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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

  • Makey Makey

    The Jackson County Library’s Science Club created a human piano while studying conductivity using the library’s Makey Makey, an interactive circuit board device, during Science Club: Play-Doh Lab this Valentine’s Day. Along with creating a human piano, the kids made their own Play-Doh and used it to make Play-Doh portraits, as well as to play games such as Tetris and Pac Man with the Makey Makey.

    Education - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • LIFESPAN

    LIFESPAN empowers teens and adults with disabilities to live, work, and play in their communities. Partnerships with the local library have made that mission a true reality in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties. “The library has been an excellent partner to reach those who need a boost to get back into the workforce,” said Alisha Tatum Senior Director of LIFESPAN. “Our Employment Specialists assist with finding employment and training new employees to succeed at work.” Employment Specialists assist with everything from building interviewing skills, developing an effective resume, completing applications, and matching applicants to the right positions. If there are local businesses in need of qualified applicants, contact LIFESPAN’s Program Coordinator Amanda Nicholson today to discuss how she can assist you with filling open positions. Amanda can be reached at 828-201-2743 or anicholson@lifespanservices.org.

    Diversity - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • Astronomy Training 101

    Staff at all Fontana Regional Libraries attended an Astronomy 101 training in the Portable Planetarium. Staff participated in learning how to find familiar constellations in the night sky, learned some fun astronomy facts, and watched a short movie about a solar eclipse to prepare for the August 21st total solar eclipse that will be visible at all of our locations. Telescopes are being checked out at your nearest Fontana Regional Library! You get the Orion Starblast Telescope for 7 days that comes with easy to use manuals and tips on stargazing! “The Portable Planetarium and Telescopes 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 North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.”

    Education - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • FRL Regional Board Working to Provide Excellent Service

    February 7, 2017 - In keeping with Fontana Regional Library’s mission to provide the public of Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties with excellent service and convenient access to resources for their educational, informational, and recreational needs, the Regional Board, members of the local county boards, and library staff attended a retreat led by Molly Westmoreland from the North Carolina State Library. The meeting, held at the Balsam Mountain Preserve in Jackson County, discussed the roles and responsibilities of library board members and the challenges and benefits of regional libraries in North Carolina.

    Operational Excellence - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • Science Festival

    The Jackson County Public Library and the Macon County Public Library are participating in the North Carolina Science Festival presented by the Biogen Foundation. The festival will be held from April 7-23, and each library will be hosting one event during this timeframe. First, at 4:00PM on Tuesday, April 11th at the Jackson County Public Library, the monthly Science Club will meet. Science with My Peeps is a Spring themed Science Club where children will use recycled materials to build a contraption in which to protect their raw eggs from a high fall, as well as build catapults (to launch Peeps) out of popsicle sticks, spoons, and rubber bands. Then, on Thursday, April 20th at the Macon County Public Library, Family Science Night will begin at 6:00PM. This program will consist of a variety of hands-on science related activities for kids and grown-ups of all ages, including a number of shows in the Portable Planetarium. (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 North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.)

    Education - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • Advocating for Connectivity

    Recently Fontana Regional Library (FRL) completed its 5 year long range plan, and “Connectivity” became one of our 7 goals. The goal’s focus is to promote “Affordable broadband service to every home and business” using 2 strategies. These strategies are, “Keep the public informed of initiatives, opportunities, and barriers to connectivity in this area” and “Advocate for affordable ‘last mile’ broadband connectivity for our service area.”

    Each of the FRL member libraries are now planning to actively engage with their local communities on all of their new FRL long range plan goals. Starting with the strategy Advocate for affordable “last mile” broadband connectivity for our service area, FRL IT Manager John Tyndall and the Marianna Black Librarian Jeff Delfield have recently submitted membership nominations for the Swain County Broadband Committee.

    “Swain County’s idea for a Broadband Committee is right on target,” said Tyndall. “We look forward to engaging with this locally established team and being able to offer library resources to assist in identifying the community’s needs, prioritizing, and strategically addressing them.”

    More updates and stories will follow as more of FRL member libraries “connect” with their local communities.

    Connectivity - Fontana Regional Library Long Range Plan
  • 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.

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