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Last Updated: Nov 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Holiday Closings

The BHM Regional Libraries will be closed November  27 - 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.



Computer Classes in Aurora


Computer classes will be held at the Aurora library in November. Call the library at 252-322-5046  to sign up. 

These classes will focus on basic computer skills such as using a mouse, understanding the desktop, using search engines, and sending email.  These classes will use laptops that were obtained with an LSTA grant provided by IMLS and adminstered by the State Library of NC. 


Events Calendar


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.


E-books Now Available

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 are part of this launch project. Many eBooks written by NC authors are available. 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. 


Finance Officer Position Available


Entry Level Finance Officer   

Description of Duties


An employee in this class assists the Regional Director in the financial administration of the library system.  The employee is responsible for all computerized financial accounting, governmental reporting, and cash flow. 

Illustrative Examples of Work

·         Using computerized and online accounting, maintains accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, and budget.  Prepares monthly and quarterly financial statements.

·         Reconciles monthly bank statements.

·         Prepares monthly payroll and enters info into direct deposit system.  Makes payroll tax deposits; prepares quarterly payroll reports, W-2's, and 1099's at end of year.

·         Maintains an analysis of investment savings for BHM and MML and reinvests funds when necessary. Tracks renewal date of investments.

·         Tracks and charts monthly expenses and analyzes monthly revenues and expenditures for current year budget.  Maintains extensive historical data for future budget, makes recommendations for expenditures, and assists director in preparing yearly budgets for presentations.

·         Prepares all governmental monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.

·         Maintains equipment inventory records on electronic spreadsheets and prepares depreciation schedules for the annual audit.

·         Analyzes office equipment needs, secures competitive prices, and orders equipment and supplies for the Regional System.

·         Organizes and maintains personnel records on spreadsheets and individual employee record sheets.

·         Obtains invoices for magazine subscriptions, filters, small equipment, etc.

·         Prepares monthly statistical and financial reports for quarterly board meetings.

·         Prepares and makes available extensive records and reports requested by auditor to provide complete picture of regional library accounting system.

·         Performs administrative secretarial work as requested by the Director.

·         Maintains the MSDS notebooks for Headquarters facility products

·         Serve as Administrative Assistant to the Director assisting with information, reports, and outgoing mail.

·         Coordinates the statistical reports for State Library

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

·         Complete knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

·         Knowledge of payroll and withholding and employer taxes.

·         General knowledge of banking and investments.

·         Extensive familiarity with computers, and ability to load software applications and make some software changes.

·         Knowledge ofMicrosoft Excel and Word.

·         Knowledge of Intuit QuickBooks accounting software.

·         Must be able to perform several tasks simultaneously and prioritize tasks according to priority and deadlines.

·         Ability to organize and handle detailed work with accuracy and on schedule according to deadlines in the BHM Financial Manual.

·         Must have well developed secretarial skills including using a printer to print envelopes and labels.

·         Must be able to assist director in solving personnel problems with complete confidentiality.

·         Ability to handle public contacts with tact and courtesy and communicate with professional and para-professional employees.

·         Must be able to use library software to renew a book by phone, check in and out a patron or assign a computer to a patron in situations when there is a temporary staff shortage


Education and Experience

·         A four year degree in Business Administration or Accounting is preferred.  Three to five years accounting, payroll, banking, and report writing experience preferred.

·         A minimum education of two year Associate Degree in Accounting with 5-10 years of experience will be considered.

·         Familiar with computerized and online accounting and direct deposit payroll.  Experience using Intuit QuickBooks accounting software preferred.  Proficient in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point, and Outlook) preferred.

 Please send resume, work history, job application from and three references to Susan Benning, 158 North Market Street, Washington, NC 27889 or call 252-946-6401.

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Thank You to Donors

Much appreciation is extended to three groups in Williamston for their generosity.  The Woman’s Club gave $500 , the Partnership for Children gave $1066, and  Rotary Club also gave $1066  to be used to purchase an AWE computer for children to develop early computer literacy.

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  including two huge canopy tents to show movies or hold other outside events. Other equipment includes DLP theatre projector, umbrellas, and outdoor furniture. Many thanks to Debra Torrence for her work assembling and writing 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. The first event will be Saturday September 27, 2014 4:00 - 8:00 pm in Bath adjacent to the library. There will be many family fun events like a paper airplane contest, bubble blowing, jump rope contest, a costume contest with a red carpet walk, story time and an outdoor movie, "The Pirate Fairy." Volunteers are needed to help with the event.

The Williamston High School Class of 1953 alumni have generously donated $2000 to be used to buy books for the Martin Memorial Library.

Martin Memorial Library has been approved for a $1000 grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council to fund a “Let’s Talk About It” adult book discussion series in the fall.  The theme is “The Many Voices of Latino Literature.”  The council will schedule five local scholars to lead the discussions of the five books.  The first program is scheduled for Thursday evening, September 18.  Please call the library at 252-792-7476 for additional information.

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.

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 was awarded a LSTA grant to migrate to the NC Cardinal automation system in 2014. This project was completed when Mattamuskeet joint school/public library migrated 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. Thanks for watching. Susan Benning, Director

Summer Reading @ BHM

Click on "Fizz, Boom, Read" to see our
Summer Reading Slideshow!

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Book Donations

Headquarters and Bath Community Library iare accepting book donations of books published after 2012. We can provide a receipt for income tax purposes. We cannot use and do not accept sets of encyclopedias or text books.


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