The Hudson Library of Highlands, N.C.

By Guest Contributor Randolph Shaffner Randolph Shaffner, a former president of the Hudson Library Board of Trustees, is the author of Good Reading Material, Mostly Bound and New: The Hudson Library 1884-1994, which is available for purchase at the library, all proceeds benefiting the library. He currently serves as archivist for the Highlands Historical Society, … Continue reading The Hudson Library of Highlands, N.C.

Art Out of Chaos: The Literature and Movies of World War II

Benjamin Baruch Woody June 6, 2019 was the 75th anniversary of D-Day. As most of you probably know, this is the day that the Allied forces began the offensive push to defeat the German Army. This anniversary got me thinking about sacrifice, heroism, a generation that is quickly fading away, and it got me thinking … Continue reading Art Out of Chaos: The Literature and Movies of World War II

The First Pride Was A Riot

No really. It totally was. Fifty years ago, in the wee hours of June 28, 1969, The Stonewall Uprising happened. It marked a turning point in the modern gay rights movement. And it is why the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride in June. There were earlier displays of resistance, but Stonewall was a galvanizing event. The … Continue reading The First Pride Was A Riot

Destination Fiction: Asia

https://stockwatchboard.com/traveling-through-books/ Hello Readers! This summer I hope you will participate in the Adult Summer Reading program at Jackson County Public Library, beginning June 3rd. This year’s theme is the Great Jackson County Read: The Armchair Traveler, which is all about experiencing the world abroad through the books you read, from the comfort of your favorite … Continue reading Destination Fiction: Asia

Vegging Out

As you’ve heard, the Macon County Public Library is continuing its gardening tradition this summer!  While our Youth Services Department has had and continues to have a garden for folks 12 and younger, Adult Services, with the help of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, has been gardening in two 500 sq. ft. plots at the … Continue reading Vegging Out

Summer Is Coming

Memorial Day has come and gone, and though it's a time of somber reflection, it's also become the official unofficial start of the summer season. BBQ's, sales, and the end of the school year. And you know what the end of the school year means... SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM! Yes, I know it says Summer Reading. … Continue reading Summer Is Coming

NAMI: Mental Health Story

May is mental health month, but for those of us living with mental illness, every month is mental health month. I started experiencing signs of mental illness from a young age. My name is Matt, I am 15 years old, and I live with Bipolar. When I was 11, I started having insomnia. This went … Continue reading NAMI: Mental Health Story

NC Women: The Quakers

One of the most satisfying parts about studying history is the perspective that it often shades on today’s world. While researching and writing this blog project about North Carolina Women I have come to several realizations, but researching Quakers may have offered the most profound thus far. Without the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) there … Continue reading NC Women: The Quakers

NAMI: Mental Health Month

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Appalachian South would like to thank the Fontana Regional Library, as together we spread awareness of Mental Illness during this month. NAMI, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization. We provide advocacy, education, support and public awareness … Continue reading NAMI: Mental Health Month

Picturing Mental Health

May is Mental Health Month across the country. In our libraries, you can view displays, attend programs, and check out books and videos related to mental health. One place you might not think to look for mental health resources is the picture book section of your library. But there are amazing, wonderful picture books that … Continue reading Picturing Mental Health