Fontana Regional Library serving Jackson, Macon and Swain counties with six public libraries in Western North Carolina
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Librarian: Karen Wallace
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The Macon County Public Library counts nearly 22,000 people as registered users. While books remain the heart of the library's holdings, the 62,000-volume collection also includes less traditional materials, such as books on tape and all the videos designated by the American Film Institute as the One Hundred Greatest Movies.
The 158,000 visitors who stop in each year come for a variety of reasons -- to check out books, participate in educational workshops, attend meetings, read current newspapers or magazines, do research, or just want a quiet place for study or reflection.
Through the generosity of the Gates Foundation a computer lab with 11 computers has been installed in the Reference area. Conceived as a training lab, the computers serve as additional Internet stations for public use. Additionally, there are 4 more computers in the reference area, and 4 online catalog stations throughout the library.
More than 3,200 young people (under 16) have their own library cards. And, they use them - checking out some 428,000 juvenile books each year. Children's services go well beyond providing a collection of 24,000 volumes of books and other materials. There are four preschool - 3rd grade computers ("Clifford" being the most popular game) and four 3rd - 5th grade computers ( "Lego Star Wars" most popular) and two homework computers located in the children's section of the library. There are books, magazines, a homework center for students, programs, and a parenting section with books, magazines, and videos.
During the school year Family Storytime is on Tuesdays at 10 am.
Family Storytimes, Book Talks and Family Movie Matinees are not scheduled during the months of May and August.
During the school year our book talks are called "Homeschool Book Talks". They are scheduled on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. We also hold "Book Talks" during the Summer Reading Program for children grades 3rd - 5th. These are scheduled on Wednesdays from 2-3 pm.
In case of inclement weather (rain/snow/ice), please contact the library to verify story time schedule
Book discussions, movies, music programs, special craft programs and art exhibits are offered regularly. Current program topics include coin collection and evaluation, soap making, storytelling and Native American culture. These programs are generally free to the public.
Macon County Public Library Board of Trustees:
Nancy Scott, Chairperson*
*Member Fontana Regional Library Board
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