Update- May 15, 2020
Curbside service will resume May 18, 2020. For more information, please call your local library location or visit fontanalib.org/libraries-provide-curbside-service-beginning-may-18th
All Fontana Regional Library locations in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties are closed until further notice and will discontinue curbside delivery of previously reserved items after Saturday, March 21st. This website includes information on eBooks and other electronic resources that remain available even when libraries are closed.
This decision is consistent with Governor Cooper’s call for all public schools to close. In evaluating information that indicates that aggressive early social distancing can stop the coronavirus from exponentially spreading, library leadership is making this difficult decision. We will be continually assessing the situation to determine when and to what extent it is safe to reopen.
Overdue fines for materials due during this time will be waived, and all due dates have automatically been extended. Please do not return any items at this time.
Some library services continue even while the buildings are closed. eResources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming video via Kanopy and NCLive are still available through this website. If fines blocked the use of your card previously, please try again now, as limits have been increased so that more people can get to the electronic resources they need. In addition, the Library’s eBook collection has been expanded to help meet increased demand. For people without internet access at home, public Wi-Fi extends around the perimeter of library buildings and can generally be picked up from sections of the parking lots.
Anyone who does not have a library card but needs one to use eBooks or other electronic resources should go https://fontanalib.org/contact and submit your request for a card. Please include your name, date of birth, and a phone number. You will receive an email with your account number and instructions for using eResources.
Here is a summary of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act: CARES Act Highlights.
NC 2-1-1 is now available 24/7 as a resource for assistance related to COVID-19. Dial 2-1-1 to get connected to resources in your community and text COVIDNC to 898211 to get alerts on the North Carolina’s COVID-19 updates.
For up-to-date information on the virus and how to protect yourself, call the Statewide North Carolina Coronavirus Helpline at 1-866-462-3821. The helpline is staffed by North Carolina Poison Control officials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nurses and pharmacists handling the calls can help people know:
- How coronavirus is spread
- Whether or not a person is at risk
- What precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of the virus
- What the symptoms of coronavirus are
- What to do if coronavirus is suspected
North Carolina Poison Control is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to monitor coronavirus concerns in our state. You can find additional information at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus (COVID-19) website at www.cdc.gov/COVID19
Jackson County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Response in Jackson County -
"If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19, you may need to seek medical attention. Call the Health Department or your primary care provider. Describe your symptoms and how you may have been exposed to the virus. The Health Department or your primary care provider will tell you what steps to take next. In the event of an emergency, call 911." You can also follow Jackson County Department of Public Health on Facebook for updates.
Macon County Public Health 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) -
"If you think you may have COVID-19, please call the Macon County COVID-19 Call Center at (828) 349-2517. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you would like more information regarding COVID-19 or it is after call center hours, please call the state call center at (866) 462-3821." You can also follow Macon County Public Health on Facebook for updates.
Swain County Health Department -
"If you are not feeling well please avoid going out in public unless you need to seek medical attention. If you do need medical attention Call your primary care provider and describe your symptoms and how you may have been exposed to the virus. Your primary care provider will tell you what steps to take next. In the event of an emergency, call 911." You can also follow Swain County Health Department on Facebook for updates.
COVID-19 Resource Guide - from the Soutwestern Commission
Using Your library barcode or your student's student ID/lunch number, you can access eResources from the comfort of your own home!
You can download Libby to access both of our OverDrive libraries. For readers of all ages, try e-iNC Digital Library for eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines. For readers PreK to grade 4, try NC Kids Digital library for eBooks, eAudiobooks, Streaming Videos, and read-alongs. TumbleWeed has provided access to eBooks through August: K-6 children's, K-6 math, Grade 7-12, All ages audio book, Romance novels.
Visit the RBdigital Support page to download the eAudio Desktop Apps for Windows & Mac or to find how-to guides & tutorials to help you add media to your device.
Fontana Regional Library patrons can access our Kanopy Streaming Video Library which contains over 30,000 movies and documentaries, including must-see indie films and classic cinema, that you can stream on your computer or device using the Kanopy app. You also have access to Kanopy Kids - Enriching Kids Content, featuring parental controls and content ratings and providing developmentally appropriate children's content. Find the free Kanopy app in the App Store on your device and login.
Thousands of high quality videos on business & economics, health & medicine, humanities & social sciences, and science & mathematics, as well as travel and fitness programming, home and how-to videos, indie films, and popular music performances. Includes Oscar, Emmy and Peabody award winning documentaries, interviews, instructional and vocational training videos, historical speeches and newsreels. Also includes content formerly in the NC LIVE Video Collection.You can find additional eResources, including Mango Language Learning, Home Study Resources, Universal Class online education, and more on our online resources and online databases pages.
Beginning June 1, members of the public can make an appointment to visit any Fontana Regional Library location in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties starting June 8. Appointments are limited to 45 minutes each and can be made by phone up to one week in advance.
Curbside service to pickup reserved items will remain in place for those who prefer that option.
All people entering library buildings will be required to wear a mask or other face covering.
Fontana Regional Library locations in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties plan to open on a limited by- appointment basis as of June 8 and will begin accepting appointments by phone on June 1.
Patrons may make appointments no more than one week in advance. Curbside service will remain in place for those who do not choose to schedule a time to come into the building. All people entering library buildings will be required to wear a mask or other face covering.
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