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

watauga childrens services

Welcome to the Watauga County Library Children's Services page.  Come in anytime we are open to do research, check out materials, use our computers and literary station, or play video games on our television in Youth Services.

PROGRAMS

Click Here for More Youth Information or follow WCPL Youth Services on Facebook for updates!

Family Story Time 
Join us every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11AM for fun, books, and bubbles!
 

Awesome Alphabet Activities (No in-house programs until further notice)

Drop in during those hours in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room to interact with your children around a half dozen learning stations set up to foster conversation about alphabetic knowledge and phonemic awareness (the letters and sounds of the alphabet).
 
“Research has repeatedly proven that two skills in particular serve as the best predictors of early reading success. Those two skills are phonemic awareness and alphabet recognition.”         
(Adams, 1990; Share, Jorm, Maclean, and Matthews, 1984; National Reading Panel, 2000)
December 2, 4PM & 6PM: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Meet the Grinch, Max the dog, and even Cindy Lou Who as they bring Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas to life in their own special, silly way. Stick around after the program for photos and silliness during our exclusive Meet-and-Greet! 
 
December 19, 1-2PM: STEM Stories: Do you Want to Build a Snowman? (Grades K-2)
Registration Required! Call (828) 264-8784, ext. 3, or email [email protected] to register!
We'll read Caralyn Buehner's Snowmen All Year before we make snow and build our own snowmen!
 
December 19, 3-4PM: STEM Stories: Snowball Fight! (Grades 3-5)
Registration Required! Call (828) 264-8784, ext. 3, or email [email protected] to register!
Join us for Rubin Pingk's Samurai Santa: A Very Ninja Christmas! We'll learn how to make snowball cannons and have an epic indoor snowball fight after!
 
December 21, 11AM: One Night, Two Moons: A Very Joe Miller Christmas
What would you do if you saw a Christmas tree come to life outside your window? Join us for Story Time as we read Joe Miller's One Night, Two Moons and decorate the library with our very own special trees!
 

2022-2023 Elementary School Battle of the Books

2022- 2023 Middle School Battle of the Books

 

SERVICES

ABCMouse.com Early Learning Academy

ABCmouse.com is a high quality online educational resource for young children now available on our computers at the library.  ABCmouse.com has won numerous awards and features over 5,000 learning activities, including online books, interactive learning activities, games, puzzles, songs, art activities, and more. It is designed to both fun and educational.

NC Digital Library * NC Digital Kids

The NC Digital Library is now available.   Here's how it works! 

    • A beginning collection of 3029 eBooks, 689 audiobooks and 37 streaming videos on a custom website, http://nckids.overdrive.com or through the OverDrive app. 
    • 300 titles are available with simultaneous access, available anytime with no wait lists.
    • All titles can be accessed via the app on all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only).

Easy, secure access.  All that's needed to get started is a library card.  Select  Appalachian Regional Library as your sign in library.

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 or find out more about a topic.

Computers

Computers for children under the age of thirteen and for parents accompanied by children are available in the Youth Services department. Children can use their own library card to log on or parents may request a guest pass for their child. Parents must keep their child(ren) in view when using the computer lab.

Story Walks in Watauga County

Look for Watauga County Story Walks at the Tot Lot Park in Boone and Blowing Rock Memorial Park. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and was provided by a grant through the Library Services and Technology ACT EZ Literacy and Life Long Learning.

Monthly Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are a fun way to promote the library and engaged youth in the learning process. Pick up a pencil and scavenger form at the Youth Services Desk!

Library Tours

Classes and formal organizations are welcome to visit the library for a tour. Please make requests for visits at least two weeks in advance. You may call (828) 264-8784, ext.3 to request a tour.

Little Free Libraries

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Libraries encourage literacy friendly neighborhoods.  Look for a Little Free Libraries near you.

Valle Crucis Community Park
2892 Broadstone Road
Banner Elk, NC 28604
Mabel Methodist Church
5932 Old US Hwy. 421
Zionville, NC 28698
Stone Mountain Store
1880 Bethel Road
Sugar Grove, NC 28679
Leola Gardens
207 Leola Street
Boone, NC  28607
Plan B
116 Meat Camp Road
Boone, NC  28607
White Laurel Apartments
White Laurel Lane
Boone, NC 28607
 

Resources

Online Reading

Read a book a day with Tumblebooks!

Take a look at our Libguide to see what is available for kids. Someone in the family need homework help?

Check out Learning Express Library for help with Math, English, and more!

Looking for homework help? Want to learn a new language? Writing a research paper? Check out NCLive for a multitude of sources and Great Websites for Kids for a wonderful selection of websites and databases!


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