Local libraries are ready to help students

As schools open again for both in-person and online learning, Fontana Regional Library locations have tools to help students of all ages.

Libraries are open by appointment, and anyone 12 and up can call to schedule a time to come inside to browse books, use a computer, or use a study room. (Younger children are also welcome, but a parent must make the appointment.) Timeslots are 45 minutes in length, although longer sessions may be possible on request.

Masks or other face coverings are required. Wi-fi is available immediately outside each building 24/7 as well as inside during library hours.  Curbside pick-up service is also still available at all locations.

All public school students in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, including charter schools, have access to online resources like eBooks and research databases through the StudentAccess program, which gives students library accounts automatically, without a separate card.

They can also check out books and audiobooks with no overdue fines. The account number is either the student’s lunch number or the ID number that they use for school.  Ask your local library for details.

For more information about library services both in-person and online, visit www.fontanalib.org or  call Hudson Library at 828.526.3031. Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Article courtesy of the Hudson Library in Highlands

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