 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.


The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) seeks to build and encourage philanthropy in women, engage all generations, and encourage women to be more intentional with their giving.  The WGC and its projects focus on women and children in Cumberland County and is administered through the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Build Early Literacy Skills with ABC Mouse

          Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has added a new service called ABC Mouse. ABC Mouse is an educational game available at all eight library locations on computers in the children’s area. The learning program teaches reading, math and other early learning skills and is recommended for children in preschool through early primary grades. Even the youngest computer users will be able to begin the journey into reading. 
To access the game, find the ABC Mouse icon on the desktop of all public computers in the Youth Services area of each library branch.
Providing access to ABC Mouse supports the library’s long-range plan goal of providing early literacy resources to the public.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Easy to Use Online Community Resource Guides

Learn about resources available in Cumberland County through the library's community resource guides. You may also find community resources through Cape Fear Valley Health System's online guide that includes support groups, community education programs, advance directives and more.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Learn During Lunch at the Library's Brown Bag Club

Do you work in downtown Fayetteville? Don't just sit around during your lunch hour. Come down to Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) during your lunch and join the Brown Bag Club.  Bring your lunch to the library and enjoy short presentations relevant to your life, conveniently available during the lunch hour. 

June 3: Saving Money on your Energy Bill. 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.
July 1: Fire Safety for the Fourth of July. 12:15 p.m.

Check the library's online and print calendar for future program topics.
For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, call (910) 483-7727.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Library Accepting Applications for Local Author Showcase June 26

Writers from the Sandhills region are invited to participate in the Local Authors’ Showcase on 4th Friday, June 26, 2015. The event runs from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Pate Room of Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane.

Local authors may submit an application to participate. Space is limited, and authors will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for a table at the event, published authors should download an application form here: cumberland.lib.nc.libguides.com/authors. Please mail completed applications by May 15 to:

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center
ATTN: Erika Earp
300 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28301.

The Local Authors’ Showcase gives the community a chance to meet area writers and learn more about their books. For more information, please contact program coordinator Erika Earp at 483-7727 x1350 or eearp@cumberland.lib.nc.us.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Friends will Match Library Endowment Trust Donations in 2015

          The Friends of Library have announced that they will match any donation to the Library Endowment Trust (LET) in 2015 until donations reach $7,500 and they have nearly met their goal with less than $1,000 to raise. Please consider donating today to help them reach or exceed their goal.
          The LET is managed by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Every financial gift increases the fund’s principal and the interest it earns is devoted to enhancing library services that would otherwise not be possible.
          There are several methods of contributing to the LET. Contact Cumberland County Public Library at (910) 483-7727 ext. 1304 or Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. at (910) 483-4449 to learn how you can remember the library through a direct gift, life insurance, appreciated securities/stocks, other tangible assets, a bequest or by creating your own legacy through a named endowment to support your preferred library branch. Information is also available on the library's website. All 2015 donations to the LET are eligible for the doubling program.
           Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt charitable organization. All gifts, whether made today or through an estate or will, are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. (CCF) administers all library endowments and trusts.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Pay Your Overdue Fines Online

Pay Your Overdue Fines Online
Library customers can now pay fines online using a credit or debit card

          Library customers can now pay their fines using their credit/debit cards online (MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted), making it more convenient to keep your account in good standing.
          To pay fines online, log in to your account via the link at the top right of www.cumberland.lib.nc.us. If you have any outstanding fines, you will see them under the "Fines" section of the Account Summary and will be given the option to pay online. If you need help, ask at any information desk.