Watauga County Public Library will be closed on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 for Easter Holiday!
Watauga County Public Library Newsletter                                                       April 2019
In This Issue
Children's Programs
Family Story Time
Stories, songs and crafts! 
Daily at 11:00 am
Alphabet Ready By 5
Celebrate a different letter of the alphabet on Thursdays at
11:00 am
Baby Laptime
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am
Awesome Alphabet Activities
April 5
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Lego Club
April 3
3:30 pm

The Cat in the Hat provided by The Children's Council Monday, April 8 at 11:30 am

Introduction to Botany with EcoExplore
Tuesday, April 9
3:30 pm

Build Fest with the Playhouse
**Come visit our table at Watauga High School**
Saturday, April 13
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturday, April 13
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Saturday, April 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Climate Change Art Activities with ASU Student
Thursday, April 25 10:00 am

Financial Literacy Story Time with FREE banks
Tuesday, April 23
11:00 am

Coding Club
April 30
4:00 pm
Adult Programs
VITA Program
(To schedule an appointment, come by or call the Adult Services Department)

Friday, April 5
Friday, April 12
3:00 pm until 6:00 pm
by appointment

Saturday, April 6
Saturday, April 13
9:00 am until 12:00 pm
by appointment

Cook the Books! Discussion of The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny
April 2
4:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Webinar:  Custody Presentation
April 9
2:30 pm

Genealogy Gathering
Tuesday, April 16
10:00 am
Speaker Terry Reigel

Legal Aid N.C. Webinar:  Divorce Presentation
April 18
2:30 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Webinar:  HCPOA Presentation
April 23
2:30 pm

Resilience Movie
Monday, April 29
5:30 pm

Book Bunch Book Club Discussion:
 Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
April 30
1:30 pm
Western Watauga Programs and Events
National Library Week Special Preschool Story Time features
"The Story Lady" Sharon Clarke for a fun filled preschool story time Thursday, April 11
9:30 am

Book Club Discussion of The Ore Knob Mine Murders by Rose M. Haynes
Wednesday, April 17
2:30 pm

Yoga Preschool Story Time with Emory Lewman
Thursday, April 18
9:00 am
For additional information about programming, contact Jackie Cornette at 828-297-5515.
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National Library Week is upon us and is a great reminder to celebrate our library and all it represents. The American Library Association has designated these days as follows:

One randomly selected poster will receive a $100 VISA gift card. The promotion runs from  

April 7 at noon to April 13 noon central time. 


See below for local National Library Week events and let's appreciate together the power of knowledge at our fingertips. Thank you to our super staff and volunteers for their customer service; we are here for you so let us know how we can better serve you!

~ Monica Caruso, County Librarian

National Library Week
Story Time Guest Readers & More
Monday, April 8
Guest Reader Charlie Wallin, County Commissioner ~ 11 am

Tuesday, April 9
Music with Laura Donovan ~ 11 am
3:30 pm ~ Intro to Botany with Eco-Explore

Wednesday, April 10                                                   Guest Reader Sue Mielke, Friends Board ~ 11 am

Thursday, April 11                                                        Guest Reader John Ward, Town Manager ~ 11 am
High Country Writers welcomes Tommy Tomlinson         ~ 10 am
 "Lost Watauga" presentation by the Watauga County Historical Society ~ 5:30 pm

Friday, April 12
Guest Reader Kathy Idol, Library Board Member ~ 11 am
Open House library tour, learn about services plus fascinating facts ~ 3 pm

Saturday, April 13 ~ 10 am - 1 pm
Shred Truck sponsored by the Local Federal Credit Union in back parking lot.

Look for a bookmark in your books for the option of either a Stick Boy Bread Co. free cookie coupon or $1 off of your fines. Thank you to Stickboy Bread Company and the Main Library and Western Watauga Friends for their support!
Big Library Read
The Next Big Library Read kicks off Monday, April 1.  The winning title is Homes:  A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung.  This is a remarkable yet true story of a young man who has escaped a war zone with a passion to share his story about what is happening in Syria.
Look in OverDrive for this title between April 1 and April 15.

Join this global eBook club.  Use #BigLibraryRead on social media from April 1 to 15 for a chance to win a Kobo Aura H2O from OverDrive.  For additional information, click here.
Budgeting and Money Management Presentation
Money Smart Week is the week of March 30. We welcome Ben Dickerson, Vice President of the State Employees Credit Union, for a presentation on establishing financial goals and planning for financial success on cash_background.jpg Thursday, April 4 at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP with Adult
Services.  Or just show up!
High Country Lifelong Learners Film
Join High Country Lifelong Learners for a free movie on Monday, April 8 at 2:00 pm.  The film, The Kite Runner, is set in the 70's in Afghanistan.  From the final days of Afghanistan's monarchy to the atrocities of the Taliban reign, this is an epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal.  An unlikely friendship develops between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, a servant to Amir and his father. During a kite-flying tournament, an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever. As an adult haunted by the childhood betrayal, Amir seeks redemption by returning to his war-torn native land to make peace with himself and redeem his cowardice.  Rated PG-13, 2007, 127 minutes.
Next Chapter Book Club
The Next Chapter Library Book Club begins this month!  New book clubs are being formed for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The library book club will hold its first meetings on Wednesday, April 10 at 4:00 pm and Wednesday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in the Evelyn Johnson Memorial Meeting Room.  For additional information, click here.
Author Visit
High Country Writers welcomes Tommy Tomlinson, journalist and author of the new memoir, The Elephant in the Room, as the speaker for the regular program meeting, Thursday, April 11 at Watauga County Public Library.  Meetings are from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Programs are cosponsored by the library, and the public is invited.

Tommy Tomlinson teaches magazine writing at Wake Forest University and has also taught at the University of Georgia, Queens University of Charlotte, and the Poynter Institute.  He's a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-2009 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.  His book, The Elephant in the Room, a memoir about life as an overweight man in a growing America, was published  in January by Simon and Schuster.

Tomlinson has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others.  He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary.  His stories have been chosen twice for the Best American Sports Writing series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology America's Best Newspaper Writing.

High Country Writers has been "energizing writers since 1995."  Regular meetings are at the Watauga County Public Library on the second and fourth Thursdays of most months from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, and speakers' presentations are co-sponsored by the library.  High Country Writers members present writing / publishing skills workshops the first Thursday of most months, partnering  with Watauga County Arts Council to offer them at ArtSpace.  Guests are welcome.  Membership is $15 annually.
For more information about High Country Writers, visit the website:  www.highcountrywriters.org .
Seed Library
 Pick up seeds today!  Check them out with the form provided at the circulation desk, select your seeds,
dandelion_seeds_blowing.jpgand begin planting!  Select from a variety of seeds:
  • tomatoes
  • pole beans
  • bush beans
  • greens
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cucumber
  • corn
  • pumpkin
  • gourd
(Limit 10 packs per visit.)
Please contact the library if you are interested in receiving occasional emails about upcoming seed saving or gardening workshops at (828) 264-8784.
Easter EGGStravaganza
easter_bunny_run.jpg On Saturday, April 13 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm, join us for an Easter Egg hunt, crafts, face painting, Twist the Balloon Man, snacks, and a Downtown Boone Scavenger Hunt.
For more information, contact Lane Weiss at (828) 268-6283 or lane.weiss@townofboone.net
Genealogy Gatherings
young-family-portrait.jpg The kick-off of this year's Genealogy Gatherings will be on Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 am.
The Genealogy Gathering will be a monthly event from April through October, and will be held at 10:00 am on the third Tuesday of these months, unless otherwise announced.
More information on coming programs will be made known as the season's speakers are booked.
For April, long-time genealogy / family history researcher and presenter at the Genealogy Gathering in previous years, Mr. Terry Reigel, will speak on Discovering Hidden Online Genealogy Sources:  Finding un-indexed images on FamilySearch.org online images from unexpected repositories; and online obituaries.
The Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Boone Mall is coming in April!

Thursday, April 25 from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm is the Friends Members Pre-Sale.  On Friday, April 26, the sale will be open from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm and on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the sale, contact Jackie Cornette at (828) 297-5515 or click on this link:  http://signup.com/go/ELUYCBX.
Your Favorite Poem
Make plans now to attend Your Favorite Poem Event on Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Please come early to sign up to read a poem.          
April is National Poetry Month!
Thank you
Thank you to the following donors:
  • Carmen Price for Adult Books in memory of Nancy Miller Brown
  • April Hatley and the Local Government Federal Credit Union for Youth Supplies and books in support of educating children about money
  • Sunnee and Mark Freed for Youth Books in memory of Elsa Freed
  • The Western Watauga Friends group for Summer Reading program presenters and supplies.
  • Bettie Bond for Adult Supplies
  • Author Mark Johnson for 2 copies of "Doofus Dad does Everest Base camp"
Census Hiring
Earn extra income while helping your community.  Apply for a job with the 2020 Census.  For more information, click here.
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