To Budget, or not to Budget?

I wrote an overview of Financial Literacy in my blog from the beginning of the year. For those of us who find explanations easier to understand when clarified by pictures, the Infographic Guide to Personal Finance is a visual reference available from the library. My earlier blog included a link to useful guidance on how … Continue reading To Budget, or not to Budget?

Winter Comfort Food

While the weather outside is chilly, thoughts in our kitchen turn to hearty fare. Those dishes that seem too heavy in the bright hot days of summer suddenly seem very appealing. And so, I share with you some of my favorite winter foods. Probably my single most favorite wintertime cookbook (at the moment this is … Continue reading Winter Comfort Food

The Miracle of Libraries

Benjamin Baruch Woody I have often thought that one of the most tragic events in history is the partial destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria. Who knows how much human wisdom was lost? A certain kind of "alternative history" has sprung up from speculation about the truth about Ancient History. Writers such as Graham … Continue reading The Miracle of Libraries

NC Women: Harriet Jacobs and slave women

Welcome back. Last month, in the inaugural blog of this series on women in North Carolina, NC Women: Edenton Tea Party, we learned about Penelope Barker and the women of Edenton during the Revolutionary War. The first recorded civil disobedience of women in the new world, right here in our backyard. We have seen that … Continue reading NC Women: Harriet Jacobs and slave women

When All God’s Children Get Together

In case you live under a rock and have no idea, February is African American History Month. It became an official celebration in 1976, but started as an awareness week in 1926. The purpose of the celebration is to honor African American history and achievement. Pretty straight forward, right? Well many of these types of … Continue reading When All God’s Children Get Together

Class is in session!

Welcome back nerds and adventurers! To the third installment of “How in the world does one play Dungeons and Dragons?” At this point we’ve talked about what the game is, and hopefully have helped you on your way to making your very own Playable Character, by choosing the race you want your character to be. … Continue reading Class is in session!

The Shadow of Dune: Sci-Fi Examined

Benjamin Baruch Woody   What is science fiction? The term seems like an oxymoron. Science is facts and fiction is make-believe, right? Why would the two go together? To quote the great Wikipedia "Science is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, … Continue reading The Shadow of Dune: Sci-Fi Examined

NC Women : Edenton Tea Party

This year marks a crucial anniversary in American history, the centennial of the 19th amendment and women’s enfranchisement. The amendment-passed congress on June 4th 1919, to be ratified with final passage by Tennessee on August 18th 1920. The 19th amendment handed the right to vote to more people than any other event in our history. … Continue reading NC Women : Edenton Tea Party

MakerTools!

Thanks to a generous grant from LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act), makertools are arriving at all FRL libraries this winter. But what are makertools? You may have heard the term "makerspace" in recent years -- MakerTools is FRL's take on that concept. MakerTools are the equipment and knowledge needed for making, learning, exploring, and … Continue reading MakerTools!

Winter Wonderlands!

All my life I've had a fascination with winter. Maybe it's because I grew up in coastal Southern California, so winter for us was a novelty, an annual drive up into the mountains to experience sledding, snowmen, and other winter fun. But we always went on a clear day (so as not to get stuck … Continue reading Winter Wonderlands!