Fontana Regional Library serving Jackson, Macon and Swain counties with six public libraries in Western North Carolina

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33 Fryemont Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Fax: 828-488-2638

Director: Karen Wallace

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Fontana Regional Library connects the six public libraries in Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties into a system of libraries. All of the libraries in the Fontana Regional Library system have long and rich histories in their home communities. Uniting as a region enables our libraries to provide higher quality services and operate more effectively and efficiently than if each library stood alone.

FRL staff
Technical Services: (L-R) Rachel Carey, Cataloger and Diann Ball, Office Manager.
Outreach Services: (L-R)Peggy Gibby, Reading Rover Storyteller; Carol Grise, Librarian; Joan Lackey, Reading Rover Driver.
FRL staff
IT Services: (L-R) John Tyndall, Manager, and Jim Walker, Assistant.

How does Fontana Regional Library benefit you?

We work behind the scenes to help your local library quickly and reliably get you the books, information, Web links, or other resources you need.

• Offers you the ability to borrow materials from any of the libraries in the Fontana Regional Library system. Our courier service delivers books to your home library within three days.

• Operates the Reading Rover, a preschool bookmobile and storytelling service

• Maintains an on-line catalog, which is available from any computer with Internet access.

• Prepares books and other materials for circulation

• Operates an automation system, which allows quick checkout

• Operates an electronic network and computer workstations, enabling you to access the Internet and allowing staff to communicate within the region

• Raises grant, corporate & private funding for projects that benefit library services throughout the region

• Provides administrative and financial services

Our Annual Report highlights the number of books and materials checked out, the number of programs and participants, and the various funding governments and organizations. However, in order to grow and better serve the public, we need additional contributions to our Endowment and Library Gift Fund. You may also contribute to support an individual library within the Fontana Regional Library system and The Reading Rover.

Long Range Plan
Fontana Regional Library develops a five year strategic plan designed to align Library goals and services with the needs of our local communities in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.

The library staff collects input from groups and individuals from around the three county region on an ongoing basis.  Feedback from our public is used to establish service priorities. 

Our primary service priorities are:

• Connect to the Online World: Public Internet Access
• Create Young Readers: Early Literacy
• Stimulate Imagination: Reading, Viewing, and Listening for Pleasure
• Visit a Comfortable Place: Physical and Virtual Spaces


Our secondary service priorities are:

• Satisfy Curiosity: Lifelong Learning
• Succeed in School: Homework Help
• Discover Your Roots: Genealogy and Local History
• Celebrate Diversity: Cultural Awareness


Goals and objectives are developed within each of the service priorities which will meet the needs of our communities. In August of 2011, the Fontana Regional Library Board approved the latest revision of the Long Range Plan, which can be seen at 2011-2016 Long Range Plan. (pdf)


Internal Revenue Service Disclosure Forms
In accordance with Treasury Regulations, sections 301.6104(d)-2-5, Fontana Regional Library System is required to publicly disclose copies of the three most recent Forms 990 (annual information return) and Form 1023 (application for tax exemption) to anyone who asks for them. Any individual with access to the Internet can access, download, view and print the PDF documents without special computer hardware or software required (click on the Adobe Reader download below for a free reader).

Form 990 for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Form 1023.


All PDF documents are viewable with Adobe's Acrobat Reader. Download the latest version of Reader.

EvansSusan W. Kluttz

North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources

State Library of North Carolina





Cal Shepard

State Librarian
State Library of North Carolina



FRL staff

Administration: (L-R) Deb Lawley, Business Manager; Karen Wallace, Director; and Donna Rowland, Financial Assistant.

Chester Bartlett
Swain County

Nancy Scott
Macon County

Betty Screven
Jackson County

Avary Doubleday
Macon County

Nancy Gibson
Swain County

Sandy Bayley
Jackson County

Crystal Bryson
Macon County

Maurice Moody
Jackson County

Nancy Reeder
Macon County

Shirley Veenstra
Swain Country



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FRL Staff Wiki  


FRL Shared Folders


Mueller Presentation: Fontana Regional Library Board Retreat - September 2010


In-service Training Survey


Meeting Room Use Fees & Policies


Regional Learning Program




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