Watauga County Public Library                                      March 201 9
"Lost Watauga" at the Jones House 
Digital Wat Logo
   The library has numerous local partners without whom we could not fulfill our mission, part of which includes promoting knowledge and supporting and encouraging lifelong learning. The Watauga County Historical Society is one of our partners in creating and maintaining digitally available local collections through the Digital Watauga website.
   Digital Watauga is excited to present its annual exhibition of images from the collections, this year focusing on buildings and other fixtures of Watauga County history that have vanished from our landscape. The prints exhibited, all of which are produced from the original images, will be for sale. All proceeds benefit the long-term preservation of the Digital Watauga collections. Light refreshments will be served at the opening reception as part of the First Friday Art Crawl on March 1 from 5 to 7 pm  Admission is free.
  The exhibit  remains on display from March 1 to March 25, 2019.

   Thank you to the Watauga County Historical Society for their dedication to local history and its preservation and support in these endeavors and thanks to our dedicated interns and volunteers.

   The library is looking for a summer intern to work with the Digital Watauga project. Click here for more information.

~ Monica Caruso, County Librarian
St. David's Day Celebration
vintage_book_and_tea.jpg A Celebration of St. David's Day, the National Day of Wales, will be held on Saturday, March 2 at 3:00 pm.  The program will feature poetry from the homeland of St. David, the beautiful coastal county of Pembrokeshire in Wales, which is also the homeland of the ancient legends of Wales compiled as the Mabinogion
  • Poetry presented by Mary Gray, Elizabeth Percival, and Betty Wells.
  • Join us for poetry and Welsh refreshments.
  • Admission is FREE.
  • All are welcome.
  • For more information, call Mary Gray at 264-5620.
High Country Lifelong Learners
Join High Country Lifelong Learners for a free movie on Monday, March 11 at 2:00 pm.  The film, The Monuments Men, stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Cate Blanchett.  Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.  Rated PG-13, 2014, 118 minutes.

Popcorn provided!  Bring your own refreshing (non-alcoholic) beverage.

Feeling Lucky
Join us for a St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16.  An open craft table will be available from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.  Create a trap to catch a tricky leprechaun.
Look for library staff in the St. Patrick's Day parade at 2 pm on the same day.
Author Visit
High Country Writers welcomes Shari Smith for the regular program meeting on Thursday, March 14 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  The public is invited.
Shari Smith is a publisher, editor, back-up singer, and arts advocate -- but considers herself a writer first and foremost.  Her book, I Am a Town, is a collection of stories about her hometown of Claremont, North Carolina.  She has been published in many magazines , including Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina, Pinestraw, and O. Henry. She is the creator of the Trio Project (a collaborative exhibit of literature, visual art, and music) and the script writer for many stage productions in which both authors and songwriters perform.
Shari moved to Boone three years ago to establish a place for writers, songwriters, and musicians to come and work on their projects. Working Title Farm -- just four minutes and thirty seven seconds from downtown Boone -- hosts many Southern authors and Nashville songwriters.  She is currently working on a Top Secret Project that she might, or might not, reveal.
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. HCW 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. For more information about HCW, visit the website: .
Next Chapter Book Club
Come and hear about one or more new book clubs being formed for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  An interest meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at 4:00 pm.  For additional information, check out the site.
If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, please contact Monica at 264-8784 x 4.
Author Visit
Join Mark E. Johnson, the author of Doofus Dad Does Everest Base Camp for a presentation and book signing in the Library's Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30 pm.  Catch him on the radio on March 7 at 8:45 am on local station 1450 AM.

About the book:  Dave Barry meets Jack London.  Growing up a North Carolina farm boy, Mark Johnson had never been out of the U.S., let alone to the mysterious continent of Asia, when he launched a Nepal trekking company after meeting a Sherpa in Nashville, Tennessee.  Follow along as Mark (known to his kids as "Doofus Dad") and his group of fourteen trekkers makes their inaugural assault on this ultimate Bucket List adventure, from 23 hours of hilarious air travel through the epic, two-week journey along the Dudh Kosi River to the foot of the world's tallest mountain.

Mark E. Johnson wrote Doofus Dad Does Everest Base Camp to serve as both an entertaining adventure story and a resource for individuals who are considering the EBC trek for themselves.  It is also meant to inspire "normal" people to strive for extraordinary things and step outside of their comfort zone.
Mark lives in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, with his wife, Holly, their three kids- Sam, Ava, and Pete- and two cats, CeCe and Greta.

Information from the author's website:
Watauga Reading Challenge 2019

Book lovers, start your reading engines. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to read more books in 2019, get started now with our ultimate reading challenge. From a horrifying book to a book about culture, we're giving you a wide range of choices, spanning eras and genres, instead of a list of specific books. You don't have to read all 50 books, but it's a fun incentive to diversify your reading - you may be surprised by what you find you enjoy! Download our printable checklist, and check off the books as you go (then use a site like Goodreads to keep track of what you've read). Pin the handy graphic below for reference, and share with your book club BFFs!

Tailored Reads
needle-thread.jpg Let a librarian help pick your next book!  Click here to enter your last 3 books read, favorite author, and a favorite genre in order to be "matched" with a book by a library staff member!  Visit our website, and click in the bottom right corner.
FOL Book Sale
The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale at the Boone Mall is coming this spring! 

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:
NC Works Online
  Adult Services staff can help you get started with NC Works.  Sign up for a free account to find a job, create a resume, find career information, and take advantage of education and training.  From our website, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the middle square.
Thank You Donors

Watauga County Historical Society ~ Digital Watauga Intern, Spring 2019

Josephine Isaacs in Memory of Lavra Jean Combs McGuire ~ Adult Books
Los Angeles Dodgers in Memory of Pat Alexander ~ Adult Books
Loretta Tomlinson in Memory of Pat Alexander ~ Adult Books
David and Jill Borkowski in Memory of Pat Alexander ~ 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

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

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturday, March 2
at 1:00 pm

Lego Club
All ages welcome!
Wednesday, March 6
3:30 pm

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturday, March 16
at 1:00 pm

Music with Laura Donovan
Tuesday, March 19
11:00 am

Coding Club
Ages 10-12
Tuesday, March 19 4:00 pm

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturday, March 30
at 1:00 pm

Full Steam Ahead Family Drop In Event
Saturday, March 30 from 2:30 pm until
4:30 pm
The challenge will be to create a Lego Zipline.

March Scavenger Hunt:  Dr. Seuss

Look for Story Walks at Blowing Rock Memorial Park and Tot Lot!

Adult Programs
Watauga Literacy Association
Monday, March 4
3:30 pm

Friends of the Library Meeting
Wednesday, March 6
1:30 pm

Watauga Library Board Meeting
Thursday, March 7
1:30 pm

Cook the Books!
Mystery Book Club Discussion:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Tuesday, March 5
 4:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:  Custody
Tuesday, March 12
2:30 pm

Mindfulness Meditation with Sophia Ojha
"How to Love and Forgive Yourself"
Saturday, March 16
3:00 pm

Book Brewers Discussion of The Poet of Tolstoy Park by Sonny Brewer at Pepper's Restaurant
Wednesday, March 20
6:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:
Thursday, March 21
2:30 pm

Book Bunch Book Club Discussion:
The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Tuesday, March 26 1:30 pm
Western Watauga Branch Programs and Events
Dementia Support Group
Tuesday, March 26
3:00 pm

Book Club will be on winter break January through March.  Meetings will resume in April.

Notary service is available.  Please see Jackie for details.

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