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.