Appalachian Regional Library will be closed on Friday, December 9 for staff training.



2022 Watauga Reading Challenge

The library sponsors a yearly reading challenge for all ages. 

From a love story to a book about local history, we're giving you a wide range of reads, spanning eras and genres, instead of specific books. You don't have to read all 24 books, but it's a fun incentive to diversify your reading — you may be surprised by what you find you enjoy! Download a Bingo card, and check off the books as you go (then use a site like Goodreads to keep track of what you've read).

The goal is to complete a reading challenge for each category on the Bingo card. Each time you win Bingo and submit a form, your name will be entered for a chance to win a prize. Names will be drawn in December.

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.


The Watauga County Public Library hosts several book clubs.


Book Bunch Book Club

The Book Bunch Book Club invites everyone to participate in the book discussion.  Contact the reference desk at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2 or e-mail us directly via our contact form.

Reading Selections 2022

  • January and February:  The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  • March: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  • April: The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
  • May: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • June: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  • July: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan 
  • August:  The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms
  • September:  The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • October:  The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
  • November:  The Good Left Undone by Adriana Trigiani
  • January 2023:  The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Cook the Books! A Mystery Book Club

Cook the Books meets online via Goodreads.  Sign up for an account with Goodreads, then ask to join  by clicking here.  Everyone is invited to participate in the discussion. 

 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.

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves – January 2022

One By One by Ruth Ware – February 2022

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse – March 2022

Northern Spy by Flynn Berry – April 2022

Peril At End House by Agatha Christie – May 2022

Before She Was Helen by Caroline Cooney – July 2022

Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson – August 2022

This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf – September 2022

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – October 2022

The Last Entry by Jim Hamilton - date and time in November TBA


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 2:30 pm via Zoom. For more information see the Next Chapter Book Club website or contact Monica Caruso at [email protected]

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.


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.