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BHM Libraries Changed Automation Systems

All BHM Regional LIbraries completed the transition of automation software the week of March 23rd except for Mattamuskeet Library. Mattamuskeet will migrate when school gets out in June in order not to disrupt the school library.  The new system NC Cardinal was installed and fully operational midmorning on Thursday, March 27, 2014. BHM will begin resource sharing on April 14, 2014. Our staff looks forward to serving you and offering enhanced services. Please ask a branch manager if you need assistance looking up books at the card catalog computer.


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Art Competition in Bath

Bath Community Library  

New Library Hours
Starting March 9, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Daylight Savings Hours

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

During National Library Week April 13th - 18th there will be art exhibits of the Bath Elementary School and Northside High School students renderings of the old Bath High School. This art competition will have two winners, one from each school. The winners will each receive $100.00 given by an anonymous donor in honor of Warren Bonner Smith, a Bath High School 1966 alumni. Everyone is welcome to come see the artwork.

The winner of the elementary artwork will be announced at 5:00 pm on April 15th and the winner of the high school artwork will be announced at 5:00 pm on April 17th. Winning artwork will be displayed for a period of time at the library.



    Thank You to Donors


    Monsanto Corporation has donated $2,500 to the Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library in Aurora, NC for library materials and for programming equipment.

    BB&T awarded Martin Memorial  Library $1200 which will be used for guest performers/programs and t-shirts for the 2014 Summer Reading Program.  Additionally, they pledged employee manpower to assist with preparations and programs as part of their Lighthouse initiative. The theme of this year’s SRP programming is Fizz, Boom Read!

    BHM Regional Library has been awarded a LSTA grant to migrate to the NC Cardinal automation system in 2014.




    Slide Show

    This slide show represents some pictures of the BHM Regional Library branches, the Weyerhaeuser job resource displays, children's story times, and craft programs. If you see staff taking pictures, smile and say "cheese." There is a picture of me accepting a check for $10,000 from Southern Bank Foundation for the new Bath Library under construction. Thanks for watching. Susan Benning, Director


    Book Review



     Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

    Debbie Macomber, a New York Times bestselling author, has a loyal fan base of readers. Now weddings are hoped for in the close-knit Seattle neighborhood that gathers around a store called A Good Yarn.  Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love. Character Lauren Elliott has waited for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose. He seems focused more on his job than their bond. When Lauren‘s younger sister announces her pregnancy before Lauren has an engagement ring, she is upset. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice to end the relationship and look anew.  A second storyline is about Bethanne Scranton. She is newly married, and in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethune’s ex will do anything to win her back. The third character, Lydia Goetz, is content with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of  the store, A Good Yarn. As she considers how to increase business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who did it? As three women’s lives cross paths in unusual ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises are in the future

     . Review by Susan Benning


    Children's Book Review


    The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy

    Do you like to visit the library?  Would you enjoy just looking at the books and not being able to READ them?  At Sunrise Elementary school this is exactly what happens when a new librarian is hired.  Ms. Lotta Scales is a real, fire-breathing dragon who takes her job of guarding the books VERY seriously. Enter Molly Brickmeyer; Dragon Slayer Extraordinaire. Molly helps restore the natural order of things at the library such as storytime. See how she accomplishes this feat and transforms Ms. Lotta Scales into the school's beloved Ms. Lottie. And for more reading fun check out The Return of the Library Dragon. Reviewed by: Denise Toler



    Ocracoke Public Library Job Vacancy

    There is a vacancy at the Ocracoke Community Library. The job description is posted under employment on the BHM website, at the Employment Security Office , on the Ocracoke Current website, at the Ocracoke Post Office, and at the library. To obtain a job application call 252 946-6401. Send your resume to Susan Benning at 158 N. Market St. Washington, NC 27889 or email it to

    Volunteers are also needed. Please contact Headquarters at 252 946-6401.



    Book Donations

    Headquarters is accepting book donations of books published after 2010. We can provide a receipt for income tax purposes. We cannot use and do not accept sets of encyclopedias or text books.


    New Regional Staff Staff Member


    Mary Anne Caudle joined the staff of the BHM Regional Library System on March 3rd as the Youth Services Librarian and Computer Instructor.  Mary Anne grew up in western North Carolina, lived in Maryland and New Jersey for many years and returned to North Carolina in 2010.  In New Jersey she worked in the Children’s Department at two public libraries and has worked for the past three years in the library at Craven Community College.  She holds a B.A. in Spanish from Davidson College and a Masters in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  Mary Anne particularly enjoys doing story times, and reading young adult literature and looks forward to working with the branches of the BHM system and other community groups. She is excited to assist with the Summer Reading Programs and serving the children in the three counties. She will also assist Joan with the programs for the elderly at Autumnfield and Cross Creek nursing homes.



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