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!

Money Matters!

Financial Literacy is a worthy goal. To be financially literate is to understand how to manage money, which can mean the difference between struggling to survive and living comfortably. Unfortunately, many people around the world lack the skill to calculate discounts or even change owed from a purchase. I believe that practical financial skills should … Continue reading Money Matters!

Hobbits and More: A Cursory Exploration of Fantasy Literature

Benjamin Baruch Woody Any conversation about fantasy literature must begin with J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are earlier practitioners, but Tolkien is almost single-handedly responsible for many of the familiar tropes of fantasy literature. Tolkien was the Professor of English Language and Literature at Merton College, Oxford. He was considered a worldwide … Continue reading Hobbits and More: A Cursory Exploration of Fantasy Literature

Human Rights – From “Conception” to “Realization”

Hey y’all, this is Savannah from the Macon County Public Library.   You heard about several holidays in the last blog but for this blog, we are going to talk about human rights and Human Rights Day which was on December 10. Now, as a semi-trained history geek, my “historian” mind went all over the place … Continue reading Human Rights – From “Conception” to “Realization”