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Macon, Jackson, Swain Counties: Fontana Regional Library System needs your input

Fontana Regional Library system, serving six libraries in Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties, is looking for your input in a survey about what is most important to your community. You can complete the survey online at https://bit.ly/fontanalib.  Paper surveys are available at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin, the Hudson Library in Highlands, and at the Nantahala Community Library.

This survey is one step in the process of updating the Library’s Long Range Plan. This Plan sets goals and priorities in targeted areas such as employment & economy, education, broadband connectivity, health & mental health, diversity, and recreation. The new Long Range Plan will also guide further partnerships with local organizations such as schools, literacy agencies, Balsam West, NC Works, Arts Councils and galleries, AARP, local community clubs, health and human services organizations, environmental groups, and more. Local partners are a critical building block of success in key areas in our communities.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Macon County Public Library responded by modifying many services, including mobile wifi hotspots and curbside service. However, the pandemic presents unprecedented challenges to individuals, families, community groups, and organizations. The  Library wants to learn how to serve these new needs and sustainably serve our communities. Your input is vital to helping shape the Library’s Long Range Plan for your community. The Library welcomes survey responses from all residents, including those not currently using library services.

This project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-249980-OLS-21).

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