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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

  • 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.
  • NASA @ My Library blasts off at Fontana Regional Library

    Since being awarded “NASA @ My Library” status and the grant that accompanies that status, Fontana Regional Library has had 2 events that have qualified as official NAML events.  The first was at JCPL in mid-June, where a successful children’s activity had approximately 80 participants.  Macon County Public Library had a second activity (the “Intergalactic Zone”) in mid-July where there were approximately 60 participants.  

    Some of the contents from the “NASA kit” were also used in the recent “Eclipse Science Festival” held at Macon County Public Library on 8/21/17.  Here are some pictures from that latter event!
  • Quilt Winner for a New Library in Swain County

    Marcia Winchester (right) of Bryson City was the winner of the double wedding ring quilt raffled by Marianna Black Library as a fundraiser for the new library. The winning ticket was drawn at the Fourth of July Freedom Fest, in Bryson City. According to Margaret Varner (left), quilt committee chair, $1,716 was raised for the campaign.

    The fabric for the quilt was donated by Jacque May in memory of her mother Elizabeth Hamm. The quilt was pieced by Maddy Haughn. Custom long arm quilting was done by Liz Butler and Patti Simpson of Ivy Lane Quilters.

    Stay tuned, as we hope to have new information on the progress of the new library in Swain County in the Winter edition of the Fontana Flyer.
  • Did You Know the Library Can Help Your Small Business?

    July marks Independent Retailer Month, and Fontana Regional Library was happy to celebrate. Libraries in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties have many resources for small businesses, from information on how to create a successful business plan to using specialized market research tools. For National Library Week in April of this year, FRL conducted a survey of library users. Under the topic of employment and economy, help for small and independent businesses was the top request.

    For owners (or future owners) of local businesses, our branches offer a wide range of materials and services to support business growth. From the library’s website, visitors can stream short videos aimed at entrepreneurs and business owners, find books and video tutorials on business tasks such as managing payroll, or use specialized databases to conduct market research to get an edge on the competition. Each library also has meeting rooms with audio visual equipment for presentations and computers available for public use.

    For assistance finding resources to develop your business, visit your local library in Jackson, Macon, or Swain County, or go to
  • Grant Awarded to Improve Online User Experience

    Libraries are known as places where you can find the information you need. From materials such as books, videos, and audio to curriculum kits, telescopes, and science kits to photocopiers, computers, and Wi-Fi access, the many patrons who visit our libraries expect excellent service and convenient access to information in its many formats.

    Increasingly, our library resources and services extend beyond the walls of our physical locations, particularly into digital spaces. To help us satisfy the expectations and needs of a growing digital citizenry, the State Library of North Carolina awarded Fontana Regional Library a $50,000 LSTA grant that will allow us to work with an expert in library user experience (UX) to restructure and improve our online portal.

    Michael Schofield, a front-end developer specializing in UX and design for libraries and co-founder of, will work with library staff to develop the knowledge, skills, evaluation metrics, and workflows necessary to maintain and assess the effectiveness of our digital gateway on an ongoing basis. The skills, framework, and resources gained through this grant will allow the library to respond to rapidly changing digital technologies and resources, making them more accessible to our communities. Our new digital portal is scheduled to go live in Summer 2018.

    This project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-17-0034-17).