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. 

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.



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Youth Reading Mission: Choose 25 challenges and earn a Lost Province Pizza Coupon

Facebook Family Story Times Starts in September

Join us for a joyful celebration of children and their literature on the story steps.  Stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts are designed for ages 2-6.

Facebook  Baby Lap Time with Ms Lindsay Starts in September

Join our youngest readers for an emphasis on fun and early literacy skills based around pictures, letters, and rhymes. Recommended for ages 2 and under.

Facebook  Alphabet Ready By 5 and Phonemic Awareness Videos on Mondays

We have a special storytime geared toward children working on their letters and sounds. This program is designed around a single letter of the alphabet, and focuses on pre-reading and early literacy skills while keeping kids entertained.

Awesome Alphabet Activities (No in-house prgrams untill 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)

2020-2021 Elementary Battle of the Books

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

Soft Rain by Cornelia Cornelissen

Among the Hidden  by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library  by Chris Grabenstein

Turtle in Paradise  by Jennifer L. Holm

Kenny & the Dragon  by Tony DiTerlizzi

Walls Within Walls by Maureen Sherry

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Wish  by Barbara O'Connor

Pax  by Sara Pennypacker

The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson

Wildfire  by Rodman Philbrick

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl  by Stacy McAnulty

Not If I Can Help It  by Carolyn Mackler

The Very, Very Far North  by Dan Bar-el

2020-2021 Middle School Battle of the Books

Home of the Brave  by Katherine Applegate

The Iron Trial  by Holly Black and Cassandre Clare

Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish  by Pablo Cartaya

Book Scavenger  by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Airman  by Eoin Colfer

New Kid  by Jerry Craft

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25  by Richard Paul Evans

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Prisoner B-3087  by Alan Gratz

Fatal Fever  by Gail Jarrow

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky  by Kwane Mbalia

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Look Both Ways  by Jason Reynolds

The Hired Girl  by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bluefish  by Pat Schmatz

Death on the River of Doubt  by Samantha Seiple

Salt to the Sea  by Rura Sepetys

Outcast United  by Warren St. John

Other Words for Home  by Jasmine Warga

Genisis Begins Again  by Alicia D. Williams

The Watch That Ends the Night  by Allan Wolf

Wolf Hollow  by Lauren Wolk

Lego Club (No in-house programs until further notice)

The 1st Wedneday of the full week each month at 3:30 p.m.

The word Lego comes from the Danish phrase, leg godt, meaning play well. Kids are encouraged to bring their imagination to life, one block at a time.

Beginning Coding Club (No in-house programs until further notice)

Call for more information, 828 264-8784 ext 3.

Services Early Learing Academy is a high quality online educational resource for young children now available on our computers at the library. 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, 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 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 marker and scavenger form at the Easy book section near Big Bird.

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 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


On Line 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!

Does your child need to research a topic? Check out NCLive for a multitude of sources and Great Websites for Kids for a wonderful selection of websites geared to kids birth to age 14.