Leenaarts Beasley named new Dare County Librarian

By on September 2, 2023

(Dare County)

Meaghan Leenaarts Beasley

Dare County has announced that Meaghan Leenaarts Beasley, who has served as reference librarian for the Dare County Library since December 2021, has been promoted to the position of Dare County Librarian following the retirement of longtime East Albemarle Regional Library System Director Jonathan Wark. Wark’s last day of service to Dare County was Thursday, August 31, 2023.

Leenaarts Beasley initially began her service to Dare County as a volunteer for the Kill Devil Hills Library in January 2019 and was hired to serve as a library assistant in August 2020 before being promoted to the position of reference librarian in December 2021.

“I’ve always been committed to volunteer work, and I was thinking of making a career change from the private sector to public service,” said Leenaarts Beasley, who was formerly employed by Island Bookstore. “After almost two decades of bookselling, the Dare County Library was a natural fit…I knew right away I’d found a home where I could commit to finding more and more ways to make our patron’s lives better.”

A North Carolina Certified Public Librarian, Leenaarts Beasley holds a master’s degree in library science, which she earned from North Carolina Central University in 2021. In addition, Leenaarts Beasley earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from North Carolina State University in 1999 and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Old Dominion University in 2002.

In her new role as Dare County Librarian, Leenaarts Beasley will serve as the administrative head of the county’s three-branch library system, which includes the Kill Devil Hills Library, Manteo Library and Hatteras Library. In addition to managing the library system’s employees, budget and day-to-day operations, she will also be tasked with performing strategic planning and providing important information, technology and literacy resources to Dare County residents, visitors and property owners.

“That’s one of the great things about working at the Dare County Library. We help people, sometimes in very unusual ways—maybe to apply for a job, or help them grow a garden, or find an ancestor,” said Leenaarts Beasley. “There’s no greater satisfaction than closing the gap between a person’s need and the solution they’re looking for.”

Because the Dare County Library is a member of the East Albemarle Regional Library System, Leenaarts Beasley will also work closely with the county librarians for Camden, Currituck and Pasquotank counties to ensure that these libraries’ collaborative efforts continue to serve the needs of northeastern North Carolina communities by providing internet access, innovative technologies and online resources, among many others.



Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room (https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

Clint Hardison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Dare EMS – Phase 2 Pre-Bid Conference

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