The Watauga County Public Library will open at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 6 due to Staff Training.  The library will be CLOSED on Monday, December 24, Tuesday, December 25, and Wednesday, December 26 for the holidays.
Watauga County Public Library                                                                     December 2018
Happy Holidays!
Thank you to Elk River Evergreens for our tree and to the Kiwanis Aktion Club for putting up our beautiful decorations.
Happy Holidays to all!

~Monica Caruso, County Librarian
Full STEAM Ahead
kids_bug_in_jar.jpg Join us on Thursday, December 6 at 3:30 pm when we will be doing edible destruction.  Participants will be building edible houses and then seeing if they can withstand an earthquake.
The Grinch
Last year, our community was awestruck with "The Grinch" performance.  Magical in its presentation and interactive in its performance, Caleb Sigmon and his little dog Max delighted library patrons both young and old.  Prepare to have your hearts filled with joy as the meaning of the holiday spirit is evoked through their performance this year.

The library will celebrate Festive First Friday on Friday, December 7 at 4:00 pm with crafts and snacks in the meeting room from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm, and the Grinch and Max will present at the back of the library.  Take a selfie with the Grinch after the program! 
A big thank you to the Downtown Boone Development Association for their support!
Eight Word Mystery Contest Winners
  The first annual Eight Word Mystery Contest fundraiser for the Friends of Watauga County Public Library concluded Tuesday evening, November 13, with a reception and announcement of winners.  Many of the competitors were in attendance.

The winner of the $25 prize was Amy Millette with the submission, "African American Junaluska Graves.  Sixty-five named. 99 nameless."  The first runner up was Susan Poorman with "She cried out.  He answered.  He shouldn't have."  Two entries tied for second runner up:  Mary Tucker's "Rain revealed three gold teeth on the mound," and Claudia Thomas's, "The seance and ensuing horror were my fault."

A "mystery cake" was served at the reception with the recipient of a special piece receiving a certificate for a free entry in next year's contest.

The Eight Word Mystery Contest was sponsored by the Cook the Books, the library's mystery and crime fiction book club, and the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library.  The competition had 36 entries, raising $288.00.

The library has a display of all the entries, so please stop by to read them.  The book club plans to make this competition an annual fundraising event.  Look for the next competition to begin in September of 2019.
Amnesty Week, Food for Fines
The annual "Food for Fines" program begins on Monday, December 10, and runs through Saturday, December 15.
Bring a can of food for the Hunger & Health Coalition and $1 will be taken off library overdue fines.
[Does not apply to damage or replacement fees.]

High Country Lifelong Learners
The High Country Lifelong Learners have their regular monthly movie showing on the second Monday of the month -- Monday, December 10 at 2:00 pm in the meeting room. 
The Movie this month is La La Land.  This musical won multiple awards and the opening number is joyous!  Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart. 
Popcorn will be available.  Please bring a seat cushion and drink if you like. 

Blood Drive
The Blood Drive will be held in the meeting room on Friday,
December 14 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm.  Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and set up a donor profile first, then enter Watauga County Public Library to schedule an appointment.There is also a free app that can be downloaded.
Polar Express Pajama Party
Make plans to join us for a Polar Express Pajama Party on Saturday, December 22 at 2:00 pm.  Kids can create their own train cars out of boxes, and we will be doing an interactive showing of the movie.
CPR Class
A CPR class will be held in the meeting room on Thursday, December 20 from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Shane Garland with the Boone Fire Department will be leading this American Heart Association certified class.  The cost of the class is $20.00 per person or $27.00 with a certification card.
Please RSVP with Adult Services at X 2.
Friends of the Watauga County Public Library
After the Downtown Boone Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 8, the Friends of the Library will cocoa_gurantee_sign.jpghost a cookies and cocoa reception.  The parade begins at 11:00 am.  

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

Baby Laptime
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am

Dungeons and Dragons
 Saturday, December 1
1:00 pm

Lego Club
All ages welcome!
Wednesday, December 5
3:30 pm

Awesome Alphabet Activities
Friday, December 7
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
First Friday with the Grinch
Friday, December 7
4:00 pm

Dungeons and Dragons
 Saturday, December 8
1:00 pm

Friends Of the Library serve cocoa and cookies after Boone Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 8

Coding Club
Ages 10-12
Tuesday, December 11
4:00 pm

Magic the Gathering
Friday, December 28
1:00 pm

Magic the Gathering
Monday, December 31
1:00 pm
Adult Programs
Cook the Books!
Mystery Book Club Discussion: 
Tuesday, December 4
4:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:  Employee Rights
December 13
2:30 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic: Simple Divorce
December 20
2:30 pm

Western Watauga Branch Programs and Events
Open Holiday Craft Table
Monday, December 17 until Thursday, December 20!

For additional information about programs, contact Jackie Cornette at (828)297-5515

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