The Watauga County Public Library and the Downtown Boone Development Association are partnering once again to provide Boone our families with a fun, safe, socially distant, multigenerational experience.

Beginning Feb. 1, you will have the opportunity to hunt for 10 hibernating animals that will be located on posters in the windows of participating downtown businesses. Pick up your hibernating animals worksheet in the brochure holder in front of the Jones House or in front of the Watauga County Public Library. Write down the animal name that you find on a poster in the window of each store listed on the worksheet.

Once your worksheet is complete, bring it to the library to collect a small prize while supplies last. Or write your name and phone number on the worksheet and place it in the library book drop. You will be contacted regarding how to pick up your prize through our curbside service.

Additionally, every store poster has pictures of recommended library books featuring a specific hibernating animal, along with a QR code. Use your smartphone camera feature to hover over the code to begin the process of placing that book on hold for your family to enjoy. Call the library at (828) 264-8784 if you need any help with that process.

Finally, if you have young children you may want to also check out the accompanying “Hibernating Animals Story Time” on the Appalachian Regional Library YouTube channel. The Hibernating Animals Scavenger Hunt will be available for the months of February and March. The hunt is self-paced and can be done even when the library and stores are closed.

If you have questions, please contact Lane Moody at (828) 268-6283 or the youth services librarians at (828) 264-8784 Ext.3.

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