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Libraries and Literacy

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Literacy and lifelong learning go hand-in-hand. However, low-income areas like Bertie County often suffer the consequences of not having the same access to libraries and literacy programs as more affluent counties.

This page will help you find the addresses of our two local libraries, which are part of the Albemarle Regional Library System. Also, you will find literacy resources–hidden gems within Bertie County that are yours to discover.

Find the Two Bertie County Local Libraries

The Albemarle Regional Library System is a cohort of small, rural libraries. Their locations serve Bertie, Gates, Hertford, and Northampton Counties. Besides physical locations, they provide access to thousands of digital media and materials for library cardholders.

In fact, Bertie County offers not only one but two physical library locations to all citizens.

The mission statement of the Albemarle Regional Library system is the following:

The mission of the Albemarle Regional Library is to improve the quality of life in Bertie, Gates, Hertford, and Northampton counties by providing the best library services, collections, and programs in accordance with the library’s role as an educational institution.”

Albemarle Regional Library System | Mission Statement

Bertie County Public Library:

This facility is Bertie County’s larger library branch, an expansive, new building located at 102 Lancaster Avenue, Windsor, North Carolina, 27983 | Phone: 252.794.0228. This library building came into existence after Hurricane Matthew destroyed the former location in downtown Windsor in 2016.

Pin Location = Bertie County Public Library

Sallie H. Jenkins Memorial Library:

The second library branch in Bertie County serves western Bertie County. You can find this branch at 302 Broad Street, Aulander, North Carolina, 27805 | Phone: 252.345.4461

Each of these locations offers more than “checking out books.” You can find guidance on research projects, enjoy access to high-speed internet, attend public events and storytime for children, and more.

Pin Location = Aulander’s Sallie H. Jenkins Library

Cultivator Bookmobile Locations

In addition to the libraries, Cultivator Bookmobile is active in the community. Although they call Hertford County home, their founder expresses concern about early literacy in all local children.

Thus, the Cultivator team (including board members in Bertie County) places free book boxes throughout the community. These book boxes contain books for children, although readers of every age are welcome to enjoy!

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You can find Cultivator book boxes at these Bertie County locations:

  • Kelford: Kelford Community park, directly across the street from the Kelford US Post Office, right on Main Street.
  • Lewiston-Woodville: Outside the Duck Thru gas station, located at 208 E. Church Street. The book box sits right next to the main entrance.
  • Powellsville: At the Powellsville Post Office, located at 103 Bethlehem Church Road.
  • Windsor: Outside the entrance to the Glam Boutique, 115 E. Granville Street.
  • Windsor: By the front entrance of I AM ME Development Center, LLC, 329 US Highwy 13 North

In fact, these are not “loaners”–children may keep these books.

If you’d like to donate books to this cause, you are welcome to place gently used children’s books in any local book box within the community.

Additionally, the Cultivator bookmobile frequently brings their bookmobile to various spots around Bertie County, so follow them on Facebook to learn about their next visit.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library mails out one book per month to qualifying children from birth through age five. The Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families serves as Northeastern North Carolina’s regional partner for this program.

You can apply for this free book program here. After applying, someone from AACF will review your application and know if your child qualifies.

Roanoke Chowan Community College Media Center

Although technically outside of Bertie County, the Roanoke Chowan Community College invites local residents to enjoy their media center. The general public can get a library card and access thousands of books and resources.

Despite its location, the RCCC library is not just for college-aged learners and adult fiction. Indeed, the media center has an extensive section of children’s learning media. So whether you need supplemental learning media or homeschool during coronavirus, you can find materials to benefit your little ones.

They have study rooms and lightning-fast free WiFi access that library cardholders may use.

Enjoy access to any of these libraries or literacy programs for yourself, your loved ones, and your family. Indeed, access to this knowledge is yours for the asking.

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