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Spooky, Fun Events at the Watauga County Public Library Coming Up This Month!

By Emily Willis

Check out the October schedule of events for the Watauga County Public Library! There are plenty of activities for all age groups coming up this month. Don’t miss out!kid_in_rocking_chair-600x429

Join the local branch for Halloween festivities, local author led workshops, and so much more!

Read below for events, dates, times and more information regarding the upcoming programs and events in October.

Visit www.wataugacountylibrary.org or call 828-264-8784 for more information. The library is located at 140 Queen Street in downtown Boone.

Library Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Halloween Festivities:

There will be a Teen Costume/Cosplay Contest, where contestants will dress in their most convincing costume. Teens will have a chance to work on their costume ideas during this month’s Teen Cafe on Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Teens will have the opportunity to enter the costume contest starting on Oct. 24 until Oct. 27. Your photo will be taken with your costume and you will fill out the entry form. If you have the most creative costume, the grand prize is a couple passes to Mysterium Escape Adventure! Teens only up to age 18. Click for contest rules.

On Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., come out to the Library to hear scary stories with ReVonda Crow! The ability to spook people with only your voice is an ancient and endangered art, but through practice, it can be mastered. This event is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Also for teens, there will be a Halloween party on Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m. There will be a  screening of a PG-13 scary movie, chosen from a selection.

Just in time for Halloween, author Scott Nicholson will be speaking at the High Country Writer’s meeting on Oct. 13 at 10 a.m. Come out to hear how Nicholson crafts his writing, which mainly surrounds topics of futuristic mutants and apocalyptic worlds!

Join the Library for ‘Boone Boo!’ on Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. There will be music with Tommy Smith, games, candy, crafts, and more! The winner of the Teen’s Costume/Cosplay Contest will also be announced at the ‘Boone Boo!’.

Author Workshops:

There are plenty of opportunities to hear local authors speak about their unique skills and talent at the Library. Along with Scott Nicholson’s workshop here is a list of others going on in October:

  • How to Write a Children’s Book with Author Daphne Petrey
    Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Author Visit: Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber with Holy Women Icons
    Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Local Author Carl Jenkins: Jurassic Station- The Journey of a Short Story – A workshop on publishing a short story.
    Friday, Oct. 7th at 3:30 p.m.
  • High Country Writers
    Thursday, Oct. 27th at 10 a.m.

Book Clubs:

The book clubs at the Library cover a large number of age groups! Meetings and events for the different book clubs for this month are:

  • Elementary BOB Club: The League of Seven by Alan Gratz
    Tuesday, Oct. 18th at 4 p.m.
  • The Worst Book Club Ever: Talk about your fave books!
    Tuesday, Oct. 18th at 3:30 p.m.
  • Cook the Books: Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon
    Tuesday, Oct. 4th at 4 p.m.
  • Book Talk: Kim Jochl with Aviatrix
    Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Book Talk: Tim Bullard with Haunted Watauga
    Wednesday, Oct 12th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Third Thursday: Kill the Messenger (2014) R
    Thursday, Oct. 20th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Book Bunch Book Club: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
    Tuesday, Oct. 25th at 1:30 p.m.

Children’s Programs:

  • Family Story Time: Stories, songs, and crafts!
    Daily at 11:00 am
  • Baby Lap Time
    Tues. & Thurs. at 10:30 am
  • Spanish Story Time
    Thursdays at 11:00 am
    October 6th & 13th
  • Lego Club: All ages welcome!
    Wed., Oct. 5th at 3:30 pm
  • Bumps in the Night: Puppet Show
    Thurs., Oct. 6th at 11:00 am
  • Sparky & the Fire Truck
    Fri., Oct. 7th at 11:00 am

Teen Programs:

  • Teen Cafe: Brainstorm about costumes or just hang out with friends at the library!
    Thursday, Oct. 13th at 4:30 p.m.

Adult Programs:

  • King Bees Blues Duo: “The Blues and History”
    Saturday, Oct. 1st at 2 p.m.Genealogy Gathering
    “Things Gleaned from Thursdays at the Library” by Ray Larson
    Tues., Oct. 4th at 2:00 pm
  • Pink 4 Lunch
    Breast cancer educational program/free lunch, presented by Susan G. Komen Northwest NC; RSVP with Reference, ext. 2
    Thurday, Oct. 6th at noon
  • High Country Lifelong Learners
    Movie: Frost/Nixon (2008) R
    Monday, Oct. 10th at 2 p.m.
  •  NC Legal Aid Webinars: Custody Clinic
    Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 2:30 p.m.
  • Divorce Clinic
    Thursday, Oct. 20th at 2:30 p.m.
  • “A Man of Sorrow” – A Carter Stanley program by Gary Reid
    Saturday, Oct. 15th at 10:30 a.m.
  •  Virtual Family History
    Saturday, Oct. 15th at noon
  • Drones, presented by Jason Reagan: Commercial and other.
    Tuesday, Oct. 18th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Immigration Day, Dan Knutsen
    Immigration 101 at 1 p.m.
    Path to Naturalization at 6 p.m.
    Wednesday, Oct. 19th
  • Bibliotherapy: Mothers Grieving Baby Loss by Daphne Petrey and Sunnee Freed
    Monday, Oct. 24th at 5:30 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Thursday, Oct. 13th at 6:30 p.m. Jeff Yeager Visits Boone Golf Course: Cheapskate Talk: Finding Wholesale Happiness in a Retail World, Jeff will be at the Watauga County Public Library at 4:30 p.m. for a “meet and greet” before heading over to the Boone Golf Club.
  •  Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Author William Finger Visits: Workshop- Writing from the Spirit led by William Finger
  • Saturday, October 22 at 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Author Reading: The Crane Dance: Taking Flight in Midlife by William Finger: New Memoir Reflects Healing Power of Writing

Coming up in November:

  • Friends Members Night: Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • General Public: Friday, Nov. 4th at 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5th at 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.