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January is National Mentoring Month

The Western Youth Network is holding a "Mentoring Matters" essay contest for all ages. This is an opportunity to share the story of a mentor in your life who has helped guide you through ups, downs and all-arounds. This special mentor can be a teacher, parent, coach or a number of different people in life. 

The contest is split into three age categories: 5-10, 11-16 and 17-plus. Among the prizes are gift certificates to Mast General Store and Walmart for each age category. The winning essays will be featured in The Mountain Times and Watauga Democrat.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 25. For contest entry information, drop by the library in the youth area. 


Originally published: 2013-01-09 12:55:55
Last modified: 2013-01-09 12:56:34

Watauga Library announces January events

by Anna Oakes

The Watauga County Public Library is a great destination for those days that harsh weather or cold temperatures scare you indoors. Check out these events scheduled in January.

Most programs take place in the library's meeting room. For more information about library events, call (828) 264-9784 or visit


For Adults

Drop in to learn about the library's e-book service, Overdrive, on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. Bring your e-reader if you have one. Join local author Roy Weaver Saturday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. for a local history presentation featuring "Moonshining, Murders and Other Stories of the Blue Ridge and Surrounding Areas."

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m., the Book Brewers Book Club will meet to discuss "The Shoemaker's Wife" by Adriana Trigiani. Contact the Reference Department for more information. Marion Edwards leads "Dress for Success" on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 10 a.m.

The Book Bunch Book Club meets Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss "The Snowy Child" by Eowyn Ivey.

Make your appointment now for a one-on-one computer class with Michelle in the Reference Department and learn new skills for the coming year. In addition, tax preparation assistance for low-income residents will take place Feb. 1 to April 13 on Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Reference Department will begin taking appointments in mid-January.


Small Business Institute Classes

Two classes are planned by Caldwell Community College's Small Business Institute.

Learn about the local hospitality and tourism industry and how you can break into this market on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 12 p.m. And on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 12 p.m., learn how to create an app for your small business. 

RSVP at (828) 263-5370 for either program.


For Youth

Family Story Time is every day at 11 a.m. Baby Lap Time is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

The Teen Writing Club meets on Friday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m. The Teen Book Club will discuss Derek Landy's "Skullduggery Pleasant" on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m. 

Children will make snow globes on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 3:30 p.m. as part of "Art in the Afternoon." Make a musical instrument out of recycled materials with Cathy Pinson on Saturday, Jan. 19, at noon.

The "I Have a Dream" open craft table will be available the week of Jan. 22.