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Watauga County Public Library

September News

Dear Readers,

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! We encourage everyone who doesn't have a card to get one this month. Whether you need to renew your card or get your first one, a library card is a key to the fulfillment of your life goals. For those who get a card this month, we will enter your name into a drawing for food prizes. Thank you to Domino's Pizza, Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, Chic-Fil-A, and Sweet Frog for their contributions.

See attached press release.

In alignment with Watauga County's State of Emergency, masks are required in the building. We appreciate everyone's cooperation.

~Monica Caruso

County Librarian

Western Watauga Branch Activities

The branch library is open, but for your convenience curbside service will continue. To place a hold, call (828) 297-5515.

No in-house programming


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


Western Watauga Branch Book Club

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

Wednesday, September 15

2:30 pm

Meeting at the Western Watauga Community Center

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Children's Programs

Adult Programs


Take it & Make It kits are available each Monday.

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Wednesdays at 11:00 am

Outdoor Story Times on the lawn

complete with songs, books, activities, and a take-and-make craft!

Rain dates are Thursdays at

11:00 am.


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


Lego Club

Thursday, September 23

3:30 pm

on the library lawn

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Visit the library garden to decode a different riddle each week in September!

Grab a decoder sheet from the brochure holder in the garden. Once you have the answer to the riddle, turn in your worksheet for a small prize at the Youth Services Desk!

Take a walk with your family around the library and enjoy the StoryWalk®, Bugs for Lunch, throughout the month of September.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month by clicking here.

Hispanic Take It & Make It Craft every Monday of the celebration

September 20

September 27

October 4

October 11

Guest reader Iris Straube

Wednesday, October 13

11:00 am

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Banned Books Week

September 26 - October 2

Books Unite Us

For more information, click here.

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Appalachian Heritage Day

Tuesday, September 28

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

King Street Market

Join the library for some apple pressing and fun at the King Street Market on the corner of King Street and Poplar Grove Connector!

Adult Programs


Get published! How? Click here for details.

For events information, click here.


Pandemic in Watauga

Members of the Digital Watauga team are working to capture history in the making.

As we reflect on the last nineteen months and the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, we wonder how history will remember this time. We would like to ask the community to help write this important chapter in the story of Watauga County by sending in your photos, journal entries, letters, artwork, etc. pertaining to your time in Watauga County during this pandemic. As we continue to look back and learn, help us also look forward by making history together.

Click here to submit! For more information, click here.

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Connections Support Group

Thursday, September 2

4:00 pm

For more information, click here.

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Join the 2021 Bingo Reading Challenge Part 2! The goal is to complete a reading challenge for each category on the Bingo card. Each time you win Bingo and submit a form, your name will be entered for a chance to win a prize. Names will be drawn in December.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

Thursday, September 16

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Open to Friends of the Library members only

Friday, September 17

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Saturday, September 18

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Fall Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

Appalachian State presents the Fall Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series events. Leah Hampton to speak Thursday, September 16. For more information and speakers, click here.

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Rainbow Inspirations: Living Today

Wednesday, September 1

12:00 pm

For more information and to register, click here.

Toy Talk with Grandparents

Monday, September 13

11:00 am

For more information and to register, click here.

For additional programming, click here.


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 Something's Brewing: Short Stories and Plays for Everyone by Jillian Ober and Tom Fish. To attend via Zoom, please contact Adult Services at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2.

The group meets at 2:30 pm every Thursday in September.


Book Bunch Book Club

Create a free account with Goodreads.com to participate.

Join the discussion of Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover by clicking here for Book Bunch. This book will be the topic of discussion until the end of October.


Cook the Books Book Club

Join Cook the Books by clicking here to discuss Knife by Jo Nesbo. The discussion began on August 1 and continues through the end of September.

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Appalachian State Common Reading announces Belonging by Nora Krug as the 2021- 2022 book selection. For more information, click here.

Read and share copies are available at the library.


North Carolina Legal Aid

Thursday, September 2

Free Social Security Disability Clinic

Tuesday, September 7

Free Criminal Expungement Clinic

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


Adult Take It & Make It Coloring Packets available while supplies last!

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Hi! I am Scott, an employment Specialist with Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina.

Employment Tips and Inspiration Session!

We are happy to offer excellent and friendly assistance to energize the job search experience! Join Scott, an Employment Specialist from Goodwill, at the library every other Thursday, beginning September 2 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, for help with resumes, job searching, practice interviews, and more! Drop by, or call the Adult Services Department to make an appointment: (828) 264-8784 ext. 2.


An Introduction to Guided Imagery and Music

Tuesday, September 7

6:00 pm

For more information, click here.

RSVP with Adult Services

(828) 264-8784 ext. 2


Watauga County Historical Society Annual Meeting and Speaker Series

September 7

5:30 pm

Please join us for our annual Watauga County Historical Society meeting. Our featured speaker, Dr. Eric Plaag, will be talking about his forthcoming book, Remembering Boone (Images of America), which is being released to align with the 150th Anniversary of the Town of Boone.

To watch, visit the Digital Watauga Facebook Page at the time of the event. 

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Library of Congress Book Festival

Create your own Festival experience from a variety of programs and formats with an expanded schedule over 10 days

September 17 - 26

For more information, click here.

Thank you to the following donors:

  • Watauga County Historical Society ~ Digital Watauga Interns and

scanning equipment

  • Endowment ~ Books, A/V, Periodicals, Staff PCs

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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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