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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

  • Another Fundraiser Planned for a New Library in Swain

    The Marianna Black Library Planning Committee is arranging for another fundraiser to help build a new library in Swain County. The Fryemont Inn, in Bryson City, will host an evening of food and a silent auction in mid-April (date and time to be announced soon). Items from area crafters and businesses and local antique collectors are being donated and they are not to be missed! The folks at the Fryemont are known for their hospitality and excellent faire — so this is sure to be a hugely successful fundraiser. Stop by the Marianna Black Library or call 828-488-3030 for updated information about this event or to purchase tickets.

    In other news, the planning committee has been looking at the space needs for the new library. A subcommittee has looked at every space recommendation and fine-tuned the allocated areas and their adjacent areas. This will get the group one step closer to meeting with an architect, who will develop a rendering of the new library. This rendering will be an important step in helping the public visualize the new library and the services it can provide to the entire community.

    Operational Excellence - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • Partnering with the Department on Aging to Offer Seniors Technology Support

    Jackson County Public Library Staff and Volunteer Technology Mentors have been offering traditional computer classes at the Department on Aging (for people 50 or older) for about a year and half. The topics have ranged from Using a Smartphone to Facebook Security.

    Based on recommendations from Seniors and the Senior Center staff, we will now be offering short information sessions on technology during lunch. This series called “Lunch and Learn” is meant to teach Seniors about emergent technology and electronic library resources.

    Upcoming Classes at the Senior Center:

    (Lunch & Learn programs are in the Heritage Room)  

    May 10th- Podcasts
    Lunch and Learn- 12:00  

    August 8th- Editing Digital Pictures w/ Pixlr
    Lunch and Learn- 12:00  

    September 13th- Ebooks from the Library
    Lunch and Learn- 12:00  

    October 25th- Audio Books from OneClickDigital
    Lunch and Learn- 12:00

    Diversity - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • Reading Rover Fundraiser

    A fundraiser for the Reading Rover Bookmobile will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will take place at Jack the Dipper and South of Philly in Sylva. The fundraiser is a coordinated effort with WCU Center for Service Learning, Jack the Dipper, South of Philly, Fontana Regional Library, and Region A Partnership for Children. There will be fun activities for kids from noon to 2:30 p.m. The infamous ice cream eating contest will take place at 3:00 p.m. and a new eating contest added this year which involves philly steak fries at 4:30 p.m.

    10% of the days sales at Jack the Dipper and South of Philly will be donated to the Reading Rover. Come on out and enjoy some food and fun to benefit the Reading Rover!
  • In Remembrance – Teresa Bryant

    The Library lost a member of our family on February 17, 2017, when Teresa Bryant, the Branch Supervisor at the Nantahala Community Library passed away. Teresa first came to work at the library on July 1, 1994. Since that time she has been the face and spirit of the Nantahala branch of the library. Teresa was known for her kindness and her gentle spirit. She always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed by her family, the library staff, and by the community.
  • Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan

    In the past year, the Library has developed a new Long Range Plan that turns outward to focus on needs identified by our public. We will join with other community organizations and agencies to address our community needs. Our community goals are:

    CONNECTIVITY - Affordable broadband service to every home and business.

    EMPLOYMENT & ECONOMY - People who want resources relating to employment and economy will find what they want and will have the help they need to make choices from among the options.

    DIVERSITY - The community will recognize the library as a safe, inclusive place to access information and services that meet the needs of a diverse community.

    HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH - People will be able to identify and access the resources and information they and their families need to live healthy lives.

    EDUCATION - All community members will have the educational support and opportunities they need.

    While we will be working to address issues that we share with our community, we will not neglect the core library services you have come to expect:

    RECREATION/LEISURE SERVICES - Community members will be able to explore trends and pursue interests that improve their quality of life.

    To ensure that we have the resources to achieve these goals, we will continue to strive for:

    OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE - The Library will have the infrastructure and resources to provide excellent service and convenient access for the community.

    Look for these icons throughout this newsletter to see how we are working on these goals.  We’ll keep you posted in future issues, on our website, and in our social media, of our efforts and progress.
  • Teachers Get Library Cards

    Teachers at Iotla Valley Elementary, East Franklin Elementary, and Union Academy have signed up for library cards. While many teachers already had their trusty library card, there were some who did not or who needed their card updated and reactivated. Deanna Lyles, Outreach Services Librarian, visited with the staff at these schools and got them signed up or updated while also telling them about the valuable online resources the library has to offer. Their library card will allow them to access the great things both inside and outside the libraries’ walls to develop their teaching both personally and professionally.

    Swain Middle School 8th graders have signed up for library cards, too! This will allow them to access all of the library resources but of particular interest are the eLibrary resources like the NC LIVE databases and the eBooks available using their library card.
  • Little Free Libraries Come to Otto

    Todd Bol, a member of Rotary Clubs International, started Little Free Libraries in 2009. Taking inspiration from Miss Lutie Stearns, a librarian who brought books to nearly 1400 locations through “traveling little libraries”, Bol developed the idea for “Take a book, leave a book” collections in coffee shops and public spaces. He saw them as a way to promote literacy and a love of reading and build a sense of community as people shared skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. The Little Free Library Foundation now has over 50,000 Little Free Libraries sharing 36,500,000 books a year.

    In 2014, Fontana Regional Library, in cooperation with Friends of the Library groups, Read2Me, and many other community members, began to place Little Free Libraries (all registered with The Little Free Library Foundation) in our own communities. The first was in Franklin Town Hall. There are now Little Free Libraries located in several communities through our three counties.

    The latest Little Free Libraries were opened on November 14th at the Otto Community Development Organization and the Mulberry United Methodist Church in Otto. The Otto little libraries, built by the 2016 Franklin High School Carpentry Class under the guidance of Mr. Rick Rogers, were inspired by the architecture of the Macon County Public Library. The Mulberry Methodist Church little library is in honor of Addie Williams, who, at 102 years of age, was on hand for the opening of the library. Thanks go out to all of the volunteers who made the little libraries possible, with special thanks to Sherry Miller, Roy and Ann McClure, and Sherron Geiger. The little libraries will be stocked with books collected by members of the Otto community, books donated to the Friends of the Macon County Library, and children’s books donated to Read2Me. Everyone is encouraged to use the Little Free Libraries to find something to read, where they can “take a book and return a book.”
  • Safety for All

    The focus was on patron safety and service when all Fontana Regional Library personnel received Safety and Security training during the last week of September. Topics covered included building safety in a crisis situation, serving patrons with dementia, and CPR training. Many of the staff at each library are now certified in CPR and first aid so that they can react quickly to emergencies in the library. SOLO Southeast provided hands-on instruction on how to use AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) to treat cardiac arrest. Because the libraries are county buildings, Jackson County provides AEDs in the Jackson and Cashiers Libraries for emergency use. At this time, Swain and Macon County libraries do not have these devices.
  • Firefighters Use Our Libraries to Stay in Touch

    Firefighters in from Arkansas, Washington and Oregon thanked us for the use of our computer lab at Macon County Public Library --and we thanked them for traveling here to help protect our homes and communities from the wildfires!
  • Macon County Library Wins Grand Champion in Franklin’s Christmas Parade

    Teens from Macon County Library worked, had a lot of fun, and won! The theme for this year’s parade was Santa’s Workshop/Toyland. Guided by library staff member Ellen Agee, the teens created a life size jack-in-the-box and a rolling wooden horse. Colorful costumes completed the festive holiday float.

    Library staff member Doris McConnell watched the parade with her young granddaughter and shared her view from the sidewalk, “Several years since I had been able to go to the parade. Took my granddaughter with me; we both enjoyed it in spite of the smoke. It lasted about an hour and 15 minutes, a great variety of entries. The parade was, most appropriately, led by, fire departments from different areas. We were glad for the opportunity to give them a ‘Thumbs Up and Thank You’.  Was particularly proud of the MCPL float; all involved did a great job!”