Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library

New Bern, North Carolina

CPRL Eagle Scout Project: Pop-Up Tech/Book Mobil
 
Local Boy Scout, Logan Tibbetts has selected a Pop Up Tech/Book Mobile as his Eagle Scout project.  In consultation with the Craven-Pamlico Regional Library, he is  helping to secure funding for the project as well as to help set it up.  The intent is to convert the existing inter-library transit van into a quasi-bookmobile.  It is too small to be a typical bookmobile.  The plan is to get a lift professionally installed at the rear so that carts of books can be on– and off-loaded by staff and wheeled into a facility (e.g., assisted living facility, church family life center, day care, school, community center, events, etc.).  People can select and check out books using their library cards.  Additionally there will be a few laptops and two hot-spots which can handle up to 25 computers each.  Staff can use one laptop to check out the books, issue library cards, and research topics for people.  
            Funding is needed (est. $10,600 for all the features and equipment desired).  Ken Carbonell (Interim Finance Director of the CPRL) and Logan have set up a go-fund-me page.  Click here to see Logan’s video on the project and click here to access the go-fund-me page.  We encourage you to contribute to this worthy, needed project that will benefit all libraries and especially remote areas in both Craven and Pamlico Counties.  Breaking news:  at the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library's meeting on February 10, 2021, the Board unanimously voted to award $7,000 to be earmarked for this project in the current fiscal year.  The funding was presented to the CPRL Board of Trustees on February 16, 2021.

BOOK AND MATERIAL DONATIONS TO THE FRIENDS

We have been unable to hold a book sale since March 2020.  It is unlikely with the current COVID-19 situation that we will be able to hold a book sale until possibly fall of 2021.  Through the generosity of the community we have continued to have books and other materials donated and as a result, our costs for boxing and storing these donations have increased significantly to the point where we have exceeded our capacity to maintain this level of collection. We still need children, youth and teen books to fill the Little Free Libraries at the parks that we keep stocked.  We ask that you hold your donations of adult books and other materials until after we are able to decrease our inventory.  If you are unable or unwilling to store the donations, we suggest that you donate them to a nonprofit thrift store. This is a difficult time for all of us and we appreciate your understanding on this matter.  Questions?  email, call or text 252.670.1913 Judy Hills, VP.
FRIENDS ACCEPTING MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH & TEENS ONLY
DONATIONS CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT OUR STORAGE UNIT
RIVER MILLS PROFESSIONAL STORAGE
2723 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC
Tuesday-Thursday 8 AM to 4 PM

BEAUTIFUL PIANO BOOKCASE BEING SOLD BY FRIENDS

This unique bookcase would be both interesting and functional in your home or office.  Dimensions are 57" W x 66"H x 19.125" D.  This custom piece was designed and created by Shop Class owner Mo Howland and instructor Joe Clay.  Please call or text 252.259.3078 if you would like to preview or purchase this piece.  Similar items are listed for $1,200, but we are entertaining offers.
                  STORYWALKS AVAILABLE FOR USE IN                   CRAVEN & PAMLICO COUNTIES
Our Friends are the coordinators for StoryWalks which can be used by Friends, libraries, nonprofits, churches, schools, and community event organizers in Craven and Pamlico Counties.  Funded jointly by the Harold H. Bate Foundation and the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library, we have five StoryWalk titles available for use:  Giraffes Can’t Dance, Grumpy Monkey, True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Big Pumpkin and Bear Stays Up for Christmas. We have two more titles in production.  Those wishing to use a StoryWalk should contact coordinator Judy Hills via email or call/text 252.670.1913