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

Do you use library computers and internet?

Do you use the computers and internet at the library? We would love to hear from you! From May 5th to May 24th the library will be running an online survey to understand how patrons use the library’s technology so we can provide resources and services that are valuable to the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, … Continue reading Do you use library computers and internet?

What’s your story?

By Amy National Library week is April 13-19th and we want to hear about how the library affects you! What's your favorite activity at the library? Is there a program you come to every week? Do you have a book addiction that would empty your bank account if you had to buy books out-of-pocket? We want to hear … Continue reading What’s your story?

Ronda – Circulation Services

By Amy Ronda (or Rondie, as she’s known to her co-workers) is best known for her love of honey badgers, but everyone around here knows –despite her cool exterior- Ronda cares very deeply about the library. When asked to give one word to describe Ronda, her co-workers told me: compassionate, messy, and cluttered. I, for … Continue reading Ronda – Circulation Services

That Wasn’t What I Thought It Was Going To Be

Christina: Every so often you come across a book or a movie that doesn't exactly disappoint, but is not what you thought it might be. This might be due to a wrong classification, misleading book covers and/or marketing, or even outright lies, like fiction presented as truth. We thought we'd take a look at some of … Continue reading That Wasn’t What I Thought It Was Going To Be

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

By John We lead Web-based, digital lives. From personal computers, smartphones, and tablets, e-book readers, to working, shopping, and social networking, virtually every aspect of our lives touches the digital world. Even when we are not directly connected to the Internet, this vast worldwide connection of computers, data, and websites supports our everyday lives through … Continue reading STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Best Place in Town!

By John Where’s the best place to catch a "FREE" movie, or to enjoy a "FREE" concert? How about the best place to whet your appetite for a little action on the internet,  or quench your thirst by reading another wild, exotic, action packed adventure! How about a place to do that last minute studying … Continue reading Best Place in Town!

Horace Kephart – Writer, Outdoorsman, National Park Activist…Librarian?

By Jeff This past weekend in Bryson City, the town celebrated the life of  Horace Kephart (1862-1931), who made Swain County his home away from home.  Kephart, for those who don't know, was the writer of Our Southern Highlanders (1913) and Camping and Woodcraft (1918), two works that are, after nearly a century, still in print.  … Continue reading Horace Kephart – Writer, Outdoorsman, National Park Activist…Librarian?

Melvil Dewey classifies the world

By Deb In 1876 Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey (1851 –1931) patented the system of classification that we currently use for our books and other materials in our libraries here in the Fontana Regional Library.  The Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC) (©OCLC) is a widely used standard in the library profession. Dewey, by all accounts was … Continue reading Melvil Dewey classifies the world

Cyber Ethics…

By John With the explosion of social networking and the ubiquitous sharing and posting of so much information online, the way we communicate has forever changed.  As such, we should be ensuring that we and our fellow compadres understand our responsibilities for conduct online.  Of which an important component of that is Cyber Ethics.  Cyber … Continue reading Cyber Ethics…