Hello Readers! We are back with another round of Virtual Staff Picks. (If you missed the first round, check it out here). Read on to let our staff help you discover your next favorite thing! Savannah: "I just finished How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. We had a bookclub for SCC employees. … Continue reading Staff Pick Round-Up, 2!
Hello Readers. Perhaps it's been a while since you’ve physically set foot in our libraries, so today, we are bringing the staff picks to you! Many of us have had a little extra time to read this year, and you may have even burned through your bookshelf. If you are not sure what to read … Continue reading Staff Pick Round-Up!
Get your early vote on. https://media.giphy.com/media/eHcRIfohPZQ4pQymyk/giphy.gif Early voting in North Carolina begins today, October 15th, and will run until October 31st. The process of early voting is a relatively recent development - while its roots took form back in 1977, it wasn't until 1999 that everyone could cast an early vote. Early voting has only … Continue reading Early Voting Starts Today, October 15!
Hello Dendrophiles! I am excited to introduce you to the awe-inspiring world of ancient forests. Known also as old-growth or forest primeval, ancient forests are intact woodlands which have been left relatively uninterrupted by human activity. Although these precious spaces are quickly dwindling, we can still find tracts of ancient wood in almost every corner … Continue reading The Forest Primeval
Feeling frazzled? You’re not alone! The pandemic has left no area of our lives untouched or unchanged. To cope with the added stress, a wealth of mental health resources have come available, most at low to no cost. In fact, your Fontana Regional library card unlocks many cool resources! Every mental health resource you find … Continue reading Mental Health E-Resources
February 16th - 23rd is Random Acts of Kindness Week! Kindness is nourishment for our souls, so let's use this week to celebrate and explore the philosophical and scientific roots of human kindness. What is kindness? Mark Ian Barasch has written one of my favorite books on the exploration of compassion and kindness, complete with … Continue reading Living in Kindness
I grew up loving winter, and especially snow. However, a few years after discovering the harsh realities of cold weather in the mountains, I became disenchanted with the season. Many people are in the same boat - they dread winter. But this year is different: my goal is to not only survive winter, but to … Continue reading Learning to Love Winter
Thanksgiving is next week, and it’s time to prepare for the year’s biggest feast! From classic turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole to cranberry compote, Turkducken, and oyster stew, everybody does Thanksgiving a little bit different. Perhaps you’re cooking for the twentieth year and looking to mix things up, or maybe it’s your first time … Continue reading To Feast, and Be Grateful
If you ask me, secret societies are kind of the coolest. Enigmatic organizations, with their clandestine meetings and peculiar rituals, spur serious intrigue. And who doesn’t love being let in on a secret! Many secret societies we know of today have a nefarious reputation. However, undercover organizations used to be quite the thing, and for … Continue reading Secret Societies: Fact and Fiction
Our favorite time of year is approaching: Fall! Living in North Carolina, and especially the Smoky Mountains, we are fortunate to experience all four seasons. For many, the seasons are closely linked to how we approach our life. After all, the plants and animals around us operate cyclically, so it’s natural to assume we as … Continue reading Changing Leaves, Change Within