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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

  • 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!”
  • Beats, Radicals, and the Avant-Garde

    Western Carolina University students from Dr. Paul Worley’s Beats, Radicals, and the Avant-Garde literature class created a display for Jackson County Public Library. Using pictures, props, bibliographical, and biographical information the group tells the story of the Beat Generation. Students also used QR codes so patrons viewing the display can use their smartphones or tablets to listen to samplings of the highlighted work. Authors represented include Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. A section highlighting women of the beat generation includes authors Diane di Prima, Carolyn Cassady, and Joyce Johnson. The display will be available for viewing until December 16th.

    Pictured in the photo from left to right: Kellie Wilcox, India Edgerton, Kelsey Woodburn, Madison Wall, Cole Sutton, and Michael Redman.
  • Telescope Training

    The Fontana Regional Library System was awarded a LSTA grant to be used to bring hands-on astronomy education to the residents of Macon, Jackson and Swain Counties. The Asheville Astronomy Club has graciously partnered with FRL to assist with obtaining equipment and training staff. Most recently, staff from each Fontana Regional Library participated in telescope training on October 10th, at Macon County Public Library. Knox Worde, the president of the Asheville Astronomy Club, led the telescope training with staff. The telescope that was purchased for each library is an Orion Starblast 4.5”, available to checkout at your local Fontana Regional Library.
  • Reading Rover

    The Reading Rover attended the 42nd annual Mountain Heritage Day on the WCU Campus on September 24, 2016. As usual, the event was WCU's largest festival of the year and the Rover's location on the field, near one of the music stages, was highly visible. Many festival goers visited the Rover and climbed aboard for storytime. At the adjacent Fontana Regional Library booth, staff met the public, handed out free books to children, and promoted library services, including new telescopes now available for check out.

    The Reading Rover Bookmobile recently received a generous grant from the Jackson County Community Foundation and the Macon County Community Foundation. These foundations have supported the Rover’s efforts for many years. The Reading Rover is appreciative of these funds and the opportunities it allows Rover staff to continue its mission of delivering quality early childhood programming and materials throughout the region.
  • Wilma Dykeman Memoir

    Jackson County Public Library partnered with Western Carolina University, City Lights Bookstore, and Appalachian Women’s Museum to host a celebration of the newly discovered memoir by Wilma Dykeman. Mimi Fenton, professor of English, introduced Wilma Dykeman’s son Jim Stokely III, who discovered the manuscript after Dykeman’s death in 2006. Other speakers included Pam Duncan, Dr. Mae Miller Claxton, Dr. Kim Hall, and former NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer.

    Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood focuses on Dykeman’s childhood in Buncombe County during the first half of the twentieth-century. The book features a foreword by fellow author and North Carolinian Robert Morgan.

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