Information exchanged at library meeting


James Hurd, left, and Javon Carr-Ellison begin a game of checkers in the children’s area of the Havelock-Craven County Public Library. County and library officials held a meeting Monday on funding issues for the library.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 05:09 PM.

The solution to the Havelock-Craven County Public Library’s funding shortfall wasn’t found at a meeting Monday between Craven County officials and library leaders.

Susan Simpson, director of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library, which oversees the Havelock library, said the meeting was informational only and that no decisions were made about providing more money for the library.

“It was just a chance for the library and the county officials to discuss the situation and to hear how the library is adapting to the loss of funding from Havelock,” Simpson said. “We didn’t go into it expecting a decision.

“I thought it was an excellent meeting. Craven County has been very generous to the Havelock library and seems very understanding of our situation. I thought it a very cordial, and productive informational meeting.”

The Havelock library announced last month that it would be reducing hours of operation and making fewer purchases of books, magazines and newspaper subscriptions due to a shortfall in its budget. The city of Havelock decided in June to fund just $4,000 of a $47,000 budget request from the library.

The library serves city and county residents as well as students at the Havelock campus of Craven Community College and Early College EAST.

The city is at odds with the county about several funding issues, including the library. Havelock officials say that city taxpayers have historically provided about 35 percent of the library’s budget, far exceeding the amount of money other cities such as New Bern, Cove City and Vanceboro have contributed to county libraries in their cities.

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