The Watauga County Public Library will be CLOSED on
 Monday, January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Watauga County Public Library                                                                          January 2019
Happy New Year!
Adopt an Author

Happy New Year and here's to our favorite authors!
I have a suggestion for a New Year's Resolution.
Why not adopt an author this year and commit to supporting your library at the same time?

    Choose an author from a wish list that we provide or your own favorite. If the author publishes within a year, you agree to fund the book/books and will also be the first to borrow the book once it is cataloged. We will have information in our display case on the left as you enter the library. See the form  here.

On another note and speaking of support, we are so excited about the library's  Endowment being highlighted in the December issue of High Country Press magazine. A big thank you goes out to Sherrie Norris, Ken Ketchie and Jack James.

On behalf of the library staff we look forward to serving you in 2019.  It will be our pleasure.
~ Monica Caruso, County Librarian
Book Brewers Book Club
graphic-bookstore-people.jpg Join us for Book Brewers Book Club discussion of Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00 pm at Pepper's Restaurant. 

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever?  In Liane Moriarty's latest page turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out.  Nine people gather at a remote health resort.  Some are here to lose weight, some are here to  get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can't even admit to themselves.  Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work.  But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
Eight Word Mystery Contest Winners
The first
Left to right:  Amy Millett winner, Mary Tucker 2nd runner up, Susan Poorman 1st runner up)
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
Amy Millett winner, Barbara Perry-Sheldon who acted as MC for the awards presentation, Barbara is also a member of the Friends and a member of Cook the Books)
ze 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."
Volunteer for Tax Assistance program (VITA)

We welcome VITA Site Coordinator Christian Britt who will take the helm and lead the program.
Christian comes to us from Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business where he is studying Risk Management and Insurance. 
VITA offers income tax preparation for
eligible low-middle
income residents.
Feb. 1 - Apr. 13
Fridays 3-6, Saturdays 9-12. 
 Appointments will be taken starting in mid-January through the Adult Services Department,  extension 2
We are still looking for volunteers so if you are interested, please contact Ross Cooper or Monica Caruso
Two trainings are set up for Fridays, January 18 and 25 from 9 am - 4 pm
Thank you to the Friends and IRS for support.
High Country Writers Author Visit
High Country Writers welcomes Scott Nicholson, celebrated author of more than 20 thrillers, as its speaker for the regular program meeting on Thursday, January 10 at 10:00 am in the Evelyn Johnson Memorial Meeting Room.  
Nicholson will share his writing processes and marketing decisions in the current technology-supported publishing world with HCW members and guests.
Next Chapter Book Club
The Watauga Literacy Association has approved funding for the training of facilitators to run Next Chapter Book Clubs. graphic-book-adventure.jpg
  Next Chapter Book Club offers a unique community-based book club program for Young Adults and adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
If you think you may be interested in facilitating a club, please contact Monica at extension 4 or Ross at extension 2. 
Friends of the Watauga County Public Library
Congratulations to Claire Olander, who was awarded the Hugh Hagaman Volunteer of the Year Award
at the annual Volunteer Breakfast on Friday, November 16, 2018. Claire and her husband Don Olander have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that a Mall Book Sale happens annually. The sale is a big fundraiser for the Friends and all of the funds go back to the library, mostly for books, A/V, and other collections.

Pictured is Claire Olander accepting the award from Melony Winkelmann.

Thank you to all the volunteers who donated cookies and volunteered their time helping to make the after parade party a success! The cookies were delicious and JJ's hot cocoa was a hit as always!
Look for this pink brochure at the library for information on how to join the Friends :

The Friends are in need of a low-cost space, approximately 10 X 20, to store book donations for their annual book sale.
Please contact Monica Caruso at extension 4 with any information.
Thank You Donors
Thank you to the following donors:
Larry Kincaid ~  Adult Books
Annie Stone ~  Children's Books
High Country Writers ~  Adult Books
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

Magic the Gathering
January 2 from
1:00 pm until
3:00 pm

Lego Club
All ages welcome!
Wednesday, January 9
3:30 pm

Awesome Alphabet Activities
  Friday, January 4
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturday, January 5 from 1:00 pm until
3:00 pm

Coding Club
Ages 10-12
Tuesday, January 15 at 4:00 pm

Full Steam Ahead Activity Table
Thursday, January 24 from 4:00 pm until
6:00 pm
Families can drop in for a snowflake challenge!

Adult Programs
Friends of the Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 2
1:30 pm

Watauga Library Board Meeting
Thursday, January 3
1:30 pm

Cook the Books!
Mystery Book Club Discussion:

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Tuesday, January 8 4:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:  Custody
Tuesday, January 8 2:30 pm

High Country Lifelong Learners
This month's movie is:
Monday, January 14
2:30 pm 

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:
Thursday, January 17
2:30 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic: Health Care Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
Tuesday, January 22 2:30 pm

Book Bunch Book Club Discussion:
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Tuesday, January 29 1:30 pm
Western Watauga Branch Programs and Events
Book Club will be on winter break January through March.  Meetings will resume in April.

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