Summer Reading Program Hosts Free Magic Show

As part of the Watauga Library Youth Services: Summer Reading Program, families get to enjoy fun-filled events at our local library. This Tuesday (June 19), enjoy the Amazing Al motivational magic show at 1:00 pm.

While you are at the library, make sure to turn in your completed log for the week to pick out a prize. Don’t forget to fill out a raffle ticket to be eligible for the big weekly prizes!

Tie Dye Day at Watauga County Library (June 11, 2018)

Start your week with a fun day at the Watauga County Library.

All are welcome to join in on some colorful fun. Start your week off with a spiral, a bullseye and much more!! **BRING YOUR OWN ITEM TO DYE**

Watauga County Library Summer Reading Kick Off – June 8, 2018

This is the last week of school in Watauga County. Please mark your calendars for Watauga Library Youth Services: Summer Reading 2018 program kick off, ice cream social, Friday, June 8, at 2 pm.

Music brings people together; throughout history and around the world, music has been a special part of people’s lives, and it continues to play a fundamental role in celebrations, self-expression, communication, connection, and daily life. Whether you’re a fan of classical, jazz, oldies, country, or peace and quiet, this summer’s manual has something for you! Through books, games, musical experiences, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, participants will interact with music and sound in a wide variety of ways. Learn about famous musicians, try your hand at making an original instrument, find out about the science behind the music you love, think about the music that nature is making every day, and rock your way all the way around the world with hands-on activities for children and families. Lace up your dancing shoes, plug in your microphone, and get ready for a swingin’ summer as you and your patrons celebrate the fact that libraries rock!

Summer 2018 Schedule

Tie Dye Day * Bring an item to dye

Monday, June 11 at 1 pm

Family Science Night

Thursday, June 14 from 4 to 6pm * Light refreshments provided

Amazing Al Motivational Magic Show

Tuesday, June 19 at 1 pm

Awesome Alphabet Activities

Friday & Saturday, June 8 & 9 at 11:30 am

Awesome Alphabet Activities

Friday & Saturday, June 15 & 16 at 11:30 am

Game Show Mania

Wednesday, June 20 at 2 pm

Awesome Alphabet Activities

Friday & Saturday, June 22 & 23 at 11:30 am

Hands On Museum * Boomwhackers * Can You Hear me Now?

Thursday, June 21 at 10:30 am

Please Sign Up

NC Museum of Natural History

Presents Sounds and Animals with Hissing Cockroaches

Wednesday, June 27 at 4 pm

Please Sign Up

NC Museum of Natural History

Sounds and Animals

Wednesday, June 27 at 1 pm

Awesome Alphabet Activities

Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30 at 11:30 am

Beginning Coding Club

Tuesday, July 10 at 3 pm

Bean Can Guitars and Music with Jeff Robbins

Wednesday, July 11 * Music at 11 am

Wednesday, July 11 at 12 * Bean Can Guitar Craft * Please Sign Up

Bean Can Guitar Craft at 3 pm

Family Music with Ms Laura

Tuesday, July 17 at 11 am

Didgerdoo Down Under * Educational, motivational and super fun

Australian music for kids and families

Wednesday, July 18 at 1 pm

Family Bird Scouts

July 19 at 3:30 pm

Schiele Museum * Gem Mining * Please Sign Up

Tuesday, July 24 at 1 pm, 2 pm, & 3 pm

Schiele Museum * Gem Mining

Tuesday, July 24 at 10 am

Family Escape Room * Please Sign Up

Friday, July 27 and Saturday , July 28

Family Bird Scouts

Thursday, August 2 at 3:30 pm


Tuesday, August 14 at 1 pm


For more information, visit the library website.

The Watauga County Library Summer Reading Kick-Off – June 1st

The last day of school is right around the corner. The Watauga County Library is kicking off an amazing reading program for children of all ages.

The Watauga County Public Library and the Western Watauga Library are perfect places for children and families to become empowered to build a better world! Build a better world locally and create a positive change by bringing a canned good (peanut butter, jelly, and cereal) for the Health and Hunger Coalition or a food item for your favorite pet (dog or cat) for the Watauga Humane Society when you sign up for summer reading at Watauga County Public Library. Just as skyscrapers are built to great heights, one brick at a time, participants will find themselves reaching for the stars through hands-on learning experiences this summer. Children who join the summer library program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed. So, go forth and build a better world.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program “Build a Better World” is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prize drawings, story times, and more. Registration begins on June 1st. For more information, call the Watauga County Public Library at 828 264-8784, X 3 Western Watauga Library at 828 297-5515 or visit the website, Programs are funded by the Friends of Watauga and Western Watauga Library and are free of charge.

Watauga County Library Summer Activities June 20 – 23

Watauga County Library Mad Science OlympicsWatauga County Library has a fun summer planned for High Country Families. Has your child joined the summer reading program? If not, it is not too late and there are prizes involved! Also, included is lots of fun family events. The theme this year is Getting Active, where you will explore our community’s passion to play and get involved in activities. Check out below all the fun events planned for this week!

Also, the library offers FREE access to ABC Mouse! This website for kids has thousands of fun, educational activities covering reading, art, math, music and more. Use it on any of the computers in our Youth Services section.

June 20, 2016

11:00a.m. – Check It! Teen Financial Literacy: As digital natives, teens have grown used to the online word but do they know enough to protect themselves? Focus will be on identity theft and online fraud: identifying common scams and learning to protect yourself, online and in real life (IRL).

4:00p.m. – Brer Rabbit Stories with ReVonda Crow: Brer Rabbit is a trickster character in folktales of African, African-American, and Native American Culture. Brer Rabbit is the consummate trickster, who typically matches wits with Brer Fox, whom he always bests.

June 21, 2016

Little Sketchers with Ms. Julie: Little Sketchers is a program that provides young children from ages 6 to 12 with the tools to discover the artist within. Through the use of visual meditation, group projects, individual activities and instrumental music, the children will learn ways to help uncover the seeds of their creativity.

June 22, 2016

11:00a.m. – JumpBunch with Ms. Tiana: JumpBunch is a part of our Active Story Time Series, happening every Wednesday during our Summer Reading Program. Active Story Times are designed for ages 5 and under, and their parents. Come join the fun and get active with us!

June 23, 2016

9:30a.m. – Mad Science Olympics: “Marvels of Motion – “Come one, come all… to the Mad Science Physics Olympics! This interactive event is all about the fun-damentals of moving science including Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion and all sorts of surprises including dancing, chemically assisted football tossing, and even amazing “space-age” rocket packs. Children will have a chance to compete in wacky events, while the mad scientists prepare to unveil their top-secret motion machine. Come and discover the science behind some of your favorite Olympic sports and find out why this show is such a “blast!”

Watauga Humane Society Introduces Reading For Paws

watauga humane societyDoes your child love animals? Beginning June 14, 2016, you child can read to an animal at the Watauga Humane Society.

Watauga Humane Society is introducing a new summer reading program. The program will run from 11:00am-12:30pm Tuesday through Friday for eight weeks, ending on August 5. Designed for children in grades 2-8, the program’s purpose is to promote children’s reading skills and interests while also providing a means for socializing and promoting human interaction with cats and kittens at the Adoption Center.

Reading for Paws is based on research conducted at Tufts University that established that pets can be considered a form of human support; that human/animal interactions can make the learning process more comfortable and enjoyable for children; that autistic children, in particular, who have contact with animals have demonstrated increased use of language and have improved social interactions when with animals. Children involved in the program show better sustained focus and maintain a higher sense of awareness as well as improved attitudes toward school; finally, animals offer a non-evaluative presence that can provide support and comfort to individuals without judging them.

Program details:

  • Online registration must occur at least one day in advance; the program can accommodate only 14 children a day
  • Reading/animal interaction times will be no more than 30 minutes per day per child
  • Children must sign in at the confirmed time and be accompanied by an adult
  • Children may bring their own books to read or select one at the Center
  • Animals will be provided by Center staff
  • Reading/animal interactions will take place only in space identified by staff
  • Adults must be with their children throughout the confirmed time
  • The child and adult must sign out at the completion of a confirmed time

Click here to sign-up your child.

Watauga County Library Children Events July 13 – 17

Mark your calender for this week’s library events. It is sure to be fun and magical for everyone.

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Monday – Friday at 11:00 am: Join in for a joyful celebration of children and their literature on the story steps. Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts are designed for ages 2 to 6.

Monday, July 13 at 11:30 am: Leo, a Burmese Mountain Dog, is a great listener and provides children with a sense of comfort while reading. Children can boost reading skill and confidence by reading to him. Please sign up, limited to three 15 minutes sessions.

Wednesday, July 15: Schiele Museum – Frog Dissection (At The Library)
***THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES REGISTRATION. Limited to 25 children, register at the children’s desk or call the library at 828-264-8784 ext. 3***

On Wednesday, July 15th at 11:00 AM, we will be presenting a animal dissection program by the Schiele Museum of Natural History! Register your children for this hands-on, informative event. To find out more about the Schiele Museum, visit

Thursday, July 16: Magic Show with Caleb Sigmon
This illusionist will entertain and astonish people of all ages! Come see this family-friendly show, and be assured that Caleb will not make your interest magically disappear. The magic begins Thursday, July 16th at 1:00 PM.

Saturday, July 18: Spanish Story Time