Watauga County Public Library Newsletter                                               February 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!
Baby Laptime
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am
Awesome Alphabet Activities
February 1
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Frozen Movie Day
February 2
2:30 pm
Snacks provided, and probable guest appearances.

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturday, February 2
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Saturday, February 16
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Dental Health Month
Special story times on
Tuesday, February 5
11:00 am
Saturday, February 26
11:00 am

Lego Club
February 6
3:30 pm

Valentine Alphabet Party
Crafts, stories, snacks, and more!
Thursday, February 14
11:00 am

Music with Laura Donovan
February 19
11:00 am

Coding Club
February 19
4:00 pm

Full STEAM ahead
Families are encouraged to come in together and work on a project challenge.  The challenge will be to build a train that works on magnets.
Saturday, February 23
2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Adult Programs
VITA Program
(To schedule an appointment, come by or call the Adult Services Department)

Friday, February 1
Friday, February 8
Friday, February 15
Friday, February 22
3:00 pm until 6:00 pm
by appointment

Saturday, February 2
Saturday, February 9
Saturday, February 16
Saturday, February 23
9:00 am until 12:00 pm
by appointment

Cook the Books! Discussion of Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
February 5
4:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Webinar:  Custody Presentation
February 12
2:30 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Webinar:  Divorce Presentation
February 21
2:30 pm

Book Bunch Book Club Discussion:
The Sweet By and By by Todd Johnson
February 26
1:30 pm

Western Watauga Programs and Events
Dementia Support Group
Tuesday, February 26
3:00 pm

For additional information about programming, contact Jackie Cornette at 828-297-5515.
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VITA Tax Program begins February 1

The Watauga County Public Library is here to help you get through the "taxing time".  IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals who made less than $55,000 in 2018, persons with disabilities, and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance preparing their own tax returns.

We welcome Site Coordinator Christian Britt and Assistant Sam Raburn, both from the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. They will run the program this year.

VITA operates on Fridays from 3pm-6pm and Saturdays from 9am-12pm.  Appointments are being taken at the Adult Services Desk, ext. 2.  For more information click here. 
For information on tax help available throughout the region, click here.

Thanks to the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library and the IRS for their support!

We so appreciate all of the volunteers who contribute countless hours to ensure that this program is successful!
~ Monica Caruso, County Librarian

2019 Reading Challenge
"Out with the Old, In with the New!" - One annual Watauga Reading Challenge wraps up, and another has begun!

A sincere "thank you" from the Watauga County Public Library's Adult Services Department to everyone who participated in the 2018 online Watauga Reading Challenge!  Last year 13 participants read a total of 238 books and submitted reviews of each book online to be shared with other readers.

Each participant in the 2018 Reading Challenge was entered into a prize drawing.  Additional "chances", or virtual tickets, were given for every book each participant read. Those who read the most had the best chance of winning (... who says reading doesn't have special perks?).

Four lucky winners were drawn and each has been awarded a $25 gift certificate to local bookseller Foggy Pine Books (

The 2019 Watauga Reading Challenge offers 50 new, interesting and challenging categories to choose from.

If you have not already, visit the site and begin the 2019 Reading Challenge today!
High Country Lifelong Learners
Join High Country Lifelong Learners for their monthly free movie screening on Monday, February 11 at 2:00 pm.

This month's movie
selection is "Victoria & Abdul" (2017); 1 hour, 51 minutes run-time. Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith. Nominated for 2 Oscars. Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen  herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance that her household and inner circle try to destroy. As their friendship deepens, the queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes, joyfully reclaiming her humanity. Rated 'PG-13' by the Motion Picture Association of America.

This movie is a co-sponsored event presented by High Country Lifelong Learners and the Watauga County Public Library.  Bring a beverage if you wish; popcorn will be provided! 
High Country Writers Author Visit
High Country Writers welcome Caleb Johnson, author of Treeborne as speaker for the regular program meeting, Thursday, February 14 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Programs are co-sponsored by the Library, and the public is invited. His presentation is titled, "Rewarding the Subconscious: Why Writers Should Carry a Notebook."

Caleb Johnson's debut novel, published by Picador, is an honorable mention for the 2019 Southern Book Prize. It was also one of Southern Living's "Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2018," and one of Library Journal's "Books to Get Now."

"Treeborne" is a story of Elberta, Alabama in the years from the late 1950s to today. It revolves around the life of Janie Treeborne and those in this sometimes mystical, sometimes sordid, time and place. Janie's grandfather Hugh Treeborne makes "assemblies," artworks from found objects and natural materials and his creation Crusoe may have achieved consciousness. The sudden death of Hugh's widow Maybelle creates chaos in the town and especially for her lover Lee Malone, a black man who was Hugh's best friend. Then there's the time Janie orchestrates the kidnapping of her Hollywood-obsessed Aunt Tammie and spends months on the run at only thirteen years old.

Caleb Johnson grew up in Arley, AL, studied journalism at The University of Alabama and earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Wyoming. His writing is forthcoming or can be found in Southern Living, The Paris Review Daily, Literary Hub, The Bitter Southerner, and other publications, and he has been awarded a Jentel Writing Residency, and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in fiction to the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Prior to joining the faculty at Appalachian State University, Johnson worked as a newspaper reporter, a janitor, a non-profit administrator, a middle-school teacher, and a whole-animal butcher, among other jobs. He lives on a former horse farm near Boone, NC, with his wife, Irina, and their dog, Hugo, while working on his next novel.
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 am to noon, 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 Art Space. Guests are welcome. Membership is $15 annually.

Meetings are cancelled for inclement weather when the Library isn't opening by 10 a.m.  [828] 264-8784). In that case, the speaker will be rescheduled at a later time. For more information about HCW, visit the website:

If you can't make it, Caleb Johnson will be visiting Appalachian State University for the Visiting Writer Series on Thursday, March 21.
Special Broadcast
Watauga County Public Library and the Digital Watauga project, a partnership between the Library and the Watauga County Historical Society to identify, collect, digitize, preserve, and share online the archival record of the history of the Watauga County area, are excited to announce that the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. will soon be airing an episode with a local connection.
The episode titled "Into the Wild" on February 26 at 8 pm will feature Laura Linney and two images from Digital Watauga of Romulus Zachariah Linney, her descendant.
Don't forget to tune in!
Beginning Readers Workshop
Make plans to attend Beginning Readers Workshop with Laurie Gill on Wednesday, February 27 at 5:30 pm.  Snacks will be provided.

The Youth Services Department is pleased to announce a new project, coordinated with local reading specialist Laurie Gill.  Watauga County Public Library has recently been awarded a $3,000 Youth Literacy grant from Dollar General stores.  The grant will fund the purchase of special "carefully-calibrated" little books designed for beginning and primary grade readers, which can be checked out for reading practice at home.  These books, which come in small sets, are easy for novice readers to handle (with a little help), and also interesting and enjoyable for young children.  The aim is to give area children free access to the little books that can gently ease their way to success in school.  Special thanks to Laurie Gill, Reading Specialist at Blowing Rock School and Kathy Newton, Early Steps teacher at Blowing Rock School for their contribution with grant aid.
Ms. Gill, Reading Specialist at Blowing Rock Elementary School, will hold informal workshops for parents to demonstrate how they can assist their early reader (or non-reader) with getting started in print.  This can be fun and exciting for both child and adult.  Workshops will be announced on the Watauga County Public Library calendar and Facebook page.  Contact the Youth Services Department to add your name to a list for one of these workshops.  For more information, contact Youth Services at (828) 264-8784 extension 3.  The launch date for this project will be shared on library social media.

Dollar General grants were started to honor the wishes of the company's founder, who was functionally illiterate but wanted everyone to have a chance to read.  In that same spirit, we are very excited about what this project can do for our kids' progress in reading, and we appreciated the Dollar General funding that makes it possible.
Alzheimer's Session
Know the 10 Signs
Early Detection Matters

If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it's time to learn the facts.  Early detection of Alzheimer's disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future.  This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer's disease.  This program is offered by the Friends of the Western Watauga Branch Library on Thursday, February 28 from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm in the Evelyn Johnson Memorial Meeting Room.  Please RSVP at or by calling 800-272-3900.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Library are starting to publish a regular newsletter.  Read more news for this month by clicking here.
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