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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.


Winter 2017 Newsletter

  • Architect Presents Rendering of New Marianna Black Library
  • Read Local Book Fair at MCPL
  • New TV at NCL
  • Tax Assistance at Your Library
  • Bringing Awareness to Mental Health
  • Notary Public Services
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Facebook User Appreciates MCPL
  • Regional Broadband Assessment
  • Women in Science Career Fair
  • Mango Language Learning Program
  • Sharing Our Vision and Mission
  • Kanopy Streaming Service
  • Local Update on Hurricane Irma

  • Architect Presents Rendering of New Marianna Black Library

    On October 26th, Asheville based architect, Keith Hargrove, and Marianna Black Library Board Chair, Ellen Snodgrass presented to a series of renderings of a new library to the Swain County Commissioners.  The presentation began with Snodgrass running down a brief history and timeline of the new library project, including new information regarding a reduction in size to save on building costs and ongoing operational costs.  H
  • New TV at Nantahala Community Library

    In keeping with the Long Range Plan, the Library continually strives to provide the infrastructure and resources to provide excellent service and convenient access for the community.
     
    Through a generous contribution by the Macon County Public Library Friends, the Nantahala Community Library has been able to replace their TV. The funding provided
    for the purchase of a new 65 inch curved 4K UHD TV for the public to use in programs and activities at the community room.
     
  • Read Local Book Fair at Macon County Public Library

    On September 9th, 2017, Macon County Public Library held its 4th annual Read Local Book Fair.
     
    The big change over last year was moving the date from November to early September.  This was done to try and capture more of the “seasonal” population, as it was pointed out that most of this potential audience is gone in early November.
     
    Approximately 345 attended the fair (about 150 more than last year); we will probably continue with the earlier date, due to this increase. 
     
  • Notary Services

    Did you know that the Library offers Notary services in each of our counties? We currently have 9 Notaries on staff, with at least 1 Notary in most of our branches. We recognize that this is one of those services that no one thinks about until you need it. And when you need it, you really need it. So we are striving to have this service conveniently available to our patrons. The cherry on top of this hidden service sundae is that we provide this service completely free of charge. For more information on Notary services provided by the Library, call your local branch.
     
  • Libraries Bring Awareness to Mental Health Issues

    Libraries throughout Fontana had displays to promote Mental Health Awareness Week during October.  These were done in partnership with the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health), NAMI Appalachian South. Displays combined resources such as informational pamphlets from NAMI and local mental health providers, with items from our collection, such as books, DVDs, and audiobooks.
  • Tax Assistance at Your Library

    Need assistance with your taxes? Look no further! All the libraries in Fontana Regional Library system provide basic Federal tax forms and instructions as a service to our customers.  Although we do not carry paper forms for State taxes we do have access through the Internet to forms for the State of North Carolina and the IRS at a cost of 25 cents a side.
     

    Libraries Offering Tax Assistance Near You:

     AARP Tax Preparation Assistance at both JCPL and MCPL are by appointment only. Please call 586-2016 (JCPL) or 524-3600 (MCPL) for assistance.
     
  • Facebook User Appreciates MCPL

    Matthew Bateman is a personal fitness instructor at the Franklin Health and Fitness Center. He tagged MCPL in a Facebook post stating how grateful he was for a study room at the Macon County Public Library to help get organized for his clients at the fitness center.
  • Little Free Libraries Make A Big Difference

    Have you been seeing libraries popping up on every corner?  Little Free Libraries are a growing phenomenon!  As of 2017, there are over 60,000 registered Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 80 countries. 
     
  • Mango Languages

    Did you know that language learning is an important and popular library service? We offer physical language learning tools like books and audiobooks, and we also now have access to Mango Languages. Mango Languages is provided to all library patrons free of charge through NC Live. It is one of the most popular web based language learning tools and even has an app so you can learn anywhere, anytime.
     
  • Library Partners with NASA @ My Library to Host Women in Science Career Fair

    Macon County Public Library hosted a Women in Science Career Fair on September 14th for families, children, and teens to learn more about science career opportunities.  The Women in Science Career Fair was an official event of the NASA @ My Library grant that the Fontana Regional Library recently received.  At this event, attendees had the opportunity to speak with seventeen local female scientists and learn more about a variety of scientific fields.
     
  • Hurricane Irma

    Back in mid-September, Hurricane Irma dealt a surprisingly ferocious blow to the Cashiers area. Thousands in the area were without power, running water, and internet for nearly a week. Luckily, Albert Carlton – Cashiers Community Library managed to keep power, water, and internet through the entire ordeal. We provided a safe haven to charge devices, check email, start insurance claims, and entertain children that were out of school.

  • Kanopy

    Wish you had free access to 30,000+ films? Wish that included award-winners, foreign films, documentaries, selections from the Criterion Collection? Wish you could just stream them without leaving home? Well, your wishes are answered! Fontana Regional Library now offers Kanopy, a film streaming service that you can view on your computer, tablet, Roku, or even your smartphone. Kanopy debuted across FRL this fall, and patrons are enjoying the wide range of quality films available, up to 10 films per month. Check it out today!
  • Sharing Our Vision and Mission

    Libraries in the Fontana Regional Library system are proud to be sharing the vision and mission they have for their communities. New signs and decals will be installed at all member libraries. Our smallest library, the Nantahala Community Library in Topton, was the first to install their new sign.

    Vision:
    The heart of our community, enriching lives and inspiring the future.

    Mission:
    The Fontana Regional Library system provides the public of Jackson, 
    Macon and Swain counties with excellent service and convenient access 
  • Reading Rover Bookmobile Supported by Community Foundation Grants

    The Reading Rover Bookmobile recently received grants of $2,500 from the Macon County Community Foundation and $1,370 from the Jackson County Community Foundation. Last summer, the Swain County Community Foundation also awarded $1,000 to support Rover services to area children. All three county Community Foundations are affiliates of the North Carolina Community Foundation but make their own funding decisions.