All libraries in the Appalachian Regional Library system, except for the Western Watauga Branch Library, are currently open to the public. Masks are required to enter, and building capacities and length of visits will be reduced for the time being.
Friends of the Library
The Friends are major supporters of the library, its programs, services and staff. Listed below are some of their primary activities. You can join the Friends while at the library at any time. Meetings of the Friends of the Library board of officers are held the second Tuesday of each month (except July and December) at 4:00 PM in the Friends of the Library Meeting Room and are open to all members.
For additional information, please contact the President, Carol Childers, 336-927-4364 or carolc4364(at)gmail(dot)com.
For an application to join the Friends of the Library, click here.
Applications may be mailed to:
Friends of the Wilkes Library
215 10th Street
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Used Book Sales
Used book sales are conducted to raise money in support of our library. The Friends collect books throughout the year. Donations may be made any time by delivering books to the Friends Book Room, 611 Cherry Street behind the Stone Family Center. Book sales are held on the second weekend every month on Friday and Saturday from 9-5. Friends members may attend a Friends Preview Sale on Thursday from 5-7. Books are also on sale at the library on the upper level.
Public donations are crucial for our sales; we resell books, video and audio cassettes, and DVDs.
Books for Babies
Books for Babies introduces books and reading to new parents. This project gives every new mother birthing at Wilkes Regional Medical Center a packet containing a sturdy board book, information on the library, and information on "Ten reasons to read to your baby."
Programming serves the community and increases patronage. The Friends sponsor author visits, displays, and other special events in the Friends of the Library meeting room. In past years programs have included a Poetry Festival, a Latino Festival, visiting authors and Summer Reading programs for children. We are grateful to the Kulynych Family Foundation for its contributions to the summer events for children and youth.
Our annual gift to the library provides funds in support of programming for children and adults, and other items not covered in the library's regular budget. Funds raised during our book sales are the main source for the Friends' financial support of the library. Volunteers are vital to our book sales' success — collecting, moving, sorting and pricing donated materials is the work behind the scenes while others sell during the sales. Volunteer needs in support of special events are: baking refreshments, selling t-shirts or bags, working at the actual book sales, taking tickets, helping with mailings, writing grants, preparing publicity. Let us know what skills or talents you would like to offer!
Staff members wishing to further their education in the library field may seek approval from the County Librarian to take a course or attend a conference and have the cost reimbursed by the Friends.
Annual Dinner Meeting
The Annual Dinner is held the first Sunday in November. Friends of the Library officers are elected and an annual report of activities is provided. The evening's entertainment is provided by a notable author, lecturer, or performer. Membership is not required to attend the Annual Dinner Meeting. Tickets are on sale through mid-October.