When All God’s Children Get Together

In case you live under a rock and have no idea, February is African American History Month. It became an official celebration in 1976, but started as an awareness week in 1926. The purpose of the celebration is to honor African American history and achievement. Pretty straight forward, right? Well many of these types of … Continue reading When All God’s Children Get Together

The Shadow of Dune: Sci-Fi Examined

Benjamin Baruch Woody   What is science fiction? The term seems like an oxymoron. Science is facts and fiction is make-believe, right? Why would the two go together? To quote the great Wikipedia "Science is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, … Continue reading The Shadow of Dune: Sci-Fi Examined

Hobbits and More: A Cursory Exploration of Fantasy Literature

Benjamin Baruch Woody Any conversation about fantasy literature must begin with J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. There are earlier practitioners, but Tolkien is almost single-handedly responsible for many of the familiar tropes of fantasy literature. Tolkien was the Professor of English Language and Literature at Merton College, Oxford. He was considered a worldwide … Continue reading Hobbits and More: A Cursory Exploration of Fantasy Literature

Veterans Day

In the modern United States there are three days when citizens get a chance to honor men and women who are currently serving their country in the military or have done so in the past.  Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May,  Memorial Day, May 31, and Veterans Day, November 11. After the Great … Continue reading Veterans Day

Libraries On Tap

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

D&D at your local library

Hi everyone! Julia from Jackson County Public Library here with my first blog for Shelf Life of the Mountains. For this first post I had originally thought to write about ghost writing, comparing and contrasting it to best selling writers that use co-authors, such as James Patterson.  I quickly realized that the content was well… … Continue reading D&D at your local library

The United States in the Great War

It was the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month one hundred years ago when guns fell silence.   The combat phase of the Great War was over.  The Allies, including Great Britain, France, and the United States were victorious over the Central Powers: Germany and its allies. The United States joined the … Continue reading The United States in the Great War

Simple Switch, Right?…Not as Easy as “ABCs”

Making the big move from Adult Reference Services to Youth Services was not supposed to be a big deal because  I’ve been a children’s librarian for most of my career, but after working with adults for 10 years, this may take some getting used to... Instead of people asking about how to save a document … Continue reading Simple Switch, Right?…Not as Easy as “ABCs”

Calling all Nerds! – Healthy Escapism 101

I am a proud, card-carrying nerd.  While I am not a stereotype, I enjoy and appreciate all things geek (I do, after all, work in a library).  Over the years, my inner geek has taken a back seat to jobs, school, moves, and financial constraints, however, the geek is and will always be around, waiting … Continue reading Calling all Nerds! – Healthy Escapism 101

Georgiana, Maisie, and Amory: Detectives All, Part 2

SPOILER ALERT! Sometime ago I introduced the readers of this blog to three of my favorite mystery authors:  Jacqueline Winspear, Rhys Bowen, and a librarian turned author, Ashley Weaver (the first two authors are native Brits who live  in the  United States). All three have women as their main characters.  Winspear's Masie Dobbs started out in … Continue reading Georgiana, Maisie, and Amory: Detectives All, Part 2