Marianna Black Library Community Gatherings to Share Information about the New Library and Gather Feedback
- Tues, March 12, 7:00 pm - Tow String Community Club
- Fri, March 15, 11:30 am - Swain Senior Center
- Sat, March 16, 10:00 am - Marianna Black Library
- Sun, March 17, 1:00 pm - Cardinal Coffee
- Mon, March 18, 12:00 pm - Marianna Black Library
- Mon, March 18, 12:30 pm - Marianna Black Library
- Tues, March 19, 6:00 pm - Marianna Black Library
- Tues, March 19, 6:30 pm - Marianna Black Library
- Thurs, March 21, 7:00 pm - Alarka Community Center
- Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm - Whittier United Methodist Church
For more information, please call the Marianna Black Library, at 828-488-3030.
Architect Presents Rendering of New Marianna Black Library
And the Winner Is...
The fabric for the quilt was donated by Jacque May in memory of her mother Elizabeth Hamm. The quilt was pieced by Maddy Haughn. Custom long arm quilting was done by Liz Butler and Patti Simpson of Ivy Lane Quilters.
Hot Air Balloon Fundraiser
Thanks to Chester and Karen Bartlett, of Re/Max Awenasa Realty, for arranging this wonderful event!
Quilt Raffle To Raise Funds for New Marianna Black Library
The fabric for the quilt was donated by Jacque May in memory of her mother Elizabeth Hamm. The quilt was pieced by Maddy Haughn. Custom long arm quilting was done by Liz Butler and Patti Simpson of Ivy Lane Quilters. The quilt has an estimated value of $800.
“We are excited to have such a beautiful quilt to raise funds for our new library,” said Margaret Varner, campaign committee member. “We would like to thank these four ladies for their willingness to be involved. While only one name will be drawn to win this quilt, the entire community will benefit from the new library this event will help create.”
Pictured (l-r): Patti Simpson, Maddy Haughn and Liz Butler.
The New Library campaign is excited to announce two fundraisers to help kick start funds to furnish the new library. On Wednesday, March 16th at 6pm the Campaign will host a Chicken Parmesan Fundraiser Dinner at Pasqualino's Italian Restaurant in Bryson City. Purchase your ticket and enjoy a great meal while you support this initiative! In addition, the Campaign is selling seed packets, which include a variety of heritage seeds. You can purchase seed packets directly from the library or use the code MBL2016 when purchasing through the Sow True Seed catalog or website.
As part of the awareness campaign for the new library, Swain County High School students designed and produced 12 colorful bookmarks, which are available at the checkout desk at the library. The Marianna Black Library Campaign Committee would like to thank the digital media students, as well as their CTE teacher Nathan Medlin, and Anna Hair, Director Career & Technical Education, for their contribution to the committee’s local marketing efforts.
New Sign Designates "Future Home of the Marianna Black Library"
With nearly perfect weather contributing to the magic of the morning, over 50 members of the community were shuttled to the event (still no parking lot at the location). Then, after the unveiling, a reception was held at the Historic Calhoun House on Everett Street, where everyone was able to converse, ask questions, view parcel documentation, and even sign up to get a library card!
With this latest step towards a new library, everyone involved with this project is excited to see what lies ahead in the near future. If you'd like to become more involved with the campaign to build a new Marianna Black Library, please call the library at 828-488-3030 to find out how you can help.
Land Donated to Swain County for New Marianna Black LibraryIt was an evening of generosity and excitement on May 8, 2014, because it was during a barbeque dinner event that it was announced that Don and Toni Davidson were donating approximately 9 acres of land to Swain County to be used exclusively for a new library. Then, as though that were not enough, the Davidsons donated an addition $50,000 to initiate fundraising for a new library.
The donated land is located on Fontana Road, approximate ½ mile from the train tracks in Bryson City. The generous donation of funds will be used to create an account for a fundraising drive to purchase furniture, fixtures and equipment for a new library in Swain County.
So, we now know where the location of a new library in Swain County will be! But, there’s still another question that needs to be answered…when? To help us get to the next step, we need members of the community (including you!) to start or continue to advocate for a new library to elected officials. For more information on how you can help ask library staff, board member or a member of the Friends of the Marianna Black Library Board. We’ll need everyone’s help in “Honoring the Past by building for the Future.”
Where is the Donated Land?
Approximately 1/2 mile north of downtown Bryson City on Fontana Road.