Thursday, July 20, 2017

Friends of the Library Book Sales Resume August 8 & 12

The Friends book sales resume in August selling thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more! A special Friends members-only sale will be held Tuesday, August 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. Anyone who is not a member may join at the sale or through the library’s website. A public book sale is scheduled Saturday, August 12 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Methods of payment accepted are cash, checks and 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 creek. Please follow the directional signs posted.

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 such as Summer Reading Programs and the guest author speaker series.

For more information, call 483-7727 or visit

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Local Author Showcase Set for July 23

Public library presents annual author event

            Cumberland County Public Library’s annual Local Author Showcase is Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m. at the Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane. Authors will meet and talk to the community about their books and other writings.

           This year’s event features local authors with books ranging from inspirational nonfiction, self-help, romance, thrillers, mysteries and poetry. Authors will have their books for sale with 20 percent of sales being donated to The Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library. 

Participating authors:
Nonfiction: Inspirational, Self-Help, Poetry
Jerry Bradley, Two Steps Forward One Step Back
Blaine Davidson, Haikus and Other Poems in English and in French
Dr. Paula Davis, STAND: The Naked Truth of an Indiscretion
Taneshia Kerr, Underqualified & Overwhelmed
Carolyn Murphy, God Will Perform His Word: It Is So - So It Is!
JoannA Nunez, Finding Peace with PTSD
DeWanna Whitted, Into Me You See; The Pig that Wanted to be Kept
Belinda Guyton-Williams, I Shall Live & Not Die; Overcoming Pain for Purpose
LaTrea Wyche, Intimate Conversation with God

Non-Fiction/Children's Books
Sharon C. Williams, Jasper, and Amazon Parrott: A Rainforest Adventure; Jasper: Rainforest Friends and Family, Vol. 2; Squirrel Mafia; Everyday Musings
Beverly Wolf, Mimi and K. Bug

Fiction: Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Fantasy
Kari Grace, A Dog’s Life
Donald Kemp, Rendering: Seniors Touring Society
Robin Minnick, Where the Bodies Lie Buried; Sweet Corn, Fields Forever
Chakita Ross, Canicular Days in a Season; A Box of Hearts
Tessa Stone, Illicit
David Wilson, High Crimes in Carolina

            For more information on this and other free programs available at the library, please visit or call 483-7727.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Public Library Commemorates WWI Centennial

Programs and exhibits presented from July through November
           Beginning next month, the Local & State History Room at Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) offers five months of programs and exhibits to commemorate the centennial of WWI. Programs feature a range of topics and perspectives, and are presented by local and regional experts. 

Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 pm.
 The US Enters the Great War – Dr. Stanley Sandler.

Thursday, August 10 at 6:30 pm.
Fayetteville and WWI (with a tour of FILI museum) – Bruce Daws.

Thursday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.
North Carolina’s Women “Do Their Bit” - Dr. Angela Robbins.

Sunday, October 1 at 2:30 pm.
WWI-era Popular and Patriotic Songs – Cross Creek Chordsmen vocal group.

Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm.
WWI and American: Thoughts from Then and Now – Dr. Angela Robbins & members of Sweet Tea Shakespeare dramatic troupe

          From September 1 through November 30, the library presents a Cumberland County WWI veteran memorial wall, and an exhibit focused on North Carolina during WWI. The Local & State History Room will also host a national travelling WWI-themed exhibit, October 1 – 24.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Public Library Hours Change July 1

All Cumberland County library locations will have new customer service hours
             Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center’s eight locations will have new hours beginning July 1, 2017. The adjustment is a result of changes made to the county’s budget for fiscal year 2018.
            “Our library continues to adapt to challenges and opportunities on many levels and the new service hours will serve our citizens during peak times. At the same time, we want to draw attention to services that everyone can access online every hour of every day,” said Library Director Jody Risacher.
            Although library hours have changed, library cardholders can conveniently download e-books, audio books, and magazines from anywhere. Job seekers can take advantage of the library’s online job center with its weekly listing of job openings and other employment assistance. Students of all ages and job seekers alike can also use Brainfuse, an online learning resource. Brainfuse’s “Adult Learning Center” provides résumé review and feedback, GED preparation, a 24-hour writing lab, self-paced learning on Microsoft Office Essentials and much more.  “HelpNow” offers students individual homework tutoring by experts in core subjects such as math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Tutors are on standby from 2 p.m. to midnight.
           “More than ever, we want the public to explore their online library,” Risacher said. “It truly is a library without walls.”

Library hours by location beginning July 1, 2017:

Bordeaux Branch, 424-4008
3711 Village Dr.
Monday - Tuesday                      9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday               9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday                        10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                        Closed

Cliffdale Regional Branch, 864-3800
6882 Cliffdale Rd.
Monday - Thursday                     9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday                                           9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                       9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday                                         1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

East Regional Branch, 485-2955
4809 Clinton Rd.
Monday - Tuesday                      9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday               9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday                        10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                        Closed

Hope Mills Branch, 425-8455
3411 Golfview Rd., Hope Mills
Monday - Thursday                    9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday                                         9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                     9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday                                       Closed

Headquarters Library, 483-7727
300 Maiden Lane
Monday - Thursday                     9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday                                          9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                      9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday                                        1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

North Regional Branch, 822-1998
855 McArthur Rd.
Monday - Thursday                     9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday                                          9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday                                      9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday                                        1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Spring Lake Branch, 497-3650
101 Laketree Blvd., Spring Lake
Monday - Wednesday                  9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday                                      9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday                                           Closed
Saturday                                       10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                          Closed

West Regional Branch, 487-0440
7469 Century Circle
Monday - Tuesday                         9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Thursday                9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Saturday                         10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday                                         Closed

For more information about library programs and services, visit or call (910) 483-7727. To make an appointment with a librarian for individual assistance, call or visit any location.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fan Fiction Contest for Teens June 1 – August 15 @ Your Library

Write fan fiction on any topic and win at Librari-Con!

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter their fan fiction in Cumberland County Public Library’s Fan Fiction Contest by August 15. Fan fiction is fiction about characters or settings from an original work of fiction, created by fans of that work rather than by its creator.
Limit entries to 5,000 words or less and bring to any library location's Information Services desk or Youth Services desk. You may also email your entry to Include your name, a way to contact you and the fandom with which your entry is associated. Please make sure the content of your entry is rated PG-13 or less. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at Librari-Con, September 2, 2017.
For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Local & State History Room Reopens @ Headquarters Library!

We are excited to announce that the Local & State History room at Headquarters Library has officially reopened. The room had been closed since Hurricane Matthew swept across the coast last October causing flooding to the lower level of the library and displacing dozens of staff.

The Local & State History room has a computer lab, digital preservation lab and copier available for customer use. Staff are available for questions related to local and state history and genealogy research. They will be hosting an Open House event on Sunday, July 2 at 2:30 with detailed information on programming happening throughout the year. For more information about the Local & State History room or other services available at your library, call 483-7727 or visit

Monday, May 1, 2017

Library Adds Children's Tablets to Collection

Pre-loaded learning tablet with apps for children!

Your library has added Playaway Launchpads to the collection at every branch. Launchpads are pre-loaded learning tablets created just for kids and are grouped by age and grade level. These tablets can be checked out for seven days, do not require Wi-Fi and function without the interruption of advertisements. The Launchpad content spans subject areas of math, science, critical thinking, creativity and themed learning packs include animals, princesses, fantasy nature and more.

Customers can simply check out the Launchpad tablets and play. Visit our online catalog for a full selection of Playway Launchpads. For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Military History Exhibit @ Headquarters Library

Explore letters and communiques during various military conflicts

Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane, has compiled a special military history exhibit May 1 – July 3. The Things They Carried, The Words They Shared displays letters from deployed service members to their families engaged in conflicts spanning World War I to the Middle East. This wartime memorabilia aims to show the evolution of communication trends and it’s similarities in content. Geography, weaponry and adversaries transform with changing conflicts, but social ideals, coping mechanisms and the art of communication are constant.
Along with examining primary communication methods, this exhibit also recognizes the contributions of military units not typically acknowledged. Your library is honoring the vital support these units provide to frontline troops. The exhibit includes patches, colors and personal effects provided by present service members and veterans in our community.
For more information on this and other free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Your Library Celebrates Local Women

Honor women and learn at the Petticoats to Power Suits exhibit

March 1 – April 30, Headquarters Library (300 Maiden Lane) is celebrating Women’s History Month with a special exhibit outside the Local & State History Room. “Petticoats to Power Suits: Looking Back, Moving Forward” is a celebration of 31 strong, influential women in our hometown who invoked change, broke social barriers and accomplished remarkable tasks. Also on display are the memorabilia collected from our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers.

This exhibit was researched and compiled by the Local & State History Room staff at Headquarters Library. For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Discussion Series on Great Children’s Literature

North Regional Library Branch hosts “Let’s Talk About It” book discussions

North Regional Branch (855 McArthur Road) is hosting a five-part series book discussion led by local scholars on the topic of great children’s literature. Let’s Talk About It: Children’s literature broadens horizons, introduces new ideas and helps us deal with complex issues. The lessons of children’s literature are not always obvious, not as simple as a straightforward moral at the end of the story. Yet the timeless classics of children’s literature always have something to teach, no matter the age of the reader. Local scholars will share their insights and lead discussions on our common literary heritage.

All programs are held at North Regional Branch and registration is required and can be completed online, by telephone or in person at any branch. If you’d like to borrow a copy of the book from the library, ask when you register or visit the library’s online catalog to place a hold. For more information, call 483-7727.

Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Alice Osborn

The Classic Fairy Tales by Iona & Peter Opie
This husband-and-wife team of folklorists spent years gathering together the earliest English-language editions of twenty-four of some of the most popular fairytales, ranging from “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” to “Sleeping Beauty.” They are presented here with short histories detailing how the stories have changed over time. 

Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Anne Baker

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This spirited and timeless story tells of four sisters growing up together while their father is off fighting in the Civil War. Together, they must love, learn, and grow in this classic childhood masterpiece. 

Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Julie Cartner

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mary Lennox is an arrogant, unpleasant girl growing up in India until a cholera outbreak has her sent to England to the home of an odd recluse with many secrets. When she discovers some of those secrets, including a hidden, walled garden, Mary learns and grows in this iconic book redolent with rich descriptions of natural beauty. 

Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Louise Taylor

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
This sweet, charming story tells of Wilbur the Pig, the spider Charlotte, Templeton Rat and the plot that they hatch to save Wilbur from slaughter. It is a timeless story of love, loyalty and friendship. 

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
On the surface, Jesse Aaron and Leslie Burke have little in common.  Despite their differences, the two of them become friends and imagine an elaborate fantasy world hidden in the woods in this deft portrayal of childhood friendship, imagination and loyalty. 

Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Discussion Leader: Michelle Manning

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
Inspired by a true story, Yep tells of a young Chinese immigrant, Moon Shadow, who is struggling to make his way in turn-of-the-century California while helping his father fulfill his dream of building an airplane. Together, they must face mockery, poverty, homesickness and racism as they work to fulfill their dreams in this richly detailed historical novel about the immigrant experience. 

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lowry’s stark dystopian masterpiece tells of twelve-year-old Jonas, who is a model citizen until he is chosen to become his community’s Receiver of Memory. In his new role, Jonas learns just how much they have given up for peace and security in this haunting tale of choice, freedom and sacrifice. 

Discussion Leaders
Alice Osborn
Osborn’s past educational (MA in English, NCSU and BS in Finance, VA Tech) and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as a poet-singer/songwriter, editor and popular writing coach. She founded Wonderland Book Club eight years ago. In the past decade, Alice has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction and memoir authors from ages 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat.

Anne Baker
Baker specializes in American literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the nineteenth century. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has taught at North Carolina State University since 2001. She is the author of Heartless Immensity: Literature, Culture, and Geography in Antebellum America. In this interdisciplinary study of geography and antebellum American literature, she examines schoolbooks, popular visual art and political speeches as well as literary works by Melville, Thoreau and Fuller (among others). She is currently at work on a biography of novelist, actress and educator Susanna Rowson (1762-1824).

Julie Cartner
Cartner taught high school English for 38 years, primarily at South Rowan High School in China Grove and Davie County High School in Mocksville, both in the Central Piedmont part of North Carolina. She specialized in junior and senior honors English, which focuses primarily on American and British literature. In addition to teaching, she spent many years coaching cheerleading as well as being involved in many other aspects of public education.  Julie graduated from Catawba College in 1977 with a degree in English and Physical Education.  She later added AIG certification, then her National Board Certification. She has been married for 32 years and has five children ranging from 21 to 30. They live in North Carolina and Connecticut.  She and her husband have two dogs, two cats, a horse and a donkey. She is very involved in yoga and line dancing, loves to take long walks in the woods taking many pictures and is an avid reader. Julie also belong to a writing guild and is working on several short stories and a biography/autobiography. She have been involved in “Let's Talk About It” for many years as a participant. Last year was her first year as an official facilitator, but she has led many programs at her local library.

Louise Taylor
Taylor is the daughter of two hard-working parents from the mountains of Virginia and Kentucky who moved north to Ohio during the Great Depression. There, her father became a successful lawyer and her mother was woman for all seasons—housekeeper, gardener, horse-woman, public speaker and coach of her dad’s oral arguments. Louise was encouraged to do well in school and attend college. After college, she became a teacher, first at Josephus Daniels Middle School in Raleigh and later at Campbell College, where she met Jerry Taylor, a young math teacher who became her husband and the love of her life. They have three adult sons.

She taught English at Meredith College for 25 years, retiring in 2003. In retirement, she has worked for political candidates, including herself in 2004.  Louise also served on the Harnett County Board of Elections, taught courses in the NCSU Encore Program, and has enjoyed leading discussions with library book groups such as this one.

Michelle Manning
Manning, a North Carolina native, received a BA in English from UNCCH and an English Ed degree from UNCW. She was received two masters degrees from UNCW: a MAT in English and a MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction. In addition to teaching high school English, she was a visiting instructor at the University of Central Florida. Presently, as a full-time lecturer at UNCW, she teaches both traditional and online classes in literature, teacher education, professional writing, and composition.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council & the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NC Kids Digital Library Launches Feb. 1

Visit our newest service for children: NC Kids Digital Library.

Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has joined a statewide eBook consortium specifically for preschoolers through fourth graders, “NC Kids Digital Library.” The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina created the new digital resource sharing service.

Over 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, read-alongs, and videos are offered through OverDrive’s digital reading platform. All titles can be accessed via the app on all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only). All that’s needed to get started is a library card.

NC Kids Digital Library is sponsored by NCPLDA and the N.C. General Assembly with assistance from the State Library of N.C., a division of the Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources. In July of last year, the 2016 Appropriations Act was signed into law for fiscal year 2016-2017 that included a funding provision for $200,000 for the State Library to work with NCPLDA to create a statewide consortium for all public library cardholders. 

To find more downloadable eBooks and other digital materials, click here 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

How to ID Fake News with your Library's Help

The ability to tell the difference between real and fake news is a crucial one, as a recent editorial in The Fayetteville Observer noted. Your local library can help you sort out facts from propaganda. 

Did your mother call you to tell you that liberals hate science? Did your Facebook feed pop up with an article on a new pesticide that's going to kill us all? Did one of your friends breathlessly tell you that president-elect Donald Trump was going to pardon mass shooter Dylann Roof? You might have heard any or all of these stories, but there's one thread connecting all of them: they're not true. The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you'll use for the rest of your life. Ask a librarian at your local library for help or get started on researching for yourself with the help of this library resource guide from Indiana University East.