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News State / Region Jackson County Library wins ‘Outstanding’ Award

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva has received the Outstanding Facility Award for new libraries in North Carolina over 26,000 square feet in size. The award is given annually by the North Carolina Public Libraries Directors Association (NCPLDA).

Jackson County Librarian Dottie Brunette accepted the award on December 1st in Greensboro, where she presented a PowerPoint slideshow about the building at a showcase of NCPLDA awards given for facilities, programs, staff development, and service innovation.

The Jackson County Public Library Complex was designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and celebrated its Grand Opening on June 11, 2011.

According to the NCPLDA, the award recognizes a number of features, including functionality of building, incorporation of new technologies, appealing interior design, well-designed furnishing and shelving, creativity in design, enhancement of surrounding environment, sympathy to existing architecture and appropriate use of space (in renovations), and cost ratio per square footage.

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva is a member of Fontana Regional Library (www.fontanalib.org), which connects the six public libraries in Jackson, Macon, and Swain Counties into a system of libraries.

Karen Wallace, Fontana Regional Library Director said, “I would like to congratulate everyone who made this award possible: Jackson County Government, Friends of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva, Library Boards from Jackson County Public Library and Fontana Regional Library, dedicated volunteers from the community, generous donors from near and far, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, and staff members from throughout Fontana Regional Library.”

For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at (828) 586-2016.


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