Watauga County Public Library

November News

Library closings and announcements: 

Friday, November 11 for Veterans Day Thursday - Sunday, November 24-27 for Thanksgiving.

November 28 - December 3 is Food for Fines Week.

Dear Readers,

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:

  • Our Local and Regional Library Boards
  • Endowment Board
  • Book Donation Sorters
  • Digital Watauga Project
  • General Library Tasks
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance 

The total number of Volunteer hours from September 2021 - September 2022 was 3,981.

Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 29. If you are able to contribute on this date or any day frankly, please visit any of the websites linked above to learn how.

The Friends of the Watauga County Public Library have recently opened a separate account for the expansion of our building, which we will advocate for in the coming year.

Thanks so much!

~ 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.


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

10:00 am

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

2:00 pm.

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


Upcoming Raffle

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.

Visit the Branch Library Facebook & web page for updates!

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 Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Wednesday, November 16

2:30 pm

Watauga County Public Library Activities

Children's Programs

Adult Programs

Story times include songs, books, and activities!

Check out the library in Dinovember. To learn more, visit Youth Services Facebook Page.

8 Word Mystery Contest

Entries due November 30.

For more information, and to play along, click here.


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

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

Food for Fines

November 28 - December 3

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, click here. All programs are at

2:30 pm via Zoom.

The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series


Crime Novelist Scott Blackburn

Thursday, November 10

Craft Talk

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm


6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Three Top Mountain Room

169 Plemmons Student Union

For additional writers, click here.

For more information, click here.

North Carolina History, Mystery and More!

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.

Tuesday, November 1

6:30 pm

Click here to register.

For more information, click here.

Legal Aid of North Carolina

Health Insurance Enrollment Event

Wednesday, November 9

Noon to 6:30 pm

Appointments: (828) 477-4714

Walk-ins are welcome

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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.

Join AARP Mountain Region

and HCLL for a free showing of

"Still Alice."

Friday, November 18

2:00 pm


For movie details, click here.

For additional programming, click here.

AARP Online Events:

What You Need to Know About ACA Open Enrollment

Wednesday, November 2

10:30 am

To register, click here.

Rainbow Inspirations: Meet Jim McAllister

Wednesday, November 2

12:00 pm

View here or here.

For more events or additional information, click here.


Save the Dates!

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Thursday, December 1 - Saturday, December 3


VITA Orientations

Volunteers are needed to prepare income tax returns for low-moderate income residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Thursday, November 17 at 5:30 pm

Friday, November 18 at 12:00 pm

For more information, click here.

Every Family Has a Story; Come Share Yours!

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,

November 21.

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.

Book Bunch Book Club

Join the discussion of The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani at the library 

Tuesday, November 29 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 Last Entry by Jim Hamilton on Tuesday, November 8 at 3:00 pm.

Boone Reads Together

"The Last Entry" by Dr. Jim Hamilton

Thursday, November 10

6:00 pm


Contact reestrawser@bellsouth.net

for information.

For events information, click here.


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, November 14

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

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.

Thursday, November 10

10:00 am

To register, click here.

A Rainbow of Mental Health: An Introduction Part 2

Thursday, November 10

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.

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Resumes and Job Applications

Wednesday, November 9

10:00 am


Thursday, November 17

10:00 am

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
  • Jim Hamilton ~ copies of his book "The Last Entry" 

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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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