Most people don’t happen to have Fontana Regional Library’s mission statement memorized, so I’ll just tell it to you:
To provide the public of Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties with excellent service and convenient access to resources for their educational, informational, and recreational needs.
While most have no trouble imagining why the library provides resources for educational and information needs, some are surprised by that last one: recreational needs. However, when you think about all the best-selling books we offer, the music compact discs and the DVDs, then it’s not so surprising.
One other way the library fills the recreational needs mission, is through programming and, since summertime is here, I’d like to make sure everyone knows about the music programs being planned at the libraries.
This summer the Marianna Black Library will continue its successful Thursday Evening Summer Music Series, presenting artists from across the region. It begins on Thursday, June 10th, with a performance by Dusk Weaver of Whittier, NC. If you’d like to see video clips of Dusk’s performance the library last year, you can click on the photo of the performance above. Other performances this summer will be (click performer’s name to see a youtube video):
Ron and Julia Thompson – June 24th at 7:00 PM
Karen “Sugar” Barnes – July 8th at 7:00 PM
Sean Sidhe – July 22nd at 7:00 PM
Sawmill Creek Porch Band – August 12th at 7:00 PM
Deep Woods Frolic – August 26th at 7:00 PM
Lee Knight – September 9th at 7:00 PM
And, of course, each first and third Thursday the Marianna Black Library invites anyone with a guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dulcimer – anything unplugged – to join in their Community Music Jam.
If you miss Dusk Weaver in Bryson City, you’ll have another chance to see him and the Dusk Weaver Trio at the Macon County Public Library, in Franklin, on June 17th. Other music performances there this summer will be:
Patton String Band (in Living Room) – July 15th
Angela Faye Martin (solo show) – July 29th
Mary K. Sullivan & Harry Miller – August 19th
You can also join a Community Jam at the Macon County Public Library on July 1st and August 5th.
At the Jackson County Public Library, in Sylva, they’re planning a couple music event this summer and fall. On September 2nd you’ll have a chance to hear traditional music and beautifully told strories by Lee Knight. Then on October 18th, you’ll be entranced by The Fiddling Dills (both shows will be at 7:00 PM).
The Albert Carlton – Cashiers Community Library co-sponsors the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival each year and this year is no exception. While these performances are not held at the library, they are wonderful events and the library is proud to co-sponsor the series!
One things is for sure, if music fits your definition of “recreational needs,” then we here at the Fontana Regional Library can say, “mission accomplished!”