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Librari-Con 2010 Convention Brochure

See you at the Con!¬† ūüôā




Anime Viewing starts at 10 AM and ends at 4:30 PM.
(hosted by volunteers from SRPE)
Shakugan no Shana
Last Exile 
FMA Brotherhood 
Sgt Frog 
tegami bachi 

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Please view our gallery

Our community contributed 562 handcrafted butterflies¬†to The Butterfly Project, inspired by the book¬†“I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942 -1944,” ed. by Hana Volavkova.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated.



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Read The Fayetteville Observer’s article on our community’s participation in the Butterfly Project.¬†

One teen was inspired to create a butterfly because she’d read “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank, which is heartening;¬†That kind of cause and effect¬†fills me with hope.¬† After all, this project is inspired by the book “I¬†Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from TereziŐĀn Concentration Camp, 1942-1944” by Hana Volavkova (ed).

You can submit your own butterfly for the exhibit, too.¬† If you live in Cumberland County, NC,¬†drop¬†one off at any branch location before May 31st.¬† If you’d like to send yours in separately or if you live anywhere else in the US or abroad, details are available on the official project website for the Holocaust Museum Houston.¬†



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1,500,000 innocent children died in the Holocaust. In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. The butterflies will eventually comprise a huge exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2013, for all to remember. The Museum has already collected an estimated 400,000 butterflies.

The Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center will be hosting all-ages craft-ins at select library locations for the ‚ÄúI Never Saw Another Butterfly‚ÄĚ activity in order to create as many handmade arts-and-crafts butterflies as possible during the month of April. Anyone who cannot attend one of the programs is encouraged to create a butterfly before May 31 and drop it off at any library location. All contributions submitted through the library will be delivered to the Holocaust Museum Houston as a group.¬† See our gallery on Flickr.

‚ÄĘButterflies should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches.
‚ÄĘButterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.
‚ÄĘGlitter should not be used.
‚ÄĘFood products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used.

For questions or additional information, please e-mail butterflyproject@hmh.org .

If you wish to submit your butterfly individually, further guidelines and a submission form may be obtained online¬†at the Holocaust Museum Houston’s official website.

This project is inspired by the book ‚ÄúI Never Saw Another Butterfly‚ÄĚ Children‚Äôs Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp 1942‚Äď1944 by Hana Volavkova (Editor).

For more information on The Days of Remembrance established by the United States Congress to commemorate the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps by the Allied forces, please visit the official website. This year Holocaust Remembrance Day is Sunday, April 11.

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Calling all anime, manga, and graphic novel enthusiasts!

Once again we’re hosting a free anime mini-convention at¬†Headquarters Library featuring fun activities,¬†great local artists, and some very special, one might even say Imperial, guests.¬† ūüôā

Please check out the Librari-Con 2009 website and photos from last year’s fun and frivolity.

Come one, come all!



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¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† …we’re making CRAFTS!

January and February were very creative months for Cumberland County teens. 

Nuts, bolts, washers, cotter pins, and beads were cobbled together into hardware jewelry.  One teen even figured out how to make a pop tab bracelet just from looking at a picture (no instructions needed Рyay, Patrick!).

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Mass quantities of duct tape were turned into oh-so-beautiful roses by more than 57 teens at the Bordeaux, Hope Mills, and East Regional Branches:




The directions that we used for the roses can be found here.

Check out more teen craft program pictures!

Wanna play? 

In celebration of Teen Tech Week 2009, the Spring Lake Branch is having a DIY: Techno Hardware workshop on Monday, March 9th starting at 4 pm.  Click on the link for registration information.  Make your own piece of wearable art from upcycled computer parts donated by local stores.

In celebration of The Big Read, join us at the East Regional Branch  on Tuesday, March 10th, and make your own unique version of the mysterious Maltese Falcon.  For more information and to reserve your spot, please follow the link: DIY for Teens: The Maltese Falcon.

Check our calendar for upcoming teen programs (FYI, we’ll be doing the duct tape roses again in early May just in time for Mother’s Day!).

Keep crafting! 


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Sneak counter-attack!  Go little stickman, go!

We had lots of fun at North Regional last Thursday (12/4/08) at the teen Holiday DIY program, and so I thought I share some pics of my glass votive craft.¬† The teens had lots of great ideas including¬†using masking tape to make stencils and then spraying the glass with “frost,” and painting holiday patterns (one girl created a really cool candy cane motif).

The next teen crafty programs are December 16 at the East Regional branch (glass ornaments, program starts at 5:45 pm) and December 20th at the Cliffdale branch (various crafts, program starts at 3 pm, registration is required for this one).

Join us for some crafty fun!¬† …and beware of stickmen¬†tossing snowballs! ūüôā



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How bad, how good, does it need to get?
How many losses? how much regret?
What chain reaction would cause an effect?
Makes you turn around
Makes you try to explain
Makes you forgive and forget,
Makes you change
Makes you change

Great¬†song, folks: “Change” by Tracy Chapman from her album Where You Live (2005).


Change your¬†wardrobe — Wield scissors, patches, and sewing skills*¬†at¬†one or more of the¬†T-shirt Recycle programs at the North Regional, Spring Lake, and Hope Mills branches.¬†*sewing skills optional – please bring your own t-shirt to style.

Lots of great books to check out: 99 ways to cut, sew, trim & tie your t-shirt into something special, by Faith Blakeney; T-shirt makeovers : 20 transformations for fabulous fashions, by Sistahs of Harlem; Tease : 50 inspired T-shirt transformations by superstars of art, craft & design, edited by Sarah Sockit; Generation T : 108 ways to transform a T-shirt, by Megan Nicolay; The ultimate T-shirt book : creating your own unique designs : batik, tie-dye painting, marbling, stamping, screen printing, by Deborah Morgenthal; and The great T-shirt book! : make your own spectacular, one-of-a-kind designs, by Carol Taylor.


Change¬†the conversation¬†— Take a deep breath and express yourself in poetry, rap, song, and dance at the teen open mic night being held at the¬†Headquarters¬†location on¬†June 17th starting at 6:30 pm.

Change your body —¬† Incorporate the Dance Dance Revolution gaming programs at the Bordeaux and¬† Hope Mills branches into your summer workout.¬† ūüôā

Also consider: 15-minute workouts for dummies DVD [my personal choice :)], Fitting in Fitness : hundreds of simple ways to put more physical activity into your life by the American Heart Association  or one of many exercise related books and videos available to borrow.

Change your appearance — Become Inu-Yasha, Edward Elric, Naruto or¬†one of many¬†assorted ninja at one of the cosplay workshops at the Headquarters’ Bordeaux, and Hope Mills locations.

Try these titles: Fashion and style –¬†The Tokyo look book : stylish to spectacular, goth to gyaru, sidewalk to catwalk¬†by Philomena Keet with photographs by Yuri Manabe; Japanese pop culture¬†–¬†Mechademia 1 : emerging worlds of anime and manga¬†and¬†Mechademia 2 : networks of desire, both edited¬†by¬†Frenchy Lunning.

Change your skill set — Okay, this one is all for fun!¬† Join us for origami workshops at Headquarters, Cliffdale, Hope Mills, North Regional, and Spring Lake.¬† Visit East Regional in July to make a duct tape wallet, macracme bracelet or keychain, and try to make some interesting origami.¬† ¬†

There’s lots of books in our collection to check out before, during, and after these programs, too: Easy origami¬†by Didier Boursin; Origami in action : paper toys that fly, flap, gobble, and inflate! by Robert J. Lang;¬†Got tape? : roll out the fun with duct tape! : 25+ quick and easy duct tape projects for the whole family¬†by Ellie Schiedermayer;¬†Ductigami : the art of the tape by Joe Wilson; and Hemp jewelry by Judy Ann Sadler.


Check out Instructables.com for more “how-to’s”: duct tape wallets, origami, and¬†hemp bracelets.¬† There are also some great ideas for recycled projects.

Here’s to a summer of change and discovery @ your library!

Hope to see ya at one of our programs!



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…what else are ya¬†gonna do this summer?

I thought that this might be a good way to get everyone’s attention for this year’s¬†Teen Summer Reading Club at the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center…did it work?¬† ūüôā

The uber-vague¬†theme this time ’round, Metamorphosis @ your library, lets us play with a lot of different¬†ideas this summer…and we’re doing it all for the teens!¬†

…well, and the teens’ parents

…and the children who will someday become teens

…okay, and yes, we’re doing it for ourselves!¬† But it’s so much fun!!!]

One definition of metamorphosis is transfiguration: a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

…it is also an album by Hilary Duff, but I’m not going there.¬† You can if you want to. ¬†I’ll stay here.¬† Thanks.¬† Send me a post card.¬† ūüôā

So, here’s how to play:

From now until July 31, 2008, come visit any Cumberland County Public Library location and pick up a 2008 Teen Summer Reading Club booklet.

  1. Read 3 books (fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, books on tape, or e-books.  No magazines.)
  2. List the titles, authors and rate whether or not you liked the book on the reading log located on the back cover of the Teen Summer Reading Club booklet.
  3. Remove the reading log from the booklet and bring it to any library location to receive a silver Transformation Pen. (One per person, while supplies last)  Pick up your first continuation log at this time (orange).
  4. Read three more books and list the titles and authors on the orange log. 
  5. Bring this completed log to any library location and receive a book bag.  (One per person, while supplies last)  Pick up your additional continuation logs at this time (green). 
  6. You may keep reading and filling out as many green continuation logs as you wish. 
  7. All logs that are returned to any Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center location by 9:00 pm on July 31, 2008 (one original log from the Summer Reading Club booklet, one orange continuation log, and any number of green continuation logs) are eligible for the local prize drawings and the grand prize drawing.



  1. Completed reading logs will be entered into a drawing at the branch library where they have been returned, for a chance to win gift certificates from Barnes & Noble (2 local winners will be chosen at each branch).
  2. Following the branch drawings, all completed reading logs will then be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the Cross Creek Mall.
  3. The winner’s names will be posted on the library’s website at www.cumberland.lib.nc.us .
  4. Winners have two weeks to pick up their prizes after notification.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center, Inc.


So, lots of reasons to visit the library this summer, along with some fun swag just for reading.  Check out the calendar of events for lots of teen programs this summer.  See you here!



       Transformer Pen             Teen Summer Reading Club logo

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…or simply fine tune the sensitivity on your shiny new, 7th Generation Mechanical Hound and send it after those radicals in that pesky underground book club.

¬†¬†¬†¬† I‚Äôll tell ya‚Äôll right up front that I’m more of a cat person, however, as I was rereading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury earlier this month, I got the strangest picture in my head of what the Mechanical Hound must look like:¬† made of “brass, copper, and steel,” “flickering lights and sensors,” “capillary hairs in the nylon brushed nostrils,” with “four-inch hollow steel needles [plunging] down from the muzzle.”¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† So of course, I decided to make one for a library display.¬† J¬† No worries, right?¬† I just hopped on over to Google and started searching for ‚Äúmechanical hound‚ÄĚ thinking that some concept artist or creature creator had a vision or an idea that I could build upon with my mad-crafty skills.¬† Not so much.¬† Which surprised me, since the book‚Äôs been out and about for 50 years.¬† So I looked for base images like wolves, dogs, and robots.¬†
    Bradbury goes on to describe an eight-legged beasty that would keep even the bravest of folks on edge, were they the reading kind of person.  Now, I couldn’t really figure out how to make a creature with eight legs that didn’t look like a spider, so I had to be a little creative in my interpretation.
     Once I got a vague idea of where I was headed, I started experimenting and trying out different things.  My apartment looked like an episode of Junkyard Wars for a couple of weeks.  J  Most of my supplies were recycled bits of cardboard or tube rolls, dowel rods, coffee stirrers, etc.  In fact, I purchased less than $10 worth of supplies, and it turned out that I didn’t need most of what I did buy (more for the next craft challenge, I guess.). 
     So here he is, my mighty hound named…Fluffy.  Yup, that’s right: tough, mean-looking robot attack dog…itty-bitty, happy-bouncy name.  He’s secure in his, um, robot-hood.  If pressed to describe him, I’d say he has the fierce legacy of the Doberman breed…with all the tenacity of a Roomba. 


    Isn’t that right, Fluffy?  Such a good puppy…Hey, retract that needle!  Down boy…sit!  SLEEP MODE!  SLEEP MODE!!!

    Ahem, so if you read Fahrenheit 451 during our Big Read celebration, or if you read it now to see what the heck else Bradbury wrote about besides canine attack-robots, let me know what you think of my version of the hound.  If anybody wants to draw one and send a scanned image to ccplteens@cumberland.lib.nc.us, I’ll post it here on the blog.  I’m curious to know if anyone can make the eight-legged thing work. 
Check out the detailed pictures and descriptions of my Mechanical Hound on our teen Flickr page. 

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