The Watauga County Public Library will be closed
on Monday, September 3 for Labor Day.
Watauga County Public Library                                                                   September 2018
September is Library Card Month
Student Access

September: Think About the Power of a Library Card!

Living in a very education-oriented community here with Appalachian State University nearby, many of us are in tune with the school year. Students are heading back to school and have their minds focused on the semester ahead. Your local library can assist you along the way. Now is a great time to get your library card, young and old! Take advantage of  NC Live resourcesE-books and E-Audio, and our state consortium NC Cardinal, with access to over 6 million items. For those who register for a new library card this month, enter your name into a raffle for either youth or adults; we will have two jars at the Circulation Desk. Some of the prizes include:
- Two tickets to Mysterium Escape Room
- Two vouchers for High Gravity Adventures - Blue Ridge Course
- Two free tastings for Grandfather Vineyard and Winery
- Two lift ticket vouchers for Beech Mountain  

Student IDs: Who Knew?

For those children and young adults enrolled in Watauga County Schools, it pays to have a student ID number.

The student's ID number can be used to check out up to 10 books or audiobooks. If these books are returned late, no overdue fines are charged. Students also have access to all the library's online resources.
This collaboration between the library and Watauga County Schools is called StudentAccess.
Please pass this information on and spread the good word!

~ Monica Caruso, County Librarian   
Eight-Word Mystery Contest

Can you write a mystery in 8 words?  We dare you to try!

The friends of the Watauga County Public Library and "Cook the Books," the library's mystery and 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!

Contest begins Saturday, September 1 and runs through October 31, 2018.  Cost is $8.00 per entry (tax deductible), and proceeds go to the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library.  The winner will receive a $25.00 VISA Gift Card.  Enter as many times as you like.  You must be 18 years old or older to enter.  Entry forms will be available at the library on Saturday, September 1, 2018, or you may download an entry form here.
Author Visit
Local Author Doug McGuinn will present a program about The Virginia Creeper train on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 pm.  McGuinn is the author of 15 books, both fiction and non-fiction, six of which are about local (northwest N.C., northeast TN, and southwest VA) railroads.  His latest novel (from which he will be reading during the presentation) is The "Virginia Creeper:"  For more information, visit Doug's website.
What Makes a Southern Story Southern?
Southern stories are more than tangled tales of honeysuckle and ku dzu. The thirteen states that comprise the Old South have collectively produced some of the nati on's finest writers and the past century's most honored books.
While some insist that "authentic" Southern stories must include a de ad mule, Tamra Wilson begs to differ. In this presentation she will share from her own research the six essentials that define Southern fiction and memoir. You'll never look at Southern literature quite the same way again.
Wilson will speak on Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 pm. 

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Classical Guitarist
Peter Fletcher is an American classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City.  He performs over 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed. 
Peter offers an audience friendly, solo recital including a repertoire that runs the gamut from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century.
Join us Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 pm for Music of Four Centuries.  For more information, click here.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their support! 
Laramie Project:  Community Conversations on Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 pm
Join faculty and students from Appalachian State University as they discuss their upcoming production of The Laramie Project, and the social and cultural impact of the 1998 events that inspired the play.
Refreshments served.

Coffee and Conversation:  Spanish and English
Spanish speakers and English speakers are invited to come learn each other's language as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  Rachel Chrane, M.A. will present.  
Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 pm:  Learn about Mexico and the essential Spanish and English vocabulary for basic greetings.
Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 pm:  Learn about Guatemala and the basic Spanish and English vocabulary for talking about family.
Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 pm:  Learn about Honduras and the basic Spanish and English vocabulary for medical emergencies.
Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm:  Learn about El Salvador and the essential Spanish and English vocabulary for meal-time.

Friends of the Library
In the summer of 2018, Reading and Rolling celebrated 15 years of delivering public library books to rural children in Watauga County.  Friends of the Library sponsors this program through which 19 volunteers deliver summer reading to approximately 60 young people, ages 5 to 10.  The books are selected by library staff in Boone and at the Western Watauga Branch, and obviously, Reading and Rolling depends heavily on the skill and energy of these people.  What great work they do!  Also, our Reading and Rolling volunteers donate their time and energy (and gasoline) as they each drive their own cars to make four deliveries and one final pick-up.  That totals 300 car trips and 2,400 library books personally delivered.  Thank you to our Friends of the Library volunteers and to our library staff.

It is hard to choose one story from a summer full of book deliveries, but this year we have done just that.  Lily, her sister, Peyton, and their pig Hammie have emerged head and shoulders above many summer adventures.  This threesome likes to read, and Hammie is especially attentive to bedtime stories.  Our thanks to this Vilas family for sharing their love of books- and their intelligent pig.

Thank you to these book donors

Author Betty J. Vaughn for her titles: 


"Yesterday's Magnolia"


"The Intrepid Miss LaRoque"


"Run Cissy, Run"


"Turbulent Waters"


"The Man in the Chimney"


"Tiger's Code"



Dr. Martha McCaughey, Director of First Year Seminar and the Common Reading Program at Appalachian State University for the following titles:


Three copies of "The Laramie Project" by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project  


Three copies of "The Laramie Project" by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project and "The Laramie Project : Ten Years Later"


See more information about "The Laramie Project"   

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, September 5
3:30 pm

Awesome Alphabet Activities
Friday, September 7
9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Coding Club
Website Building
September 11 
4:00 pm
Ages 9 and up

Music with Laura Donovan
September 18
11:00 am

Movie "Coco"
Showing on Saturday, September 22
11:30 am

Amazing Life Cycle of Butterflies with Cheryl Patterson
Wednesday, September 26 
3:30 pm
Join us for a new club!
Full Steam Ahead is a new club that will offer engineering challenges for the first few months.  A Rain Gutter Boat Regatta will be held in the month of September.  Students over age 8 are welcome to participate!  The first meeting will be on Thursday, September 27 at 3:30 pm in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room.
Adult Programs
Cook the Books!
Mystery Book Club Discussion:
The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
September 4
4:00 pm

High Country Lifelong Learners Movie
Selma (2014)
(2 hours) PG-13
September 10
2:00 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:  Child Custody
September 11
2:30 pm

Legal Aid N.C. Clinic:  Employee Rights
September 13
2:30 pm

Book Brewers Book Club Discussion:
Wednesday, September 19
6:00 pm at Pepper's Restaurant

Movie Pan's Labyrinth
Saturday, September 22
2:00 pm

National Voter Registration Day
September 25
Get registered at the library on that day.
See who is on the ballot.

Book Bunch Book Club Discussion:
September 25 
1:30 pm
Western Watauga Branch Programs and Events
LEGO Free Play
September 13
1:00 pm-7:00 pm

Book Club to discuss Many a Twist by Sheila Connolly
Wednesday, September 19
2:30 pm

Dementia Support Group
September 27
3:00 pm

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