watauga childrens services

Welcome to the Watauga County Library Youth Services page.  Visit us anytime the library is open to check out materials, use the computer lab, do research, go on a scavenger hunt, and more!



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NCKids Digital Library


NC Kids Digital Library offers e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs.  This collection was specifically designed for youth and includes picture books, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, young adult, and more.

NC Kids Digital Library is sponsored by NCPLDA: NC Public Library Directors Association, NCGA: NC General Assembly, with assistance from the State Library of North Carolina and supported by an IMLS federal LSTA grant.

Family Story Time 
Join us every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11AM for fun, books, and bubbles!
***Story Time dates are subject to change.***
After School Story Time
Join us after school for a story. All ages welcome!
Tuesdays at 3:30 pm
Take the 2023 Year of Reading Challenge with us!!!
Need a reason to read in 2023? Look no further! Beginning January 9, kids and teens ages 3-17 can sign up at the Youth Services desk to participate in the Year of Reading Challenge! When you sign up, you'll get a Reading Prompt Calendar, a reading log, and a lanyard. Complete one reading prompt every month, bring your reading log back to us to stamp, and choose a cool pin to add to your lanyard!

Dinovember Movies

Celebrate Dinovember with a slate of family movies about dinosaurs!

Thursday, November 2 at 3:30 PM: The Land Before Time

Friday, November 10 at 2:00 PM: Ice Age

Wednesday, November 22 at 3:30 PM: Night At The Museum Interactive Movie

Tuesday, November 28 at 4:00 PM The Good Dinosaur, preceded by a dinosaur storytime at 3:30 PM

Try It Club

First and Third Saturdays of the Month

November 4th & 18th at 2 pm

Recommended for ages 8-18

Each time we meet, we will try a new skill or activity; maybe it will be an interesting craft, maybe it will be a game. Just bring yourself and an open mind! We will learn together. It could be a roaring success or it may be a spectacular failure - you'll have to try it and find out. We can't promise it will work, but we will have fun trying!

Registration required. email Jenna [email protected] or call (828)264-8784 extension 3


Free build with Library Lego bricks! Then all creations will be displayed at the library for a month.

Tuesday, Novmber 21th at 4:00 PM

Creative Writing Workshop For Teens and Tweens

Thursday, November 30th at 5:00 PM

Contact 828-264-8784 x 3 or email [email protected]

YA Book Club – The Book Brigade

Reading: "You've Reached Sam" by Dustin Thao

Stop by the Adult Services desk any time to pick up a copy of the book and join the fun!

Email Justin or Kristian for questions and pizza requests.

Books may contain mature themes, profanity, or violence. Parental discretion advised.

Thursday, Nov 9th at 5:30 pm


Crochet Club

For Ages 8-18

No Experience or Supplies Necessary

Snacks Provided

First and Third Wednesdays

Wednesday, Nov 1st &  15th at 4 pm

Questions? Email Jennifer at [email protected]



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!



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.

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.

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.

Story Walks in Watauga County

Look for Watauga County Story Walks at the Tot Lot Park in Boone. 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.

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 Library near you. Get the app here!


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


Battle of the Books 2023-2024

Learning Express Library

Someone in the family need homework help? Check out Learning Express Library for help with Math, English, ACT/SAT practice, 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!

Free Driver Education Test

Soon-to-be driver in the family? Try the free online DMV permit practice tests: driving-tests.org.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Volunteering for the Library

Need more than one hour per month? Set up a Volunteer Slot! You can make a difference in the quality of library services in your community by sharing your time and talent. Whether shelving books one morning a week, organizing the shelves, or preparing crafts for a children’s story time, volunteers are essential to making the Watauga County Library a great place to be. 

Before starting any task in the library, volunteers must read the volunteer policy, then complete the volunteer application and return it to the circulation desk. Volunteers under the age of 18 must provide a parent’s signature on the application form. If you would like further information, contact us at (828) 264-8784, ext. 3.