FRL – looking back, looking forward

As I get ready to retire next month, I find myself looking back at nearly 25 years of working for the Fontana Regional Library System.  There have been a lot of changes.  Walking into the Macon County Public Library on Wayah Street, for my first day on the job, the first thing I found myself … Continue reading FRL – looking back, looking forward

Library ebooks on your Nook Color or Kindle Fire

Checking out library ebooks has just gotten easier for owners of Nook Color, Nook Tablets, and Kindle Fires.  Overdrive, the vendor that provides our library ebooks, has recently released two new apps for Nooks and for the Kindle Fire.  These apps allow library users to download Adobe EPUB formatted books directly to their Android based ereaders. … Continue reading Library ebooks on your Nook Color or Kindle Fire

Season’s Greetings

By Deb (Note: the comments expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the policy of the Library system or any other person or agency.) No matter what your particular beliefs are, this is a season of traditions, memories, and reflection.  So, I thought I would share some stories of my own.  My family is … Continue reading Season’s Greetings


You told us you wanted them. We heard you and made it happen. The library now has ebooks for you to check out.

Another blog about ebooks….

By Deb E-books.  Everywhere I turn I’m hearing about them.  The library world is positively overwrought about the entire concept.  There are dire predictions that they will bring about the end of books and libraries.  Others say they are a passing fad.  Still others think they represent the passing of brick and mortar library buildings … Continue reading Another blog about ebooks….

Adopted by Congress, July 4, 1776

By Deb We are getting ready to celebrate, once again, the anniversary of the birth of our nation. Sometimes in all the sturm und drang of modern politics we forget that once, the entire Congress came together and agreed upon the most important issue in our history.   Here are the words they agreed on;  it … Continue reading Adopted by Congress, July 4, 1776

Melvil Dewey classifies the world

By Deb In 1876 Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey (1851 –1931) patented the system of classification that we currently use for our books and other materials in our libraries here in the Fontana Regional Library.  The Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC) (©OCLC) is a widely used standard in the library profession. Dewey, by all accounts was … Continue reading Melvil Dewey classifies the world

Ice for the fun of it

By Deb This is the time of year when people spend a lot of time thinking about ice.  How do I drive on it?  Will my driveway ever melt?  How icy is my road? Is there any “ice melt” left in the stores?  Will this be all we get for the season or is more … Continue reading Ice for the fun of it

Let it snow …

By Deb Real snowflakes are made from snow crystals joining together.  Millions of little, light, airy snowflakes drift down to make ground-covering snow banks inches to feet high.  And every snowflake is different.  The person who is credited with discovering the variations in snowflakes was Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley (1865-1931).  Snowflake Bentley was a farmer whose … Continue reading Let it snow …

Behind the Shelves

By Deb Have you ever wondered how a book gets on the shelf in the library?  It’s a little more complicated than it first seems.  Of course, first an author has to write it, and then some company has to publish it.  That happens pretty frequently.  In fact, it’s estimated that there are nearly 130 … Continue reading Behind the Shelves