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Watauga County Public Library                                                                      November 2018
Western Watauga Branch Celebrating 30 years!

Dear Readers,
Do you remember what you were doing in 1988?
What books were popular that year?
  How much did milk cost?

The Western Watauga Community Center, Senior Center, and Branch Library are thirty years strong.
Our very own Jackie Cornette, Branch Librarian, opened the Western Watauga Branch Library
on November 7,1988.

A celebration is being planned for
Wednesday, November 14 from 12-2.
Come on over for fellowship and fun.
Nostalgia and reminiscing are guaranteed!

~Monica Caruso, County Librarian
Affordable Care Act
Appointments are now available for assistance with Affordable Care Act coverage.  For questions about, or help with, enrollment in Affordable Care Act coverage, contact Adult Services at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2 to make an appointment.  Saturday afternoons and Thursday evenings are the planned days.
First Friday
Join us on Friday, November 2 from 4:00 until 6:00 pm for a cultural family event with food and crafts. 
The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican and Mexican-American  celebration of dead ancestors which occurs on November 1 and November 2.
Remembering JFK, 55 Years Later
Join local area resident Michael Pardue for a presentation and consideration of the sometimes controversial theories surrounding the assassination of President John  F. Kennedy, 55 years later.  Presentation will begin at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 20.
High Country Writers
  Poet Matthew Wimberly will be the featured speaker at the regular meeting of High Country Writers at the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation building on Highway 421 on Thursday, Nov. 8,at 10:00 am. The program is free and open to the public.
Wimberly is a much-awarded poet wh o grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is currently Instructor of Rhetoric and Composition at Lees-McRae.
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 from 10 am to noon 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. Visit High Country Writers at .
Author Visit
Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 pm in the meeting room, join local author Harold (H.P.) Phipps as he shares his newly-published book The Adventures of Tank and Pudge:  Book 1- The Carnival.  This is his debut novel, which revolves around growing up in Ashe County.  Described as "[a] coming of age story reminiscent of 'Stand By Me,' this novel offers a perfect glimpse into 1950s boyhood nostalgia and is a love song to the North Carolina High Country."
First Annual Eight-Word Mystery Contest Reception
A reception for all participants in our Eight-Word Mystery Contest will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room.  The top three entries will be exhibited at this event and the winner of t he Eight-Word Mystery Contest will be announced.  The winner will be awarded a $25 VISA Gift Certificate.  You do not have to be present to win.

All participants in the contest are invited to attend this free reception sponsored by Cook the Book, the library's mystery and crime fiction book club.  See you there!
From the 
Friends of the Watauga County Public Library
The Mall Book Sale Is Back!

We wanted to have a book sale in May but the Boone Mall was not able to accommodate us.
Now they can. The sale will take place in the center court of the Mall.  As usual, there will be thousands of books and a wide range of topics.

The dates will be:
· Tuesday, Nov. 6, 4 pm to 9 pm - Membe
rs Only
  (Renew or join at the door for $5 individual and $10 family)
· Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 7 & 8, 9 am to 9 pm
· Friday, Nov. 9, 9 am to 2 pm

   Most Hardback Fiction  $1
   Most Hardback Non-fiction  $2
   Most Paperbacks  50 cents
   CD's, DVD's, and Audio books  $1
   Children's Hardbacks  50 cents

   Children's Paperbacks  25 cents

Some books will be priced higher, e.g., very recent titles, some "coffee table" books, large non-fiction and large paperbacks.

Gift baskets will also be for sale. They could meet some of your Christmas shopping needs.

Bags and boxes will be available for transporting your purchases. It would be very helpful if you would bring your own tote bags.

If you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time to help with the sale, please contact Jackie Cornette at the Western Branch Library. (, 828 297 5515)

Reading & Rolling Program Summer 2018 Report

Reading & Rolling delivers books over the summer to rural kids who don't have easy access to the library.

The 19 volunteers did a great job in communicating with 57 summer readers (and their parents), and in making the car trips to deliver 2,280 books. The library staff (main library and western branch) kept R&R supplied with books that were hand-picked for each reader. As usual, this was a joint effort, and leaders Pat and Mary Sue Morgan want to acknowledge the energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved.

This summer was special because it's the first time there's been a PIG as a participant (well, not as a reader but, just as importantly, as a listener). Hammie lives in Vilas with her family and is an indoor/outdoor pig.  She is clean, affectionate, and especially appreciative of the bedtime stories read to her by her human, 7-year-old Lily. Wonders never cease, and aren't we all grateful for that!

Did You Know?

Friends provides coffee and tea up at the front desk for $1 a cup. Nice to take with you to the far end comfortable reading area.

Friends Volunteer Needs

News Editor. Responsibility: Collect, organize, and write up Friends news for the website and for news missives such as this one. The technical part involving the web changes and the emailing of news will be taken care of by others.

Your Friends Membership Donations

If you haven't renewed your Friends membership in the last year, please consider doing so now. Friends depends on these funds for much of its operation, for example, insuring that 7-year-old Lily gets to read to Hammie. If you need to know when you last paid, contact Jack James, 297-4080, Or find the yellow renewal card that was mailed to you.

Thank you to the following donors:
~ Anonymous - Adult Books
~ Josephine Isaacs - Adult Large Print Books
~ Friends of the Library/Adult Services Coalition - Adult Technology Books and MacBook for community instruction. (coming soon)
~ Friends of the Library - Adult A/V, Youth Supplies and VITA Tax program
~ Kim Reese and Barbara Perry Sheldon - Eight Word   Mystery Fundraiser
~ Local Federal Employees Credit Union & Friends of the Western Watauga Branch Library - 30 year Western Watauga Branch celebration
~ Rao Aluri - numerous titles of local interest published by Parkway Publishers
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, November 2
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Dungeons and Dragons
 Saturday, November 3
1:00 pm

Lego Club
Wednesday, November 7
3:30 pm

Full STEAM Ahead
November 15
3:30 pm
Complete a bridge challenge using straws.

Dungeons and Dragons
November 17
1:00 pm

Coding Club
Tuesday, November 20
4:00 pm

Adult Programs
Library Board Meeting
Thursday, November 1
1:30 pm 
High Country Lifelong Learners
Get Out
1 hr 44 min
Rated R
Monday, November 5
2:00 pm

Cook the Books!
Mystery Book Club Discussion:
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers
Tuesday, November 6
4:00 pm

Watauga County Historical Society
Speaker Ralph Lentz II
Wednesday, November 7
5:30 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:  Child Custody and Visitation
Tuesday, November 13
2:30 pm

Friends of the Library
Wednesday, November 14
9:30 am

Book Brewers Book Club discussion:
by Denise Kiernan
Wednesday, November 21
6:00 pm at Pepper's Restaurant

Two VITA Tax Volunteer
Tuesday, November 27  5:30 pm
Friday, November 30  12 noon
Pizza served!

Book Bunch Book Club Discussion:
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
November 29
1:30 pm
Western Watauga Branch Programs and Events
30 Year Celebration
Wednesday, November 14
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Book Club
 Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline
Wednesday, November 21
2:30 pm

Dementia Support Group
Tuesday, November 27
3:00 pm

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