BOONE — The Watauga County Public Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise during National Library Week.
April 7-13 is National Library Week: an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses —hey have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April.
Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, book a session on computer help, or bring children to story times. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve.
“A long-standing example is our VITA Tax Program, now in its eighth year and our partnership with Appalachian State University for volunteer preparers and their expertise; this has been quite a blessing for our community and for the students’ growth as well,” said Monica Caruso, county librarian.
Watauga County Public Library provides a safe, welcoming and neutral place for the free exchange of ideas and information therefore promoting literacy, imagination and life-long learning. The library also fosters civic engagement by keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues.
From April 7 at noon until April 13 noon CT, use the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tell us how libraries have impacted your life.
The library is celebrating National Library Week with the following events:
Monday, April 8
11 a.m.: Guest Reader Charlie Wallin, county commissioner
Tuesday, April 9
11 am: Music with Laura Donovan
3:30 pm: Intro to Botany with Eco-Explore
Wednesday, April 10
11 a.m.: Guest Reader Sue Mielke, Friends of the Library board
Thursday, April 11
10 a.m.: High Country Writers welcomes Tommy Tomlinson
11 a.m.: Guest Reader John Ward, town manager
5:30 p.m.: “Lost Watauga” presentation by the Watauga County Historical Society
Friday, April 12
11 a.m.: Guest Reader Kathy Idol, library board member
3 p.m.: Open House library tour, learn about services and impact
Saturday, April 13
10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Shred Truck sponsored by local government and Federal Credit Union in back parking lot
Look for a bookmark in your books for the option of either a Stick Boy Bread Company free cookie coupon or $1 off of your fines. Thank you to Stick Boy Bread Company and the Main Library and Western Watauga Friends for their support.
For more information, visit the Watauga County Public Library at 140 Queen St., Boone, call (828) 264-8784 or visit the library’s website at www.wataugacountylibrary.com. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.