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. 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are not holding in person programs. We hope to revive that when the pandemic ends. We are offering a variety of online programs on our Facebook page.


Don't miss any of the awesome programs available for children at Wilkes County Public Library. Check out our calendar online or stop by the library to pick one up.

Monday Mayhem


Mondays at 11 am

Join Ms. Elizabeth for a Facebook Live video every Monday. She will lead you and the kids through simple crafts. Materials required: crayons, glue, scissors, and paper plate. (Seriously! That's all you need!)

Story Time


Tuesdays at 11 am

We post videos on our Facebook page of some of our favorite people reading some of their favorite stories. Enjoy!

Music and Movement


Wednesdays at 10:30 am

Join Ms. Rose on our Facebook page as she reads stories and leads the kids in a movement activity.

Baby Time


Thursdays at 9:30 am

Ms. Elizabeth posts a video on our Facebook page every Thursday of her singing a variety of baby songs and occasionally reading a book or doing a feltboard activity. Check it out!

Fairy Tales and Fables


Fridays at 10:30 am

Ms. Rose reads a favorite fariy tale every Friday. Join us on our Facebook page to listen to the stories!

Builder's Club


Saturdays at 1 pm

We are currently offering online videos to challenge your children's Lego building skills. Check out our Facebook page to learn more. We encourage families to post pictures of what their kids have made!



StoryWalks take the joy of reading outdoors!  Experience a story as you take a stroll or explore a park.  Story boards also contain literacy tips for caregivers.  See a story walk in action at Smoot Park in North WIlkesboro or the Fish Dam Creek Park across the dam from the Kerr Scott Dam & Reservoir Visitor Center. Learn more by clicking here.

StoryWalks can also be found at various locations in Watauga and Ashe Counties.

NC Kids Digital Library

The NC Kids Digital Library is now available to all library card holders in North Carolina.

Select Appalachian Regional Library and sign in with your library card to get access to:

    • more than 19,800 eBooks, 5,200 audiobooks, and 1,100 streaming videos
    • 1,600+ titles available at any time with no wait list

All titles are available at NCKids or on the Libby app on all major computers and devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only).

Plus, Wilkes County Schools students can use their StudentAccess cards to log in to the NC Kids Digital Library!

Reference Assistance & Readers' Advisory

We are limiting our one-on-one assistance but we would love to help out over the phone. Please call (336)838-2818 for more information.

Book a Librarian

We are limiting our one-on-one assistance but we would love to help out over the phone. Please call (336)838-2818 for more information.


Computers are not currently available in the Rose Herring Children's Library due to COVID-19 restrictions. There are computers available for use upstairs though. Please call (336)838-2818 for more information.

Kindles and Ebooks for Kids

Our Kindles are designed just for reading, which means your family can lose themselves in a good book rather than become distracted by videos or games. From timeless classics to popular new titles, these books will unleash your child's imagination as they discover their love of reading.

Ask for them at the circulation desk.

StudentAccess Cards

Using their StudentAccess cards, Wilkes County Schools students may check out up to 10 books or audiobooks from the library. Titles are checked out for three weeks and can be renewed. Late fees are not charged on Student Access accounts, but you are responsible for lost or damaged books.

Students also have access to Overdrive, NCKids, and NCLive using their student ID (lunch) numbers.

Check out our StudentAccess page for more information.

Library Tours and Special Programs

We are not currently doing library tours or special programs due to COVID-19 restrictions. CHeck our Facebook page for our online programs.


  • Need homework help? Check out the Testing and Education Reference Center for help with math, English, test prep, and more!
  • Does your child need to research a topic? Check out NCLive for resources from scholarly articles and biographies to how-to videos and local e-books.
  • Great Websites for Kids has a wonderful selection of websites geared to kids birth to age 14.
  • Want to know what is available in Wilkes County for you and your children? Check out Wilkes Kids and take a look here if you find yourself in need of help for your family.