Fontana Regional Library system, serving six libraries in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, is looking for input in a survey about what is most important to the local community.

Complete the survey online at https://bit.ly/fontanalib. Paper surveys are available at the local 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 and economy, education, broadband connectivity, health and 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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Fontana Regional Library system responded by modifying many services, including mobile WiFi hotspots and curbside service. However, the  pandemic presented unprecedented challenges to individuals, families, community groups and organizations.

Fontana Regional Library wants to learn how to serve these new needs and sustainably serve its communities. Community input is considered vital to helping shape the Library’s Long Range Plan. The Library welcomes survey responses from all residents, including those not currently using library services.

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library at 586-2016.

The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org).