Banned Books Week

Posted by - September 18, 2019

In 1960, John F. Kennedy said, “If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives

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Staff Book Review: The Queen

Posted by - September 13, 2019

Thanks to Tech Services Manager David Ownby for sharing his thoughts on this new book! You can find it in our collection here. Blending literary true crime with investigative journalism, Josh Levin’s The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth separates truth and fiction in the controversial, chaotic life of Linda Taylor. Taylor captured

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Book Scouts: Swashbuckling Reads!

Posted by - September 12, 2019

Your Library is excited to offer a new monthly school age program called Book Scouts! Kids ages 8 to 12 will explore reading recommendations and discover new titles based on their interests and favorite books with the help of librarians. Registration is open for the first program on Thursday, September 19 from 6-7 p.m. and can

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Johnson City Sessions Lectures

Posted by - September 9, 2019

Your Library is hosting two lectures in September as a lead-up to the Johnson City Sessions 90th Anniversary Celebration on October 18-19. On Wednesday, September 18 at 6 p.m. ETSU professor Dr. Ted Olson will present “Tell It to Me: Revisiting the Johnson City Sessions, 1928-1929.” Then, on Wednesday, September 25 at 6 p.m. music

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Genealogy & Local History Book Sale

Posted by - August 30, 2019

Watauga Association Genealogists (WAGS) and your library are holding a book sale for used and new genealogical and local history materials on Saturday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jones Meeting Room. JCPL Technical Services Manager David Ownby says there will be a lot of interest for local researchers. “We have

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Cherished Mom Perinatal Support Group

Posted by - August 28, 2019

Are you a new or expectant mom struggling with feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and exhaustion? Your Library hosts a support group for women who are preparing for or adjusting to motherhood. The group is organized and led by facilitators from Appalachian Perinatal Mental Health Alliance (APMHA), and it meets on the second and fourth Monday of

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Register Now for Mother Goose Storytime!

Posted by - August 23, 2019

We are currently taking registration for our Mother Goose Storytime program in September, which is for children ages birth to 18 months old and their caregivers. The program is from 9:30-10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays between September 4-26. When registering, you sign up for either Wednesday or Thursday every week, and your registration covers all

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Connecting Homeless Veterans with Housing Resources

Posted by - August 21, 2019

Your library is committed to providing every person in our community with free access to information, which is why we recently began partnering with Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide homeless Veterans with information about housing resources. Every Friday from 10-11 a.m., a VA community outreach social worker is available in the library’s Polly Peterson Room to

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Regularly Scheduled Youth Programs Are Back!

Posted by - August 20, 2019

Your Library’s regularly scheduled youth programs started up again this week, and we’re excited to tell you about what you have to look forward to this fall! Check out the general program descriptions below, then call 423-434-4458 for more details about any of them. Preschool Programs Mother Goose Storytime is offered in September and November

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36 Years of Service: Interview with Gina Thayer-Coleman

Posted by - August 17, 2019

This week we’re honoring Circulation Services Manager Gina Thayer-Coleman, who is retiring after working at your library for 36 years. Gina has been instrumental in implementing and maintaining the library’s automation systems for the last 30 years, and has served as a devoted mentor and leader to her fellow employees. We asked her to reflect on

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