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Vacation planning starts at the library

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start planning your family vacation. Whether you're heading to the beach, the mountains or somewhere in between, Cumberland County Public Library has plenty of resources to help you plan the perfect trip.

The Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775: Fact or fable?

On May 20, 1775, 248 years ago today, a group of militia leaders meeting in Mecklenburg County received word of the revolutionary battles at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. They were so outraged that they promptly composed a document condemning the British. The militiamen declared Mecklenburg County free and independent a full year before the Declaration of Independence was signed.

The joint is jumpin’ with “Jelly’s Last Jam” at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, featuring gorgeous choreography, soaring voices and heart-stopping moments as the story of Jelly Roll Morton, the self-proclaimed inventor of jazz, dazzles the stage.

The public is invited  to a 5k run/walk on Friday in downtown Fayetteville to benefit the North Carolina Special Olympics, according to a news release from the Fayetteville Police Department.

The Fayetteville Fire Department is partnering with Safe Kids Worldwide to host a Child Passenger Safety Check from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Target parking lot at 2056 Skibo Road.

A team of military veterans skilled in woodworking has partnered with the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County to host the Falcon Children’s Home Woodshop Exhibit that will be on display May 4 through 20, 2023, according to a release from the Arts Council.

A ribbon-cutting for the newest water feature at Mable C. Smith Park marked the opening of public splash pads for the season, according to a Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Rec news release.  Public pools are scheduled  to open on Memorial Day, according to the release.

Cumberland County residents are invited to help fill a  truck with donations to help students who need assistance over the summer.

Library issues challenge to youngest visitors: Read 1,000 books before kindergarten

How many books have you read this year? Parents and caregivers of infants, toddlers and preschoolers may find the answer is higher than they think. Families can read more than 1,000 books in three years, if they read just one book per day with a child.

Grow your best tomatoes with help from the library

Spring is here, and with the threat of frost receding as the days grow longer, tomato lovers start to dream of summer. Slicing a big juicy heirloom tomato for a sandwich or snacking on sweet cherry tomatoes in between pulling weeds are the dreams of gardeners across Cumberland County as they tend their seedlings.

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