Fontana Regional Library serving Jackson, Macon and Swain counties with six public libraries in Western North Carolina
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Librarian: Jeff Delfield
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LIBRARY FUNDING IS BEING THREATENED
If You Value Your Local Library, Please Tell Your Elected Officials
Libraries are the heart of their communities, providing residents of all ages with resources they need for jobs, education, and improved quality of life. Money spent on public libraries has a ripple effect in a community, effectively funding job creation and training, early childhood programs, elementary, secondary, and even higher education. Legislators and librarians know that libraries are not free, but they ARE worth every penny spent on them.
Did you know that state aid to public libraries has been cut from $2.24 per capita in 1998-1999 to $1.40 per capita in 2011-2012? Next year, the cuts could be even deeper.
The Fontana Regional Library System includes Macon, Jackson and Swain counties. In one year alone these three counties had…
• Over 460,000 visitors
• 60,000 people attending events
• 420,000 books & movies borrowed
• 55,000 library card holders
• 137,000 computer sessions
In Swain County, 68,000 books and movies were checked out from the library. If residents of the county had to pay for these individually, it would cost over $1.2 million.
Nearly 4,000 people attended free programs at the library including movies, music, and educational activities. If the library charged the going rate for these programs, it would cost about $43,000.
The Marianna Black Library computers had over 16,000 sessions. You know how much it costs to buy a computer & software, pay for Internet access and maintenance.
Marianna Black Library Patron: "The library is extremely important to me! I am an avid reader and the library provides a wonderful place to get current and up to date books. There are also opportunities to use computers and reference books. The library in Swain County is wonderful!"
Please use this message to let your legislators know that public libraries are important to you.
If you have questions, please contact your librarian Jeff Delfield or call him at 828-488-3030.
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