Understanding Your World, Cashiers Library

Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library has plenty of books to help you understand the natural treasures that are available to everyone on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau.

Whether it’s the unique geological features or the flora and fauna that live amongst us, there is a book dedicated to the subject.

But the library can go one better, if you’re willing to step outside.

Library patrons can check out a 4.5-inch Orion StarBlast telescope for a week at a time, without charge. Along with the telescope is a “Getting Started in Astronomy Guide,” “The Audubon Guide to Constellations,” a Night Sky Planisphere, a Starlite red LED flashlight, and a Moon Filter. Whether you’re a serious astronomer or just a backyard sky-buff, this is the perfect kit for scanning those pristine night vistas.

If your attention is focused on the woods around you, well, the library can help with that, too. It’s offering the use of free Critter-Cams to keep an eye on the animals that make their living in your neighborhood. Thanks to an innovative program offered through the state, you can monitor your property to see who’s passing through – local participants have captured video images of foxes, bears, coyotes, squirrels, rabbits, and even an escaped horse.

But perhaps you prefer the indoors to anything you’ll find outside. Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library offers free movies every Thursday afternoon (complete with free popcorn and bottled water). This month, you’re invited to “The Darkest Hour (April 5); “Murder on the Orient Express” (April 12); “The Shape of Water” (April 19); and “The Phantom Thread” (April 26).  

And finally, the library is a great place to catch up on local comings and goings, wild stories, and unvarnished gossip.