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Haywood library receives national award 

The Haywood County Public Library has received a 2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for its digital story time program, Plug In and Read, in the category of Libraries. The NACo Achievement Awards recognize innovative county government programs. 

Plug In and Read: Using Technology to Prepare Young Readers for the Future is an interactive story time that offers preschool-aged children the opportunity to learn important early literary skills with the help of technology. Structured much like a classroom literacy lesson to help prepare children for entering Kindergarten, the story time is led by youth services librarians with the goal of helping to foster school-readiness in young children by developing both their early literacy skills and 21st century digital literary skills. 

The use of technology is woven throughout N.C. public schools’ standards as early as kindergarten. The public library is in a unique position to be able to offer educational programming for preschool-aged children at no cost to parents at an age before they could receive free public education. Plug In and Read provides the opportunity for young children who may not have access to technology at home to become familiar with interactive whiteboard instruction, and also provides them the opportunity to access librarian-selected educational apps on iPads. The program was designed to reach out to the county’s youngest citizens to help jump-start a love for learning and reading through developing early literacy skills with the help of technology. 

Digital story times are offered at the two largest libraries within Haywood County Public Library, the Waynesville and Canton branches. The library also offers a more basic version of the Plug In and Read digital story time outside the library through partnerships with HeadStart and Southwestern Child Development. 

Plug In and Read is one of the first programs of its kind in the state. This program was made possible by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of N.C., a division of the department of Cultural Resources. 

For a full schedule of library events, including digital story times, visit and click on the “Events” tab. 


Book profiles Gartin

Jim Kautz, author of the new novel Digger, will discuss and sign copies of the book at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

In Digger, Kautz, an experienced archaeologist and professor of biblical studies, traces the life of Paul Gartin from his conservative Evangelical youth through his struggles with fundamentalism. Gartin is a respected biblical archaeologist raised and educated in an environment steeped in fundamentalism and deeply conservative Christianity. His life revolves around a quest for archeological evidence supporting the biblical record.

Kautz did archaeological fieldwork in Palestine’s West Bank, Israel, and Jordan. He taught at Louisiana College, Carson-Newman University, and the University of Tennessee. His historical and environmental travelogue, Footprints Across the South: Bartram’s Trail Revisited, was a finalist in ForeWord magazine’s 2007 Book of the Year Awards.



Jackson library book group 

The Jackson County Public Library will begin their first installment of the Summer Book Group at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the library in Sylva.

The plan is to have one book discussion each month. The next group will be meeting on the July 26. The June book will be H is For Hawk by Helen Macdonald and the July book is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. 

There is no registration for this group. The library has extra copies of each book and participants are welcome to bring their own paper copies as well as e-books. Library staffer Tiz Duve will lead the discussion of the first book. The library will provide light snacks, but the public is welcome to bring any snacks they like. This group will be informal, fun, and hopefully, people will also learn something.

This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library. or 828.586.2016.



• Nancy McIntosh Pafford, author of White Feather and Cherokee Rose, will host a book signing and talk from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Great Smoky Mountains Bookstore in the Swain County Visitor Center in Bryson City. White Feather is about the Cherokee Trail of Tears removal. Its sequel, Cherokee Rose, is about the great-granddaughter of White Feather uncovering her Cherokee heritage.

• A “Theme Team Book Club” is now being offered by the Waynesville Public Library. The group meets quarterly from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. The next meeting is July 1, with the theme “travel/adventure.” Pick any book you would like to read for the theme. Everyone gets a chance to discuss their book. 828.356.2507. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. 

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