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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

  • NASA Comes to Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties

    NASA resources are coming to western North Carolina, thanks to a new nationwide outreach program. Fontana Regional Library has been selected as one of only seventy-five libraries in the country to participate in the NASA@ My Library initiative. The 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 education.

    As a NASA@ My Library partner, Fontana Regional Library will receive specialized staff training and support for public programs on STEM topics, as well as activity kits and materials for use in hands-on educational programs for the public. The partnership also makes NASA subject experts available to the Library as program presenters.

    The project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science and the Education Development Center. Support comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
  • Fundraiser for a New Library in Swain County a Success

    The Marianna Black Library Planning Committee put on another fundraiser to build a new library in Swain County on April 17th, at the Fryemont Inn, in Bryson City. There was a wine tasting and plenty of food provided by the Fryemont Inn, and there were over 60 items to bid on from more than 35 local artists, collectors and businesses! Over 100 tickets were sold for the event and a great time was had by all those who attended. Best of all, we raised over $5,000 to put towards a new library in Swain County!

    If you would like to make a contribution towards the new library, please call the Marianna Black Library at 828-488-3030, and ask for Jeff Delfield.
  • MindKare Behavioral Health Kiosk

    Jackson County Public Library has partnered with Vaya Health to bring a mental health screening kiosk to the citizens of Jackson County. The goal of the kiosk is to increase awareness about common and treatable mental health conditions, to reduce stigma surrounding mental health and asking for help, and to increase access to quality care through local treatment referrals.

    The kiosk, located on the second floor of the library, has a touch screen display to offer anonymous screenings of common mental health concerns, give feedback on results and provide referrals to treatment, including a direct line to connect users with the Vaya Health call center.

    The kiosk includes screenings for six mental health issues: anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and alcohol and substance abuse disorders. Individuals are provided with an assessment of their mental health, information on whether their results are consistent with a mental health disorder, educational information about common mental health conditions and access to quality treatment resources in their area. The MindKare kiosk does not take any personal health information or ask patrons to identify themselves. However, individuals may pick up the phone at the kiosk and call directly to the Vaya Health call center to be linked to services and support. According to Vaya the kiosk “is not a diagnostic tool. It is only a recommendation for seeking support and help.”

    Mental health was identified by community members as one of the top five priorities in the Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan survey in 2016. One of the LRP objectives is to “Work with community agencies to inform the public about access to health and mental health care.” The kiosk will increase access for people in our community to get help for those common treatable mental health issues.

    Vaya Health will have access to the number of users and demographics, which they hope will provide helpful data about mental health and substance use in Jackson County.

    Western North Carolina residents can also take assessments online at
  • More Bandwidth Now Available at Nantahala Community Library

    A much needed bandwidth increase became a reality for the Nantahala Community Library (NCL) in February. It’s now 10 times faster! NCL’s 1.3 Mbps frame relay connection became a 10 Mbps fiber connection.

    The difficult terrain and remote nature of the Nantahala Community Library has prevented telecommunications companies from tackling the installation of high speed Internet. Finally, in November 2015, a company called BalsamWest FiberNet submitted a proposal that would make this possible.

    But installing the new fiber connections and equipment was going to be expensive. To help pay for the costs, Fontana Regional Library’s Finance and IT Services Departments applied for E-Rate funds. The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” provides discounts of up to 90 percent to help eligible schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.

    By mid-December 2016, FRL received the long awaited approval for E-Rate funding which made the project affordable. FRL worked with BalsamWest to make this project a reality. The final stages of the fiber connections were completed by BalsamWest. FRL’s IT Services Department acquired and configured the network equipment. In mid-February BalsamWest handed the circuit over to FRL and IT Services made the “switch” over from frame relay to fiber.
  • “A Day for Writers” Conference

    On Saturday, May 6 the North Carolina Writers’ Network-West and the Jackson County Public Library sponsored the NCWN-West “A Day for Writers” Conference. The event drew NCWN-West members and non-members alike and included workshops on writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, YA and children’s writing, and marketing and publishing. City Lights Bookstore was on hand to sell books to attendees and panelists. According to event organizer Glenda Beall, “This day was outstanding for many mountain writers and poets... I hope the relationship of NC Writers’ Network-West and Jackson County Public Library will be long-lasting and beneficial for all.”
  • June is Audiobook Month at Your Library

    Audiobooks are a great way to still get your reading done while you’re doing other things! You can listen while driving, exercising, gardening, or cooking – you name it. Audiobooks promote literacy in children and adults, expand vocabulary, and make a long car journey fly by.

    The Fontana Regional Library system offers many ways of listening to audiobooks. You can check out books on CD, digibooks, or download to your computer or device. To access digital audiobooks check out the FRL website ( and try out Recorded Books’ OneClick Digital selection or the Overdrive e-iNC digital library. There is also a special collection just for kids at the NC Kids Digital Library. Contact your local library for more information or to request help with downloading eAudiobooks.
  • National Exhibit Comes to Jackson County Public Library

    A new traveling exhibition, Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, which examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people is opening at the Jackson County Public Library. A special opening ceremony will kick off the exhibit on June 23rd at 6 PM.

    Tom Belt will speak about the holistic idea of Tohi. The Tohi approach integrates physical, mental, and spiritual interventions into a wellness package: three legs of a stool.

    The traveling exhibition, produced by the National Library of Medicine, explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media. The exhibition will be open to the public from June 23rd until July 31.

    The National Library of Medicine has a history of working with Native communities as part of the Library’s commitment to make health information resources accessible to people no matter where they live or work. The Native Voices exhibition concept grew out of meetings with Native leaders in Alaska, Hawaii and the Lower 48.

    “We hope that visitors in communities across the country will learn from the ideas, practices, and traditions shared here,” says Betsy L. Humphreys, acting director of the National Library of Medicine. “We hope, too, that those who host the exhibition will enrich it by including additional content and programs that reflect their local Native culture and history.”

    “This exhibition honors the Native tradition of oral history and establishes a unique collection of information,” says Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, director emeritus of the National Library of Medicine. “We hope visitors will find Native Voices both educational and inspirational, and we hope Native people will view it with pride.”

    The Jackson County Public Library will provide Cherokee-focused programming along with the exhibit. Some of the speakers lending their expertise to Native Voices will be Sarah Sneed, David Cozzo, Vicky Bradley and others. 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 win the grant to receive the Native Voices exhibit. We are the first library of our size to host the exhibit. This year Native Voices is going to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Sylva. We really hope the community will come out to both support and learn from this amazing opportunity.”

    Health and Mental Health - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan

  • Children to “Build a Better World” This Summer at FRL

    Readers of all ages will explore engineering, science, art, design, and more this summer as the Fontana Regional Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer learning program. Activities will include science and engineering experiments, hands-on art and design, planetarium shows and more. The 2017 Summer Learning Program is open and free to young people, babies through young adult, with programs, prizes, storytimes, and more.

    By having an active, hands-on, fun summer learning program, the library’s goal is to prevent the “summer slide” for local children.  According to the National Summer Learning Association:
    • All young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004). 
    • More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007). 

    Education - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • Congratulations Chocolate Cook-Off Winner

    Congratulations Taylor Crawford, winner of the 2017 Friends of the Library Chocolate Cook-Off! Taylor is a regular patron of the Albert Carlton – Cashiers Community Library and a young entrepreneur with a brand new baking business. We will continue to support her in her endeavors, by providing the resources she needs for her business and by continuing to eat her very tasty wares.

    Employment and Economy - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • Free eBook Sharing Service Now Available for NC Children

    Children across North Carolina now have access to free eBooks and eAudiobooks through a new statewide program. Designed for kids in pre-K through 4th grade, NC Kids Digital Library includes more than 3,700 eBooks, audiobooks, videos and Read-Alongs. The program is available through all Fontana Regional Library locations in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, as well as at 85 regional, county and municipal libraries across the state. These materials are instantly available for every child with a library card and internet access via a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

    This unique statewide eBook consortium specifically for children was created by the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association (NCPLDA) together with OverDrive digital reading platform and the State of North Carolina. The books were chosen to tie in with summer reading activities and North Carolina’s 3rd grade reading initiative.

    In Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, any child or adult with a Fontana Regional Library card can access the NC Kids Digital Library.

    NC Kids Digital Library is sponsored by NCPLDA and the NC General Assembly with assistance from the State Library of NC, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. The State Of North Carolina has provided $200,000 for the State Library to work with NCPLDA to create a statewide consortium for all public library cardholders.

    Education - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan