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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

  • Swain County Community Foundation Grant Helps Support Reading Rover Bookmobile

    Fontana Regional Library’s Reading Rover Bookmobile has received a $1000 grant from the Swain County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

    The funding will support the Rover’s storytime visits to preschools and daycare centers in Swain County. Last year, Rover, which operates in Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties, as well as the Qualla Boundary, served more than 130 Swain County children each month and checked out an average of 265 books and early literacy items each month at its visits to daycare centers and preschools. The grant funding will be used to purchase books and materials for the Rover, as well as help with vehicle maintenance and fuel costs.

    “Keeping Rover on the road visiting preschoolers and their teachers is a priority for Fontana Regional Library,” said Regional Director Karen Wallace. “This grant will help us meet our goal of sharing the world of books and reading with the youngest residents of Swain County.”

    For more information about Fontana Regional Library or the Reading Rover, visit or call 488-2382.
  • Jackson County Public Library Receives Laureate Collection

    The Jackson County Public Library received a bequest of 450 books of poetry from the estate of the late Kathryn Stripling Byer. Byer, formerly the poet laureate of North Carolina, passed away on June 5th, 2017.

    Throughout her career as a professor and poet, Byer was poet-in-residence at WCU, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Appalachian State University, and Lenoir Rhyne College. She published six full-length books of poetry: The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest, Wildwood Flower, Black Shawl, Catching Light, Coming to Rest, and Descent. She also published several chapbooks, the latest being Vishnu Bird in 2015.

    Byer received the North Carolina Award for Literature from the governor in 2001, and served as North Carolina Poet Laureate from 2005-2009. She was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2012.

    With its wide array of topics and wealth of information, the Kathryn Stripling Byer Laureate Collection will be an immeasurable asset to our community, and the Library is eternally grateful for this bequest.
  • The Literary Classics Online Book Club

    Jackson County Public Library patron Sara Freeman participated in the Recorded Books Literary Classics Online Book Club and won the Library $1,000 worth of audiobooks. Thank you Sara!

    The Online Book Club, developed by Recorded Books, is for people who enjoy classic literature or want to learn more about this genre. Six books are selected each year for reading and discussion and the titles are free to library patrons through the Recorded Books RBdigital platform. Each title is featured for two months. During the first month, participants read the book while also having access to fun facts about the title on the club’s Facebook page. During the second month, participants discuss questions which are posted to the forum. For more information about the Literary Classics book club go to

    For more information about audiobooks or the RBdigital eAudio collections please visit or stop by any of the libraries in the Fontana Regional Library system.
  • Native Voices a Resounding Success

    From June 23rd until July 31st, the Jackson County Public Library hosted the national exhibit Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness. The Native Voices traveling exhibition, produced by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association, explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media. The exhibit was viewed by several hundred people during its time in Sylva. The Jackson County Public Library provided Cherokee-centric programming along with the exhibit. Some of the speakers lending their expertise to Native Voices were Sarah Sneed, Julie Reed, and Vickie Bradley. Benjamin Woody, the JCPL Adult Services Supervisor and Native Voices Project Director says, “It is truly an honor for the Jackson County Public Library to have hosted the Native Voices exhibit. We are the first library of our size to host the exhibit. This year, the Native Voices exhibit visited Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Sylva. We especially want to thank the community, our presenters and collaborators, and Lisa Lefler, Director of Culturally Based Native Health Programs at WCU, who partnered with us to present this exhibit.”
  • Readers Build a Better World at the Library

    Children and teens throughout the region built a better world this summer at their local library. Over 7000 people attended summer learning events held in the community and Fontana Regional Libraries! Children and teens attended over 200 events and participated in science and engineering experiments, hands-on art and design, planetarium shows and more. All summer, children and teens filled the library to search for the special book to spark their imagination, answer their curiosity, or to read just for the fun of it. Children were rewarded for their constructive learning efforts with many fun and exciting prizes and incentives. As one camp counselor commented, “I have been so grateful for our partnership this summer. You have done such a great job teaching our students as well as planning a fantastic summer library program.”
  • Nantahala Community Library Hosts Open House

    The Nantahala Community Library will host an open house on Saturday, June 3rd. If you’re curious about Fontana Regional Library’s smallest branch, please drop by for the open house. This library may be small in size, but it’s a big part of the community! You’ll have a chance to meet our new library staff and see some of the changes they’ve got underway. Sharon Crosby is the Branch Supervisor and Rachelle Clark is the Library Assistant. Both began working at the library in April.

    Several donations were made in memory of Teresa Bryant when she passed away earlier this year. The library has a back porch, and Teresa loved the idea of having some rockers on that porch. We’ll use the donations to purchase those rockers in her memory. We hope to have them on the porch soon, waiting for you to try them out at the open house!

    Thanks to a recent survey about library hours, community members let us know when they’d like to the library to be open. Based on their feedback, we began new hours on May 1st. The Nantahala Community Library is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
  • Candid Critters

    Have you ever wondered what kind of animals lurk in the woods near your house? Are you a hiker who yearns to know what prowls your trails when you’re not there? Do you like citizen science and learning about the creatures we share these beautiful mountains with? Then the Library has a treat for you!

    North Carolina’s Candid Critters statewide camera trap project is a citizen science project brought to you by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. The project aims to document the abundance and distribution of North Carolina’s wildlife by engaging the public in placing camera traps and uploading and identifying animal photos. Each of our Library branches has trap camera kits available for checkout to project volunteers.

    Volunteers are asked to complete a short and simple course in using the camera traps and uploading photos that are captured by the camera. Sign up info can be found at

    Sign up now and find out what kind of wildlife comes by while you’re not looking. And don’t forget to bear proof your garbage! This little guy found the neighbor’s and made quite the mess. Just because you don’t see bears doesn’t mean they aren’t lurking nearby. Oh, and if you capture a photo of the elusive panther your neighbor swears they heard, be sure to let us know!
  • Family Science Night

    MCPL and JCPL both held Family Science Nights in April to celebrate National Science Month.  The planetarium was enjoyed by many as were the various hands-on activities such as earthquake makers, geoboards, circuit boards, & 3-D pens to name a few. These planetarium programs are supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered  by the State Library of NC, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
  • Celebrating Pride Month

    Rainbow cookies, a rainbow cape, rainbow bracelets and Young Adult books were seen at the Macon County Public Library recently.  What do they have in common?  A proud group of LGBT Teens coming together for support and social activities.  Macon County Youth OUTright has been meeting at the library for the past few months.  Jennifer Harr,, from the Asheville Youth OUTright group, travels to Macon to meet with teens to talk about LGBT issues and to plan activities.

    With National Pride Month coming up in June, we took the opportunity to talk with this group. We asked some of the teens:
    • What does this group do for you?
      We have support and feel more social with the group.      
    • How do you advertise this group to get more members?
      We put up flyers on the kiosk in the library and a few places around Franklin.      
    • How has the library helped you?
      We feel more accepted and have more friends at the library, and we’re excited to see LGBT Books on display. Jennifer Harr said, “Libraries, in the South, are one of the true places for diversity where kids can feel safe.”
    Looking for some compelling Young Adult LGBTQ reads? Check out our featured collections at
  • Advocating for Connectivity

    In continuation of our previous article, several updates have happened or will be happening across our region.

    The County Community Clubs of Macon County are conducting a survey to help assess the Internet needs of the county. "The goal of the initiative is to identify underserved areas and work to attract Internet service providers offering expanded service and higher speed options." This survey will run until June 1, 2017 and copies of the survey are being distributed by the Macon County Public Library.

    Macon County Public Library is planning to have a community meeting open to the public for information sharing re: Broadband efforts in Macon County, scheduled in the next 45-60 days.

    In early April the Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission executive director, Sarah Thompson, announced they have secured funding for Phase 1 of a broadband planning effort for Region A (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties) with plans to have a consultant under contract this summer to begin Phase 1. She suggests now is a good time for each county to be forming and convening broadband committees that are representative of the various stakeholders in your communities. That broadband implementation projects will be local, not regional, in most cases. However the planning that needs to occur is the same for each county, so by working together on planning and preparation, we all share resources and save money.

    Swain County Broadband committee member Jeff Delfield reports their effort is focused on gathering data on the community’s network infrastructure and services from local sources with a survey planned in the near future.

    The k-12 Internet Access at Home Survey. An estimated five million households with school-age children do not have Internet access at home. Students that fall into these "homework gap"- households where internet access is limited or unavailable lag behind in education and are less competitive in the workforce. Data on the number of households affected by the homework gap in North Carolina does not currently exist. The Fontana Regional Library assisted the Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO) and the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University with announcements and access to the anonymous survey via Fontana Regional Library’s social media outlets and website. These surveys will provide data on where the homework gap exists and potential challenges students face in accessing digital resources.