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 staff training on Monday, August 19; and Monday, November 4. Please see the calendar on the home page for holiday closings.
Proposed Budget Cuts
It is budget time in Raleigh and the Governor's proposed budget calls for a cut in public library funding (by nearly 5%)!!
We're asking library patrons to email a petition to the Governor and legislators in support of library funding. You'll find more information and pre-addressed email forms here. We need your support.
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 read below how to download a list of upcoming movies (pdf), or call the library.
Time-traveling half-dog demons? Panda-shaped giant robots? Bounty hunters from Mars? It must be anime!
The Anime Club meets at the library twice a month, on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, from 11 am - 3 pm.
As any fan knows, anime (pronounced "ah-ni-may") is animation from Japan. But these are nothing like kiddie cartoons. These shows, full of action, adventure and outrageous humor, have gained a huge following in the United States. They are popular among middle and high school students, and especially on college campuses.
Now Bryson City has an anime club of its own, and for fans, this is a chance to watch anime on a big screen, with a theater-style sound system. Admission is free and so are the snacks. For more information, call the library at 828-488-3030.
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.
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.
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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