Friends of the Library

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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 on first Wednesdays of announced months in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room and are open to all members.

For additional information, please contact The Friends of the Library President, Melony Winkelmann, via email: melony1943 "at" bellsouth.net.

For an application to join the Friends of the Library, click here.

Applications may be mailed to:
Friends of the Watauga Library
140 Queen Street
Boone, NC 28607

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 during Library Hours of Operation by delivering books to the Circulation Desk of the Library.   The friends hold two annual book sales, usually in the spring and late summer, plus a holiday book sale.  Books are also continuously on sale at the library in a special area near the library's entrance.

Public donations are crucial for our sales; we resell books, magazines, and DVDs. (See guidelines, below *)

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You may support the Watauga Friends of the Library when you make purchases from Amazon.com via the Amazon Smile program. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer's selected charitable organization. Visit org.amazon.com to learn more, smile.amazon.com to register.

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Community Events

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 musical performances, speakers, visiting authors and Summer Reading programs for children.

Volunteer Opportunities

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. Let us know what skills or talents you would like to offer!

Staff Development

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.

* Guidelines for Book Donations

Acceptable Items

The Friends accepts the following clean, gently used, salable items:

  • Books for adults, teens, and children
  • Textbooks less than 5 years old
  • Magazines less than 2 years old
  • Computer Manuals less than 2 years old
  • Audio Books on CD
  • Movies on DVD
  • Music on CD
  • Puzzles and Games (all pieces included)
  • Rare or Unique Topic Books

Unacceptable Items

The Friends does not accept:

  • Books that are water-damaged, mildewed, warped, dirty, heavily marked/highlighted or that have torn/missing pages/covers
  • Magazines more than 2 years old or that are water-damaged, mildewed, warped, or dirty
  • Computer Manuals more than 2 years old
  • Encyclopedias
  • Cassette Tapes
  • VHS Tapes
  • Vinyl Records

StudentAccess

Welcome to StudentAccess

Watauga County Schools and the Watauga County Public Library are partnering to support students’ ongoing education. We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success and we are working together to provide every Watauga student access to books and resources found at their public library.

Beginning October 9, 2017, all Watauga County students will be able to use their Student ID number to access and borrow public library books and resources. We are calling this initiative StudentAccess.

StudentAccess FAQ

StudentAccess participants may borrow up to 10 books or audio-books from the Watauga County Library or Western Watauga Branch Library.  No late fees will be charged for these items, however replacement costs for lost or damaged item may be assessed. 

You can access your account at any time by logging in with your student or teacher identification number and PIN. The PIN is the last four digits of your student/teacher ID.

StudentAccess participants will also be able to access our collection of digital content.  For more information on using our digital collections such as downloadable e books or e audio-books click HERE.

StudentAccess participants also have access to our collection of Online Resources. This includes our collection of databases, study guides, and much more. Click HERE to learn more about our Online Resources.

We are excited to provide this new service to our local educators and public school students!  We are working to plan and provide training to parents, teachers, and students.  Please check back for new and additional resources.  If you have questions or would like to schedule a training session with a librarian, please contact Monica Caruso, Watauga County Librarian, 828-264-8784, X 4.

Research & Resources

Job Help

NCWorks Online

This is a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information.

Résumés, Résumé Help, and Job Search Help Sessions

Our library's public computers all have Microsoft Word (2016 version), which can be used to make a résumé for job-searching. The Library offers one-on-one help sessions, by appointment, for making a résumé or for using the NCWorks Online web site. Call (828) 264-8784, extension # 2, to make an appointment, or send a message to "Adult Services" from our Online Contact Form.

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Online Research Resources

Over 150 online databases and other resources for information and research are available. Click below to explore them!

Online Information Resources, A-Z List

These are some of the Resources available:

NC Live

This online collection of ebooks, newspapers, journals, magazines, films, and more is available to all library card holders. If you are accessing these resources from home, you will need to select your library (Appalachian Regional Library) and enter your library card number to access some NC Live offerings. A few popular resources are listed below:

Home Grown Ebook Collection

This downloadable eBook collection of fiction and nonfiction titles is curated from North Carolina publishers who encourage you to see what's in season, learn something local, and find something novel!

Business Portal

Discover a wealth of information including trade publications, market research data, and business plan resources.

Health & Wellness Information Center

Find eBooks, videos, and guides to thousands of medical conditions or search by condition to access reliable wellness information.

NC Digital Newspaper Collection

This collection includes student and community newspapers from schools and towns around North Carolina and is an excellent resource for historical research.

Infotrac Newsstand

This resource provides full text access to more than 1,100 major U.S. regional, national, international, and local newspapers as well as thousands of images and radio and TV transcripts.

Ancestry Library Edition

Begin researching your family history with this collection of records and user-created content. This resource is available to all patrons within the library building.

Interlibrary Loan

Library patrons in good standing may request up to five titles at a time through our interlibrary loan service. To find titles that may be available, start your search with World Cat. Then, visit or call the Adult Services Reference Desk in the middle of the Library (next to the Computer area) to make a request. The fee for interlibrary loan requests is the cost of return postage for each item borrowed, and lending periods vary according to the policies of the lending institution. Patrons must call the library to request renewals for interlibrary loan items.

NCWorks Online

This is a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information.

Résumés, Résumé Help, and Job Search Help Sessions

Our library's public computers all have Microsoft Word (2016 version), which can be used to make a résumé for job-searching. The Library offers one-on-one help sessions, by appointment, for making a résumé or for using the NCWorks Online web site. Call (828) 264-8784, extension # 2, to make an appointment.

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The library subscribes to the print version of this popular consumer education publication.



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Digital Watauga

Digital Watauga

Are you, or is someone you know, interested in historical photographs of the Watauga County area and other records of Watauga's past?

Visit the Digital Watauga website for online digital collections of the High Country's archival memories, including the Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection.

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