Friday, November 11 for Veterans Day Thursday - Sunday, November 24-27 for Thanksgiving.
November 28 - December 3 is Food for Fines Week.
During the month of November I like to reflect on all of the many people and agencies for which I am so thankful, personally and professionally. From the Library standpoint, we have been so blessed with a wonderful Friends group, both here in Boone and in Sugar Grove.Both the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library and the Friends of the Western Watauga Library are credited with raising funds for our collections, programming, and craft supplies.
Other volunteer groups help in the following areas:
Friends of the Western Watauga Library outdoor book sale will continue as weather permits. Please call before bringing donations.
Mini Dulcimer Class
Are you interested in the traditional mountain dulcimer? Just for fun, join a beginner mini dulcimer class with Mary Greene. Dulcimers will be provided. Bring your own if you like. Sign up is required to reserve dulcimers. Learn more about Mary Green by visiting her website: marygreenemusic.com
Tuesday, November 15
The Dementia Caregiver Support Group, sponsored by the Friends of Western Watauga Branch Library, will meet twice each month:
Friday, November 4 and
Friday, November 18
For more information, call the Branch Library at (828) 297-5515
Friends of Western Watauga Branch will be raffling five baskets filled with gift cards, local artists' works, and donations from local businesses. 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, stationery, humming bird feeders, bird houses, a barn quilt and so much more.
All proceeds go to support Western Watauga Branch Library.
The five lucky winners will be drawn December 14 after the Senior Drive-Thru Christmas event.
Tickets are $2.00 for one and $5.00 for three and can be purchased from Friends' members or at the Branch Library.
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.
Each non-perishable donated item removes $1.00 from late fees. This does not include lost material fines.
From Wednesday, November 2 – Wednesday, November 16, the e-book and audiobook of A Snake Falls to Earth by Dr. Darcie Little Badger will be available to readers all over the world without a waitlist or holds as part of Overdrive's Big Library Read (BLR) program. "A Snake Falls to Earth" draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave an unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family.
North Carolina Legal Aid
Tuesday, November 1
Free Criminal Record Expungement Clinic
Thursday, November 3
Free Social Security Disability Clinic
For additional programs or to register, clickhere. All programs are at
Take a journey through the Old North State with our seven-program virtual series. Register for any or all of the programs by clicking here.
I Didn't Know That! Untold Stories of North Carolina with Sara Whitford
Ditch the boring history textbooks and discover riveting but little-known stories of our Old North State! Young adult historical fiction author Sara Whitford has uncovered endless trails of stories buried deep in the record books. Join us as she shares these forgotten tales of North Carolina history, from Spanish explorers to Blackbeard the pirate.
Health Insurance Navigators will be on site offering free, unbiased assistance to find affordable, quality plans with the Health Care Marketplace or Medicaid, and SHIP counselors will be assisting with Medicare applications.
Storyteller and educator John 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,
Don't be shy; give him a call at (828) 297-2170 to learn more and join the fun!
Win a Beautiful Quilt!
The Friends of the Library are raffling a beautiful quilt made by an anonymous donor. 100% of the proceeds will be used to support the Library. You may see the quilt on display during November just inside the library's main entrance.
For a chance to win, you may purchase tickets during November at the library Circulation Desk or during the FOL Book Sale held December 1-3.
Tickets are $1 for one raffle ticket or $5 for seven tickets.
There is no limit to the number of tickets you may purchase. The winning ticket will be drawn on December 3.
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.
With the exception of the second Wednesday of the month, the group meets Wednesdays at 1pm.
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.
VAYA Health Training
A Rainbow of Mental Health: An Introduction Part 1
This introductory course is designed to support an understanding of the most commonly diagnosed mental health-related conditions in the aged population. This curriculum takes a person-centered approach to understanding classifications and care delivery.
For a complete list of webinars, click here. For Geriatric and Adult Mental Health Specialty Team information, click here.
Resumes and Job Applications
Wednesday, November 9
Thursday, November 17
Contact your local NCWorks Center to register. For more information, click here.
Thank you to the following donors:
Alfred Zahler ~ Miscellaneous & Adult A/V
Anonymous ~ Adult Books
Kay Colvin Guthrie ~ Adult A/V
Watauga County Historical Society ~ Digital Watauga Intern
Friends of the Watauga County Public Library ~ Adult and General Supplies, Computer Chairs, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Service, support for Watauga County School 2nd and 6th graders to visit the Library
Friends of the Western Watauga Branch ~ Supplies and Professional Services