Pamlico County Library Closes for Changes

Pamlico County Library Closes for a Week

          UPDATE: The Pamlico County Library will re-open on Monday, April 10th at 12:00 pm (noon). Story time with Ms. Fran will resume Friday, April 21st at 10:00 am.

          Pamlico County High School is appropriating space in the shared facility for dedicated student instruction and the high school library collection. The targeted space is currently used by the public library for the Children’s Room, housing the pre-school and juvenile collection, materials, and storytime area.

          During the closed period, the Children’s Room will be moved into a smaller space now used for group meetings and special programs.  “We are sorry for any inconvenience this closure will cause our patrons,” said Ben Bowditch, Chairman of the Pamlico County Library Board of Trustees. “We have no choice but to meet the demands of the Pamlico Board of Education.”

          For more information call (252) 745-3515.

Librarian recognized for 33 years of service

Librarian Marlene Copeland was recognized for her 33 years of service to the Vanceboro-Craven County library. Ms. Copeland witnessed the growth of the library from a one room setting into the newly renovated and expanded facility. She also was instrumental in leading the library into the 21st century with the newly adopted electronic catalog system. Over the years Ms. Copeland was always present, exemplifying the utmost dedication to the library and its patrons.

The Craven County Board of Commissioners expressed their gratitude to Ms. Marlene Copeland for her years of providing these vital services and wished her well in her retirement.


Photo of Thomas Mark, Chair of Craven County Commissioners and Ms. Marlene Copeland.

NC Kids Digital Library

NC Kids Digital Library

The North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive and the state of North Carolina has created a new digital resource sharing service for kids’ pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital Library. Over 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, videos and Read-Alongs are now available to younger readers via 85 regional, county and municipal libraries in North Carolina through OverDrive’s digital reading platform. These materials are instantly available for every child, at home and everywhere.

To Sign In: choose our regional name, Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional. Then, enter your library card number and the last four digits of your phone number, just like using our library catalog.

Quick Facts:


Sponsored by NCPLDA: NC Public Library Directors Association, NCGA: NC General Assembly, with assistance from State Library of NC a division of the Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources and supported by an IMLS federal LSTA grant.

Big Changes Ahead

Regional Library Receives Grant for System Change

Temporary Closures Listed

Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library (CPCRL) has received a grant of $100,000 to migrate to “Library.Solution”, a public library automation system for managing collections, circulation, patron account information, and reporting. Last year CPCRL had 335,491 items in the collection, including books, compact disks, MP3s, DVDs, videos, and other non-print materials; checked out 494,926 items; and had 78,778 active patrons of all ages.

The grant is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

“Half of all public libraries in North Carolina use Library.Solution and all are pleased with the company and the software,” comments Susan W. Simpson, CPCRL’s Director. “We think our patrons will enjoy the new catalog, especially the Kid’s Catalog.” Patrons will find new self-service options on their My Account page including paying fines online with a credit or debit card, updating account information, and sharing reading lists or saved searches with friends. “Library.Solution” is a product of The Library Corporation, based in Inwood, West Virginia.

The Library adopted its current automation system in November 2009.

The migration will involve closures at the 10 affiliated libraries:

  • Friday, September 30- Last day to check out materials on the current system.
  • Saturday, October 1- All the libraries open regular hours but without a system for checking materials in or out, issuing new library cards, or reviewing patron accounts. Public Internet access will be available.
  • Sunday, October 2 through Sunday, October 9- All libraries closed for staff training.
  • Monday, October 10- All libraries open their regular hours with “Library.Solution” software in place.

Outdoor book and media returns will be available during this time.

CPCRL includes: Bogue Banks Public Library (Pine Knoll Shores), Carteret County Public Library (Beaufort), Cove City-Craven County Public Library, Down East Public Library (Otway), Havelock-Craven County Public Library, New Bern-Craven County Public Library, Newport Public Library, Pamlico County Library, Vanceboro-Craven County Public Library, and Western Carteret Public Library (Cape Carteret).

For more information contact Susan W. Simpson, (252) 638-7812 or (252) 728-2050.