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Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

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New e-book sharing service for children

The NC Kids Digital Library was launched this month by the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association together with OverDrive. 

This new digital resource sharing service is for kids pre-K through fourth grade, and is available to Haywood County Public Library card holders through OverDrive's digital reading platform. Here’s how it works:

• A collection of 3,029 e-books, 689 audiobooks and 37 streaming videos on a custom website, or through the OverDrive app.

• 300 titles are available with simultaneous access, available anytime with no wait lists.

• All titles can be accessed via the app on all major computers and devices, including iOS, Android, Chromebook and Kindle.

• Easy, secure access. All that’s needed to get started is a library card.

OverDrive’s collection development team chooses the books for the kid’s collection and are reviewed and approved by a committee appointed by the NCPLDA executive board. Many e-books list the ATOS level and text difficulty to help parents find the right book for their child’s reading level.

The 2016 Appropriations Act was signed into law for fiscal year 2016-2017 that included a funding provision for $200,000 for the State Library to work with NCPLDA to create a statewide consortium for all public library cardholders.

For more information, call Haywood County Public Library Youth Services Librarian Lisa Hartzell at 828.356.2511.


New young adult novel

Jackson County native Natalie C. Anderson will present her debut young adult novel at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Her novel City of Saints and Thieves is a thriller set in Kenya and has been described as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl.

Anderson is an American writer and international development professional living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last decade working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the United Nations on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014–2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints and Thieves.


Franklin poetry night

An open-mic poetry event for adults will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at The Rathskeller CoffeeHaus & Pub in Franklin.

All area poets and lovers of poetry are invited to read or recite their original works, as well as share their favorite works by other poets in the Rathskeller’s relaxed, intimate atmosphere. No pre-registration is needed; participants will be given stage time on a first-come basis. No admission charge. 

This event is produced by the Arts Council of Macon County, supported in part by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.ARTS.


WCU presents book program 

 Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series will host a book program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Blue Ridge Conference Room, Cullowhee.

Michelle Albert Vachris, professor of economics at Christopher Newport University, will discuss her recently published book, Pride and Profit: The Intersection of Jane Austen and Adam Smith. 

Smith was a mid-18th-century philosopher, best known as the founder of modern economics, whose first book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, examines how people acquire and apply moral reasoning to daily life. 

Vachris looks at how both authors’ perspectives reflect and define the bourgeois culture of earlier times, and the timeless habits of virtue and propriety that direct and control individual ambition, Lopez said.

The program is free and open to the public, with pizza and soft drinks served. For more information, visit or contact Lopez at 828.227.3383 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Identifying as Southerners 

A book by a Western Carolina University political science professor and a former WCU colleague examines the American South in contemporary terms of its population and how Southerners view themselves and are viewed in today’s world.

In The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of Its People by Chris Cooper and Gibbs Knotts, the authors make the case that the South’s sometimes drastic political, racial and cultural changes have not lessened the importance of regional identity but actually have played a key role in keeping it relevant in the 21st century. The University of North Carolina Press publication is expected to begin hitting bookshelves locally and nationally.

Notably, the American South has seen once familiar landmarks and features fade. In small towns in the past couple of decades, mom-and-pop diners have been replaced by fast food restaurants, local hardware stores have given way to home improvement superstores and interstate highways crisscross the region.

What constitutes a Southern identity varies. For some, it is about the connection to their origins or traditions and folkways, or maintaining cultural themes. 

The book examines how music, food and other commonalities play a part, and obviously politics. It also looks at the darker side, with discrimination and white supremacist activity commonly associated with the South, especially during the turbulent 1950s and 1960s.

Because of the timeliness of the topic and current political and cultural divisions within the nation, many expect the book to have an appeal for a broader audience than academics, demographers and pollsters. 



• The Waynesville Public Library’s technology instructor will be leading an information literacy program at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Open to teens and adults, participants will learn how to spot fake news, why there’s a need to analyze sources of information, and tips on recognizing reliable information and how to evaluate what they read. Free. 828.356.2531.

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