“What do y’all want to be called?”

[Excerpt: When All God’s Children Get Together, "Segregation Woes and New Life Today"] by Ann Miller Woodford Ann Miller Woodford is our guest contributor to this Shelf Life in the Mountains. She is a native of Andrews, NC, and is an author, artist, speaker, and founder/Executive Director of One Dozen Who Care, Inc., a community … Continue reading “What do y’all want to be called?”

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

For Short Story Lovers

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

Best Place in Town!

By John Where’s the best place to catch a "FREE" movie, or to enjoy a "FREE" concert? How about the best place to whet your appetite for a little action on the internet,  or quench your thirst by reading another wild, exotic, action packed adventure! How about a place to do that last minute studying … Continue reading Best Place in Town!

Horace Kephart – Writer, Outdoorsman, National Park Activist…Librarian?

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?

A Desperate Note From The Grave

By Luke By the time you read this, I'll be dead. Not really. I just always wanted to start a story that way. What would be really cool is if, immediately after this is posted, an old lady in an SUV backs over me in the parking lot of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library and drives … Continue reading A Desperate Note From The Grave

If you can’t read this, it might be too small

By Sarah Do you find yourself squinting to read your favorite novels?  Perhaps you know someone who hasn't picked up a book for a while because the print is too hard for them.  If this sounds familiar, might I suggest trying out Fontana Regional Library's Large Print books? With Large Print books, the type is … Continue reading If you can’t read this, it might be too small

Bryson City

By Faye A plane just crashed in the mountainous area of Alarka in Swain County. All eighty eight people on board are presumed dead. Numerous body parts are discovered around the perimeter of the plane. No, this is not a news flash but the topic of Kathy Reichs’ book Fatal Voyage. If you are familiar … Continue reading Bryson City