County Budget Proposal Includes Relocation Of Carolina Beach Library

County Budget Proposal Includes Relocation Of Carolina Beach Library Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 06 May 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The proposed budget for New Hanover County includes a plan to relocate the Carolina Beach Library to Snow's Cut Crossing Shopping Center.
County Manager Chris Coudriet delivered a proposed budget for the upcoming 2015-2016 fiscal year at the County Commissioners Monday May 4th, meeting.
In that budget proposal it states, "The recommended budget plans for relocation of the Carolina Beach library branch to Snows Cut Crossing Shopping Center from its current location on Cape Fear Boulevard. The proposed relocation accomplishes a number of benefits to the residents of Pleasure Island and southern New Hanover County. Most prevalent are preservation of the branch on the island, a near doubling of the capacity to 4,000 square feet, and the ability to provide regular early childhood reading programs at the Carolina Beach branch. Island adults benefit from relocation through an expanded print collection and more access to technology resources for career development, business planning, and the like."
Harry Tuchmayer, Library Director, explained Tuesday, "Last night at the meeting of New Hanover County Commissioners,  County Manager Chris Coudriet presented a budget for next fiscal year that has in it the opportunity to significantly improve library services to the residents of Pleasure Island. In the budget will be the funds needed to rent a new 4,000 sq. ft. facility in the Snow’s Cut Shopping Center. This move will give us space to provide all the services needed to provide exceptional library service, including a clearly defined children’s section with space for regular children’s programing, adequate space for materials and space for future expansions of internet services. We will need some time to renovate the space and order the furniture and hope to open sometime this fall."
Kure Beach Town Council member Emilie Swearingen commented Tuesday night, "I am so excited about this news. I joined the NHC Library Advisory Board about 18 months ago with the hopes that we could bring more "library" activities to the southern end of the county, including a new library for Pleasure Island."
She explained, "Since then, we've built the StoryWalk and the Little Libraries; we had the first Children's Music Fest on Kure Beach to kick off the Library's summer reading program (which will be held again next month); and now we'll have a bigger space for our Island library while we plan for a new one in the old location. I have talked to individual Carolina Beach Council members about this, but hoping they will work with Harry Tuchmayer and the county to make that happen in the next 3-5 years."
The County Board of Commissioners will vote to adopt a budget prior to the start of the 2015-2016 fiscal year on July 1st.
To learn more about the proposed budget visit the County's website at www.nhcgov.com

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