Watauga County Public Library Newsletter                                                        May 2017
Community Art and the Library
The library is excited to be participating in the First Friday Art Crawl beginning this month.

This month, we are presenting works from Caldwell Community College (scroll down for more information). Thanks are due to teachers Laura Aultman and Thomas Thielemann for their participation. We also would like to thank the Downtown Boone Development Authority and the High Country Water Media Society for their support. Thanks to staff member Lisa Flanigan for spearheading the library's involvement!

Coming soon...

June ~ Seed Art from Two Rivers School
July ~ Students' art work from BRAHM

Hope to see you here!

Monica Caruso
County Librarian
Friends of the Library Mall Book Sale
May 18th - 20th
Come browse the used books at the annual Friends of the Watauga County Public Library Used Book Sale! All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library, which helps fund Library programs throughout the year.

The Book Sale will be held at the Boone Mall, 1180 Blowing Rock Rd, Boone, from May 18th through May 20th.

Volunteers Needed 
Volunteers are needed every day for the Friends Book Sale. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jackie Cornette at the Western Watauga Branch Library by calling 828-297-5515!

Image from
The Mountain Times
Thursday, May 18 
4 pm-9 pm  
Open to Friends members. Become a member at the sale! $5 per person or $10 for a family.

Friday, May 19
9 am-9 pm
Open to all.

Saturday, May 20 
9 am-3 pm
Open to all.
Friends of the Library Spring Meeting
Leigh Ann Henion
Mark your calendars for noon on Tuesday, May 2nd for the FOL spring meeting in the Johnson meeting room.

Farm Café will cater a lunch of soup, salad, and sandwiches (suggested donation $8), Cane Mill Road will provide live mountain music, and Leogh Ann Henion, author of bestseller Phenomenal, will give a talk.

Call 264-8784 x4 to make reservations.
Peep Contest
Pick up a Peep from Youth Services and place it in a diorama of your favorite book! Submissions will be accepted until Saturday, May 6th.

Winners of the Peep Diorama Contest will be announced on Wednesday, May 10th.
Basic Computer Classes
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, in association with the Watauga County Public Library, invite you to join Heather Wright for a series of Basic Computer Classes in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room at the Watauga County Public Library. Four classes will be offered covering Basic Concepts of Microsoft Word, Basic Concepts of Microsoft Excel, Basic Concepts of Microsoft PowerPoint, and Basic Internet Concepts.

Space is limited to 8 participants for each class. Please call the reference desk at 828-264-8784 x2 to register.

Basic Concepts of Microsoft Word
Tuesday, May 30th from 5:30-6:30 pm.
In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of word processing including creating, saving, and retrieving files; the use of templates for writing cover letters and resumes as well as basic functions such as copying and pasting text, handling source citations, creating tables and lists along with reviewing documents for spelling errors. 
Basic Concepts of Microsoft Excel
Tuesday, June 13th from 5:30-6:30pm 
In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of working with spreadsheets including creating, saving, and retrieving workbooks; formatting cells; setting borders; working with basic formulas; sorting data; freezing panes; creating basic charts and; setting the print area.

Basic Concepts of Microsoft PowerPoint
Tuesday, June 20th from 5:30-6:30pm 
In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of working with slideshows including creating, saving, and retrieving presentations; selecting a presentation theme; setting a slide layout; adding notes to slides; inserting pictures; embedding media and; working with transitions as well as setting up their slide show.

Basic Internet Concepts
Tuesday, June 27th from 5:30-6:30pm 
In this workshop, participants will learn basic online functions such as setting up a gmail email account, sending messages, adding contacts, adding and downloading attachments, creating groups, making folders, deleting messages, marking messages as spam and unsubscribing from mailing lists. The use of search engines will be covered in addition to common URL domain extensions and what they can tell you about a site's content. Online safety will be covered as well and tips for identifying common scams will be discussed.  
First Friday Art Show
Swing by the Watauga County Public Library on Friday, May 5th during the First Friday Art Crawl. Art from CCC&TI students in Laura Aultman's and Thomas Thielemann's Printmaking class will be displayed in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room from 5-7pm.

Various types of printmaking techniques will be represented, including silkscreen, intaglio, relief, colography, and monotypes. Students from both Watauga and Caldwell campuses will be represented. One or both instructors will be on hand to answer questions about the work, classes offered, and art in general.
Refreshments will be provided.

Thanks to the DBDA, High Country Water Media Society, and the Friends for their support!
Author Talk
Maria Santomasso-Hyde will host a program about her new book, He Gave Me Barn Cats.

Tom Mayer, Executive Editor of The Mountain Times, writes, " He Gave Me Barn Cats  is an imagined memoir of many voices, but no voice so heralding as that of the author's herself. Maria Santomasso-Hyde spins a yarn exquisitely told - a raw and truthful journey that travels from the depth of despair to the edge of salvation. He Gave Me Barn Cats is a modern folktale poised to be read by generations."

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and the author will be signing copies.
Summer Reading Program

The Watauga County Public Library's Summer Reading Program is almost upon us! The program kicks off on Thursday, June 1st with an Ice Cream Social at 2pm and continues throughout the season. The current list of programs is below, check back with Youth Services throughout the summer as more are added to the calendar.

June Programs
  • June 1st at 2pm: Ice Cream Social Kick off!
  • June 5th & 6th from 12-1:30pm: Stop Animation, please sign up, ages 10+
  • June 13th at 2pm: Zen Rock Painting
  • June 14th at 1pm: Amazing Al the Magician, all ages
  • June 21st at 12pm: Action Animals, all ages
  • June 22nd at 11:30am: Turchin Art Program with Ms. Pegge Laine, ages 4 to 6
  • June 28th at 2pm & 3pm: Gem mining with the Schiele Museum, sign up required, all ages, on the front lawn of the Watauga County Public Library
  • June 29th at 11am: NC Museum on Natural Sciences, Scientific Tools, limited to 30 students, ages K to 3rd grade
July Programs
  • July 10th at 11:30: Turchin Art with Ms Pegge Laine, ages 4 to 6
  • July 11th at 1pm: Polymers & Putty Science, all ages
  • July 18th at 7pm: Look Up to the Stars with Kevin Manning, family friendly
  • July 19th at 4pm: Sciencetellers, Pirates
August Programs
  • August 2nd from 10am-12pm: Game Truck, please sign up, teens and tweens
Western Watauga Summer Reading Program

June Programs
  • June 14th at 10:30am: Amazing Al, Motivational Magic Show
  • June 21st at 3pm: Action Animals, Burmese python, Serval cat, Siberian Lynx, tropical birds. Great for the entire family!
  • June 28th at 10am: Gem Mining with the Schiele Museum. Space is limited and sign up is required.
  • June 29th at 10:30am: Art, Books & Children, sponsored by the Turchin Center. This will be held at the Picnic Shelter at Old Cove Creek School.
July Programs
  • July 5th at 10:30am: Flow Circus
  • July 11th at 3pm: Hands on Museum, Polymer Science-Silly Putty.
  • July 19th at 10:30am: Art, Books & Children, sponsored by the Turchin Center. This will be held at the Picnic Shelter at Old Cove Creek School.
  • July 19th at 1pm: Science Tellers
  • July 20th at 7pm: Look Up to the Stars

August Programs

  • August 2nd from 1-3pm: Game Truck, there will be 2 sessions and sign up will be required.
Children's Programs
Family Story Time
Stories, songs, and crafts!
Daily at 11am
Alphabet Ready by 5
Celebrate a different letter of the
alphabet on Mondays!
Baby Lap Time
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30am
Lego Club
All ages welcome!
Wednesday, May 3rd at 3:30pm
Musical Story Time
with Laura Donovan
Tuesday, May 9th at 11am

Peeps Diorama Contest
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 10th
Elementary BOB Book Club
Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
Tuesday, May 16th at 4pm
Story Walks
Tot Lot: The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Blowing Rock Park: One by Kathryn Otoshi
Spring Downtown Boone: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Scavenger Hunt
Adult Programs
Cook the Books: Mystery Book Club
Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart
Tuesday, May 2nd at 4pm
Friends of the Library Board Meeting
Wednesday, May 3rd at 1:30pm

Library Board Meeting
Thursday, May 4th at 1:30pm

Genealogy Gathering
Find a Grave with Robert Peurifoy
Thursday, May 4th at 3pm
High Country Lifelong Learners
Movie: Bridge of Spies (2002) PG-13
Monday, May 8th at 2pm
Legal Aid NC Clinic
Child Custody
Tuesday, May 9th at 2:30pm
High Country Writers
Christine Simolke
Thursday, May 11th at 10am
Critique Session
Thursday, May 25th at 10am
Book Brewers Book Club
Cookie & Me by Mary Jane Ryals
Wednesday, May 17th at 6pm
At Pepper's Restaurant
Third Thursday
Movie: Ray (2004) PG-13
Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm

Author Talk
Maria Santomasso-Hyde, author of He Gave Me Barn Cats, will give a talk. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm
Legal Aid NC Clinic
Landlord/Tenant Rights
Thursday, May 25th at 2:30pm
Book Bunch Book Club
The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer
Tuesday, May 30th at 1:30pm

Basic Concepts of Microsoft Word  Learn basic word processing with CCC&TI instructor Heather Wright. Registration is required. Call 828-264-8784 x2 to register.
Tuesday, May 30th from 5:30pm-6:30pm 
Western Watauga Programs and Events
Events coming to the Western Watauga Branch
1085 Old US Hwy 421
Sugar Grove, NC 28679
LEGO Free Play
Thursday, May 11 10am-7pm
Open to builders of all ages
Book Club
Wednesday, May 17th at 2:30pm
Games You can Make at Home
Craft Table
Everyday during library hours the week of May 22nd
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