Bryson City Library $400,000 closer to expansion
One of the region’s oldest libraries will get a facelift soon. Dogwood Health Trust announced a $400,000 grant to expand and renovate the Marianna Black Library in Swain County.
Community members worked for more than a decade to gather the resources to upgrade the 53-year-old facility.
“Having this infusion of resources from Dogwood Health Trust means that enhancements can be developed much more quickly and efficiently than we ever could have done alone,” said Swain County Librarian Jeff Delfield in a press release.
The plans to make the library larger will add specific areas within the library for teens, a career and tech lab, co-working spaces, and larger children’s area as well as a local history reference room.
“We believe that the innovative ideas to dramatically improve health and wellness in our region are best cultivated in partnership with the people who live and work in our communities,” said Dr. Susan Mims, CEO of Dogwood Health Trust, in a press release.
“We are pleased to partner in the expansion and renovation of the Marianna Black Library as it grows to serve as a community hub for learning and social connection. This aligns with Dogwood’s overarching goal to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all – no exceptions.”