Thank you for your article concerning the public access computers at the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.
Your readers might be interested to know that the majority of the funding for the four public libraries in Craven County comes from an appropriation from Craven County. Essentially the libraries are funded through county property taxes. At times when libraries across the country are being forced to close or reduce hours because of lack of funding, the libraries in Craven County have not faced any reductions. Library employees were even included in a generous 1 percent salary increase that county employees received this year.
We are also grateful to the municipalities of Havelock, Vanceboro and New Bern for the additional support they provide the county public libraries within their city limits.
In the 20 years our libraries have offered Internet access to the public, computers have been purchased through funding from the counties, grants and donations. Keeping up with the technological demands and needs of our citizens continues to be a high priority for the libraries. Currently, all 10 libraries in the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library face upgrading their public access computers and use-management software. We hope to leverage the purchasing power of 10 libraries to make a sound investment in durable and stable technology.
Susan W. Simpson, Interim Director, Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library