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Welcome to the branches of the BHM Regional Library system where people connect to creativity and the world of ideas.
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Youth Services/Computer instructor position available at BHM Regional Libraries. MLS required. See job posting under the employment section.


NC Cardinal Catalog

BHM Regional Library system is now part of the NC Cardinal consortium. We all share resources, books and the catalog. Ask at the service desk for more information.


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Children's Book Review


When the Library Lights Go Out

By: Megan McDonald and Katherine Tillotson 

This is a cute story about three friends that have an adventure in the library after the lights go out for the night.  Hermit Crab is missing and her friends, Lion and Rabbit, go in search of her.  They find a map and begin an awesome adventure.  Everyone has their own idea of what is going on and where they are headed.  Check this book out to see how the adventure ends. By: Denise Toler, Hazel W. Guilford Library


Book Review


 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Tartt has written a captivating novel. The main character, Theo,  is a teen left bereft of his mother after a bombing kills her. He holds tight to a unusual painting as his memory of his mother fades. The book is written from Theo’s point of view. He is first put in the care of a Park Avenue family that is far from perfect. He reunites with his father and new wife with mixed results. Fate then delivers Theo to the neon lit alien world of Las Vegas, where he meets Boris. As Theo devopes into a complex multi- faceted character, Tartt pulls him deeply into the shadowy art world, tied to an old Dutch artist, Carel Fabritius, and his exquisite if sinister painting called the Goldfinch. It is a lengthy book at 784 pages but the captivation keeps the reader turning the pages. The novel examines grand inquiry into parental loss, survival, beauty and obsession.  Start the book when you have a long weekend.  Review by Susan Benning


Thank You to our Summer Reading Sponsors!

Thank you to our Summer Reading Program Sponsors:

BB&T of Williamston

Blackbeard's Lodge, Ocracoke

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Duke Energy Foundation

Hampton Inn Washington


Taco Bell

CSLP art/graphics are copy- righted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members
and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics
in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.

Register for the Summer Reading Program

Register here for the summer reading program.

Step 1:  If you have a BHM library card, just enter your library card number and PIN.  (To register without a library card, you must have an e-mail address.)
Step 2:  After you register, go to "Update Your Summer Reading Log" below to enter the number of minutes you read each day.
Step 3: Come into your branch library to receive your prize.

It's as easy as that!

Update Your Summer Reading Log Here

CSLP art/graphics are copy- righted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.


Thank You to Donors


Anne Phelps of the Martin Memorial Library has been awarded a $1,000 N.C. Humanities Council grant for a program series to be held later this year. More details will be announced later.

Denise Toler, staff member at Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library in Aurora, applied for and was awarded a $1200 scholarship to attend the 2014 Association of Rural and Small Libraries Convention in the state of Washington. This grant is made possible by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

BHM Regional Library was contacted by Raye Oldham of the State Library that BHM has been awarded a $50,000 LSTA grant with a 10% local match. The grant was written by Susan Benning, the Director. This grant award will be used to create three mini computer labs in the BHM Regional Library system. The mini computer labs are mobile but are based in Aurora, Williamston and Belhaven.  The flexibility allows the laptops to be moved  to other locations or consolidated for bigger classes. This grant is made possible by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Special thanks to Joyce Chapman. Thank you to Martin Community College and Beaufort Community College for partnering with BHM Regional Library on this grant. Free classes will be provided on using a computer, doing a resume, completing online job applications, doing a cover letter, and search for a job online.The colleges will provide instructors  to teach five classes on topic specific classes like Excel, Powerpoint, Desktop publishing,etc.

BHM Regional Library has been awarded a $5,000 Redbox and OCLC "Outside the Box" grant. The grant includes an outdoor movie screen and peripherals to show movies or hold other outside events including two huge canopy tents , DLP theatre projector, umbrellas, and outdoor furniture. Many thanks to Debra Torrence for her work assembling the grant letter. In 2013 five libraries were chosen for this grant during the pilot year. In 2014  twenty libraries were selected for this award.

Heather Harden wrote and was awarded a $3,000 Dollar General Grant for the Summer Reading Program at the Martin Memorial Library in Williamston, N.C.

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. This project will be completed when Mattamuskeet joint school/public library migrates in June 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


I See Colors

Click on the link below. 

Then click on a book to open it.

If your device has sound you can also hear the book by clicking on Narration.

Narration is available in several languages besides English.

Tip:  You must click the play button and the sound symbol for each page


E-books coming in July 2014

BHM Regional Library and other libraries in the state have joined together with NC LIVE in a project called Homegrown ebooks. At least ten NC publishers will be part of this launch project and ebooks written by NC authors will be available for download starting in August 1,  2014. The books will have MARC records and be part of our catalog. For best results, users will need the latest version of Google Chrome or Safari. Chrome and Safari are available as free downloads. Users of other browsers are able to access the collection but may experience technical issues.

Access via the BiblioBoard Library App
The BiblioBoard Library app is available for iPad®, Kindle Fire HD®, Nexus tablets® and Galaxy Tab® (4.0+) mobile devices.
Step 1: Visit the BiblioBoard website using the NC LIVE link above. 
Step 2: Click on the yellow "tablet" link in the upper-right corner.
Step 3: Create your own user account.
Step 4:  Download the appropriate app and login using the account information created in step 3. 




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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.



For quicky easy access, snap a photo of this Q R Code with your Smart Phone and your app will open to our library webpage in mobile format. Other Q R codes will direct you special program information or Branch homepages.


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