Refugees: How much do you know?

You've probably been hearing a lot about refugees lately.  Maybe you're wondering, what IS a refugee?  A refugee is a person who is outside his or her country of nationality and can't return due to a well-founded fear of persecution because of his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.  Refugees don't leave their homes because they want to; they leave because they have to.  Imagine having to flee Cumberland in order to escape being killed.  Seems like something out of the Hunger Games, right?

Spooky Songs with Sarah


In celebration of the season, the Children’s Room of the Cumberland Public Library invites children, ages birth to 10 with their parents, to join the fun on Saturday, Octoboo 31 at 2:00 pm.  Join us as we sing songs about bats, pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and the fall season with Sarah Gardner.  The children will know the tunes, with words adapted to the Halloween theme.  Costumes encouraged!

Tickets are available for a nominal fee of 50¢.

'Tis the be scared!

As the days get colder and shorter, and Halloween gets closer, you may find yourself with the urge to read a scary story!  Why is it that we find horror novels so terrifying, but so fun to read?  Could it be that we like exploring dark ideas from the warmth and safety of our own homes?  Maybe your life is crazy right now, and reading about someone who is having a worse time than you brings some measure of comfort.

Looking for an Escape?

September is here and school is beginning again.  For some this is exciting, for others this is just about the worst news ever.  If you feel like you want to hide under the covers until next summer rolls around, why not escape into the world of fantasy?  Here are a few picks from our teen book club that are guaranteed to make you forget all about that math assignment!


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