Friday, December 2, 2016

Public Library Recognized by NC Public Library Directors Association


Public Library Recognized by NC Public Library Directors Association

Library receives three distinguished awards

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has received three awards from the NCPLDA. The library received outstanding awards for Teen Library Programming for the Vocational Job Fair for teens and young adults, the Adult Library Programming for It’s a WRAP! Winter Reading & Activity Program and Staff Development Program for Calculating the Caldecott. These awards are the result of library staff’s hard work planning programs that improve serving the evolving needs of Cumberland County residents. The awards were presented to the Library Director, Jody Risacher, at the annual banquet on December 1, 2016.
The Vocational Job Fair was designed for teens and emerging adults with little or no job experience. It provides a place to connect with prospective employers, to explore potential careers and gain valuable job seeking skills. The Vocational Job Fair offered résumé review, help with online applications and interview tips and practice. Over 600 people attended three fairs held in 2015 and 2016.
It’s a WRAP! (Winter Reading & Activity Program) was a fun way to encourage customers to interact with their library during a traditionally slower time of year. The library had 485 children and 465 adults participate in the inaugural It’s a WRAP! program in 2015-2016. A second program is planned for January 2017.
Calculating the Caldecott is a three-part staff training that earned the Staff Development Project Award. The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the U.S. during a given year. Fifteen library staff members attended this training designed to enhance Youth Services’ ability to assess children’s literature critically and make age-appropriate recommendations based on the Caldecott award criteria. The varied sessions encouraged participants to actively read and suggest children’s books for the Mock Caldecott award while continuing to develop their skills in book evaluation.
For more information about these and other free library programs, call 483-7727 or visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us.
 
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The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association is a 501(c)4 organization made up of the directors of the state’s eighty public libraries. Its mission is to share professional knowledge and experience for the good of all members, to serve as advocates for public libraries with the state legislature, to give voice to the aspirations of the public library community, and to serve as the primary liaison between the state library agency and the public libraries.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Library Welcomes New Deputy Director


Key appointment made in library’s leadership
 
 

Cotina Jones has been hired as the Cumberland County Public Library’s Deputy Director. Jones has served in libraries since 1997, with her first job as a part-time reference librarian in the Granville County Public Library System. She has worked within school library systems and as branch manager in Granville County. Most recently, she has worked in academic libraries at Winston-Salem State University as Health Sciences Librarian and Special Projects Coordinator and at North Carolina Central University as Assistant Director of Library Services.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s from North Carolina Central University in biology and library science respectively. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate at North Carolina A & T State University in the Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education. Jones began work on November 14 and Director Jody Risacher said, “we are thrilled to have Cotina’s experience and talents joining library leadership.”

For more information on this or free programs and services at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 483-7727.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Teen Health Awareness Programs


Teen Health Awareness Programs
Your library and SHIFT NC team up to breach tough subjects for teens
       
This December, Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center is offering two December programs on teen health awareness designed especially for grades 6-12. These awareness programs are made possible by SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens), a statewide nonprofit leading North Carolina to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health through increased awareness. Speakers from SHIFT NC will discuss pregnancy prevention, birth control options, STIs, abstinence and more.
            Teen Health Awareness program details follow:
            Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. – Spring Lake Branch (101 Laketree Blvd.)
            Thursday, December 8 at 5 p.m. – North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)

For more information on these and other free programs and services at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 822-1998.

Christmas Portraits @ Cliffdale Regional Branch Library

Christmas Portraits @ Cliffdale Regional Branch Library
Free holiday portraits courtesy of the Cliffdale Shutterbug Photography Club


The Cliffdale Shutterbug Photographers are offering their services for free this holiday season. On Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m. at Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road) individuals and families are invited to attend in their festive best and have your family portrait taken. The Cliffdale Shutterbugs are a group of photographers that meet bi-monthly to take and review photographs, many of which have been on display at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County galleries. Please be prepared to save your portraits to a personal flash drive. Registration for this program is required online or by phone at (910) 864-3800.

For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 864-3800.

Monday, November 7, 2016

All Library Branches to Offer Discard Book Sales

While Friends of the Library book sales have been suspended during the restoration process at Headquarters Library, each library branch will begin selling discarded books to benefit the Friends. Children’s books will be two for $1; all other books will be $1 each.
Proceeds will provide the Friends with the ability to supplement library programs and services that would not otherwise be possible such as Summer Reading Programs and the guest author speaker series.
Individuals wanting to support the Friends of the Library may select "Give Now" on the library's website. Friends memberships start at $15 and make great gifts. Membership enables entry to the members-only sale when book sales resume next year. In addition, all donations up to $12,500 to the Library Endowment Trust, managed by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc., will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Friends of the Library through Dec. 31, 2016.

            For more information, including the dates of rescheduled author visits, volunteer opportunities and more, visit the library’s website.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Headquarters Library Open, Offering Limited Services

Headquarters Open, Offering Limited Services
Headquarters Library offering limited services during restoration period
           
Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, reopened Monday, October 31 at 9 a.m. pending any unforeseen circumstances.
Headquarters Library is undergoing repairs and restoration since the basement was flooded due to Hurricane Matthew. It housed library administration, community relations, computer services, technical services, and facilities and maintenance. These departments are being relocated to the first and second floors.
During the restoration period (at least through the end of December), all meeting rooms are unavailable to the public due to the relocation of staff offices. The Local & State History Room is also being used for staff offices; therefore, it is not accessible to the public. Staff will assist customers on a case-by-case basis in using materials at a service desk on the second floor. Some Local and State History Room materials will remain inaccessible during the recovery period.
Currently, the elevator is not operational. Staff will assist customers who need materials from the second floor. Most of Headquarters Library programming has been suspended or relocated during November and December. All regular story times will be held as scheduled; customers with limited mobility are encouraged to attend story times at one of the other library branches. A full calendar of all programs proceeding as normal can be found on our website; the story time schedule at all locations can be found here. All Writers’ Workshop programs at Headquarters Library are postponed until spring.
During the recovery period, public parking spaces are limited due to the presence of trucks needed for restoration work. Customers may park in the lot adjacent to the library and in the lot directly across Maiden Lane; some reserved library parking is available as well as paid spaces.
The Friends of the Library book sale room was also flooded and many books had to be discarded due to contaminated flood waters. The Friends book sales for November and February have been cancelled.
Individuals interested in supporting the library or donating materials can select "Give Now" on the library's website for more information.
            Please also note another upcoming closure: Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road) will be closed October 31 – November 4 for replacement of the HVAC system.
For updates on library services and other county information regarding hurricane recovery, visit cumberland.lib.nc.us or find us on Facebook.


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Cliffdale Regional Branch Closed October 31 – November 4 for HVAC Repairs

Cliffdale Regional Branch is scheduled to be closed for HVAC repairs Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4. The library is planned to reopen on Saturday, November 5. Any changes to this schedule will be posted at www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or the library’s Facebook page.  

Cliffdale Regional Branch’s book drop will be open during the closure. Library customers are encouraged to visit one of the library’s other seven locations. The two closest locations to Cliffdale Regional Branch are Bordeaux Branch, 3711 Village Drive, and West Regional Branch, 7469 Century Circle.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Water Distribution, Food Stamp Replacement, and More

For Immediate Release                                                                                                         Oct. 12, 2016
Contact: Joint Information Center
Cumberland County and City of Fayetteville
Joint Information Center
910-437-1880 or 910-321-6676 (media calls only)
910-677-5509 (public can call this number)



Water Distribution, Food Stamp Replacement, and More
JIC Media Release 12:45 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. –   Here is an update on storm-related information.

Food Stamp Replacement:
Cumberland County residents who are already receiving food and nutrition benefits and have experienced flood damage and/or power outages may apply for replacement Food and Nutrition Services benefits. Go to DSS today from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and then during normal hours starting Thursday.

This is only for clients already receiving food stamps. We are awaiting instructions from the state regarding disaster food stamps for residents who do not currently receive food stamp benefits, but who have experienced flood damage and/or power outages as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

If you have questions about replacement food stamps, call 910-323-1540, and select option 4 for food stamps from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please do not call the Child Protective Services line after hours or leave messages regarding food stamps.  The purpose of the Child Protective Services line is to report incidents of abuse and neglect.

Water Distribution Points Updates:
Residents can still go to the following locations to pick up free water provided by emergency management officials.  Distribution is limited to one case per family.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or while supplies last.

·         J.W. Seabrook Elementary School, 4619 NC HWY 210 S, Fayetteville
·         District 7 Elementary School, 5721 Smithfield Rd., Wade
·         J.S. Spivey Recreation Center, 500 Fisher Street, Fayetteville

Shelter Locations and Updates:
Four shelters are still in operation throughout the area.  The current combined occupancy of these shelters is 109 people.  The location of the four shelters is listed below.

·         Spring Lake Recreation Center at 245 Ruth St., Spring Lake
·         Smith Recreation Center, 1520 Slater Ave., Fayetteville
·         South View Middle School,  4100 Elk Road, Hope Mills
·         Kiwanis Recreation Center,     352 Devers Road, Fayetteville

Donated Goods and Volunteer Management Efforts:
Organizations and individuals are reaching out to help our community as we begin to recover from Hurricane Matthew. Two major organizations, Manna Church and Covenant Love Church/ Operation Blessing Disaster Relief, are coordinating volunteer efforts and providing post-disaster assistance to residents.

Manna Church, 5117 Cliffdale Road, is coordinating volunteer efforts related to trash and debris removal, tarps for homes, water and food assistance, and communication assistance with insurance companies. Call 650-2-RESCUE (737283) or 910-867-9151 for more information.

Covenant Love Church/Operation Blessing Disaster Relief, 420 Dunn Road, is serving hot meals daily at 5 p.m.

 Volunteers are also assisting with gutting and debris removal, as well as packing and salvaging personal belongings. Call 757-272-8650, Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. if you need help.
Volunteers who want to assist are asked to register at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday at Covenant Love. Orientation and training will take place at 8:30 a.m. Wear rubber boots and long pants for safety reasons.

The American Red Cross also needs volunteers. Call 910-867-8151 for more information.

If your organization or business would like to donate items, contact the Donation Management section of the Cumberland County Emergency Operations Center at 910-321-6716, or Manna Church at 910-867-9151.

FEMA Assistance:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to Cumberland County to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Matthew.

This will make federal funding available to affected individuals in Cumberland.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Federal funding is also available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Cumberland County.

Residents who submitted pre-applications for individual assistance must follow through and complete the full application process outlined below.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses area can apply for assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Another announcement will be sent once FEMA officials are in our area and a Disaster Recovery Center is established. It is very important that residents call the FEMA line at 1-800-621-3362 and not local emergency management or government offices.

Media should call the Joint Information Center at 910-437-1880 or 910-321-6676 for media queries.

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FEMA Disaster Assistance Information

Apply for FEMA disaster assistance: Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in Cumberland County can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Another announcement will be sent once FEMA officials are in our area and a Disaster Recovery Center is established.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Strickland Bridge Road Closure Affects West Regional Branch

Strickland Bridge Road is currently closed between Fisher Rd. and Dundle St. and is estimated to remain closed for two to three weeks. Due to this closure the #10 bus is not currently running to West Regional Branch.

The library is open and is accessible through alternative routes; however, the closest branch accessible by bus is Cliffdale Regional Branch, 6882 Cliffdale Road, which is served by routes #17 and #18. North Regional Branch, Bordeaux Branch and Headquarters Library are also located on bus routes.

Monday, September 19, 2016

October Programming with Local & State History


This October, the Local & State History staff are offering programs to embolden the entire family to visit the library and learn together about their shared heritage. Join local historical enthusiasts to expand your understanding of the Victorian Era in Fayetteville, local architecture and explore the resources available for your own historical interests.
The full month’s schedule follows. All events take place at Headquarters Library.
Family History Day
Saturday, October 1                 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.    
Learn about family history and genealogy with speakers, information from regional libraries, genealogical societies and family heritage centers, as well as crafts and games. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Virtual Family History Fair
Saturday, October 15               10 a.m.                        Local & State History Room
The Virtual Family History Fair offered by the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library will include four lectures and information on libraries and genealogy collections across North Carolina.


Victorian Series – Victorian Mourning
Tuesday, October 18               6:30 p.m.                     Local & State History Room
Cross Creek Cemetery, MacPherson Church Cemetery and Brookside Cemetery…We’ve all seen the gravestones, but what happened before the burial? Heidi Bleazey from the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum discusses the mourning rituals of the Victorian Era and what that would have been like in Fayetteville.

Genealogy Drop-In Clinic
Thursday, October 20              6 - 8 p.m.                     Local & State History Room
Drop in to the Local & State History Room between 6 and 8 p.m. to get your genealogy questions answered by librarians and members of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society. If you are just getting started, stuck at a roadblock, have questions or want to share a new discovery, stop by and chat with us.
 
Local Buildings and Landmarks History Club
Monday, October 24                6 p.m.                          Conference Room #3
Explore and share your interest in local historic buildings and landmarks. Enjoy a different presentation each week. 

For more information on Local & State History programs and other free programs available at the library, call 483-7727 ext. 1359 or visit the library’s website.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Adult Book Bundles @ Your Library


Adult Book Bundles @ Your Library
Enjoy the convenience of a bundle ready to go on a topic of interest!

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has proudly launched the adult book bundle program at each of our eight branches. This new program is geared towards adults who may not have time to browse the library collection but are looking for a new topic to explore, more information on a hot topic of today or books in a specific genre. Adult book bundles are on display at each library ready to grab for your convenience. While selection varies by location, you can easily find bundles with a wide variety of subjects, including football, Halloween decorating, how- to learn French, theater classics and many more.
In addition to specific topics, customers will find “Date Night” and “Dinner & a Movie” bundles. These typically include a DVD and cookbook to make date night set-up relaxing while, together, you explore a new recipe to go with a great movie.
Book bundles for children are also available at all locations in the Youth Services departments. These assortments of age-appropriate materials, from picture books to chapter books, are designed to make selection easy for parents and guardians. This convenience has been a huge success throughout the county.
We welcome suggestions and ideas for book bundle topics by emailing the address provided above. For more information on book bundles and the free programs and services at your library, visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us or call (910) 483-7727.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fayetteville State University Historical Exhibition @ Your Library


Fayetteville State University Historical Exhibition @ Your Library
Explore the historical transformations of FSU’s past 

This August and September, the Local & State History department of Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane – second level) is proudly presenting an historical exhibition of Fayetteville State University. This presentation was compiled by Library Associate Arletha Campbell and includes a comprehensive overview on the school’s history, founders, presidents and buildings. Also on display, you will find various museum pieces including FSU yearbooks and a 19th century sword. Become acquainted with the history of past Cumberland County residents who transformed the dialogue of educational liberties and created an academic institution now attended by over 6,000 students a year.
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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Celebrate National Coloring Book Day @ Your Library

 Celebrate National Coloring Book Day @ Your Library
Celebrate your creativity this August by coloring at a library near you

In honor of National Coloring Book Day, August 2, Cumberland County Public Library has compiled a full month of coloring programs for children, families and adults. The coloring craze has captivated creative and colorful hearts across the world, and a library near you is equipped with coloring books, sheets, pencils, markers and crayons. Bring your children to the Youth Services department within any of our eight branches for coloring sheets featuring our very own mascot, C.C. Leopard. The library is also giving a free coloring book to children who sign up for their very own library card.

August’s coloring programs are as follows. All refreshments and coloring supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library.

Color Me Relaxed
August – All Month                             West Regional Branch (7469 Century Circle)
Pick up coloring sheets to take home or enjoy coloring at the library. Use colored pencils borrowed from our service desk or bring your own pencils.

Evening Coloring, Cookies and Coffee
Thursday, August 11        6 p.m.           East Regional Branch (4809 Clinton Road)
Color and relax at the library. Coloring pages, colored pencils and light refreshments are provided.

DIY Coloring Pages
Sunday, August 14           3 p.m.           Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane)
Coloring is a great way to reduce stress and have fun. Learn how to turn any picture into your own coloring page and swap your creation with fellow enthusiasts. Familiarity with mouse and keyboard required. Computers for this class are provided by NCWorks Career Center and Workforce Development.

Deaf Chat @ Your Library
Saturday, August 20          12 p.m.           Bordeaux Branch (3711 Village Drive)
We will celebrate with a family coloring event with coloring sheets for all ages. Coloring sheets, pens and markers will be provided. It is a great opportunity for those interested in Deaf culture and sign language to connect with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, ASL Interpreters and others. For more information, please email jdunn@cumberland.lib.nc.us or call 424-4008.

Coloring for Adults
Saturday, August 20          1 p.m.            East Regional Branch (4809 Clinton Road)
Enjoy coloring and relaxation at the library. Coloring pages and colored pencils are provided.

Inside the Lines – Adult Coloring Book Club
Monday, August 22            6:30 p.m.      Hope Mills Branch (3411 Golfview Road)
Enjoy a mellow hour of coloring and relaxing music. All materials provided.

If you’d like to find more information on these program and other free programs at a library near you please visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us. For more information, call 483-7727.



Monday, August 1, 2016

Job & Career Training @ Your Library

 Job and Career Training @ Your Library
Fine-tune your research skills and your personal resources

Cumberland County Public Library is offering several programs specifically for job seekers and those needing to fine-tune their personal resources and skills for job advancement. Starting in August, a four-part Job Search Boot Camp kicks off on Mondays at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane). This Boot Camp is a popular resource for job seekers throughout the county and offers a number of practical tips on résumés, cover letters, interview skills and job search techniques. Prepare for the annual job fair taking place Wednesday, September 21 at Headquarters Library.

A full list of Job & Career programs follows:

Cover Letter Writer’s Workshop
Thursday, August 4               2 p.m.           Headquarters Library
Cover letters are one of the most difficult parts of the job application process. Learn tips and tricks for making your cover letters a cut above the rest.

Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options – Part One
Tuesday, August 9                10 a.m.          North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)
Wednesday, August 10 10 a.m. Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road)
Introduction to Franchising. Explore franchising as an entrepreneurial option. Have your questions answered by Career Transition and Business Coach Terence West, Sr. of The Entrepreneur's Source.

Résumé Makeover
Thursday, August 11            2 p.m.             Headquarters Library
Bring in your résumé and take it to the next level. Get your questions answered about formats, wording and all the little details that can take your résumé from standard to stand-out.

Job Search Boot Camp
     Search Secrets and Strategies
     Monday, August 22                6:30 p.m.           Headquarters Library
     Learn proven strategies for locating the right job for you, tools that can help and how traditional techniques may actually slow down your search.

     Writing Killer Résumés and Cover Letters
     Monday, August 29                 6:30 p.m.         Headquarters Library
     Learn the secrets of writing killer résumés and whether you need a cover letter or if you can skip it entirely. 

     Finding Insider Information on Employment Prospects

     Monday, September 12           6:30 p.m.           Headquarters Library
     Discover the research you need to gain the competitive edge. Find inside information to ensure your next employer meets YOUR expectations.

     Acing the Interview
     Monday, September 19           6:30 p.m.            Headquarters Library
     Discuss proven techniques for answering even the most terrifying interview questions. Leave the class feeling confident, comfortable and ready to ace your interview.

Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options – Part Two
Wednesday, August 17           10 a.m.            Cliffdale Regional Branch
How to Choose the Right Business Model and Funding Options. Explore which business model is best for you and investigate funding options for your new venture. Presented by Career Transition and Business Coach Terence West, Sr. of The Entrepreneur's Source.

Career Readiness Certificate Training
Wednesday, August 24           10 a.m.           Bordeaux Branch (3711 Village Drive)
Learn about taking the first step toward getting certified with a portable credential verifying your skills in three areas: Applied Math, Reading for Information and Locating Information.

Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options – Part Three
Wednesday, August 24           10 a.m.           Cliffdale Regional Branch
Unlocking Your Career Potential. Learn how to overcome fears and establish your financial goals. Presented by Career Transition and Business Coach Terence West, Sr. of The Entrepreneur's Source.

NCWorks Basics
Thursday, August 25              11 a.m.           Spring Lake Branch (101 Laketree Blvd.)
Learn about all of the resources available through the NCWorks website, including job searching, résumé creation and labor market analysis.

Registration is required for all these programs by calling 483-7727 or registering online. Computers for these classes are provided by NCWorks Career Center and Workforce Development.

August Programming with Local & State History


August Programming with Local & State History

Learn about your local landmarks with the library



This August, the Local & State History staff are offering programs to build your knowledge on local history and its permanence in today’s understanding. Join local historical enthusiasts to expand your knowledge on the boats and ships that have travelled the Cape Fear River, then let our local librarian and special guests captivate you with the mystery surrounding the Prince Charles Hotel’s past and future.
The full month’s schedule follows.

Boats on the Cape Fear

Saturday, August 6                  6:30 p.m.                     Transportation Museum

From sailing and shipping to wrecks and floods, the Cape Fear River is an integral part of the history of Fayetteville and southeast North Carolina. Staff of the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum offer a look at the history of the boats, ships and events on the Cape Fear River. This program takes place at the museum, 325 Franklin St. Following the presentation, drive out to Campbellton Landing for a boat tour of the Cape Fear River. Call 433-1944 for more information.



Prince Charles Hotel: Past, Present & Future

Saturday, August 13                2 p.m.                          Local & State History Room

Better than a soap opera or a telenovela, come to hear the ongoing story of Fayetteville’s landmark Prince Charles Hotel as told by a Local & State History Room librarian, a city historic resource planner and a redevelopment project manager.


Genealogy Drop-In Clinic

Thursday, August 18               6 p.m.                          Local & State History Room

Drop in to the Local & State History Room between 6 and 8 p.m. to get your genealogy questions answered by librarians and members of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society. If you are just getting started, stuck at a roadblock, have questions or want to share a new discovery, stop by and chat with us.


For more information on Local & State History programs and other free programs available at the library, call 483-7727 ext. 1359 or visit the library’s website.

Friends of the Library Book Sales August 9 & 13


Friends of the Library Book Sales August 9 & 13

Debit and credit cards are now accepted!


Stock up on all your reading needs with thousands of books, magazines, CDs, DVDs and audio books in good condition donated by the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library and local residents. Two book sales are planned – a special Friends members-only sale will be held Tuesday, August 9 from 5 – 8 p.m. Anyone who is not a member may join at the sale or through the library’s website. A sale open to the public will be held on Saturday, August 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The book sale accepts cash, checks and for the first time, is accepting credit and debit cards with a minimum purchase of $10.

The entrance to the book sale is at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) through the back door near the benches by the creek.

          Items in the sale have been donated to the Friends of the Library or have been discarded from the library’s collection. Proceeds provide the Friends with the ability to supplement library programs and services that would not otherwise be possible such as Summer Reading Programs and the guest author speaker series.

For more information, call 483-7727 or visit www.cumberland.lib.nc.us.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons Exhibit @ Your Library


Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is hosting the Opening Doors exhibit from July 5 – August 13 at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) on the second floor. Opening Doors is an exhibition celebrating contemporary African-American academic surgeons and the contributions they have made to medicine and medical education.


This exhibit is the final installment completing a grant the library was awarded in 2015 totaling $39,395. The grant has focused on creating family-oriented projects providing improved access to health resources, digital information and health related programs for children and families.


Making health resources more readily available to the community has been a focus for this grant, and this exhibit tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who have had great successes in their fields. Through contemporary and historical images, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of these academic surgeons and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before and after. An online version of the exhibition is also available here.


This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

Health programming is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Entrepreneurs Can Explore Franchising Options in Three-Part Series


The Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center is offering a series on Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options. Designed for those who wish to explore business models and funding options, the series is presented by Career Transition and Business Coach Terence West, Sr. of the Entrepreneur’s Source. This is a three-part series which will be offered at three library branches over the course of July and August. Registration is available online or by calling 483-7727.

Franchising and Entrepreneurial Career Options:
Part 1: Explore franchising as an entrepreneurial option.

Tuesday, July 5                      7 p.m.              Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane)

Tuesday, August 9                  10 a.m.            North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road)

Wednesday, August 10           10 a.m.           Cliffdale Regional Branch (6882 Cliffdale Road)


Part 2: Explore which business model is best for you and investigate funding options.

Tuesday, July 12                    7 p.m.              Headquarters Library

Tuesday, August 16                10 a.m.           North Regional Branch

Wednesday, August 17           10 a.m.           Cliffdale Regional Branch

Part 3: Learn how to overcome fears and establish your financial goals.

Tuesday, July 19                    7 p.m.              Headquarters Library

Tuesday, August 23                10 a.m.            North Regional Branch

Wednesday, August 24           10 a.m.            Cliffdale Regional Branch
For more information on this and other free programs at your library, call 483-7727 or visit the library’s website at www.cumberland.lib.nc.us.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Find Your War Hero with New Fold3 Database

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center continues to provide the latest in resources for researchers and the community with access to the new database Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry. Access to the database is free from the library or from home with a library card. Fold3 offers access to over 473 million original documents related to military history from the Revolutionary War to recent military actions in Iraq. Fold3’s vast collection is also mostly original records that cannot be found anywhere else on the Internet making it one of the best collections of Civil War, World War II and Vietnam War records.
Fold3 also allows users to create memorial pages or honor walls for family members who served in the military. Users can create personal accounts to upload pictures, stories and documents to a page or wall, allowing collaboration and sharing of information to honor military family members.
Fold3 is not just for genealogists and researchers; with new documents being added all the time, it is perfect for military enthusiasts, veterans and their families or even the classroom. You can access Fold3 at any branch of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center as well as from home with your library card. Just go to our website, click on “Research a Topic,” then click “Genealogy” to find Fold3.

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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Find Your Perfect Literary Match with NoveList

It's February, love is in the air and readers everywhere are looking for their next great read. Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center (CCPL&IC) now offers NoveList Plus, a resource that matches readers with books are right for them. Learn more about the service at “Find Your Perfect Match with NoveList” on Saturday, February 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch, 3711 Village Drive, or ask for more information at any library branch. NoveList can be accessed via CCPL&IC’s website while at the library or from home with a library card.
The NoveList Plus database connects readers to their next book by making recommendations for what to read next. One of the most popular elements is read-alikes; if you’ve just finished a great book, log into NoveList Plus and find more great books similar to that title, author or series. NoveList Plus also contains lists of recommended reads and award-winning books covering both fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages from the youngest readers to adults. It also has reviews (both professional reviews and reader reviews), book discussion guides, curriculum guides and other book-oriented articles.
Identifying the right books for every reader helps younger readers achieve reading success. Parents, teachers and students can search by age, reading level, grade and more.
Audiobook recommendations are a recent addition to NoveList Plus. When you want to find the perfect listening experience – whether that means short, long, for the whole family, a specific narrator – this service will help you find lots of suggestions. Sound clips are included so you can get a preview.