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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. 

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

ReadSquared and Page Turners:  Summer Reading Sign Up begins Monday, June 7th

How it Works:

·  Register Online  – Parents you can create an account first to easily monitor your children's activity.

·  Track Your Reading – Log in and track your reading to earn points for summer reading prizes..

·  Keep Reading! – Earn a completion certificate once you've completed the program.

Click Here to Sign up for Readsquared: http://wataugacountylibrary.readsquared.com

Page Turners

Watauga Library is thrilled to announce its partnership with Page Turner. Starting June 7th, the library will give patrons access to a Virtual Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program geared towards children in grades K-3, that includes comedy shows, crafts, recipes, children’s book author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and much more. Look for it on Readsquared.

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)
 

2021-2022 Elementary School Battle of the Books
At the Bottom of the World  by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone
Ban This Book by Alan Gratz
Blood on the River  by Elisa Carbone
Found   by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Fourteenth Goldfish  by Jennifer L. Holm
From the Desk of Zoe Washington  by Janae Marks
Merci Suarez Changes Gears  by Meg Medina
The Old Willis Place  by Mary Downing Hahn
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Rain Reign  by  Ann M. Martin
Runaway Twin  by Peg Kehret
Save Me a Seat  by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Shouting at the Rain  by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
A Snicker of Magic  by Natalie Lloyd
Stella by Starlight  by Sharon M. Draper

2021- 2022 Middle School Battle of the Books

The Crossover  by Kwame Alexander
I Will Always Write Back  by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Ganda
Etiquette & Espionage  by Gail Carriger
Maybe He Just Likes You  by Barbara Dee
Ashes to Asheville  by Sarah Dooley
Paper Things  by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Roller Girl  by Victoria Jamieson
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind  by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer **
Alexander Hamilton: The Making of America  by Teri Kanefield
Song for a Whale  by Lynne Kelly
Under the Mesquite  by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Cinder  by Marissa Meyer
Bloom  by Kenneth Oppel
All of the Above  by Shelley Pearsall
A Good Kind of Trouble  by Lisa Moore Ramée
Ghost  by Jason Reynolds
Between Shades of Gray  by Ruta Sepetys
Undefeated  by Steve Sheinkin
Counting By 7s  by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Screaming Staircase  by Jonathan Stroud
The Bridge Home  by Padma Venkatraman
Deathwatch  by Robb White
Beyond the Bright Sea  by Lauren Wolk
**Young Reader’s Edition

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

ABCMouse.com Early Learing 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 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
 

Resources

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.


 

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