Watauga County Public Library                                                                         October 2018
National Friends of Libraries Week
 Oct. 21 -27

Dear Readers,

Did you know there was a week dedicated to Friends groups across the country to recognize and honor members for their hard work and support?
What a great time to join the Friends of the Library to support their efforts, especially the big Mall Book Sale next month.
Without Friends' funding, we would not have bestsellers on the shelves nor outstanding programs such as the upcoming Boone Boo and all the educational summer reading presenters and performers that bring families here. It would be impossible to keep up with requests for the latest titles. Last year, 66% of Youth Books and A/V funding came from the Friends, and 37% of Adult Books and A/V funding came from Friends.  Our Friends help the library keep its collections up to date and help to provide programs that enrich our community.

Thank you for being a Friend!

Boone Mall Book Sale
Nov. 6-9, 2018
It's back- and just in time for the holidays. Mark your calendars and allow us to help you with your holiday shopping!  Become a Friend on the first day of the sale for the best selection.

Tuesday, Nov 6: 4 pm - 9 pm (Become a Friend first)
Wednesday, Nov 7:  9 am - 9 pm
Thursday, Nov 8:  9 am - 9 pm
Friday, Nov 9:  9 am - 2 pm

~ Monica Caruso, County Librarian   
Authors to Visit
Joe Miller and Noyes Capehart will be the featured speakers at the regular meeting of High Country Writers at the Watauga County Public Library on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 10:00 am. Their program will focus on the process of publishing and promoting their collaborative book Cheap Joe.   The program is free and ope n to the public.
Miller and Capehart met in 1982.  "We've been friends since the day we met," says Miller.   ­­
Capehart and Miller worked on the lavishly illustrated Cheap Joe for more than 2 years. It celebrates the story of Miller's unique road to artistry, from taxidermy school to pharmacy school, to four art classes with Capehart in 1984, and from selling a few art supplies at Boone Drug to Cheap Jo e's Art Stuff, one of the most successful art supply sources in America.
Capehart is b oth an accomplished artist and author. In 1997 he retired from ASU where he taught studio courses in drawing, printmaking, art history, and art appreciation for 28 years. Since the early 1970's he has written numerous short stories, five novels (Potato Eaters, Ribbons in the Lane of Nod, The Acolyte, Devil's Mark, and Chameleon,) the novella Ghenna's Child, and the autobiography and r etrospective The Private Diary of Noyes Capehart.
Those interested in learning more about the life of Joe Miller can purchase Cheap Joe through his website:
High Country Writers has been "energizing writers since 1995." Re
Noyes Capehart
gular meetings are held 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

Happy Birthday, Western Watauga Branch Library
The Western Watauga Branch Library opened its doors November 7, 1988 at the official grand opening of the Western Watauga Community Center November 14, 1988. The Project on Aging along with the Branch Library will be celebrating 30 years of service to our community November 14 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. Refreshments, music, and door prizes will be available. Mark your calendars and join a fun packed two hours of remembering and looking to the future. 
Wow! The Western Watauga Branch Library has been in existence for 30 years. Folks say the best jobs are the ones you are not looking for. I can say for sure that can happen as it happened to me ......30 years ago. A recent college graduate with a degree in sociology and social work, I was looking for a part-time job until I could find a job related to my field of study.  I saw in the Watauga Democrat a part time position with Watauga County Library for Outreach Bookmobile services delivering books to home bound patrons. I applied, loved it, and within a few months, I was the Branch Manager at the soon to be opening Western Watauga Branch. Well, that part time hold over job has now lasted 30 years!  The Friends of the Western Watauga Branch Library formed in 1991 and is still going strong. Thanks to our Friends group for supporting our Summer Reading programs, collection development, staff development and promoting Library awareness. Yes, changes have occurred throughout these 30 years, but these changes have better served the needs of western Watauga County. Our outreach program to deliver Library materials to home bound patrons still exists today, and I deliver across the county. The celebration on November 14 will be in part remembering back but will also be celebrating the next 30 years.

-Jackie Cornette

Eight-Word Mystery Contest
The Friends of the Watauga County Public Library and "Cook The Books," the library's mystery & crime fiction book club, challenge writers to pen an eight-word mystery story.  The purpose of this contest is to raise money for the library and
provide a fun way for members of the community to try out their creative writing skills. 
There have been many versions of the 6, 7, and 8-word story in the past.  As early as 1906 a newspaper classified section called "Terse Tales of the Town," published an eight-word story that read, "For sale, a baby carriage, never been used."  It is said a six-word story was penned after a ten-dollar bet Ernest Hemingway made at lunch with some other writers. Hemingway collected the winnings!  
Good eight-word mysteries have a bit of magic!  They rely on evoking the imagination of the reader.  The writer understands that the reader is going to have to fill in part of the story.  Therefore the writer must conjure up a lot in these eight words.  It's challenging, but when you write one, and you get it right, it's a lot of fun.   
So harness your imagination and see if you can write a mystery in 8 words.  Have fun and play along - it becomes addictive!
The contest runs through October 31, 2018.  The cost is $8 per entry (tax deductible) and proceeds go to the Friends of the Watauga Library.   The winner will receive a $25 VISA Gift Card.  Enter as many times as you like.    Must be 18 years old or older to enter. 
Entry forms are available at the library or download an entry form here.

Coding Club
graphic-computer-drawing.jpg If you are ages 9 or older, join the Coding Club to learn more about computers!  On Tuesday, October 16 at 4:00 pm, come to create and build your own website by learning to code using HTML.

Boone Boo
trick_or_treat.jpg On Wednesday, October 31 at 3:15 pm, Twist will be performing magic until 3:45 pm.  Come out and make some crafts, see the apple press, and enjoy some treats!  Non-food treats will be available as well.

At 6:00 pm come hear Scary Stories.  Limited to 6th grade and older.
Friends of the Library
diverse_volunteer_group.jpg Please plan to enjoy the Boone Mall Book Sale this November.  Volunteers are still needed for this event to assist with set up, work each sale day and then of course clean up! 3 hours per shift- If interested contact Jackie at the Western Watauga Branch Library - 828-297-5515 or
Thank you to the following donors:
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

Lego Club
Wednesday, October 3
3:30 pm

Awesome Alphabet Activities
Friday, October 5
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Full Steam Ahead
Examine storm surge, proof houses, and testing the designs. 
For ages 9 and up
Thursday, October 11
3:30 pm

Kendama Workshop
Monday, October 15
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Pre-school music with Laura Donovan
Tuesday, October 16
11:00 am

EcoExplore:  The Study of Birds
Wednesday, October 17
3:30 pm

Dungeons and Dragons
Saturday, October 20
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Please sign up in advance with Youth Services.

Kendama Workshop
Monday, October 22
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Harry Potter Escape Room
Saturday, October 27
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Seven slots are available for groups/families.  Please sign up in advance at the desk at Youth Services, or call to schedule a time.

Kendama Workshop
Monday, October 29
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Adult Programs
Discovering "Hidden" Online Genealogy Sources: 
Finding un-indexed Images on, online images from unexpected repositories, and online obituaries
Presented by expert family history researcher Terry Reigel
Monday, October 1
2:00 pm

Cook the Books!
Mystery Book Club Discussion:
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Tuesday, October 2
4:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:  Social Security Disability
October 4
2:30 pm

First Friday Show:  Doorways of Ominous Portent
Friday, October 5
4:00 pm

High Country Lifelong Learners Movie:  Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (128 minutes)
Monday, October 15
2:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:  Health Care Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
October 23
2:30 pm

Book Bunch Book Club Discussion:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
October 30
1:30 pm
Western Watauga Branch Programs and Events

Wednesday, October 17
2:30 pm

Dementia Support Group
October 30
3:00 pm

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