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

Author Spotlight- Edna St. Vincent Millay

“I will be the gladdest thing      Under the sun!   I will touch a hundred flowers      And not pick one.” -Afternoon on a Hill   Effervescent in both her life and in her prose, Edna St. Vincent Millay created a name for herself in the literary world as both a rebel and a … Continue reading Author Spotlight- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Root and STEM

It’s Savannah, again, from the Macon County Public Library.  On a serious note, our lives, our history, and our future are determined by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math…for the most part.  Basically, anything the “developed” world (I apologize for the term and realize that it not the most appropriate) develops, discovers, builds, etc. influences others … Continue reading Root and STEM

Poverty Simulation

Hey, this is Laura from Jackson County Public Library.  In February, I attended a NC Poverty Simulation sponsored by the United Way, Mountain Projects and North Carolina Action Association.  Wow, what an incredibly moving experience this was for me! So in a nutshell this is how the simulation went for me and my faux family.  … Continue reading Poverty Simulation

Nothing About Us Without Us

Thank you to the the Autistic Self Advocacy Network for their tagline. As you may have guessed, April is Autism Awareness Month. First some basics. Autism is a spectrum condition, which means there's a wide range of ways the condition can affect an individual's life and relationships. I guarantee that you, yes you reading this … Continue reading Nothing About Us Without Us

Crafting Mistakes

Hey y’all, this is Savannah from the Macon County Public Library.  You’ve seen some of my previous blogs which focus here and there on escapism.  Since March is National Craft Month, I get to talk about my most favorite “escapism” of all – craft time. In case you didn’t know, there’s a lot of truth … Continue reading Crafting Mistakes

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