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”

A Month of Multicultural Celebrations

There are so very many holidays and celebrations in December. In our neck of the woods some of them are very well know, Christmas and Hanukkah immediately come to mind. While some are becoming more widely recognized, like Kwanzaa and Yule. Let's do a little armchair adventuring and look at some holiday traditions from across … Continue reading A Month of Multicultural Celebrations

William Bartram: Hike and Learn

What’s YOUR favorite reference question? One of mine is “Can you tell me about some good places to hike around here?” I love it when people ask me for help getting out and playing in the woods. If I can add some historic knowledge and conservation advocacy to my answer- I’m even happier! We have … Continue reading William Bartram: Hike and Learn

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health … Continue reading World AIDS Day

November is Native American Heritage Month – Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Sign Dedication

Kristina Moe here at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin, writing my first blog. Yes, I’ve been here nearly 12 years without contributing, but last month I was finally convinced to write something. Here goes. Most days I love my view from the Reference Desk- when I started writing this there was a glorious … Continue reading November is Native American Heritage Month – Trail of Tears National Historic Trail Sign Dedication

Creating your Character

Hello everyone! Julia from JCPL here and this go around in Dungeons and Dragons world we will discuss the first step in beginning any successful DnD campaign- creating your character. As with most things in DnD, you have near unlimited control over who your character is and who she/he will become. Which also means that … Continue reading Creating your Character