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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2892 Broadstone Road
1880 Bethel Road
On Line Reading
Read a book a day with Tumblebooks!
Check out Learning Express Library for help with Math, English, and more!