Friends of the Library
For lists of ACCEPTABLE and UNACCEPTED items to donate,
please go to the "Donate Gently Used Books, etc." section below
About the Friends
Since 1974, the Friends provides support to the Watauga County Public Library by raising funds for the library collections, programs, services and staff education. It is an all volunteer nonprofit 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
- Youth & adult books and media purchases
- The "Reading & Rolling" program which provides books to rural kids during the summer
- Youth & adult supply purchases
- Adult reading programs
- Technology classes
- Visiting writers & other speakers
- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
- Youth summer reading programs
- Used Book Sales
Join the Friends
You may join the Friends of the Library any time for as little as $5 a year for an individual membership, $10 for a family membership, or $2 for youth to 16 years old one. As a member you will be an outstanding supporter of the library, will receive the Friends newsletters with library news, and will be invited to the special Members Only Book Sales prior to sales opening to the public.
The Friends Board of Directors and Officers meet the first Wednesday of announced months in the Evelyn Johnson Meeting Room at the library. The meetings are open to all Friends members. Email WataugaCountyFOL@gmail.com to ask about the current meeting schedule.
For a form to complete to join the Friends of the Library, click here..
Applications may be dropped off at the library circulation desk or mailed to:
Friends of the Watauga County Public Library
140 Queen Street
Boone, NC 28607
Our annual financial gift to the library provides funds in support of programming for children and adults, and other items not covered in the library's regular budget. Funds raised during our book sales are the main source for the Friends' financial support of the library. Volunteers are vital to our book sales' success — collecting, moving, sorting and pricing donated materials is the work behind the scenes while others sell during the sales. Let us know what skills or talents you would like to offer!
The Friends has a Facebook page. Please follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on upcoming used book sales; reading and literacy activities; ways to support the library; and donation dates for accepting gently used books, movies on DVD, music on CD, audio books on CD, puzzles, games, and recent magazines. On Facebook, search for Friends of the Watauga County Public Library and like, follow and invite your friends to follow our posts. These are helpful ways to expand who sees our posts and to increase awareness of the organization and what we do and support.
Donate Gently Used Books, etc.
The Friends collects gently used books, music CDs, movie DVDs, audiobook CDs, puzzles, recent magazines and box games throughout the year. These are sold to the public at nominal prices during periodoic Book Sales and continuously sold in the Book Sale Room near the library's entrance. . Donations may be made any time during library open hours by delivering books to the library circulation desk. Drop off of larger donations of more than 2 boxes may be scheduled by email WataugaCountyFOL@gmail.com.
The Friends accepts the following clean, gently used, sellable items:
- Books for adults, teens, and children
- Magazines less than 2 years old
- Computer manuals less than 2 years old
- Audio Books on CD
- Movies on DVD
- Music on CD
- Puzzles and Games (all pieces included)
- Rare or Unique Topic Books
The Friends does not accept:
- Books that are water-damaged, mildewed, warped, dirty, heavily marked/highlighted or that have torn/missing pages/covers
- Magazines more than 2 years old or that are water-damaged, mildewed, warped, or dirty
- Computer manuals more than 2 years old
- Cassette tapes
- VHS tapes
- Vinyl records
Donate to the Friends of the Library through Amazon Smile program!
You may support the Watauga Friends of the Library when you make purchases from Amazon.com via the Amazon Smile program. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select us as their charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer's selected charitable organization. Visit org.amazon.com to learn more, smile.amazon.com to register.