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Have you ever wished you could get help finding a good book to read but didn't have the time to make a trip to the library? Fontana Regional Library is launching a new feature of its website that highlights new and recommended books for readers of all ages across Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties, selected exclusively by staff in our local libraries. The service, called "Check This Out!", is on the library's homepage (http://www.fontanalib.org/) and can be accessed from anywhere.

The site suggests new books in more than 20 different categories and genres, selected by local library staff and available on Fontana Regional Library shelves. A link on the library homepage directs people to "Check This Out!", which opens as a separate webpage with tabs highlighting selected new and noteworthy items on library shelves, complete with descriptions and cover photos.Titles for children and young adults, as well as large print books, are also included. Clicking on a book link takes readers directly to the library catalog, and anyone with a library card in good standing can request the book or add it to a personal reading list.

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Children ages 6 and older will make a small mosaic plate, draw tessellations and create architectural dioramas around a theme of Middle Eastern aesthetics at a free art program to be held at Western Carolina University on Friday, Feb. 21.

The event, “Mosaics and More,” will be held in Room 150 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Sponsored by WCU’s Art Education Club, the event is staffed by WCU students working with WCU’s art education program coordinator.

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This Valentine’s Day at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts the auditorium will be filled with some of the greatest sounds of the golden oldies. Bennie Anderson and The Drifters will be in concert on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. The Sock Hops will open the evening of unforgettable music and tickets start at $15 each.

The Drifters is a world-famous doo-wop and R&B vocal group. Their hits include, “This Magic Moment,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Up on the Roof,” and “Under the Boardwalk.” Bennie Anderson sings lead and has been an integral part of the group for more than four decades. George Williams, Ernell Hill, David Wilson, and Andrew Odem complete the group.

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An exhibit of artwork by local school students in kindergarten through 12th grade will open Friday, Feb. 28, in the atrium gallery of Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

A public reception for the exhibit will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Bardo Arts Center. The winners of this year’s exhibit will be announced during the reception. WCU art education students and Bardo Arts Center staff members will serve as judges for the entries.

The annual exhibit at WCU is a celebration of Youth Art Month, a nationwide recognition of visual arts programs and the role they play in the nation’s public schools. The student artwork will include drawings, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, basketry, printmaking and book arts. The exhibit continues through Friday, March 21.

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