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.
Books & Reading
2021 Watauga Reading Challenge
The library sponsors a yearly reading challenge for all ages.
From a ghost story to a book about a different culture, 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 June.
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 meets online via Goodreads. Sign up for an account with Goodreads, then ask to join Book Bunch by clicking here. Everyone is invited to participate in the discussion. Contact the reference desk at (828) 264-8784 ext. 2 or e-mail us directly via our contact form.
Reading Selections 2021
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert - January and February
Force of Nature by Jane Harper - March and April
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer - May and June
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff -July and August
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover - September and October
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - November and December
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.
Cook The Books Reading List 2021:
Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie (current book – through the end of Jan)
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Feb/March)
A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny (April/May)
Redemption Road by John Hart (June/July)
Knife by Jo Nesbo (Aug/Sept)
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 via Zoom. For more information see the Next Chapter Book Club website or contact Monica Caruso at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.