Latest Non-Fiction Books

By Stephen It never ceases to amaze me the variety of non-fiction books published each season.  Politics, popular science, biography memoirs and history (And you thought writers had finished with the Civil War!), cooking, etc. all seem to make their way onto bestseller lists.   Fans of non-fiction have their favorite  authors, just like readers of fiction; … Continue reading Latest Non-Fiction Books

A weed by any other name…

By MaryAnn Early one morning I was  digging weeds. That's right, digging. For me, it's more rewarding to get the whole plant, roots and all. These grow along the edge of my driveway in some wonderful soil where I would rather plant daylilies. Or at least something besides weeds.  Look--I even took a picture so you … Continue reading A weed by any other name…

Appalachian spring

  By MaryAnn Wildflowers have always been some of my favorite plants. I'm particularly fond of trillium and lady slipper,  maybe because they're not only native, but at the same time, exotic. My mother was my first teacher when it came to wild plants and gardening. We dug up pipsissewa and other common native plants which grew … Continue reading Appalachian spring

GSNP Today

By Stephen My last two blogs covered the resources in the Fontana Regional Library system about the Smoky Mountains, before the park existed, and the grassroots movement of the early twentieth century to get the park established along the Tennessee/North Carolina border.  This time I will list guides that can be used when visiting the present day park. … Continue reading GSNP Today

Are you a “Twitcher”?

Are you a “twitcher”? Wikipedia gives the definition as someone who travels a long distance to see a rare bird. By Faye Here in America people often find it relaxing to watch birds. It’s estimated that approximately 60 million people in the United States feed birds. According to Susan Hayes, executive director of the Wild … Continue reading Are you a “Twitcher”?


By Faye Isn’t it a beautiful time of year?  The flowers are blooming and gardens are growing. The Marianna Black Library started a Sharing Garden several years ago. Patrons donated flowers and volunteers landscaped the area. A sheltered gazebo was built with benches underneath that everyone enjoys. Later a picnic table and water fountain was … Continue reading Gardening

Spring Ephemerals

       By Sarah   "Once you learn the name of a wildflower, you no longer pass it by  as just another 'weed,' especially if you discovered and identified it yourself.  The flower then has an identity that is rooted not only in a guidebook, but in you as well." This quote comes from … Continue reading Spring Ephemerals

How Does Your Garden Grow?

By Ellen The snow is gone and the air is warm. Finally! April showers bring May flowers. It’s the time of year when many people enjoy gardening. Some people garden alone and some people garden with their families. Most children love the gardening experience-especially preschool and elementary-aged children. They love the fact that they have … Continue reading How Does Your Garden Grow?