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During the week of February 26 to March 5, the library catalog will undergo necessary maintenance and upgrading. During this time, all patrons must bring their library cards with them to the library in order to check out materials. In addition, no holds can be placed or processed during that week. Read more about Library Catalog Maintenance.

The Fontana Flyer is the quarterly newsletter for the Fontana Regional Library system.

This award winning publication provides information about services, events, and programs at all of the libraries in our system, as well as news developments that affect the interests of library users and the public.

Winter 2017 Newsletter

  • Architect Presents Rendering of New Marianna Black Library
  • Read Local Book Fair at MCPL
  • New TV at NCL
  • Tax Assistance at Your Library
  • Bringing Awareness to Mental Health
  • Notary Public Services
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Facebook User Appreciates MCPL
  • Regional Broadband Assessment
  • Women in Science Career Fair
  • Mango Language Learning Program
  • Sharing Our Vision and Mission
  • Kanopy Streaming Service
  • Local Update on Hurricane Irma

Fontana Flyer Articles

  • Library Partners with NASA @ My Library to Host Women in Science Career Fair

    Macon County Public Library hosted a Women in Science Career Fair on September 14th for families, children, and teens to learn more about science career opportunities.  The Women in Science Career Fair was an official event of the NASA @ My Library grant that the Fontana Regional Library recently received.  At this event, attendees had the opportunity to speak with seventeen local female scientists and learn more about a variety of scientific fields.
    The Women in Science Career Fair also provided a variety of hands-on science related activities for kids and grown-ups of all ages, including robotics, engineering, green screen photography, 3D pens, circuit boards, and more.
    The NASA@ My Library program is designed to increase and enhance science, technology, engineering, and math learning opportunities around the country, especially for geographic areas and populations currently underserved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.  The NASA@ My Library project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Partners include the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and Education Development Center. NASA@ My Library is made possible through the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate as part of its STEM Activation program.
  • Hurricane Irma

    Back in mid-September, Hurricane Irma dealt a surprisingly ferocious blow to the Cashiers area. Thousands in the area were without power, running water, and internet for nearly a week. Luckily, Albert Carlton – Cashiers Community Library managed to keep power, water, and internet through the entire ordeal. We provided a safe haven to charge devices, check email, start insurance claims, and entertain children that were out of school.

    While several staff members had no power or water at home either, we still braved the road closures and came together to make sure our community had someplace to go. We hosted special programs including an all-day movie marathon of family movies for all the children that were out of school. We also hosted impromptu bridge games, chess games, and our community puzzle was more popular than ever. We provided power and internet access for telecommuters and families that had come to Cashiers to get out of Irma’s path. Through the week we set up telecommuting stations, charging stations, distance education stations, and our very popular information station. We dedicated one of our staff machines to real time updates on power and internet restoration, live road closure maps, live weather feeds, and news stations from across the hurricane’s path. 

    Through the ordeal, the Library definitely embodied the heart of the community.
  • Kanopy

    Wish you had free access to 30,000+ films? Wish that included award-winners, foreign films, documentaries, selections from the Criterion Collection? Wish you could just stream them without leaving home? Well, your wishes are answered! Fontana Regional Library now offers Kanopy, a film streaming service that you can view on your computer, tablet, Roku, or even your smartphone. Kanopy debuted across FRL this fall, and patrons are enjoying the wide range of quality films available, up to 10 films per month. Check it out today! Free with your library card. View our Videos & Movies page for more information.
  • Sharing Our Vision and Mission

    Libraries in the Fontana Regional Library system are proud to be sharing the vision and mission they have for their communities. New signs and decals will be installed at all member libraries. Our smallest library, the Nantahala Community Library in Topton, was the first to install their new sign.

    The heart of our community, enriching lives and inspiring the future.

    The Fontana Regional Library system provides the public of Jackson, 
    Macon and Swain counties with excellent service and convenient access 
    to resources for their educational, informational, and recreational needs.
  • Reading Rover Bookmobile Supported by Community Foundation Grants

    The Reading Rover Bookmobile recently received grants of $2,500 from the Macon County Community Foundation and $1,370 from the Jackson County Community Foundation. Last summer, the Swain County Community Foundation also awarded $1,000 to support Rover services to area children. All three county Community Foundations are affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation but make their own funding decisions.

    The grants will help sustain the Rover’s storytime visits to preschools and daycare centers, encouraging the development of essential pre-reading and school-readiness skills.
  • National Library Card Sign-up Month Begins September 1

    September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Fontana Regional Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that people of all ages have the most important tool for lifelong learning -- a free library card.

    “Our libraries provide access and programs for everyone,” says Library Director Karen Wallace. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness and for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs. Adults and children alike can develop and pursue new interests, or find recreational reading and activities. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

    The same card that allows checkout of books and other materials in the library also provides access to a host of digital resources from home or anywhere else. Fontana Regional Library has a large collection of electronic materials, including eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, and even streaming video that are all available free of charge to library card holders.

    For more information about library services in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties and how to get a library card, contact your local Fontana Regional Library location or visit
  • Teens Build a Better World

    Jackson County Public Library’s teens helped Build a Better World this summer by reaching out into the community. Along with making animal treats for the local animal shelter, teens made (wildflower) seed bombs, wrote letters to Veterans, and hosted their own Alex’s Lemonade Stand, where they raised over $150 dollars for Childhood Cancer research.

    Photo: A Teen event on the WCU hiking trail held to promote healthy living and team building.
  • Advocating for Connectivity

    On June 12th the Macon County Public Library hosted the 1st region-wide broadband information sharing meeting.

    Fifty-five adults were in attendance; 15 were invitees representing regional and county agencies, community clubs, and Internet service providers who had information (mostly developments in the last six months) re: bringing affordable broadband to our region. The event was live-streamed on Facebook (, and as of the end of July there have been 324 views of the video.

    Twenty-five attendees signed up to receive informational links via email regarding broadband. To receive the informational links, please send an email to Charles Diede ( Both invitees and the public expressed appreciation for the Library's role in hosting the event.

    A set of web pages ( have been created by the FRL connectivity focus team (Charles Diede, Deb Lawley, and John Tyndall) to assist you with research resources and subject information!

    Stay tuned! A follow-up event is being planned for the end of January/early February 2018 and will be hosted at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
  • StudentAccess

    Fontana Regional Library is partnering with Jackson, Macon, and Swain County Schools to support students’ ongoing education. We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success and we are working together to provide every public school student access to books and resources found at their public library.

    The Student Access project will allow public school students in Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties to access Fontana Regional Library print and electronic resources using their school ID, without needing to visit their local library to set up an account. Student ID accounts allow students to borrow e-resources and access library databases. Students can also borrow up to 10 print or audio books from their local public library collection. The student account is free. There are no overdue fines for student accounts, but students are responsible for any fees on lost or damaged books. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the State Library of North Carolina.
  • Kanopy

    Some of you may have seen the news racing across social media about New York, Los Angeles, and D.C. public libraries providing their patrons streaming access to the entire Criterion Collection, foreign films, documentaries, and award winners through Kanopy. Well guess what! Fontana Regional is just as cool as those big city libraries and we’re bringing you the exact same service. Starting this Fall you will be able to access the entire Kanopy catalog through our website. You can stream up to 10 titles a month and you’ll be able to watch them on your laptop or tablet (or your phone if you’re really dedicated.) Another great feature of this service is that educators can show these titles in their classrooms to deepen learning in an engaging way. So get ready for some high quality binge watching and keep your eye on our website for the launch date.