National Picture Book Month

November is National Picture Book Month! What a great excuse to talk about picture books. I freely confess, I'm a picture book fanatic. When we get shipments of new books at the library, the picture books are usually the ones I'm most excited about. Picture books offer so much, in both words and pictures. They … Continue reading National Picture Book Month

Banned Books Week!

Hello everyone! Julia from Jackson County Public Library here, to talk to you all about Banned Books Week, happening September 27th through October 3rd! Before we get into the nitty gritty of celebrating this week of censor-free festivities, lets first cover our bases. What exactly is a banned book? Why do we have this week … Continue reading Banned Books Week!

Celebrating Stanzas- National Poetry Month

Hello Fontana Regional Library patrons, Julia from JCPL here! Happy April! As some of you might know, April is National Poetry Month, a month long celebration of the prose that feeds your soul. Poetry is one of my absolute favorite genres to read, though for a long time I was scared of the genre on … Continue reading Celebrating Stanzas- National Poetry Month

Powerful Lady Stories

Happy Women’s History month, patrons and readers! As we spend our time in March pondering powerful women (and hopefully every subsequent month to follow) I thought why not provide you all with books describing the lives of influential women- in their own words. So please enjoy this compiled list of memoirs, available throughout the Fontana … Continue reading Powerful Lady Stories

Converting to eTechnology

The first week of March is Read an eBook Week, when many publishers offer free or discounted eBooks. However, many ebooks are available to be checked out for free from your library. Through Fontana Regional Library, you can create an account with RB Digitial, OverDrive, or other providers of ebooks. eBooks have been increasingly popular … Continue reading Converting to eTechnology

Living in Kindness

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

Most Popular Recent Books

If you looking for a book to read, consider trying those listed below! These books were all published in 2018. Since being added to the collections of public libraries in North Carolina (those belonging to the NC Cardinal consortium of libraries), each of these books has been checked out 600 to 1000 times (not counting … Continue reading Most Popular Recent Books

New Year New (Flexible?) Me. Yoga at your Local Library.

Ah, the New Year. With the start of each the earth’s trips around the sun, we as humans love to make resolutions about how this year we will be smarter, sharper, thinner, happier. We plan to learn new skills and unlearn bad habits. January 1 is the beginning of a whole new 365 so look … Continue reading New Year New (Flexible?) Me. Yoga at your Local Library.

Learning to Love Winter

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

The Shortest Day

December. Short days, long chilly nights. As we drive to work in the dark, and drive home in the dark, we begin to wonder, will we ever see the sun again? If we feel this way in these modern, enlightened times, imagine how it must have felt millenia ago, when the sun seemed to struggle … Continue reading The Shortest Day