The library will be closed Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Our Adult Services Dept. has completed a bibliography of books and movies that have been added to our collection thanks to our funding partner NAMI High Country. NAMI High Country was awarded an Inclusivity Grant for the second year. This grant is funded by the NC Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, and NAMI - State. Click here for the titles listed and a description of each. Clicking on the title will take you directly to our catalog.
We have a link from our website to this listing also.
Scroll down for information about a talk with Elliot Palmer, leader in the NC Peer Movement, will talk about his way out of trauma from incarceration to resiliency and his many successes in recovery.
If you would like to get involved with NAMI High Country, see their website for more information. They do great work to keep our community healthy.
~ Monica Caruso
Take It & Make It kits are available each Wednesday.
Tinkering Thursday take home STEM Kits available while supplies last.
Outdoor story times on the lawn complete with songs, books, activities, and a take and make craft! Wednesdays at 11:00 am
The rain date is Thursday at 11:00 am.
The Library is celebrating Summer Reading Theme of Tales and Tails with North Carolina Zoo passes that can be checked out!
High Country Writers is now accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for High Country Headwaters IV, an anthology of high country writing by members, local high school students, and others.
To submitor to get further information, please email
edited by Susan E.Keefe and the Junaluska Heritage Association.
Read & Share copies are available. Call Adult Services at 828 264 8784 ext 2 to reserve a copy to read and then share with friends and neighbors before returning. No specific due date!
Pandemic in Watauga
Members of the Digital Watauga team are working to capture history in the making:
As we reflect on the last year and the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, we wonder how history will remember this time. We would like to ask the community to help write this important chapter in the story of Watauga County by sending in your photos, journal entries, letters, artwork etc. that you have pertaining to your time in Watauga during this pandemic. As we continue to look back and learn, help us also look forward by making history together.
Click here to submit! For more information, click here.
Do you have technology and device questions? We can help!
Register to be matched with an Appstate student who will help in March with your technology needs. Call (828) 212-9191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Additional recreation and education events will be offered this Spring for you on Zoom! For more information, click here.
Participants who completed the strategic plan community survey were entered into a drawing to receive a Kindle Fire. The two winners from Watauga were Michelle Swanson and Beverly Christian. Congratulations!
To attend via Zoom, please contact Adult Services at (828) 264-8784
The group meets at 2:30 pm every Thursday in May.
Cook the Books and
Book Bunch Book Clubs
Create a free account with Goodreads.comto participate.(If you already have a Goodreads account you can use your existing account.)
Join the discussion of The Wife by Meg Wolitzer by clicking here for Book Bunch. You may join in at any time. This book will be the topic of discussion until the end of June.
Join Cook the Books to discuss A Rule Against Murderby Louise Penny. This is book #4 in the Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery Series. The discussion will began on April 1 and continue through the end of May. Click here to join. For more information, click here.
Watauga County Historical Society's Speaker Series
To register for any above programs via Zoom, click here. All programs are at 2:30 pm.
NAMI High Country Three Session Game Changer!
NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group
Zoom twice a month, first and fourth Thursdays at 4:00 pm. Groups are free and confidential. For more information, click here.
Community Inclusion Series: Elliot Palmer to Speak
Monday, May 3
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Eliot Palmer, leader in the NC Peer Movement and trainer extraordinaire, will talk about his way out of trauma from incarceration to resiliency, and his many successes in recovery. Free Wellness Recovery Action Plan books with registration while supplies last.
To register for this meeting, click here. For more information, click here.
The Toy Box
Genevieve Austin to speak about her new book The Toy Box (Now available in ebook form on Amazon!)which is a journey of self-discovery where humor reveals and reflects the perils of chasing the dreams of the heart while facing the pitfalls life inevitably brings.
It is not to late to join the 2021 Bingo Reading Challenge! The goal is to complete a reading challenge for each category on the Bingo card. Each time you win Bingo and submit a form, your name will be entered for a chance to win a prize. Names will be drawn in June.
Revisioning Recovery - Film Showing
In case you missed the Earth Day film showing, you have an extended opportunity to view five short moving, inspirational and enlightening films/documentaries on climate justice.
Western Watauga Branch Library is partnering with AARP to establish a Senior Pen Pal program. We are looking for senior citizens who would enjoy a pen pal because AARP has volunteers ready to pair with a senior! If you have a neighbor or family member, or know of a senior who would like to participate, please contact a staff member at Western Watauga Branch Library by calling 828-297-5515.
Thank you to the following donors:
Watauga County Historical Society ~ Digital Watauga Interns