Monday, October 16, 2017

October 15-21 is National Friends of the Library Week

The library is celebrating National Friends of the Library Week October 15-21. Libraries across the country are inspiring community members to join the Friends and thanking Friends members for the endless support their efforts provide the public library.
The Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library, Inc. enhances library services for everyone in Cumberland County and its financial support helps the library fulfill its commitment to advancing literacy, promoting creativity and serving our community. The entire community is also invited to quarterly book sales and special author events the Friends host throughout the year.
To join the Friends, select "Give Now" on the library's website. Friends memberships (starting at $15) make great gifts and provide early entry to the members-only books sales.
For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Friends of the Library Book Sales November 14, 18 & 19

Collection of donated materials ready to be sold!

The Friends book sale is selling thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and more! A special Friends members-only sale will be held Tuesday, November 14 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, November 18 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m and Sunday, November 19 from 1 - 4 p.m. Cash and checks are accepted, 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.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Community Forum on Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Moderated panel discussion at Headquarters Library

The Cumberland County Public Library hosts a community forum at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane on Thursday, October 26 at 7 p.m. This moderated panel discussion gives our community an opportunity to learn from experts, share opinions and explore alternate perspectives. Forum participants include:
Dr. Peter Murray, Professor of United States History at Methodist University.
Panel members:
Dr. Stanley Johnson, Professor of United States History at Fayetteville State University.
Dr. Harry L. Watson, Professor of Southern Culture at UNC Chapel Hill.
Dr. Tom Hennessey, Fayetteville State University faculty retiree.
David Winslow, Senior Consultant with the North Carolina Civil War History Center Foundation.
For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Library's Annual Report & Update

Check out your library's Annual Report and Update by clicking here.

Thank you for letting us serve you, Cumberland County!

Friends of the Library will Match Library Endowment Fund Donations

Giving benefits library programs and services for everyone

         The Friends of the Library will match any donation to the Library Endowment Fund – Cumberland County, North Carolina (LEF) in 2017 up to $50,000. For example, a $50 donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar with a total of $100 added to the fund.
          The LEF is managed by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. and is intended to enhance library services and programs that would otherwise not be possible. Every financial gift increases the fund’s principal and the interest it earns is devoted to enhancing library services. Funds are then disbursed annually to enrich library services including early literacy and cultural programming for adults, teens and children.
          To learn more, visit “Give Now” at or contact library administration at (910) 483-7727 ext. 1304 or the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. at (910) 483-4449.

          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, which can be verified by the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (919) 807-2214.

Friends of the Library Present Elliot Engel

Engel discusses the brilliance of Jane Austen
          Dr. Elliot Engel celebrates his 40th appearance at Cumberland County Public Library at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 22 at Headquarters Library, 300 Maiden Lane. This discussion will single out Jane Austen, the first great woman writer in English, and the multiple perfections within her novels. 
          Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA. While at UCLA he won that university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.
          Dr. Engel has written ten books published in England, Japan, Turkey and the United States. His mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on every continent.
          Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for Friends members and $2 for students and are sold at the door, first-come, first-served. You may join the Friends at the door or online. Members of the Friends of the Library receive:
  • Admission to the Members Only Book Sales.
  • Early e-mail notices of book sales and author events.
  • Among Friends, the quarterly newsletter of the Friends,
  • enclosed in the Calendar of Events mailed to you monthly.
          Money received by the Friends is used solely for library needs beyond the budget provided by Cumberland County.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Help Pets in Need During 31 Days of Love

Celebrate pets during October with shelter donations and pet-centered programs
During the month of October, Cumberland County Public Library is participating in the 31 Days of Love campaign. Every branch is accepting donations of pet supplies for animals that are sheltered at the Cumberland County Department of Animal Control and hosting pet-related programs.
For animals at the shelter, responsible pet owners can make a difference by adopting animals looking for a home. For those who are unable to adopt, donations are greatly appreciated and needed. As a fellow county department, the library is working to increase awareness of the Department of Animal Control’s services and to facilitate the donation drive. Donations can be delivered to any library location and may include pet food, cat litter, toys, flea-control products, treats, shampoo, plastic crates and carriers.
31 Days of Love pet-related programs, include movies, training programs, pet toy craft programs and even adoption events. Here are the upcoming programs:

31 Days of Love Pet Adoption Events
Friday, October 6 at 1 p.m., North Regional Branch
Wednesday, October 11 at 1 p.m., East Regional Branch
Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m., Hope Mills Branch
Saturday, October 21 at 1 p.m., Spring Lake Branch
Friday, October 27 at 1 p.m., Bordeaux Branch

           For more information on this and the free programs and services at your library, visit or call (910) 483-7727.

WWI Memorial and Display

The Local & State History Room at Headquarters Library has launched a two-month display highlighting World War I. The contributions and sacrifices of Cumberland County residents during WWI are remembered in this exhibition featuring images and 3-D artifacts lent by community members.

Also on display is a Fallen Comrade Table. These tables, with a single place setting, are set-up in a place of honor. The table symbolizes a person missing from our midst, either killed-in-action or missing-in-action. Heroes Homecoming is November 4-11 and businesses throughout the county are setting up Fallen Comrade Tables to remember the sacrifices of the men and women in our armed services.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Be Prepared for Inclement Weather!

Your library has compiled a great resource for the entire community! Check out the Natural Disaster and Emergency Preparedness LibGuide for helpful tips and life-saving information in the case of a weather emergency. Stay connected to your community and be aware of how your County is responding to a disaster with this inclusive informative resource.

For more information on this and other resources, visit or call 483-7727.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Summer Reading Program Winners!

The 2017 Summer Reading Program has come to an end and the library is pleased with participation among the community. More than 8,000 titles were read and/or listened to June 1 - August 15 for adults!

Alas, the winners of the coveted beach chair (with collapsing cooler and umbrella) are listed below. We hope everyone enjoyed the summer programs, exhibits and festivities and we'll see you for the Winter Reading Program kicking-off January 1, 2018.

Winners include Jennifer R. @ Headquarters, Robert M. @ North Regional, Wanda O. @ Hope Mills, Lewis R. @ West Regional, Suzanne H. @ Spring Lake and Jane H. @ East Regional. Congratulations!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Library Launches Early Literacy Centers

Child-friendly activities make learning fun and help develop pre-reading skills

Learning experts tell us that what happens during a child’s early years sets the foundation for all the educational years that follow. In cultivating an environment rich in learning experiences, the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has established Early Literacy Family (ELF) Centers all locations.
The centers provide easily accessible, child-friendly, literacy-based activities including books, puzzles, games, manipulatives, and more. In explaining how these activities help children learn to read, the library’s Youth Services Division Manager Megan Smith, said, “When children and parents or caregivers read, play, write, talk and sing together, it begins to help children build a bridge between how words are formed and how stories are shared." She added that by offering warm and welcoming spaces where families interact, "we are fostering future readers and lifelong learners.”
An element at several of the centers is a digital learning station that is outfitted with iPads, which are preloaded with the best kids’ reading apps. This encourages seek-and-discover learning experiences that allow young minds to pursue and interact with the educational content that captures their attention.
This project is made possible through a $45,656 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under 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. For more information about the centers, youth programming, story times and other library programs or services, visit, visit any location, or call 483-7727.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Your Library Receives Summertime Kids Grant

Funds benefit campers promoting children’s literacy

          Cumberland County Public Library was awarded a $5,000 grant to provide books and book bags to children attending camps throughout the county. Library staff delivered books and bags to camp participants at the following sites in Cumberland County: Autism Society of Cumberland County, Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland County, Communities United for Youth Development, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Inc., Fayetteville Flyers Track Club, Moore Street Foundation and the Museum of the Cape Fear.

           These enrichment programs offer children 5 -12 years old opportunities to socialize and interact with peers and develop new skills. Campers are in a safe environment where they will be supervised by trained and educated individuals to provide an enjoyable and encouraging setting for all. This grant was provided by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Friday, July 28, 2017

"The Divine Nine" Fraternities & Sororities at Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University boasts a variety of world renown Greek houses to enrich a student’s experience on campus. Since their inception at FSU, these houses have forged and strengthened relationships between the students and their community. Learn about the "Divine Nine" histories and view Greekdom memorabilia in this two-month exhibit located outside the Local & State History Room. This exhibit will be on display until September 4.

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, 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.


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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

NC Kids Digital Library Launches

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.