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March, 2022 – We appreciate your interest and support of the Marianna Black Library.

On February 24, we presented our Case For Support of the renovation and expansion of the current library to the Swain County Board of Commissioners. We were pleased to have approximately 50 supporters at the meeting. Since this was a workshop, there was no vote taken by the Board regarding the project; however, we believe the presentation was well-received based on their questions and comments. The March 3, 2022 edition of The Smoky Mountain Times reported on our presentation and we thank Jessica Webb for writing such an excellent front page article.

We are excited to have had the opportunity to unveil our plans to give new life to our 52-year old facility and increase services for the community. We continue to meet with the County Manager and Commissioner Danny Burns, their liaison to our committee, with the goal of moving this project forward. Please check back for periodic updates on our progress.

If you have any questions or comments – or would like to volunteer to assist with the campaign – please contact Jeff Delfield, librarian, at jdelfield@fontanalib.org or by phone at 828-488-3030, ext. 128.

Contributions for the library are being accepted. Donor forms are available at the library or may be requested from Jeff. Checks should be made payable to the Marianna Black Library Fund, and delivered to the library or mailed to 33 Fryemont Street, Bryson City, NC 28713. All gifts are tax-deductible as provided by law and will be acknowledged by letter. Naming opportunities are available.

We are very excited to be moving forward with this worthwhile project, which will benefit all citizens of Swain County.

- Marianna Black Library Campaign Committee