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310 Keener Street
Sylva, NC 28779

Fax: 828-586-3423

Librarian: Tracy Fitzmaurice

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Open six days a week, Sylva's Jackson County Public Library serves the area's full-time and seasonal residents with...

• Latest best-sellers

• Movies, music, CDs & tapes

• Free internet access

• Comfortable reading area

• Great children's space

• Information center, wireless internet

• Magazines & newspapers

More about the library

Library Closings


The library will be closed for training on Wednesday, September 24. Please check the calendar on the home page of this website for holiday closings.




Library Hosts Kituwah Academy


The Jackson County Public Library recently hosted the first and second grades of the Kituwah Academy in Cherokee for a program about the Chinese New Year.

Library Staff members Jenifer Ross and Sally Salyards read stories, made New Year Chinese Dragons, and had a parade with the children. Using the Cherokee Language goals of the Kituwah Academy, the library staff created a handout in the Cherokee Syllabary and included some of the Cherokee words in the story and craft activity. A great time was had by all!

This program was co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.




Programs at the Library


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.


Free Homework Help & Tutoring

The Library is now offering free homework help and tutoring every Monday-Thursday, from 3-5 pm, in the Friends of the Library Room. This free service is meant for any school age, from kindergarten to college. No sign-up is necessary. People who are interested can just show up at the Library any time between 3 and 5 pm. The tutoring will be done by Library staffer David Clager.


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 Computer Workshops at the Library


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.


Monday, April 28 - Microsoft Publisher intermediate class. Participants will practice customizing a template provided by MS Publisher to create a unique design. Students should bring images on a disc or flash drive to personalize their work. At the end of the class, they will learn how to save their completed work for home printing or the unfinished work so that it can be completed later on a computer with MS Office installed. MS Publisher I or a basic knowledge of MS Publisher is a prerequisite for this class. To be successful in this class, participants should already possess basic keyboarding and mouse skills. Cynthia Gallinger will be the facilitator of this class and will be assisted by Library staff member Laura Chapman.


Cynthia Gallinger recently earned a master’s degree from Western Carolina University in English with a concentration in Technical Writing. While there, she completed an internship in the Coulter Faculty Commons providing software and technical support to faculty and staff. She now volunteers at the Jackson County Library presenting classes and offering tutoring services in adult computer literacy.


Wednesday, May 7 - Introduction to Pinterest.


Monday, May 19 - Basic email.




Thursdays are
Family Nights


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


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


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.





Movie Series at the Library


All programs are free of charge; we are grateful for donations. This program is cosponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Main Library.


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.



ChildrenJust 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.

We also have eight computers just for children that have a variety of educational games for your kids to play. There is also a plethora of puzzles, games, stuffed animals and magazines for the children to play with. The library has is a separate children's programming room, or "story-time room", that has exciting features like foam building blocks, a huge TV for movies and other items for fun and learning.

Free Internet acessFree 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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  Tue 10:00 am - 8 pm
  Wed 10:00 am - 6 pm
  Thu 10:00 am - 8 pm
  Fri 10:00 am - 5 pm
  Sat 10:00 am - 5 pm
  Sun Closed



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