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 library will be closed for staff training on Friday, August 26; and Friday, November 15. Please see the calendar on the home page for holiday closings.
Teen Summer Events Volunteers Needed
We need summer volunteers!
Daniel K. Reams is a local western North Carolina illustrator, painter and tinkerer. He creates in what he describes as a Post-Folk style.
His work will be on display in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library during the month of June.
"Every illustration, painting or creation is based on an idea for myself, but I like to share them with others."
Sunday June 2 marked the FOL Annual meeting followed by a reception for Cherokee artist Joel Queen, who presented a pottery piece he designed and created for the library. The piece will be on permanent display at the library following the meeting.
The large pot has a design of seven Carolina parakeets in a flock formation. The eye of each bird is marked with a Macon County ruby. The pot was funded in part with proceeds of the Jim McRae Endowment for the Visual Arts (EVA), and represents the first project of the endowment. Jim’s widow, Barbara McRae, matched the $500 grant from the endowment with a donation in memory of her mother, Mary Sears, who died in 2011.
The McRae endowment honors the memory of artist Jim McRae, who died on Dec. 7, 2010. The fund was established through the Macon County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).
Queen, a member of the Eastern Band and a descendant of the Bigmeat family, is a ninth-generation potter who is helping to preserve the traditions of Cherokee pottery. He often blends traditional and modern designs, and he works as a sculptor and wood carver as well as a potter. He has won awards nationwide and his pieces are displayed in several museums, including the North Carolina Museum of History.
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.
The Youth Services department has started two family Lego Clubs. Please join your young persons for an explosion of imagination designing your masterpiece for display. An adult must stay with the child.
The Lego Family Club for kids 8 years and up will meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 4-5:30 pm in the Youth Services program room.
The Duplo Family Club for younger kids ages 3-8 will meet the 4th Thursday of each month at 4 pm.
The Library is hosting a kindergarten readiness storytime in June and July on Mondays from 6-6:30 pm. This program will use games, books, songs and puzzles to review with children core kindergarten readiness concepts, such as letters, numbers, shapes, etc.
Parents and children age 4-5 are invited to come. The Library will award door prizes at these storytimes and children will receive at least 2 free books to keep, courtesy of REad2Me and the Maconty Public Library.
Free beginning computer classes in the computer lab at the library will be held on alternate Wednesday mornings. Classes will begin at 9 am and last between one hour and 1 and 1/2 hours long. Registration is required. For more information visit the library or call 828-524-3600 or email class instructor Christ Wilder at: email@example.com.
June 26 - Beginning internet
July 10 - Email
July 24 - Introduction to computers
August 7 - Beginning internet
August 21 - Facebook and social media
Movies are free and projected onto an 8 x 10 ft. screen using and LCD projector.
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.
RECENTLY RELEASED MOVIES
Wednesdays – 4:30 and 7 pm (with a longer feature, the start time may change to 4:00 pm, please check the schedule.) English subtitles will be turned on for all films as a courtesy to those with hearing difficulties. Popcorn will be served; feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Thursdays at the Library is an eclectic mixture of summer programs by authors and musicians on topics designed for enjoyment and education. These programs are free, open to all, and held on Thursdays in the summertime at 7 pm unless otherwise noted. All programs are sponsored through the generosity of the Friends of the Macon County Public Library. Donations are always welcome.
June 20 - 6 pm (early start time). Gem Mining with Cowee Mountain Ruby Mine. Learn about local gems and minerals, then head out to the library patio for some gem mining right here in our backyard! This program is sponsored by our library Teen group.
June 27 - 7 pm. A Rash of Stories with Barbara Bates Smith and Jeff Sebens. Ron Rash's stories have won the coveted Frank O'Connor International Award, two O'Henry prizes, and recognition as a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner award. Two of his novels are being made into films—The World Made Straight, and his New York Times bestseller Serena starring Jennifer Lawrence. Rash teaches at Western Carolina University.
Actress Smith, noted for her Off-Broadway adaptation and performance of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, has toured for over twenty years with the works of Lee Smith—and more recently with those of Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus, as well, in her current “Civil War Cameos.” For a decade, Jeff Sebens has accompanied her shows with a variety of hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimer, guitar, and banjo music. “Vivid storytelling by Barbara Bates Smith and idyllic music by Jeff
July 11 - 7 pm. Music with Lady and the Old Timers.
July 18 - 7 pm. MedicForce with Jono Bryant.
July 25 - 7 pm. Along the Camino de Santiago with Olga Pader.
August 1 - 7 pm. Hula-hooping with Kelly Jewell Timco.
August 15 - 7 pm. Music with Mary Kay Sullivan & Harry Miller and country Memories.
August 22 - 7 pm. Touching the Face of History - the Story of the Plott Mount, North Carolina's Official State Dog with Bob Plott.
August 29 - Music with Eric and Norma Hendrix.
Join us for a daytime treat every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each
month from 11 am - 12:30 pm, May through October; and the lst Thursday of the month, November through April.
Lady and the Old Timers Band present a program designed for those who may not want to venture out at night
but love to listen to Classic Country, Golden Oldies and Gospel.
Just for kids — Macon County Public Library has a kids library that’s separate from the adult section, with lots of good books and four computers for pre-school children and four computers for older children.
During the week, there are special programs for pre-schoolers and home-schoolers. And the Reading Rover brings the library to pre-schoolers and day care providers throughout the area.
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