National Independent Retailer Month

by Eric Haggart Eric Haggart is our guest contributor to this Shelf Life in the Mountains. Eric writes for the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber recently moved into a new location at 98 Hyatt Road, Franklin. The month of July is National Independent Retailer Month, and a majority of our member businesses are just that, … Continue reading National Independent Retailer Month

“War is all Hell”

William T. Sherman was one of the more famous generals of the American Civil War.   Best known for his march through Georgia in 1864-65, cutting themselves off from their supply trains.  His armies foraged off the territory they were traveling through, reaching Savannah right before Christmas 1864, in time for Sherman to present the President … Continue reading “War is all Hell”

The End of Two Wars

One week from the publication date of this blog will be the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln's assassination.  While Lincoln's funeral train was tracing in reverse Lincoln's trip from Illinois to Washington 1861, Jefferson Davis was hiding from federal troops trying to find him.   Eighty years later, in 1945, three days from the … Continue reading The End of Two Wars

Live Long and Prosper

UPDATE from Youth Services Staff:  The "Under the Stars" program at Macon County Public Library has been rescheduled due to the rain and thunderstorms that are forecast for Thursday evening, March 12. It will now be held on Thursday, March 26 at 7 PM. Consequently, Science Club will be at 7 PM that day (instead of … Continue reading Live Long and Prosper

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

The Shield, 40 Hours Without Sleep, and a Broken Trunk: A Wrestlemania Road Trip (Part 1)

By Chris and Christina What you are about to read is the true story of two library bloggers and their daring Wrestlemania 29 adventures.  This harrowing account is presented in a back and forth manner, taking you from the road trip itself to each of the exciting Wrestlemania matches. As we recount this gritty tale … Continue reading The Shield, 40 Hours Without Sleep, and a Broken Trunk: A Wrestlemania Road Trip (Part 1)

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?

Bryson City

By Faye A plane just crashed in the mountainous area of Alarka in Swain County. All eighty eight people on board are presumed dead. Numerous body parts are discovered around the perimeter of the plane. No, this is not a news flash but the topic of Kathy Reichs’ book Fatal Voyage. If you are familiar … Continue reading Bryson City

Civil War Fiction and Motion Pictures

By Stephen In my last blog I mentioned the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the American Civil War would start  next year.   The subject of that blog was non-fiction books in the Fontana Regional Library system pertaining to the civil war .  This time I want to mention novels and movies set in the same conflict. First … Continue reading Civil War Fiction and Motion Pictures

Happy Halloween!

By Deb From Ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggity beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord deliver us. - Scottish prayer. Around this time of year there are countless blogs, articles, and news stories about how Halloween came to be a holiday tradition, particularly here in the United States.  I expect that … Continue reading Happy Halloween!