By Jeff Every year, this time of the year, I actually look forward to all the "best of..." and "most notable..." lists that come out. I have two reasons for seeking out these lists. First of all, they inevitably "fill the gaps" for me. No matter how hard I try to stay on top of … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season…for Lists. Here’s a List of Lists.
By Jeff So, you might already know that it's National Library Week. You might even know that yesterday was National Library Workers Day (time to hug your favorite library employee - but, please ask first). But did you know that today, April 11th, is National Bookmobile Day? This recognition was recently initiated (2010) to celebrate the unique … Continue reading It’s National Bookmobile Day! Hooray for the Reading Rover!
By Jeff Does this list mean anything to you: Generalities Philosophy & Psychology Religion Social Sciences Languages Natural Sciences Applied Sciences Arts and Recreation Literature History and Geography Well, I'm guessing that unless you're a library employee or a true library nerd, that this is just a list of topics, which is actually true. But … Continue reading Who’s up for the Dewey Challenge in 2012?!
You may know of a certain company that charges its customers to stream movies onto their computers or electronic devices. You may also know that this company (it rhymes with flet-nicks) just raised its monthly subscription fees for most of its customers. This same company not only raised its prices, but is now delivering less content. But … Continue reading Stream movies here (and the price didn’t just go up – it’s still free)
By Jeff Here's a quick literary tidbit: the modern short story is an art form pretty much developed by American writers. This is not to say that the first short story was written by an American, far from it. However, the short (anywhere between 5 and 50 pages), carefully sculpted piece of fiction that we today call a "short … Continue reading For Short Story Lovers
By Jeff I guess the answer is just about no one. Though some people thrive on the challenge of a test, most of us would just rather skip that part - especially standardized tests! One way to make a test easier, anyone will tell you, is to prepare. Make sure you study hard and know … Continue reading Who likes taking tests?
By Jeff We all know that we "live in the information age." And most of us have probably heard that the amount of information in the world is doubling every few years, or some such thing. Well, I have to say, as an information professional, I'm always a bit confused by these types of statistics. I mean, … Continue reading What is information anyway?
By Jeff I love wood! I really do. I love the look of it, the feel of it, the smell of it, sound of it...okay, I even like the taste of it (I have walnuts and maple syrup with my oatmeal, doesn't that count?). But what I love even more than wood is sawdust. Because, sawdust … Continue reading Sawdust!
By Jeff This past weekend in Bryson City, the town celebrated the life of Horace Kephart (1862-1931), who made Swain County his home away from home. Kephart, for those who don't know, was the writer of Our Southern Highlanders (1913) and Camping and Woodcraft (1918), two works that are, after nearly a century, still in print. … Continue reading Horace Kephart – Writer, Outdoorsman, National Park Activist…Librarian?
By Jeff When I was in grade school we were taught that in February we celebrated two different great men - both United States Presidents. These two great men were Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, and the holiday we celebrated was Presidents' (plural possessive) Day. In fact, we generally celebrated all the presidents during the … Continue reading Presidents’ Day or A President’s Day?