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Marianna Black

33 Fryemont Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

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Librarian: Jeff Delfield

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Open six days a week, Bryson City's Marianna Black Library serves the area's full-time and seasonal residents with...

• Latest best-sellers

• Movies, music, CDs & tapes

• Free internet access

• Comfortable reading area

• Great children's space

• Information center, wireless internet

• Magazines & newspapers

More about the library

Library Closings

The library will be closed for training on Monday, September 22.


Please check the calendar on the home page of this website for holiday closings.




Summer Reading Begins in June at Marianna Black Library


Readers of all ages will enjoy exploring all things scientific this summer as the Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, presents this year’s Summer Reading Program. Children from birth to 5th grade will be participating in “Fizz, Boom, Read”. Tweens and teens, ages 12 -18 will be participating in “Spark a Reaction”. Activities will include science experiments, robot building, grossology fun, and more. The program includes a variety of prizes and incentives for reading. We will also have exciting presenters including visits from Snakes Alive and Birds of Prey presented by Balsam Mountain Trust. All programs are completely free and open everyone.


On Monday, June 16th at 11:00 rising third through fifth graders are invited to the Liquid Launch program. Join us as we concoct some very messy experiments and create rockets using some very common liquids.


Tuesday, June 17th , grades kindergarten through second will enjoy a Mad Scientist program. We will discuss a few “Mad Scientist” and then create are very own mad scientist costume.


Motion of the Ocean, our preschool program will be held Wednesday, June 18th at 10:30. Enjoy an ocean themed story time and create your very own ocean in a bottle.


Ronald McDonald, the clown everyone loves, will be making a special visit to our library on Thursday, June 19th at 11:00. He will bring magic, games and surprises for children of all ages.


Rising 6th -12th graders are invited to Spark a Reaction, our teen program on Thursday, June 19th at 3:30. We will discuss “Going Viral”. The group will participate in activities and experiments that represent the spread of viral illness.


Dinosaurs are at the library Monday June 23 - Thursday, June 26!


Monday, June 23rd, at 11:00 am 3rd-5th graders will create dinosaur eggs and use a magic solution to dissolve them.


On Tuesday, June 24th, at 11:00 everyone is invited to come out and enjoy the most popular program we brought you last year, the “Birds of Prey” show, presented by Balsam Mountain Trust. Michael Skinner will present a hands-on discussion on the biology and habitats of birds of prey. He will also bring a few of these magnificent birds for a visit.


Wenesday, June 26th, at 11:00 The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science will take Pre-k through 5th graders on a “Dinosaur Discovery” that is sure to provide lots of hands on actvities.


Teens will enjoy creating duct tape masterpieces on Thursday, June 26th at 3:30. Come out this week for some “dyno-mite” adventure!


Don’t miss out on all the summer science entertainment will we have this year at the Marianna Black Library and make sure you come by to see Ronald McDonald in his big red shoes.





Read With Me Program


The Library will be providing an outreach program called “Read With Me” this summer.


This program encourages parents and caregivers of children birth through age 9, to read actively with children each night. Information will also be provided on developing early literacy skills at home.


Programs will be held at the library and also taken to Swain Middle School where federal summer lunch programs occur.


The Marianna Black Library will provide the “Read With Me” programs on June 26, July 10th and July 24th from 11:30 until 12:30 at the Swain Middle School Cafeteria. Additionally, each child enrolled in the program will receive three paperback books. This program is provided by grant funds from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.




Free Movies At The Library


Movies are free and projected onto an 8 x 10 ft. screen in the auditorium.


Due to Production Studio guidelines the library may not include movie titles or studio names in its advertising. Please call the library for the movie titles.


– 3:30 pm. Disney, Hallmark and other family-oriented movies. Popcorn is served beginning at 3:20 pm. The library also gives away one free movie checkout voucher to each patron who attends the movie.


Free Music Programs At The Library on Thursdays


In addition to our twice-monthly community jams, come join us for a variety of free music programs, most of which are held on the front lawn of the Library - weather permitting; otherwise they are held in the library auditorium. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library. Video montages of most of our concerts are on YouTube. December jamming always includes holiday favorites. All concerts are 6 - 7:30 pm.


Thursday, June 26 - 6 pm. Carolina Dusk in Concert. Dusk Weaver’s music has received repeat airplay and awards on the three continents of North America, Europe, and Australia. There are many iterations of his band, but when he and wife Caroline play, the become Carolina Dusk. Their wide variety of foot-tapping rhythms, their wild-eyed Southern storytelling, their upbeat attitude that gets the audiences to jump right into the songs with them, their joyful and contagious excitement for wordplay and for new perspectives on familiar things, their intriguing range of instruments played from song to song, their excellent singing harmonies, and their skillful combination of all these things (and more) make a Carolina Dusk concert a downright "educational fiesta" for all.


Community Music Jam 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Jam with other amateur musicians playing old-time mountain music. Come to sing, or just come to enjoy music at the library.

Weather permitting, the jams are on the front lawn of the library. In December we always include holiday favorites in the mix. Anyone with a banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle (anything unplugged) is invited.

Larry Barnett of Grandpa's Music (Depot Street) keeps the music flowing and the fun going. Normally, Barnett calls out a tune and its signature, and the group plays it together; but there's also a chance for anyone to share with the group a song they would like to perform. The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or learn the old-time mountain songs.

This program receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.



Drew Campbell
Nature Photographer

Ever since he received his first Kodak Brownie camera for Christmas years ago, Drew Campbell has been in love with photography. His interest in nature challenges him to find fresh ways to capture common subjects like new-fallen snow, autumn mountain colors, and ocean sunsets. He is always looking for new ways to capture images and light from unusual perspectives. He is a member of the Carolina Nature Photography Association, the f/32 Photography Club in Asheville, NC and the Coastal Arts League in Half Moon Bay, CA. He has exhibited his photography at various shows and venues including the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in NC, and the Swain County Center for the Arts, the Stecoah Gallery, and the Wild Fern Gallery. He teaches photography classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and at many private workshops.


He moved to Western North Carolina from the San Francisco Bay area of California in 2005 and never tires of the mountains, waterfalls, animals, and wildflowers in this part of North Carolina. Drew's website

d Friends of the Marianna Black Library. Though they have a clear set of criteria to work with from the Services Priorities and Facilities Plan (see article below), their task will be challenging, because 3 acres of good centrally located land is scarce in the county.



Child readingJust for kids — Marianna Black has a kids library that’s separate from the adult section, with lots of good books and four computers for children through middle-school age. During the week, there are special programs for preschoolers and home-schoolers. And
the Reading Rover brings the library to preschoolers and day care providers throughout the area.


Free Internet acessFree Internet access is available on nine public access computers to all library visitors with a current photo ID. Access time is limited on busy days and is on a first come, first served basis. Printing from the computer is also available at 25¢ a page.


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