3. Cumberland County Public Library
Sara Neumann(202) 414-0788
Web Site: http://www.cumberland.lib.nc.us
|The library offers opportunities to meet and learn one-on-one with information specialists.
Cumberland County Public Library in North Carolina is a safety net to a community distressed by economic downturn. At the heart of workforce development, the library offers job skills training, entrepreneurial opportunities, one-on-one assistance, and bi-annual job fairs. Vital to every facet of life, children engage in experiments and robotics that stimulate learning in science, technology, engineering and math. The library’s award-winning programs foster literacy, celebrate arts, culture, and their rich history. With Fort Bragg nearby, the library lends support to military families in transition from active duty to retirement.
"I am thrilled and so proud that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized the extraordinary work of the Cumberland County Library with its prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service," said U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (NC).
"With the Cumberland County Library’s diverse and innovative programs, it is easy to understand why it is so deserving of this important award. They have recognized the unique makeup of the Fayetteville community and have designed programs especially relevant to military families and service members in transition.
The Cumberland County Public Library represents the best of the educational and cultural mission of America’s libraries and is most deserving of our nation’s highest honor for exemplary service by museums and libraries," Hagan added.
"I applaud the Cumberland County Public Library on winning the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Libraries serve a central role in North Carolina’s communities by providing opportunities to learn, explore, and – especially in today’s tough economic climate – search for work and job opportunities. Cumberland County Public Library is no different, and the service they provide to our military personnel at Fort Bragg is a model for other libraries across the nation," said U.S. Senator Richard Burr (NC).
Community Member: Willie Wright
The first time Willie Wright experienced the power of the library was in the stacks of his segregated high school library in rural Virginia in the 1950s. After college, Willie was commissioned in the United States Army and traveled all over the world as he served our country. As an avid reader, visiting the post library became an important personal exercise for him. "It doesn’t matter where you are in the world," Willie says. "The library – our library – is the place where you can feel at home." Willie has volunteered at the Cumberland County Public Library since 1995 and understands the support the Cumberland County Public Library offers military families facing transitions and difficult separations.
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