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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.

Spring 2018 Newsletter

  • Family Science Night at MCPL
  • AED Training for Library Staff
  • Commissioner Joins Library Planning Team
  • MLK Day and Black History Month
  • FRL Board Retreat
  • National Volunteer Week
  • 7th Annual Chocolate Cook-Off
  • New Piano at JCPL
  • StudentAccess Project Adds Charter Schools
  • Health-Focused Library Programs
  • Local Realty Sponsoring Kanopy Region-Wide
  • Cardinal Catalog Moving to New Server
  • Advocating for Connectivity

Fontana Flyer Articles

  • StudentAccess Project Adds Charter Schools

    StudentAccess, the program launched this fall that allows all students in the county school systems  of Jackson, Macon, and Swain to have access to Fontana Regional Library materials through their student ID numbers, has recently been expanded.
    Mountain Discovery Charter School, in Bryson City, and The Catamount School (a lab school administered by WCU) have now joined the program. StudentAccess accounts allow students to borrow e-resources and access online library databases. Students can also borrow up to 10 print or audio books from the FRL collection. There are no overdue fines for these accounts, but students are responsible for any fees on lost or damaged books.
    StudentAccess is a joint project with the school systems that provides library access via student ID numbers, which students already memorize for the lunch room and other school-based online activities. There is no card with these accounts – students just provide their name and number when checking out books.
    This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the State Library of North Carolina.
  • Library Programs Help Create Healthy Communities

    The Jackson County Public Library has announced a new series of public programs to run through the summer called Mind and Body: Health, Nutrition, and You. These monthly presentations will focus on community health priorities and have been created in collaboration with local agencies and organizations. Topics include nutrition, diabetes prevention, PTSD, suicide prevention, addiction, dementia, and end-of-life care and planning.

    Winter Highlights:
    In late January, MCPL staff joined the Iotla Valley Elementary School’s PTO Family Fitness Night and gave the kids the chance to dance on the moon! With the help of a green screen and software provided by NASA, kids had a wonderful time getting fun exercise by dancing in space, with the moon as their all-star background. This unique combination of STEM and fitness was extremely popular with kids and parents alike. For a video montage, go to:

    Another winter program involved staff from Abel Fitness in Franklin, who worked with library patrons of all ages to focus on posture, body alignment, the anatomy of movement, and the benefits of correct body mechanics. Attendees experimented with all of these concepts to experience the benefits of proper movement, turning the library’s living room into an exercise studio and promoting the library as a place to learn about health and wellness for every body.
  • Highlands Sotheby’s International Realty Sponsoring Kanopy Region-Wide

    FRL is delighted to announce that Wood and Jody Lovell, owners of Highlands Sotheby’s International Realty, have contributed a generous $10,000 to sponsor Kanopy film streaming service for all FRL card-holders. This type of sponsorship is a first for FRL, and a new venture for Highlands Sotheby’s as well. The Lovells were searching for a way to benefit everyone in their community, and as library lovers, Wood and Jody found the perfect fit in supporting Fontana Regional Library.
    Kanopy is a film streaming service that is available free for all FRL card holders. Patrons may stream up to ten films each month, choosing from over 30,000 documentaries, indie and foreign films, must-see classics, award-winners, instructional films, and blockbuster movies. To get started, visit our Kanopy Portal or ask for more information at your local library.
  • State Library Moves Cardinal Catalog to New Server at end of February

    As of this writing, FRL is anticipating a significant upgrade to the underlying architecture of the shared NC Cardinal catalog. Previously maintained and hosted by Equinox, Inc., the catalog and patron database will be moving to servers hosted by MOBIUS, an arm of the Missouri State Library. The move, which is expected to have caused some minor inconvenience during the week of February 26-March 5, will mean a more stable and robust interface, with fewer slow times and outages. The change will not be particularly noticeable in terms of the look of the catalog, but increased stability and efficiency will represent a significant improvement.
  • Advocating for Connectivity

    On February 20th the Jackson County Public Library hosted the 2nd in a series of region-wide broadband information sharing meetings.
    Because there are broadband developments happening in our region, the Fontana Regional Library is committed to having semi-annual public meetings that will help all to "stay on the same page.”
    Representatives from each of the seven westernmost NC county broadband committees, as well as a representative of the NC Broadband Infrastructure Office, and various internet service providers gave updates and answered questions at the meeting.
    Rich Price (Jackson Co., EDC) shared information from the Southwestern Commission's Phase I Broadband survey completed at the end of 2017. For information we invite you to view the recorded event on Facebook.
    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.
    Fontana Regional Library appreciates the participation of vendors, providers, and our communities for their efforts and contributions to the cause of affordable broadband for our region. 
    Stay tuned! A follow-up event is being planned for the end of August/early September 2018 at a location to be announced.
  • Dementia Workshop Series Coming to Macon County

    A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway in Macon County with the support of area churches, the Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging, Macon County Public Library, Angel Medical, Macon County Senior Services, and  Macon County DSS.
    A workshop series called ‘Dementia Friends NC’ begins on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Designed to help build awareness about dementia and identify ways local citizens can help people who are living with it in our community, the four-session workshop series is being made possible through a Connectional Ministries grant from the Smoky Mountain District of the Western Carolina United Methodist Conference.
    The 90-minute sessions will take place on four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning March 20, 2018, with both afternoon and evening sessions offered, as well as choice of venue.  All 2:00 p.m. sessions will be offered at the John & Dorothy Crawford Senior Center.   All 7:00 p.m. sessions will be offered at the Macon County Public Library.  ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
    Approximately 160,000 North Carolinians age 65+ are living with Alzheimer's.  Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way we think, talk and act about the disease. The Dementia Friends sessions will help participants learn about dementia and the small ways each of us can help. From telling friends about the program to visiting a friend living with dementia, every action counts.
    Dementia Friends North Carolina is provided by the NC Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NC4A).
  • Architect Presents Rendering of New Marianna Black Library

    On October 26th, Asheville based architect, Keith Hargrove, and Marianna Black Library Board Chair, Ellen Snodgrass presented to a series of renderings of a new library to the Swain County Commissioners.  The presentation began with Snodgrass running down a brief history and timeline of the new library project, including new information regarding a reduction in size to save on building costs and ongoing operational costs.  Hargrove then presented several renderings including a topographic look at the site development (patron and staff parking, D.O.T.  right of way  and outdoor reading areas) and birds-eye view of the interior, including a computer lab, expanded youth services spaces (including a teen area), and several tutor and conference rooms for collaborative work. 
    After the presentation was completed, Swain County Commissioners, library board members and staff, and members of the community had a public discussion concerning the future of a new library.  Though a financial commitment was not put forward by county commissioners, they agreed to become more involved in the project by appointing a member of the commission as a liaison between the library planning committee and Swain County.
    Please stop by the library to see a display of the renderings in the library reading room.
  • New TV at Nantahala Community Library

    In keeping with the Long Range Plan, the Library continually strives to provide the infrastructure and resources to provide excellent service and convenient access for the community.
    Through a generous contribution by the Macon County Public Library Friends, the Nantahala Community Library has been able to replace their TV. The funding provided
    for the purchase of a new 65 inch curved 4K UHD TV for the public to use in programs and activities at the community room.
  • Read Local Book Fair at Macon County Public Library

    On September 9th, 2017, Macon County Public Library held its 4th annual Read Local Book Fair.
    The big change over last year was moving the date from November to early September.  This was done to try and capture more of the “seasonal” population, as it was pointed out that most of this potential audience is gone in early November.
    Approximately 345 attended the fair (about 150 more than last year); we will probably continue with the earlier date, due to this increase. 
    Promotion was done inside the library, in downtown Franklin, two featured newspaper articles, and on the internet.  We were able to get radio coverage and an additional newspaper article beyond what coverage we had last year. Posters were also displayed throughout the community, including ‘real estate’ signs, and social media (such as Facebook) was employed more than ever before.
    Feedback from our 29 authors was uniformly good; sales figures, as reported by our partner Books Unlimited, were also improved over last year.
    As always with this event, our intent is to support our local economy (part of our long range plan)  [Employment and Economy] with book sales of local authors, as well as creating a community event highlighting books and reading [long range plan of Education/lifelong learning and also Recreation/Leisure Services].
  • Notary Services

    Did you know that the Library offers Notary services in each of our counties? We currently have 9 Notaries on staff, with at least 1 Notary in most of our branches. We recognize that this is one of those services that no one thinks about until you need it. And when you need it, you really need it. So we are striving to have this service conveniently available to our patrons. The cherry on top of this hidden service sundae is that we provide this service completely free of charge. For more information on Notary services provided by the Library, call your local branch.