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Watauga County Public Library

July News

Closed Monday, July 4 for Independence Day

Dear Readers,

Wiley Cash is coming to Boone!

In partnership with the Appalachian State University Libraries and Boone 150, New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will be appearing at the Rosen Concert Hall at 3 pm on Monday, July 18. The program is free but tickets are required. A book signing will follow.

We ordered extra copies of his books at the Library.

Click here for details.

~ 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 Friday, July 8

2:00 pm.

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


New 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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Take and Make It

These will continue through the last week of Summer Learning, July 25.

  • Bernoulli's Principle
  • Dropper Poppers
  • Water dissolving paper
  • Chromatography Discs


Seniors are enjoying the new deck!

Thanks to Western Watauga Branch Library Friends, seniors are enjoying the outdoor space adjacent to the Library.

Summer Learning

Can You Feel the Pressure?

Did you know that you have 14 pounds of air pressure pushing on every inch of your body? Watch as our famous potato launcher sends potato pieces flying, shoot an Alka-Seltzer rocket and even see a grown-up get vacuum sealed!

Friday, July 15

10:30 am

For more information, click here.


Western Watauga Branch

Book Club

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Wednesday, July 20

2:30 pm

Watauga County Public Library Activities

Children's Programs

Adult Programs


Take it & Make It kits are available each Monday.

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Story is repeated on Thursday.

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

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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!


Art with Anna

**Sign Up Required**

Tuesday, July 19 (ages 5-7)

11:00 am

Thursday, July 21 (ages 8-11)

12:30 pm


Bilingual Story Time with Oprah

Amigos y Libros

Join us for Spanish and English fun with stories, songs, and more!

Saturday, July 2 and July 16

11:00 am

Author Sabrina Ehlenberger

Join us for a farm story


Wednesday, July 13

11:00 am

Upcycling Craft and Movie

Wednesday, July 6

4:00 pm

Join in on creating new art with recycled materials (and a movie)! Use cardboard, plastics, and other mediums to bring art to life!

For more information, click here.

Marbled Ocean Mugs

**Sign up required.**

Thursday, July 14

2:00 pm

Pre-register with the Youth desk to make marbled ocean mugs that will look great in hand with a book! For more information, click here.

Ocean Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, July 20

4:00 pm

Join in on a guided mediation and relaxation session to cool down and wrap up the summer reading program! For more information, click here.


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


Summer Learning: An Ocean of Possibilities

Fairy Day at Daniel Boone Native Gardens

Admission: $2 /per adult

Children Under 18 Free

Adults dressed as Fairies or Elves get in free!

Saturday, July 9

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Forensic Challenge with Hands On

**Sign Up Required**

Friday, July 15

1:00 pm

For a complete list of events, click here. For additional information, click here.

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Enjoy Story Walk® at the Tot Lot!

Story Walk is an outdoor reading experience.

Located at the Watauga County Recreation Complex

141 Complex Drive, Boone, NC 28607

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Everyone is Tok-ing about BookTok! Check out our first Booktok video and stay tuned for more @wataugalibraryyouth! If you are interested in creating a BookTok for Youth Services, please contact Lindsay via email at lshumate@arlibrary.org or by phone, 828-264-8784 EXT. 3.

More Adult Programs

Join the 2022 Watauga County Public Library Reading Challenge Part 2

Complete Bingo, fill out the form, and automatically be entered in a drawing for a prize.  Please see display at the library for category suggestions.  Prizes will be drawn in

December 2022.

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Resumes and Job Applications

Tuesday, June 7

2:00 pm


Thursday, June 16

10:00 am

For more webinars, click here.

Call your local NCWORKS Career Center to register.

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Please go to the HCLL webpage for information:

HCLL website

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In the Spotlight: How Older Adults in Western North Carolina Serve their Communities

Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

159 Ginny Stevens Ln,

Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Saturday, July 9

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

For additional programming, click here.

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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 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. To attend via Zoom, please contact Adult Services at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2.

The group meets at 2:30 pm every Wednesday in July.

Book Bunch Book Club

Discussion at the library Tuesday,

July 26 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 by clicking here to discuss "Before She Was Helen" by Caroline Cooney. Click here to join the discussion, which continues through the end of July in Goodreads.

We will also have an in-person book discussion on Tuesday, July 12 at 3:00pm.


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 will be ordering more copies for the collection as well as obtaining more 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:



North Carolina Legal Aid

Tuesday, July 5

Free Criminal Record Expungement Clinic

Thursday, July 7

Free Social Security Disability Clinic

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

The Friends summer book sale will be in the library conference room with the first day (Thursday, July 14, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm) reserved for Friends of the Library members. The sale will be open to the public Friday, July 15 (1:00 pm – 7 pm) and Saturday, July 16 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm).

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VAYA Health Training

Dementia & Psychosis Behavior: What You Need to Know

This class uses case review and activities to identify frequent challenging behaviors associated with dementia and psychosis. Participants review factors that may trigger behaviors and discuss prevention and intervention strategies.

Friday, July 8

10:00 am

To register, click here.

Overcoming Communication Barriers in Dementia

Communication is the string that ties us all together. If that string isn’t strong enough or is broken, our relationships tend to unravel. This curriculum is designed to look at common communication problems and methods to make it an easier, more efficient process when interacting with individuals who are experiencing dementia. We’ll look at examples of communication to use and those not to use.

Friday, July 8

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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NCDHHS, SAMHSA, and NAMI High Country in partnership with Watauga and Wilkes are hosting the following programs:

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Free Mental Health and Psychology Letter, "How to Live"

Click here for more information.

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Author Wiley Cash

In partnership with the Appalachian State University Libraries and Boone 150, a free book talk by NYT bestselling author Wiley Cash will take place at the Rosen Concert Hall

Monday, July 18 at 3:00 pm

For more information, click here.

To register to attend, click here.

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"I Come to Boone"

by Cratis Williams

Saturday, July 9

10:00 am

Read and Return copies available at the library.

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.


Annual Poetry Bash

Thursday, July 14

10:00 am to as late as 3:00 pm Cooper Pavilion in Valle Crucis Park

Pot Luck Picnic. Bring a dish and something to read – either your own or from someone else’s work. (No wifi, so no Zoom)

Contact reestrawser@bellsouth.net

for more information.

For events information, click here.


Community Safety/Active Shooter Program

Billie Lister, Director of the Lois Harrill Senior Center, will offer a Community Safety/Active Shooter

training.  Content includes tips and strategies for making your home safer, becoming more aware of community dangers, and the latest advice on dealing with an active shooter. This presentation is appropriate for anyone regardless of physical abilities. Strategies presented are thought to be the best scenarios for survival if you encounter an intruder or active shooter. This presentation will discuss home and community safety and will allow participants to ask questions.

Friday, July 22

3:00 pm

Thank you to the following donors:

  • Anonymous ~ Youth Professional Services
  • John Welch ~ Adult Books
  • Alfred Zahler ~ Periodicals
  • Friends of the Watauga County Public Library ~ Youth and Adult Books, Youth Supplies, Furniture/Equipment, Youth Professional Services, Conferences/Workshops, Contracted Services

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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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