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Watauga County Public Library

August News

Leveled Reader Backpacks

ABC Backpacks

Dear Readers,

It's hard to believe that schools are back in session in a few short weeks.

The Watauga County Public Library is committed to becoming a community resource in support of learning to read.

We wanted to highlight some special resources for parents of children who are just learning to read.

The Library has curated Alphabet Backpacks to assist families in conversing about and recognizing the letters of the alphabet, created the Appalachian Regional Library Literacy Resources YouTube channel with a wealth of early literacy information, and used grant opportunities to build its supportive resources which include leveled readers, decodable books (coming soon!), and reading curriculum kits.

For questions about these resources, please contact Lisa or Judith in Youth Services.

Welcome to Jenna and Kristian, both part-time Youth Services Specialists, who started work recently. 

~ 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, August 12

2:00 pm.

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


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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Summer Learning

Prehistoric Oceans

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Last Summer Learning Program

Thursday, August 11

10:30 am

For more information, click here.


Western Watauga Branch

Book Club

Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough

Wednesday, August 17

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!


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

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

Thursday, August 4

2:00 pm


Thursday, August 11

2:00 pm

For more webinars, click here.

Call your local NCWORKS Career Center to register.

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VAYA Health Training

Commonly Misused Medications: Understanding Medication Side Effects

Did you know misuse of medications is a growing problem in older adults? This course identifies commonly misused medications and discusses the physiological differences related to aging, as well as treatments and interventions. Attending this course can shed light on the various contributors to this growing problem. We also discuss the possibilities of how we can help as individuals and as a society.

Friday, August 12

10:00 am

To register, click here.

Substance Use, Misuse, and the Opioid Crisis

Adults of any age can encounter problems with substance use. This class details common substance use issues and tips for those caring for those individuals.

Friday, August 12

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.

Save the Date

Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community, edited by Dr.

Susan Keefe with assistance from The Junaluska Heritage Association

Saturday, September 10

10:00 am

Read and Return copies available at the library.

For more information, click here.

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Please go to the HCLL webpage for information:

HCLL website

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Livable Appalachia Summit--Access to Healthcare in Rural Areas

Thursday, August 4


To register, click here.

For additional programming, click here.

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 6:30 pm, join Mr. John Ashburn and friends for an evening of storytelling at the Watauga County Public Library.

The next date is Monday, August 15th.

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 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 August.

Book Bunch Book Club

Discussion at the library Tuesday,

August 30 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 "Snow Falling on Cedars" by David Guterson. Click here to join the discussion, which continues through the end of August in Goodreads.

We will also have an in-person book discussion on Tuesday, August 9 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, August 2

Free Criminal Record Expungement Clinic

Tuesday, August 9

Free Child Custody Clinic

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

Digital Watauga is hosting a unique event and is inviting the community to bring their slides in for a viewing party at the library.  The organization will also share recently donated items.

Blood Drive

Friday, August 5

10:00 am to 2:30 pm

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: Watauga County Public Library.  For more information, click here.

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Family Support Group

Monday, August 8

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.


Guest Speaker TBA

Thursday, August 11

10:00 am

Contact reestrawser@bellsouth.net

for more information.

For events information, click here.

Read Her Book:

Memories of WWII in Greece

Author Katerina Whitley

Thursday, September 1

5:30 pm

For more information, click here.

Thank you to the following donors:

  • Zahler ~ Miscellaneous and Adult Professional Services
  • Tarver ~ Adult Professional Services
  • Watauga County Historical Society ~ Digital Watauga software
  • Wise ~ Contracted Services
  • Friends of the Watauga County Public Library ~ Youth Professional Services, Books and A/V, Adult A/V and Books, Periodicals, and 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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