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Cumberland library to re-open seven months after fire

Posted May 20, 2009

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— Cumberland County library officials announced that the Headquarters Library at 300 Maiden Lane will re-open Friday.

The public areas of the library have been closed since October, when an electrical fire caused extensive smoke damage.

Inspectors passed the library Wednesday, and staff have returned to stock the shelves and prepare for Friday's opening.

“We are very anxious to come back to the Headquarters Library,” said Jane Casto, Headquarters Library manager. “When I entered Headquarters last week, it looked beautifully restored, but a bit lifeless. Today, staff will begin to breathe life back into the building."

The library will resume public programs on Thursday and will welcome the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Friday for a concert at 7 p.m.

A reopening celebration on May 31 will feature live music from local musicians Bob Steele Band, Corky Jones, Blues Enigma, Kindred, Seth and Caleb, Justin King, Bill and Debbie Duty, Rick Brigman and Ray King.

May programs at the Headquarters Library
For information, call 483-7727 ext. 202

Thursday, May 21
6:30 p.m.
Sustainable Sandhills Film Series
Join us for the film Power of Community — How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. This film looks at the hardships and struggles, as well as the community and creativity, of the Cuban people following the 1990 collapse of the Soviet Union, which sent the Cuban economy into a tailspin. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. This screening is sponsored by Sustainable Sandhills.

Friday, May 22
7:00 p.m. (Headquarters Library, 483-7727 ext. 202)
4th Friday Presents: Symphony and Photography at the Library
An evening of music and enlightening images. An ensemble from the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform. An exhibit of photography by Spring Lake Middle School students will be on display. The students participated in the Photovoice Project, a collaborative effort between the school and the Photo Guild of Cumberland County. Refreshments provided by
SYSTEL®. This event is held in conjunction with Fayetteville’s 31 Days of Glory celebration.

Sunday, May 31
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Headquarters Library, 483-7727 ext. 202)
Headquarters Library Reopening Celebration with Live Music
Join us as we celebrate the reopening of Headquarters Library. The afternoon will feature live music by various local artists, including Bob Steele Band; Corky Jones; Blues Enigma; Kindred; Seth and Caleb; Justin King; Bill and Debbie Duty; Rick Brigman; and Ray King. The event will be hosted by Claudia Swartz and sponsored by Beatheart Productions Music and Arts Events.

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