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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

  • Mountain Findings Grant

    Hudson Library received a $5,000 Mountain Findings Grant. The library will use this money to enhance youth programming and collection materials. These items include Legos, craft supplies, educational DVDs, audiobooks for children, eAudiobooks and eBooks for children, educational beginner reader books, and curriculum kits that are a great resource for parents and teachers.
  • Community Health Fair Expands to Library

    by Jessica Gunter, Administrative Assistant / Health Sciences
    Southwestern Community College

    In September, the Macon County Public Library, in partnership with Southwestern Community College’s Health Science division, hosted a community Health Fair. This fair provided guests with the opportunity to learn about health fields, mental and physical diseases and, perhaps most importantly, disease prevention. The library displayed health-related books for guests to browse or borrow and even offered a nutrition-based story time for younger patrons.   

    Representatives of several vendors from throughout the area - as well as all 15 of SCC’s Health Science programs - were present at the fair. Most offered an interactive component. The American Red Cross was on site collecting blood donations, and SCC’s Medical Assisting students offered guests the chance to sign up for the National Bone Marrow Registry while the Macon County Police Department taught about the dangers of leaving children and pets in an unattended car.

    Whether guests chose to relax with a free chair massage, spin the wheel with Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center, or learn more about their current health with one of the many free screenings and services offered by SCC’s student groups, much fun was had by all!

    The community Health Fair is an annual event hosted each fall by SCC’s Health Sciences division. If you missed out this year, we look forward to seeing you next time!

    Thank you for this opportunity and for partnering with SCC for this year’s Health Fair!
  • Balloon Fundraiser for a New Library in Swain

    On October 22, 2016, as part of the Campaign for a new Marianna Black Library, area residents were able to participate in a hot air balloon fundraiser, sponsored by Re/Max Awensasa Realty, in Bryson City. This fundraiser was a huge success, with some folks coming to take flight and others just wanting to watch! Thanks to Chester and Karen Bartlett, of Re/Max Awenasa Realty, for making all the arrangements and a special thanks to Darnell Farms for hosting this wonderful event!
  • Read Local Book Fair 2016

    The Read Local Book Fairs continue to be big events for communities served by The Fontana Regional system. In November 2016, Macon County Public Library hosted their 3rd annual Fair, while Jackson County Public Library went forward with their 2nd annual program. In addition, the Marianna Black Library in Swain County wrapped up the offering with their inaugural Fair.

    The current format is to host 3 separate events over 3 consecutive weekends, each featuring authors local to their county, along with a few “guest” authors who are either regionally based or who have the region as a topic or setting. The Fairs are not only promoting reading and literacy, but also the “Shop Local” theme of contributing to the local economies. Authors not only meet and converse with attendees, but also sign and sell copies of their work. The libraries also partner with local bookstores.

    By hosting the Book Fairs, the libraries attract many more patrons than the authors could achieve in individually hosted programs, making it a “win-win” for the authors and the attendees -- here are some authors’ quotes regarding the most recent event: “It was wonderful meeting so many people!”; “Everything was well done!”; “Well organized in every way”; “It brings the authors together and it publicizes each of them individually”.