Action Needed Today!

Your library needs your help! If you’ve kept up with news in Raleigh you may be aware that the Senate had planned to take a vote on the budget this week. It appears that may not happen though and they will probably adjourn by Thursday.
As a result, CPC and other libraries in NC need your support today. Time is running out to make this happen!
Please contact your state Representatives and Senators requesting support for an ANER (Agriculture, and Natural and Economic Resources) mini-bill to include the $200,000 recurring appropriation for NC Kids Digital Library; $500,000 non-recurring increase in 2019-20 for State Aid to Public Libraries and $ 1,850,000 non-recurring increase in 2020-21 for State Aid to Public Libraries. The General Assembly has helped just about everyone else through mini-bills and we urgently need their support to ensure our citizens, especially the kids, maintain access to important library resources.
Please call or email to let them know how important this is. If NC Kids Digital Library goes unfunded, Pamlico, Craven, and Carteret will be greatly impacted in our outreach to our rural areas.
The increases to State Aid are crucial to maintaining quality services, especially in smaller rural communities. While our appropriations may seem small to some, the impact they will have on our communities is huge! We don’t want Library funding to be a forgotten casualty of the budget stalemate.
Help your libraries by requesting their support and ensuring our counties are heard.
NC Representatives
Pamlico Representative – Bobby Hanig, phone: 919-733-5906,
Craven Representatives:
Keith Kidwell, Main Phone: 919-733-5881
Michael Speciale, Main Phone: 252-635-5326
Carteret Representative
Pat McElraft, Main Phone:252-342-0693
Craven, Pamlico,Carteret Senator
Office Phone: (919) 733-5706
We appreciate your help with this request!

Events Calendar

In honor of National Library week, observed this year April 7 – 13, CPC libraries are banding together to put all our our events on one calendar. Check it out – there’s something for everyone!


Hurricane Florence update

Our Havelock and Western Carteret libraries received damage due to Hurricane Florence, but, are open to the public and on the road to recovery.

Ever wonder how libraries protect their collections during hurricanes? Check out these storm prep photos:

CCPL preps the reference collection before the storm.
Carteret County Public Library raises reference materials from lower shelves and covers them with plastic before the arrival of Hurricane Florence. 9-11-2018
CCPL covers the children's collection with plastic before the storm.
Carteret County Public Library covers the children’s collection with plastic before the arrival of Hurricane Florence. 9-11-2018

The next two photos are an example of why our libraries prepare so thoroughly before the storm. Keeping our collections dry!

Damage to the ceiling at the Western Carteret Public Library.
Leaking ceiling tiles above the plastic-covered non-fiction stacks at the Western Carteret Public Library. 9-26-2018
Storm damage to the roof of the Western Carteret Public Library.
Storm damage to the roof of the Western Carteret Public Library. 9-26-2018

State Group Awards Library Trustee

State Group Awards Library Trustee, Ben Bowditch

Bayboro – The N. C. Public Library Directors Association has named Ben Bowditch Library Trustee of the Year at its annual Awards Banquet in Winston-Salem on December 8th. Mr. Bowditch is Chairman of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library Board of Trustees, and also serves on the Pamlico County Public Library Board. He is retired from a business career focused on retirement plans and local government short-term investments.

     According to Susan Simpson, Regional Library Director, “Our library system has never had such an involved and motivated Board member. His dedication has resulted in new initiatives and benefits to the communities and patrons we serve, and our employees. He believes strongly in the importance of what the regional library system does for the public and small libraries. We are fortunate to have someone who cares so much about making our libraries the best they can be.”

Bowditch receives award

Library Catalog gets a new address

The new library catalog web address is live! Please change your bookmarks to and



On Monday, June 12, C-P-C Regional Libraries will be changing the web address of our online library catalog. The current web address,, will no longer be valid after the new web address goes live. The new web address will be a more secure version of the catalog and will use the HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) method of transferring data.

What does that mean for me?
Current users of the library catalog will need to update their bookmarks to the new library catalog web address. No changes are being made to the catalog itself and will function as normal, though there may be a short time of unavailability on Saturday evening and Sunday. The new web address will be available on June 12.

If you have any questions or need help with the library catalog, please contact your local C-P-C Regional Library.

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.