Did you know that the brewing industry is the fastest growing industry in western North Carolina? Well, of course it is! That’s why Fontana Regional Library system is stepping out of the stacks to bring: “Libraries on Tap: Brewing Scavenger Hunt” to Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. “Libraries on Tap” is a collaboration between Fontana … Continue reading Libraries On Tap
As I reflect on the fifth annual Read Local Book Fair in Franklin, I can’t help but feel excitement, as if I’m attending it for the first time. Each year brings a new experience, and a new group of customers gets to experience a new book, whether they buy mine or someone else’s. For us … Continue reading Guest Blog: Local author, Tyler Cook, reflects on Macon County Public Library’s Read Local Book Fair
Hi Shelf Life Readers! Happy National Parks and Recreation month! I am writing to you from the Jackson County Public Library but if you tried to find me during the summer months from 2012 to 2015, you would’ve had to look deep in the wilderness of either the Sumter or Chattahoochee National Forest, where I … Continue reading National Parks and Recreation Month
"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. “Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” 19th Amendment to the Constitution, passed on May 21st, 1919 and ratified on August 18th, 1920. … Continue reading Women’s Rights: from A Vindication of the Women’s Rights, to the Women’s March and #metoo Movement
[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?”
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
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 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!
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 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