Time to Relax!

   Hello, readers! Did you know that August 15th is National Relaxation Day? Of course, we should make time each day to relax, given our busy schedules, but it isn’t always easy. During last year’s lockdown, most of us had no choice but to be home; we were forced to take life at a slower pace, … Continue reading Time to Relax!

Seeking Broadband

A broadband connection to the internet is increasingly seen as an essential service, similar to electricity. This has been particularly apparent with the need to communicate remotely during the ongoing pandemic. In fact, billions of dollars in grants have been released in recent months to assist in providing more people with access to broadband. Some … Continue reading Seeking Broadband

It’s Tea Time!

Hello, readers! C.S. Lewis once said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I admit I am in complete agreement with him! One of my favorite pastimes - actually more of a daily necessity - is to have a steaming cup of tea while … Continue reading It’s Tea Time!

Staff Pick Round-Up, 2!

Hello Readers! We are back with another round of Virtual Staff Picks. (If you missed the first round, check it out here). Read on to let our staff help you discover your next favorite thing! Savannah: "I just finished How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.  We had a bookclub for SCC employees.  … Continue reading Staff Pick Round-Up, 2!

Book Publishing in 2020

Hello, everyone! McKenna from the Macon County Public Library here, to talk to you all about a subject that may concern you, as a reader, greatly. Today I want to tell you all about the 2020 publishing industry. Now, as some of you have probably noticed, just because the world seems to be closing off … Continue reading Book Publishing in 2020

Staff Pick Round-Up!

Hello Readers. Perhaps it's been a while since you’ve physically set foot in our libraries, so today, we are bringing the staff picks to you! Many of us have had a little extra time to read this year, and you may have even burned through your bookshelf. If you are not sure what to read … Continue reading Staff Pick Round-Up!

Appalachian Self-Care

Hiking the Smokemont - Bradley Forks Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from https://www.flickr.com/photos/ugardener/10817704663/ 2020 has most of us on-edge.  So much loss, uncertainty, and stress with the COVID-19 pandemic has exhausted most people and pushed us to our limits. Those of us in Appalachia have seen hard times before. I recently learned … Continue reading Appalachian Self-Care

National Picture Book Month

November is National Picture Book Month! What a great excuse to talk about picture books. I freely confess, I'm a picture book fanatic. When we get shipments of new books at the library, the picture books are usually the ones I'm most excited about. Picture books offer so much, in both words and pictures. They … Continue reading National Picture Book Month

Early Voting Starts Today, October 15!

Get your early vote on. https://media.giphy.com/media/eHcRIfohPZQ4pQymyk/giphy.gif Early voting in North Carolina begins today, October 15th, and will run until October 31st. The process of early voting is a relatively recent development - while its roots took form back in 1977, it wasn't until 1999 that everyone could cast an early vote. Early voting has only … Continue reading Early Voting Starts Today, October 15!

Banned Books Week!

Hello everyone! Julia from Jackson County Public Library here, to talk to you all about Banned Books Week, happening September 27th through October 3rd! Before we get into the nitty gritty of celebrating this week of censor-free festivities, lets first cover our bases. What exactly is a banned book? Why do we have this week … Continue reading Banned Books Week!