Watauga County Public Library

September News

CLOSED for Labor Day

Monday, September 5

Dear Readers,

I hate to be the bearer of sad news, but I do need to announce that Judith Winecoff, our beloved Youth Services Manager,will be retiring effective October 1.

Judith has served our community's children for 23 years! Her joy, enthusiasm, and love for promoting reading and literacy will be missed by staff and patrons alike.

A public farewell is planned for Wed., Sept. 28 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the meeting room and back patio behind Youth Services. We'll have a guestbook available for well-wishes. Cake will be served.

~ 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, September 9

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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Western Watauga Branch

Book Club

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Wednesday, September 21

2:30 pm

Watauga County Public Library Activities

Children's Programs

Adult Programs

Meet Jenna Kissel

Hi! I’m Jenna Kissel, and I’m very happy to be working at the youth desk at the public library. I’ve lived in Boone for 6 years, and I have two kids at Hardin Park. I’d recommend that all ages read the Phoebe and Her Unicorn books by Dana Simpson (in the graphic novel section!). They never fail to make me laugh. One of my all-time favorite books is "Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World" by Shannon & Dean Hale, but if you ask me what I’m reading at any given moment it is probably a cozy mystery.

Meet Kristian Brown

Hi, everyone! My name is Kristian Brown, and I'm new as a Youth Services Specialist at the Watauga County Library. I'm currently a senior at Appalachian State-- finishing my last semester as a Creative Writing major this fall! I've lived here in Boone for just over 2 years, but originally I'm from a teeny, tiny fishing village on one half of Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks, called Wanchese, NC. I love words and music (truly a sucker for a synth), and lots and lots of coffee (too much coffee). I'm teaching myself how to surf and play guitar. I'm a cancer survivor. I love to write and scratch out and rewrite poetry, and take on grand adventures with my three-year-old collie pup and sidekick, sandwich stealer, Suri! Right now, I'm squeezing in one more summer read before fall semester starts-- "Wind, Sand, and Stars", by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (the author of The Little Prince!). This is a book brimming with imagination, poetry, and the metaphors which bring our stories together and carry us back to our own.

So thankful and excited to be here, and looking forward to all my new adventures at the Youth Services desk in the library!


Take it & Make It kits are available each Monday.

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

Bilingual (English/Spanish) Story Times

Ms. Elizabeth presents bilingual story time

Thursday, September 29

Wednesday, October 12

Thursday, October 13

11:00 am

Ms. Maria presents

Wednesday, September 21

11:00 am

Ms. Monica presents

Wednesday, October 5

Thursday, October 6

11:00 am

For more information, click here.

Decoding Scavenger Hunt

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

Read Her Book:

Memories of WWII in Greece

Author Katerina Whitley

Thursday, September 1

5:30 pm

For more information, click here.


Fall Fling

Members bring in and read their favorite poetry either penned by themselves or by another poet.  This event is now held outside in a local picnic pavilion.

Thursday, September 8

10:00 am

Contact reestrawser@bellsouth.net

for more information.

For events information, click here.

Wednesday, September 7

5:30 pm

For more information, click here.

Everyone bring a blanket and enjoy a free concert with The King Bees on the Library Lawn Saturday,

September 24, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

This concert celebrates the many wonderful volunteers who contribute to the Watauga County Public Library!

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Save the Date

High Country Lifelong Learners presents

Native American Religions by Linda Jencson

Americans have a very limited, stereotyped image of the greatly diverse religions practiced in Native American cultures. Learn some real facts, practices and spiritual concepts of these sophisticated, moral, and highly sophisticated faiths. We'll focus especially on the beliefs and practices of the Navajo and Apache of the Southwest, the Iroquois of the Northeast, and the Dakota of the Northern Plains.

Tuesday, October 4 /Online Event

4:00 pm

Please go to the HCLL website to register.

Nikki Robinson from the Wildlands Network

Tuesday, October 25

4:00 pm

Please see the HCLL website for more information to be posted soon:

HCLL website

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Making Technology Work for You

Wednesday, September 14

12:00 pm

To register, click here.

For additional programming, click here.

Covid Tests Available at Library

Thanks to AppHealthCare, we now have Covid 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 symptoms and/or are not feeling well.

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,

September 19.

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 Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles. To attend via Zoom, please contact Adult Services at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2.

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

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

Copies available at the library.

For more information, click here.

Book Bunch Book Club

Discussion of Denise Kiernan's The Girls of Atomic City at the library Tuesday,

September 27 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 This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf. 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, September 13 at 3:00pm.


Common Reading 25th Anniversary: A Celebration of Voices from Junaluska

Tuesday, September 20

7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the history, music and community of Junaluska.  Special musical guests: Junaluska Gospel Choir

Free and open to the public

Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

733 Rivers Street

Boone, NC 28608

(800) 841-2787

(828) 262-4046

Email: theschaefercenter@appstate.edu

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

Thursday, September 1

Free Social Security Disability Clinic

Tuesday, September 6

Free Criminal Record Expungement Clinic

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

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Family Support Group

Monday, September 12

7:00 pm

Please contact Mike Tanner if you would like to join this meeting. For more information click here.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month! You are encouraged to visit either location and get a library card or ask us about a touchless card. We'll have a drawing for those who get a card in September. Prizes have been donated by Rock Dimensions, Sky Valley Zip Tours, High Country Souvenirs, and Mysterium Escape Room.


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.

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Thursday, September 8

10:00 am

Resumes and Job Applications

Wednesday, September 14

10:00 am

For more webinars, click here.

Call your local NCWORKS Career Center to register.

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VAYA Health Training

Person(RE)ality: Why Is Mine Different

The reality of personality disorders is that they involve long-term patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are unhealthy and inflexible and, though similar, no two ever look exactly the same. This course defines personality disorders, explores different types and examines challenges associated with providing care for individuals who are diagnosed with one.

Friday, September 9

10:00 am

To register, click here.

Suicide Indicators, Response, and Prevention

This course focuses on the indicators and risk factors of suicide in older adults as related to current statistical data. In addition, this course explains methods of suicide response and keys to prevention.

Friday, September 9

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.

The Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series

Poet Savannah Sipple

Thursday, September 22

Craft Talk

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Table Rock Room

201B Plemmons Student Union

Memoirist Neema Avashia

Thursday, September 29

Craft Talk

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm


6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Table Rock Room

201B Plemmons Student Union

For additional writers, click here.

For more information, click here.

Thank you to the following donors:

  • Francis Troy ~ Miscellaneous
  • Ruby Walters ~ Miscellaneous
  • Alfred Zahler ~ Miscellaneous
  • Watauga County Historical Society ~ Digital Watauga staff
  • Common Read Program at Appalachian State University ~ Extra copies of 

Junaluska: "Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community";"Disability Visibility" by Alice Wong; "Be Different" and "Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Aspergers" by John Robison; and "We're Not Broken:Changing the Autism Conversation"by Eric Garcia  

  • Dr. Lynn Gibbard of Appalachian State University's Frontline to Farm program ~ Book donations on the topic of helping military veterans and beginning farmers get started in sustainable farming as a livelihood.

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