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Visit and explore the library's children's area! You'll find wonderful books, a play area, games, computers, and a friendly staff.


Check out the amazing recurring events we have for children and families. Please click here for our online schedule or call the library at 336.846.2041, option 3 to get the most updated information about events & programs at the library.

The library is not currently offering on-site programs.

Please visit Ashe County Public Library Online for online events and activities.

Click here to learn about educational resources the library offers for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers.

Go to Library Lessons to join your friendly librarians on a learning journey about some of our favorite and most-requested topics. Have a suggestion? Submit it here.

Digital Books, Audiobooks, & Videos for Kids

NC Kids Digital Library

The NC Kids Digital Library is available to all library card holders in North Carolina. NC Kids Digital Library offers e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs specifically designed for youth and includes picture books, easy readers, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, young adult, and more.

To access NC Kids Digital Library, click the button above. Select Appalachian Regional Library and sign in with your library card or StudentAccess number.

There you can browse, borrow, or enjoy a collection of over 23,200 eBooks, 5,700 audiobooks and 1,200 streaming videos, including 1,100 titles with simultaneous access, available any time with no wait lists. All titles can be accessed via the Overdrive or Libby apps on all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only).

Reading Challenge

The Arly Edition of the Ashe County Reading Challenge

We are committed to helping kids discover their love of reading. To encourage kids and families to read widely throughout the year, we created the Arly Edition of the 2020 Reading Challenge. Any book read earns an entry for prizes at the Reading Challenge Wrap-Up/Kick-off Event. Kids earn free books and prizes of their choosing when they complete categories in the challenge. Visit the Ashe County Reading Challenge: Arly Edition website for more information!


Book a Librarian/Homework Help

If you need in-depth assistance, we are here to help! Call the Youth Services department at 336.846.2041, option 3 to book a librarian.


Computers for children under the age of thirteen and for parents accompanied by children are available in the children's department. Adults must keep child(ren) in view when using the computer lab.

Children can use their library card, StudentAccess number, or a guest pass to log on.

Kindles for Kids & Tweens

Our Kindles are designed just for reading, which means borrowers lose themselves in a good book rather than becoming distracted by videos or games.

We have books for all levels loaded on our Kindles: early readers (1-3), early readers and chapter books (4-6), and chapter books (7-9). Ask for them at the circulation desk or click the links to put one on hold.

Library Tours and Special Programs

Classes and organizations are welcome to visit the library for a tour or special program. We may be able to come to you!

Please make requests for tours and programs at least two weeks in advance by calling the Youth Services department at 336.846.2041, ext 103.

Reference Assistance

Staff members at the Youth Services desk are always ready and willing to help you locate an item, get started on an assignment, use a library resource, or find out more about a topic.

Reader's Advisory

Need help finding a book for you or your child? Our friendly staff is here to assist you. Booklists for different ages and subject matter are also available to help guide you to the book of your choice.


StoryWalk combines the pleasures of reading wonderful children’s books aloud with all the joys and benefits of walking together outdoors.  Find our StoryWalks at West Jefferson Park behind the library and Ashe County Park.

StudentAccess Cards

Using their StudentAccess cards, Ashe County Schools students may check out up to 10 books or audiobooks from the library. Titles are checked out for three weeks and can be renewed. Late fees are not charged on Student Access accounts, but you are responsible for lost or damaged books.

Students also have access to Overdrive, NCKids, and NCLive using their student ID numbers.

Check out our StudentAccess page for more information.


  • Looking for online homework help? Check out the Testing and Education Reference Center for help with math, English, test prep, and more!
  • Does your child need to research a topic? Check out NCLive for resources from scholarly articles and biographies to how-to videos and local e-books.
  • Great Websites for Kids has a wonderful selection of websites geared to kids birth to age 14.