Summer Is Coming

Memorial Day has come and gone, and though it's a time of somber reflection, it's also become the official unofficial start of the summer season. BBQ's, sales, and the end of the school year. And you know what the end of the school year means... SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM! Yes, I know it says Summer Reading. … Continue reading Summer Is Coming

Author Spotlight- Edna St. Vincent Millay

“I will be the gladdest thing      Under the sun!   I will touch a hundred flowers      And not pick one.” -Afternoon on a Hill   Effervescent in both her life and in her prose, Edna St. Vincent Millay created a name for herself in the literary world as both a rebel and a … Continue reading Author Spotlight- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Root and STEM

It’s Savannah, again, from the Macon County Public Library.  On a serious note, our lives, our history, and our future are determined by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math…for the most part.  Basically, anything the “developed” world (I apologize for the term and realize that it not the most appropriate) develops, discovers, builds, etc. influences others … Continue reading Root and STEM

Nothing About Us Without Us

Thank you to the the Autistic Self Advocacy Network for their tagline. As you may have guessed, April is Autism Awareness Month. First some basics. Autism is a spectrum condition, which means there's a wide range of ways the condition can affect an individual's life and relationships. I guarantee that you, yes you reading this … Continue reading Nothing About Us Without Us

The Miracle of Libraries

Benjamin Baruch Woody I have often thought that one of the most tragic events in history is the partial destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria. Who knows how much human wisdom was lost? A certain kind of "alternative history" has sprung up from speculation about the truth about Ancient History. Writers such as Graham … Continue reading The Miracle of Libraries

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