The Friends of the Library unanimously voted to give the book festival the green light! Wahoo! Before I go any further, if you are not familiar with the Friends of the Library, then you need to be. Friends’ groups across the country are made up of volunteers who provide financial support through fundraising activities for their libraries. This is done through a variety of community oriented events that help to raise awareness of available library services. Funding from the Friends’ go to many special programs like adult literacy, job search support, book clubs, children’s programs, book purchases, and all kinds of activities and resources that libraries with shrinking budgets need help with.
Your membership with your local Friends of the Library organization is a very small donation with very big rewards. In Watauga County, individual membership can be as little as $5.00. Members receive the newsletter, which keeps them up to date on Friends’ sponsored activities at the library and they get into the big annual book sale first for a Friends’ Only Evening. The book sale has been our biggest fundraising event, up until now. The Watauga Festival of the Book is about to surpass that!
As Book Sale Coordinator and now, Book Festival Chair, I have my work cut out for me. But, I cannot think of a more worthy cause nor can I think of a more perfect place. Watauga County is located in the northwestern corner of North Carolina in the Blue Ridge mountains. With cool summers, the High Country is known for a myriad of outdoor activities from kayaking and tubing to hiking the Appalachian Trail, fly fishing, and enjoying local music and arts festivals. We have many part-time residents who enjoy our temperate weather. In the winter, the population swells to include snow skiers and over 17,000 students who attend Appalachian State University, one of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges.
The Watauga Festival of the Book will be held in the county’s resort town of Blowing Rock a quaint village immortalized in Jan Karon’s Mitford series. It is a perfect location for a book festival with its litte park, specialty shops, restaurants, and scenic long-range views of the mountains
So, now that you know the background information, go to my book festival blog at http.//festivalofthebook.worpress.com and stay tuned for the finer details of the book festival and mark your calendars for a trip to the beautiful High Country area of Watauga County North Carolina for the first weekend in August 2012!