Fontana Regional Library serving Jackson, Macon and Swain counties with six public libraries in Western North Carolina
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Librarian: Dottie Brunette
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The library will be closed for training on Wednesday, March 26 and Wednesday, September 24. Please check the calendar on the home page of this website for holiday closings.
Jackson County Librarian Dottie Brunette will retire at the end of the year, and the public is invited to a reception in her honor on Wednesday, December 11 from 2-4 pm. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva.
Brunette has been Jackson County Librarian since May 2007. Previously, she was branch librarian at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library in Cashiers, and before that worked at the Macon County Public Library and also at WCU's Hunter Library.
A native of Sylva, Brunette graduated from Western Carolina University and received her Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As Jackson County Librarian, Brunette oversaw the library's 2011 move from its previous location on Main Street (now the Sylva Police Department) to its new home on the site of the Old Courthouse overlooking Main Street.
All together, Brunette has served the Fontana Regional Library system for 17 years.
The December 11th reception is open to all, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call the Jackson County Public Library at 586-2016.
The Jackson County Public Library has announced its schedule of a wide variety of performances and educational talks, and activities. These programs are designed to appeal to people of all ages and are free to the public. The programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.
Sylva Library and SCC Partner to Present Adult Literacy Classes
Southwestern Community College (SCC) and the Jackson County Public Library (JCPL) are partnering to offer an adult literacy program that will focus on the needs of those in our county who are either illiterate or who would like to improve/strengthen their reading skills. Juliane Joest, SCC instructor, will be teaching the classes.
The program, Ready to Read, will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am - Noon, and will be located in the Genealogy Study Room on the second floor of the Library. If you or someone you know is interested, call the Library (828-586-2016) to make an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted.
Free Christmas Concert Featuring Mountain Faith - December 7
Local bluegrass band Mountain Faith will be giving a free Christmas concert in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva on Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered at 6:30 in the Atrium of the Library. The concert is free, but all attendees are asked to bring items to fill Christmas boxes for the homebound elderly of Jackson County. The items should be toiletries, pop top canned goods, blankets, snacks, batteries, socks and other items that can help during the holiday season. This event is co-sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
Mountain Faith will offer up their usual mix of firecracker bluegrass picking and sweet, harmonic gospel tunes. Some Christmas favorites will also be mixed into their repertoire. Mountain Faith is a local band, based in Sylva, largely made up of family members. Sam McMahan is the patriarch and tempo of the band on the bass, with the rest of the members constituting his daughter Summer on fiddle and lead vocals, son Brayden on banjo, nephew John Morgan on guitar, and WCU student Dustin Norris on mandolin.
A new One-on-One Computer Support Program is now available at the Jackson County Public Library. This program is designed to help people that need individual assistance in learning skills on the computer. The Volunteers who either help in or teach the computer classes make this program possible. Individual appointments are set up by the Adult Services Department. If you or someone you know needs this type of assistance, please stop by the Reference desk at JCPL or call 586-2016 for more information.
All classes are from 5:45-7:15 pm. You must register for this class either by calling 586-2016 or by signing up at the Reference Desk; classes are free but space is limited to 16. Participants are asked to arrive at the Library and proceed upstairs to the Adult Services desk no later than 5:45 pm. Classes are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.
Family Nights are designated for First and Third Thursdays each month at 6 pm. These programs are held in the Storytime Room in the Children’s Area of the library. Family Nights are fun for the whole family. Anything can happen at Family Night: crafts, games, movies, special guests, and parties of all sorts.
These activities are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.
Lego Club on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4 pm - Lego Club is a chance for kids ages 3 and up to express their creativity as they are engaged in a variety of themed building projects.
Legos are enjoyable for everyone involved whether they are building princess castles, rockets ...This is a great club for any Lego-maniac! There is no cost to participate. Legos and Duplos will be available for building.
Paws to Read on the 4th Thursday of the month 3:30-4:30 pm - Come read to our lovable four-legged friend, Sir Murray McFurry! Murray is a certified therapy dog and he loves to listen to children read.
Children can choose books to practice their reading skills or even tell Murray a story from the pictures.
Due to Production Studio guidelines the library may not include movie titles or studio names in this website. Please contact the library. Movies are shown several times a month.
for Kids — Jackson County Public Library has a children's area on the ground floor of the library that is filled with many fun and educational features. We have six different levels of children's books: Board Books for infants and preschoolers, Beginning Readers for children just starting to read, Easy books also known as picture books, Juvenile fiction books also known as chapter books, Juvenile Non-fiction books for informational purposes, and Juvenile Biography books to learn about individual people.
Free Internet access — available to all library users with a current library card or guest card. The computer lab has 16 computers and is located on the second floor behind the Reference Desk. There are also laptop computers and netbooks for check-out. Color and black-and-white printing is available at 25 cents a page.
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