Due to rising infection rates, Appalachian Regional Library has resumed curbside and virtual-only services. We will provide updates as soon as we're able to safely re-open our buildings to the public. 



2020 Watauga Reading Challenge

The library sponsors a yearly reading challenge for all ages. This year's reading challenge categories range from "A book about travel" to "A book that's out of this world" to "A book set on a boat". Although all of these attributes could be ascribed to a single book, each book may only be used to satisfy a single challenge. We think this year's challenges are a good mix between the general (so you can include many of the books you would have read anyway) and the specific (so you have to read some books you never would have chosen on your own). Our library sponsors this challenge for two very important reasons: to promote literacy in our community and have fun doing it. If these goals float your boat, we hope you'll join us on this literary voyage!

Click here to go to the website where you may view the year's different challenge categories and post your own reviews. 


The Watauga County Public Library hosts several book clubs.

Book Bunch Book Club

The Book Bunch Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Watauga County Public Library Meeting Room. Everyone is invited to attend. Contact the reference desk at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2 or e-mail us directly via our contact form.

Reading Selections from March - November, 2020

"Where'd You Go Bernadette" by Maria Semple - March 31

"City of Girls" by Elizabeth Gilbert - April 28

"Force of Nature" by Jane Harpter - May 26

 "Something in the Water" by Catherine Steadman -June 30

 "The Pact" by Jodi Picoult - July 28  

 "The Wife" by Meg Wolitzer - August 25

 "The Lost Girls of Paris" by Pam Jenoff - September 29

 "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover - October 27

 "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens - November 24


Cook the Books! A Mystery Book Club

Cook the Books meets the first Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Watauga County Public Library Meeting Room. The club has snacks each month based on clues from the book. If you would like to be included on the email listserv for announcements, please contact Angela Constantino at (828) 264-8784 ext. 1 or e-mail us directly via our contact form.

Reading Selections  from March - September 2020

"The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides - March 3

"The Library Book" by Susan Orlean - April 7

"Death Comes as the End" by Agatha Christie - May 5

"Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens - June 2

"A Rule Against Murder" by Louise Penny - July 7

"Redemption Road" by John Hart - August 4

"Knife" by Jo Nesbo - September 1


Next Chapter Book Club

This book club is designed for those with intellectual & developmental disabililtes and those who support them. They meet every Wednesday at 2 pm but not the second Wednesday. For more information see the Next Chapter Book Club website or contact Monica Caruso at

Watauga Literacy Association

The Watauga Literacy Association is a non-profit volunteer organization whose purpose is to promote basic literacy skills. Our volunteer tutors are matched with adult learners in a responsive, flexible and appropriately challenging learning environment. If interested in volunteering or participating as a student, or for more information contact the Watauga County Public Library at 828-264-8784, X 4 and ask for Monica, or contact Susan McKay at


North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability.