watauga childrens services

Welcome to the Watauga County Library Children's Services page. Please see our calendar of events to what's new at the library. 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.


Library's Rock * Summer Reading 2018 Programs

Ice Cream Social & Summer Reading Kick Off/Registration

Friday, June 8 at 2pm

Awesome Alphabet Activity

June 8, Friday & June 9, Saturday at 11:30am to 1pm

Awesome Alphabet Activity

Friday, June 15 & Saturday, June 16 at 11:30am to 1pm

Amazing Al * Motivational Magic Show

Tuesday, June 19 at 1pm

Game Show Mania

 Wednesday, June 20 at 2pm

Hands on Museum * Can You Hear Me Now?

Thursday, June 21 at 10:30am

Awesome Alphabet Activity

Friday, June 22 & Saturday, June 23 at 11:30am to 1pm

NC Museum of Natural History * Sounds & Animals with Hissing Cockroaches

Wednesday, June 27 at 4pm * Please Sign Up

Awesome Alphabet Activity

Friday, June 29 & Saturday, June 30 at 11:30am to 1pm

Mountain Music with Jeff Robbins

Music and Craft & (Bean Can Guitar)

Wednesday, July 11 * Music at 11am * Bean Can Guitar at 12pm

Please Sign Up

Didgeridoo Down Under

Australia themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy and storytelling.

Wednesday, July 18 at 1pm

The Schiele Museum * Gem Mining

Tuesday, July 24 at 1, 2, & 3pm * Please Sign Up


 Tuesday, August 14 at 1pm



Family Story Time

Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m.

Join us for a joyful celebration of children and their literature on the story steps.  Stories, songs, rhymes, and crafts are designed for ages 2-6.

Baby Lap Time

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Join our youngest readers for an emphasis on fun and early literacy skills based around pictures, letters, and rhymes. Recommended for ages 2 and under.

Alphabet Ready By 5

Thursdays at 11 a.m.

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. 

Lego Club

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

Call for more information, 828 264-8784 ext 3.

Battle of the Books

Click here for a list of the 2018-2019 Elementary Battle of the Books2018-2019 Middle Grades Battle of the Books.


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 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.

Kindles for Kids

Each Kindle is designed just for reading, which means your family can lose themselves in a good book rather than get distracted by videos or games.  From timeless classics like island of the Blue Dolphin, to popular new titles like Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Kindle has the books that will unleash your child's imagination as they discover their love of reading.  Ask for them at the circulation desk.

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

Stone Mountain Store
1880 Bethel Road, Sugar Grove, NC 28679

Two Rivers Community School
1018 Archie Carroll Road, Boone, NC 28607

Leola Gardens

White Laurel Apartments


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.