Seeking Broadband

A broadband connection to the internet is increasingly seen as an essential service, similar to electricity. This has been particularly apparent with the need to communicate remotely during the ongoing pandemic. In fact, billions of dollars in grants have been released in recent months to assist in providing more people with access to broadband. Some … Continue reading Seeking Broadband

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!

America the Dutiful

Freedom of information is an internationally recognized fundamental human right (as an extension of freedom of speech). The ideology of free speech is thought to have emerged in ancient Athens in the late 6th or early 5th century BC. England's Bill of Rights 1689, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789), … Continue reading America the Dutiful

#Selfie: Because Sometimes the Most Interesting Thing in My Life is Me

A "selfie," for the uninitiated, is a "self-portrait photograph." This seemingly innocuous, yet somehow  ire-inspiring, social phenomenon/trend shows no signs of reversing: estimates range from over one million selfies a day to 93 million selfies taken everyday worldwide. While selfies are generally held as an indicator of "millennial narcissism," it's always fun and interesting to see the … Continue reading #Selfie: Because Sometimes the Most Interesting Thing in My Life is Me

Oh, A Doxxing We Will Go!

Actually, let's not.  Doxxing is rude.  Oh, what's that?  You have a question?  Ah, of course!  I need to explain what doxxing is. While I'm at it I may as well talk about some other Internet terminology.  It helps to be prepared, because you never know when some sockpuppet's viral meme will make you fall … Continue reading Oh, A Doxxing We Will Go!

eHealth: Doctor-Patient Teamwork for Improved Health Outcomes

eHealth is a growing trend in medicine- many doctors and hospitals are making patient records available electronically, allowing patients to log in to "health portals" to see their own records. In addition to the convenience these services provide, other benefits include better quality and more efficient health care, increased privacy and security of health information, … Continue reading eHealth: Doctor-Patient Teamwork for Improved Health Outcomes

CRIME NOIR

By Stephen  A while ago, I read a  mystery, The Black Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black, featuring Philip Marlowe  Raymond Chandler's favorite private eye.  Black is not the first contemporary author to use Chandler's character.  Before his death, Robert B. Parker, wrote a sequel to The Big Sleep.  Parker also finished Chandler's "Poodle Springs." Private detectives, who wander … Continue reading CRIME NOIR

There’s an app for that

By Amy I love playing with apps- you can always find something you never knew you needed! There's a few that help you make the most of your library - OverDrive and OneclickDigital help you load your device with ebooks or audiobooks (visit NCLive for even more information and sources for eBooks). Worldcat, the world's largest library catalog, has … Continue reading There’s an app for that