Watauga County Public Library

October News

Dear Readers,

We have a new Youth Services Manager. I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Amber Combs! Amber has nine years of library experience, most recently at the Elkin Public Library as Teen Programmer.

She earned a Bachelor’s in English Literature and Creative Writing from Emory & Henry College where she graduated summa cum laude. In 2022, she earned her MLIS degree at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences’ Master’s program with a concentration in Youth Services Librarianship.

She was employed for almost nine years at the Smyth County Public Library in Virginia where she worked in the Circulation, Reference, Youth Services, and Technical Services departments. She was also employed for eight months at the Bristol Public Library in Virginia as the Teen Services Librarian.

Her interests include reading, spending time with her pug, anime, video games, and Dungeons & Dragons.

~ Monica Caruso

County Librarian

Western Watauga Branch Activities


Friends of the Western Watauga Library outdoor book sale will continue as weather permits. Please call before bringing donations.


The Dementia Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Friends of Western Watauga Branch Library, will meet twice each month:

Friday, October 14 and

Friday, October 28

2:00 pm.

For more information, call the Branch Library at (828) 297-5515


Upcoming Raffle

Friends of Western Watauga Branch will be raffling three baskets beginning October 17 and winners will be announced December 14.  Baskets are filled with donations from local businesses as well as local artists. Examples include a handmade quilt, pottery, bead work, stationary, humming bird feeders, bird houses, and a barn quilt. Tickets are $2.00 for one and $5.00 for three.

Visit the Branch Library Facebook & web page for updates!  

A special thank you to Friends of the Library President Cheryl Angel who made and donated a barn quilt for raffle.

Memory Maker Kits

Memory Maker Kits are ready for checkout! Intended for caretakers of people with Alzheimer's or dementia, kits are a way to help spark memories and conversation. Kits are theme oriented and include Vacation; The Farm; American Patriot; Cooking; Tools and Construction; On the Road Again; At the Movies; In the Mountains; A Walk Down Memory Lane, and In the Jungle (Spanish). Each kit contains one or more of the following: book, sensory item, game, and Music CD. Funded by the Friends of Western Watauga Branch Library.

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Western Watauga Branch

Book Club

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

Wednesday, October 19

2:30 pm

Watauga County Public Library Activities

Children's Programs

Adult Programs


Take it & Make It kits are available each Monday.

Story times include songs, books, activities, and a take-and-make craft!

Buskers Festival

Friday, October 7

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Meet some of the youth library staff on the street with a poetry, joke, or story slam!

For more information, click here.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) Story Times

Ms. Monica presents

Wednesday, October 5

Thursday, October 6

11:00 am

Ms. Elizabeth presents

Wednesday, October 12

Thursday, October 13

11:00 am

For more information, click here.

Boone Boo

Monday, October 31

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for crafts and games!

Decoding Scavenger Hunt

Write the letters that match with each picture to decode the secret message on the answer sheet.

Pick up a small prize at the Youth Services desk upon completion!


Check out the Appalachian Regional Library Literacy Resources YouTube channel for virtual library story times.

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Enjoy Storywalk® at the Tot Lot!

Storywalk® is an outdoor reading experience.

Located at the Watauga County Recreation Complex

141 Complex Drive, Boone, NC 28607

More Adult Programs


Contact reestrawser@bellsouth.net

for information.

For events information, click here.

North Carolina Legal Aid

Tuesday, October 4

Free Criminal Record Expungement Clinic

Thursday, October 6

Free Social Security Disability Clinic

For additional programs or to register, click here. All programs are at 2:30 pm via Zoom.

The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

Leigh Ann Henion

Thursday, October 13

Craft Talk

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm


6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Table Rock Room

201B Plemmons Student Union

For additional writers, click here.

For more information, click here.

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Resumes and Job Applications

Wednesday, October 5

10:00 am


Thursday, October 20

10:00 am

For more webinars, click here.

Call our local NCWORKS Career Center to register: (828) 265-5385

Please go to the HCLL website to register for these programs. For additional programming, click here.

A Special Thank You

Thank you Wink and Melony Winkelmann for your skill and generosity in making the new sneeze guards for the library service desks.

They look great!

Every Family Has a Story; Come Share Yours!

Storyteller and educator Mr. Ashburn is seeking families from the High Country and beyond to come and swap family tales, both those old and new.

Every third Monday at 5:30 pm, join Mr. John Ashburn and friends for an evening of storytelling at the Watauga County Public Library.

The next date is Monday,

October 14.

Don't be shy; give him a call at (828) 297-2170 to learn more and join the fun!


The Next Chapter Book Club is for adults and young adults with developmental disabilities. The discussion group provides a connection to books, friends, and community. The book we are using is Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. To attend via Zoom, please contact Adult Services at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2.

The group meets at 1:00 pm every Wednesday in October.

Book Bunch Book Club

Join the discussion of The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher at the library 

Tuesday, October 25 at 1:30 pm.

Please stop by the Adult Services desk for a copy of the book.

Cook the Books Book Club

Join Cook the Books to discuss The Maidens by Alex Michaelides on Tuesday, October 11 at 3:00 pm.

Book Talk with Evan Smith

Join us for the next installment of Boone Reads Together with Evan Smith, author of Here by the Owl

Friday, October 14

3:30 pm

To attend virtually, go to the Facebook page at the time of the event. For more information, click here.

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Save the Date

"The Last Entry" by Dr. Jim Hamilton

Thursday, November 10

6:00 pm


Common Read

The 2022 book selection for the Common Reading Program at Appalachian State University is Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community. For more information, click here.

The Library has copies in the collection as well as Read and Return copies.

Free digital copies of "Belonging," the 2021 selection, are available on a first come, first served basis. All folks have to do is go to the following link and follow the simple directions:


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Family Support Group

Monday, October 10

7:00 pm

Please contact Mike Tanner if you would like to join this meeting. For more information click here.


Thanks to federal funding, we have 4 laptops available for lending.

Check with Circulation for more details on checking out a laptop!

For those using our meeting room, we have an Owl Pro, which allows for quality hybrid meetings.

Read more about this technology grant here. We also have a computer projector for lending.

COVID-19 Tests Available at Library

Thanks to AppHealthCare, we now have COVID-19 home tests available at both locations for the public.

Limit of 10 tests per family, please. Each box has two tests.

Please do not come in to pick up tests if you have COVID-19 symptoms and/or are not feeling well.

New Microfilm Machine

Come in and browse old issues of the Watauga Democrat on microfilm. Use our new microfilm machine and print what you need at .10 per page.

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VAYA Health Training

Schizophrenia: Psychosis: Can this Be Real?

This curriculum is designed to view schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders from the perspective of the individual experiencing the disorder. Discussion and scenarios allow participants to learn interventions and strategies that provide supportive care to promote healthy outcomes.

Friday, October 14

10:00 am

To register, click here.

The Many Faces of Antipsychotic Medications

As we age, the use of antipsychotic medications may become a challenge in itself. Course participants will learn the importance of decreasing the use of antipsychotics (especially in dementia) and focus on other possible techniques to manage psychosis. As always, we include the action, use, and side effects of this classification of medication.

Friday, October14

11:15 am

To register, click here.

For a complete list of webinars, click here. For Geriatric and Adult Mental Health Specialty Team information, click here.

Please click here for more information.

Watauga County Historical Society

WCHS Speaker Series: History of Three Forks Baptist Association

When: Thursday, October 13 at 6 pm

Where: Watauga County Public Library Meeting Room

Click here for more information..

Thank you to the following donors:

  • Anonymous ~ Miscellaneous
  • Boone Construction Company ~ Miscellaneous
  • Alfred Zahler ~ Miscellaneous
  • Stick boy Bread Company ~ Volunteer Event
  • Harris Teeter ~ Volunteer Event
  • Kovu's Coffee ~ Volunteer Event
  • SOS Printing ~ Volunteer Event
  • Town of Boone ~ 10 copies of the title Here by the Owl
  • Endowment ~ Meeting Room Tables, Memory Kits, Microfilm Reader & PC

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Watauga County Public Library

140 Queen Street

Boone, NC 28607

(828) 264-8784


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Western Watauga Branch Library

1085 Old US Highway 421

Sugar Grove, NC 28679



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