Staff and board members from Anson County’s Hampton B. Allen Library recently traveled with Sandhills Regional Library System staff, trustees and friends to celebrate Library Legislative Day. Those attending from Anson were Peggy Hildreth, Jonnie Pettiford, Donnie Lewis and Donald Perkins. Carol Walters, Sandhills Regional Library System director, chaired the event. Over 150 attended, visiting their Representatives and Senators to advocate for libraries.
Carol Wilson, president of the N.C. Directors Association, served as emcee. Kicking off the event was State Librarian Caroline Shepard and Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle.
On the Hallifax Mall, storytelling by Anson County’s Donnie Lewis, Moore County’s Clara Bryson and from Wake County Susan Adams delighted pre-schoolers from Wake. Ice cream, popcorn and N.C.’s own Cheerwine provided refreshments on the mall for attendees.
Libraries all over North Carolina’s 100 counties are suffering from the $2 million cut they took last year and were hoping to at least get some of it back to put back books, hours, staff in our 100 counties. The $2 million cut affects Sandhills’ five-county region with a loss of $100,000. N.C. libraries are approximately .0007 of 1 percent of the state budget so getting just some of those funds back would hardly affect the state budget and it would certainly be a shot in the arm to libraries who are helping people get connected to jobs and resume ideas as well as the research they need for health and home issues.