America the Dutiful

Freedom of information is an internationally recognized fundamental human right (as an extension of freedom of speech). The ideology of free speech is thought to have emerged in ancient Athens in the late 6th or early 5th century BC. England's Bill of Rights 1689, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789), … Continue reading America the Dutiful

#Selfie: Because Sometimes the Most Interesting Thing in My Life is Me

A "selfie," for the uninitiated, is a "self-portrait photograph." This seemingly innocuous, yet somehow  ire-inspiring, social phenomenon/trend shows no signs of reversing: estimates range from over one million selfies a day to 93 million selfies taken everyday worldwide. While selfies are generally held as an indicator of "millennial narcissism," it's always fun and interesting to see the … Continue reading #Selfie: Because Sometimes the Most Interesting Thing in My Life is Me

Read Local at Fontana Regional Library

Fontana Regional Library will be hosting its 2nd Annual Read Local Book Fair- this year with 2 events at 2 locations! Macon County Public Library will host the first event on Saturday, November 7th from 10am-2pm and Jackson County Public Library will host the following weekend on Saturday, November 14th from 10am-2pm. Over 50 local … Continue reading Read Local at Fontana Regional Library

ADHD Awareness Month

It’s a busy time of year! But October is (apparently!) an important month. I’m reblogging my post from last year, “ADHD Awareness Month“, because I feel it’s a very important topic. If you or your family are struggling with an ADHD diagnosis, check out this video “The 30 Essential Ideas Every Parent Needs to Know” featuring Dr. Russell Barkley, from the Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada.

If your October needs more excitement, check out another previous post, “Observe October.” This week is also Mental Health Awareness Week: you can find a display at Macon County Public Library for suggested reading and information from the North Carolina- Appalachian South chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

And if you’re not busy doing your own thing or celebrating/observing everything October, stop by Jackson County Public Library for their “Star Wars Reads Day – Family Night” on October 8th at 6pm.  Join in and dress-up with some pre-Halloween costuming!

Shelf Life in the Mountains

October is Attention –deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) awareness month.  As of 2011, approximately 8.8% of children have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. Though it’s estimated that the rate of occurrence for ADHD is similar in adults, only 4.4% of adults are diagnosed with ADHD – a significant portion of the adult ADHD population goes undiagnosed and untreated.

216776_tomsan_adhd-bunnyThere are a lot of myths and misconceptions about ADHD and ADD (ADD has been somewhat recently re-categorized as a sub-type of ADHD- ADHD, Primarily Inattentive).

It’s not uncommon to hear people dismiss ADHD as a behavioral issue: “If only he’d try harder!,” “If her parents just made her…,” “She just doesn’t want to pay attention!” However, brain scans show that there is a significant difference in the brain activity of people diagnosed with ADHD versus neurotypical or “normal” participants. Nearly every mainstream medical, psychological, and educational organization in the United States…

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Penelope’s Picks

This week, I have a co-writer who will be recommending some series for the pre-teen age group that you must read! Though Penelope says must is rude, “you should only read them if you really want to.” I think they’re definitely worth checking out though! The first series we want to talk about is Grimmtastic … Continue reading Penelope’s Picks

Celebrating Parents

With Mother's Day this past Sunday and Father's Day right around the corner (June 21 for those keeping track!), I thought I'd write a bit about celebrating parents.     It seems like plain, common sense that parents are important in a child's life. Parents birth you, feed you, change your diapers, protect you... basically keep … Continue reading Celebrating Parents

Live Long and Prosper

UPDATE from Youth Services Staff:  The "Under the Stars" program at Macon County Public Library has been rescheduled due to the rain and thunderstorms that are forecast for Thursday evening, March 12. It will now be held on Thursday, March 26 at 7 PM. Consequently, Science Club will be at 7 PM that day (instead of … Continue reading Live Long and Prosper

Check in with yourself, Check out a Book – 2015 edition

In the past, we've talked about how to set SMARTER goals and the importance of evaluating your progress. Since we're only a couple of weeks into the New Year, it seemed an appropriate subject to revisit! So, how’s it going this year? Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Are you still working on the … Continue reading Check in with yourself, Check out a Book – 2015 edition

eHealth: Doctor-Patient Teamwork for Improved Health Outcomes

eHealth is a growing trend in medicine- many doctors and hospitals are making patient records available electronically, allowing patients to log in to "health portals" to see their own records. In addition to the convenience these services provide, other benefits include better quality and more efficient health care, increased privacy and security of health information, … Continue reading eHealth: Doctor-Patient Teamwork for Improved Health Outcomes