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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The library will be closed for training on Wednesday, March 26 and Monday, September 22.
Please check the calendar on the home page of this website for holiday closings.
Movies are free and projected onto an 8 x 10 ft. screen in the auditorium.
Due to Production Studio guidelines the library may not include movie titles or studio names in its advertising. Please call the library for the movie titles.
In addition to our twice-monthly community jams, come join us for a variety of free music programs, most of which are held on the front lawn of the Library - weather permitting; otherwise they are held in the library auditorium. Snacks and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library. Video montages of most of our concerts are on YouTube. December jamming always includes holiday favorites. All concerts are 6 - 7:30 pm.
Jam with other amateur musicians playing old-time mountain music. Come to sing, or just come to enjoy music at the library.
Weather permitting, the jams are on the front lawn of the library. In December we always include holiday favorites in the mix. Anyone with a banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle (anything unplugged) is invited.
Larry Barnett of Grandpa's Music (Depot Street) keeps the music flowing and the fun going. Normally, Barnett calls out a tune and its signature, and the group plays it together; but there's also a chance for anyone to share with the group a song they would like to perform. The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or learn the old-time mountain songs.
This program receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.
Native American Heritage Collection
Represented in this display are not only object of art, but family photographs. One photograph is Susan’s maternal grandmother when she was a small girl. She is standing in front of the Birdtown Boarding School that is no longer standing. One of the other photos is Susan’s maternal great grandparents – the Catts. Her grandmother is the little girl in the front when she was about 5 years old. The third photograph is of Greg’s grandfather – Leading Fox. The congregation is the surviving members of the slaughter of the Pawnee’s in Massacre Canyon in Nebraska that occurred in the 1800’s. The non-Indians in the photo are the Indian agents who brought the remaining survivors together.
Also included in the display are miniature pottery and baskets from Cherokee, sterling silver objects from Navajo, stone carvings from the first nations of Canada, wood carvings from Cherokee, and wooden masks from Cherokee. These are just a few of the objects in the display.
There are also three books: one is a Pawnee language dictionary, one a New Testament in Cherokee and the other a contemporary publication of Cherokee information on healing and health. There are many, many wonderful Native authors and I encourage you to check the library for books by Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko just to name a few.
Susan and Greg hope that you enjoy the display and that is an inspiration for you to explore the culture and heritage of our nation’s first inhabitants.
After many months of talking to people in our community and collecting data, Library Consultant Ron Dubberly has finally delivered a report of recommendations for a new library in Swain County(pdf).
Just as a recap, these are the steps that led to his report:
· Community Input Sessions - On October 11-13, 2010, ten different public input sessions were held at multiple locations in Swain County. Nearly one hundred participants discussed their personal visions for an "ideal" library and answered Dubberly's questions regarding their priorities for library services.
The report also included recommendations for a new facility for the Fontana Regional Library Headquarters, currently located in the same building as the Marianna Black Library. If these two entities were to continue to be housed in the same building, Dubberly recommended a 33,000 square foot facility and a land parcel of 3.2 acres.
Click here for the full report (pdf: "A Service Priorities and Facilities Plan for the Swain County Public Library."
Recently a team was put together to identify and evaluate possible locations for a new library in Swain County. The members are Chester Bartlett, Gail Findlay, Nancy Gibson and Janice Wright; they are a mix of Marianna Black Library Board members and Friends of the Marianna Black Library. Though they have a clear set of criteria to work with from the Services Priorities and Facilities Plan (see article below), their task will be challenging, because 3 acres of good centrally located land is scarce in the county.
for kids — Marianna Black has a kids library that’s
separate from the adult section, with lots of good books and
four computers for children through middle-school age. During the week, there are special programs for preschoolers
and home-schoolers. And
Free Internet access is available on nine public access computers to all library visitors with a current photo ID. Access time is limited on busy days and is on a first come, first served basis. Printing from the computer is also available at 25¢ a page.
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