Let’s clear the air: a Vulture is not a Buzzard

  Today’s blog focuses on the Turkey Vulture, another one of the most commonly seen birds here in the Southeast. Before we talk about identifying characteristics though, I thought we could dive into the semantics of the terms vulture and buzzard, because it can be pretty confusing. Before researching this topic, whenever I heard the … Continue reading Let’s clear the air: a Vulture is not a Buzzard

Red Tailed Hawk vs Red Shouldered Hawk

Hello to all the readers of the Shelf Life in the Mountains Blog! My name is Annie and I have been working at the beautiful Jackson County Public Library in Sylva for almost two months now. I have also been an avid bird watcher for about four years. It all started when I moved from … Continue reading Red Tailed Hawk vs Red Shouldered Hawk

Telescopes now available to checkout

Before I ventured into the world of Library Science, I worked in the Planetarium at MOSI- Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa, FL about 10 years ago. I remember thinking, “I like Space, so why not - I’ll give it a try!” Something to that effect. It seems by chance I was hired and … Continue reading Telescopes now available to checkout

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

Science Rules!

By Amy I love to read about new discoveries in science, from the out of this world to the mundane "Didn't we already know that?!": Curiosity Finds Water, Poison in Martian Soil First Cloudy Alien Planet Spotted from Earth Doctors Find Drinking Only Soda is Bad for You Along with the interesting news, however, you … Continue reading Science Rules!

Astronomy is out of this world!

By Amy This past December, I let my 3 year-old daughter stay up past her bedtime and took her outside to see the Geminids meteor shower for her first experience of star-gazing. I told her we were going to see the shooting stars. We bundled up and set up camp on our back porch. "Wow! … Continue reading Astronomy is out of this world!

Raise Your Glasses to the Internet

By Loretta I’ve been reading another really good book, Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku.  A professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and cofounder of the string field theory, Kaku also hosts two radio programs, Explorations and Science Fantastic and has a TV show called Sci Fi Science on the … Continue reading Raise Your Glasses to the Internet


By Loretta I'm slowly reading a very good book, one that I should have read during the summer.  As long and hot as the summer was, it would have been a good time for the shivers.  For most of my adult life, I’ve been an armchair adventurer, reading about the remote and dangerous places of the world from … Continue reading Cold