It’s Tea Time!

Hello, readers! C.S. Lewis once said, “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” I admit I am in complete agreement with him! One of my favorite pastimes - actually more of a daily necessity - is to have a steaming cup of tea while … Continue reading It’s Tea Time!

Book Publishing in 2020

Hello, everyone! McKenna from the Macon County Public Library here, to talk to you all about a subject that may concern you, as a reader, greatly. Today I want to tell you all about the 2020 publishing industry. Now, as some of you have probably noticed, just because the world seems to be closing off … Continue reading Book Publishing in 2020

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

The Greatest Book Ever Written?

Benjamin Baruch Woody Every year I have the same thought. "Is Umberto Eco's novel Foucault's Pendulum the greatest novel ever written?" I guess I sort of know that this is preposterous. As a former English major I have been conditioned to know that the Canon is set. The greatest works are the usual suspects: War … Continue reading The Greatest Book Ever Written?

Short and Sweet

We all get busy, but sometimes you still need to scratch that reading itch -- without having a big book hanging over your head. If you're looking for some "short but mighty books", check out The Short List, a compilation of 24 books under 200 pages recommended by TED speakers. Here are some more short … Continue reading Short and Sweet

Voting In America, The Past

November 6th, better known as Midterm Election Day 2018, is right around the corner. I would like to take a moment to look at where we, as a nation, have come from in regards to voting rights, so that we can look at our own voting behavior today. Who gets to vote, and why? Elections … Continue reading Voting In America, The Past

FRL – looking back, looking forward

As I get ready to retire next month, I find myself looking back at nearly 25 years of working for the Fontana Regional Library System.  There have been a lot of changes.  Walking into the Macon County Public Library on Wayah Street, for my first day on the job, the first thing I found myself … Continue reading FRL – looking back, looking forward

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

Hike with Pride this month!

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month as well as Great Outdoors Month and so this blog will be about both! LGBTQIA+ is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and the plus is for gender fluid people - people whose gender identity changes over time or per situation. Queer is a … Continue reading Hike with Pride this month!

The Rise of the Verse Novel: Celebrating National Poetry Month

I loved poetry as a child. I read a lot of it, memorized some favorite poems, and tried to write my own (very badly, I must say). As I grew up, I wandered away from poetry for the most part, with a few notable exceptions -- John Donne and W. B. Yeats in particular. In … Continue reading The Rise of the Verse Novel: Celebrating National Poetry Month