Youth and Families

Reoccurring Events

Events and classes are broken down by age groups for safety and developmental purposes.


Story Times

Days and times are due to change because of holidays and school breaks.

Children's Story Time

Time: Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Year-round)
Toddler (ages 18-36 months) Story Time: 10:00am to 10:30am
Preschoolers (ages 3-6 years) Story Time: 11:00am to 11:30am

Join the Watauga Public Library for our famous Story Time, where we build early literacy skills and school readiness with fun stories, silly songs, and bubbles! Story Time encourages a lifelong love of reading.

Mother Goose: Baby Story Time

Days and times are due to holidays and school breaks.

Time: Fridays, 10:00am to 11:00am  

Mother Goose Story Time uses a variety of nursery rhymes, songs and instruments to foster your baby's development while providing an opportunity to discuss common concerns with other parents. The age requirement for Mother Goose Story Time are pre-walkers and beginner walkers.

Music & Movement Storytime

Time: Fourth Thursday of each month, 12:00pm to 12:30pm ( Ages: 2-5 years)

Enjoy a fun way to develop Early Literacy skills in young children with music, dancing, singing, stories and exploration of simple musical concepts. 

Sensory Play

Time: Fourth Monday of each month, 11:00am to 12:00pm ( Ages: 3-5 years)

Sensory Play is a 30-minute program with limited attendance slots available (10 children + their families). Participation is limited in order to create a calmer, quieter, more relaxed environment for sensory play. Sensory Play will consist of sensory bins. Sign-up is required. Please call the Youth Services Desk at 817-514-5866 during business hours to RSVP.

Disclaimer – The facilitators are average, ordinary librarians & assistants, we do not have degrees in early childhood development, autism spectrum issues, or any doctoral degree. We are frontline staff when it comes to directly dealing with children who have developmental issues. Often we feel the best we can do is be welcoming and friendly at regular Storytime. Sensory Storytime gives us the option to tell parents that their child has been thoughtfully considered and will be celebrated. Sensory Storytime is a journey for both the librarian and the child. Each Storytime will be unique because each month the children’s behaviors will be unique.


Clubs

Days and times are due to change because of holidays and school breaks.

Pokémon League 

Time: Mondays, 5:30pm to 7:30pm (Ages: 7-17)

Bring a starter pack of Pokémon cards and join Pokémon enthusiasts at the Library. Volunteers are able to help beginners. All skill levels welcome. For more information, please contact the Youth Desk at 817.514.5866.

Teen Anime Plus Club

Time: Third Monday of each month, 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Ages: 13-17 years)

Join us the third Monday of the month as we get an experience of Japanese culture that goes beyond anime! For more information, please contact the Youth Desk at 817.514.5866.

Tween Anime Club

Time: Third Saturday of each month, 1:00pm to 3:00pm (Ages: 9-12 years)

Join us the third Saturday of the month for a tween-appropriate anime viewing and anime-themed crafts! For more information, please contact the Youth Desk at 817.514.5866.

Crafty Explorations

Time: Second Wednesday of each month, 4:30pm to 6:00pm (Ages: 5-17 years)

Each month we'll be exploring a different medium and/or different type of art. Kids will be encouraged to create their own art at a self-paced rate in the "craft buffet" style. For more information, please contact the Youth Desk at 817.514.5866.

Writers Are Readers

Time: Third Wednesday of each month, 6:30pm to 8:00pm (Ages: 13-17 years)

Have you ever read a book and took note of how the author crafted the story, world, or characters? This group is for you! We'll discuss published books as well as work on our own writing. For more information, please contact the Youth Desk at 817.514.5866.


Book Clubs

Days and times are due to change because of holidays and school breaks.

The Easy Reader Book Club

Time: First Mondays, 5:00pm to 6:30pm (Ages: 4-7)

A book club for K-2nd graders! Includes read-alouds & an activity based off the book Ms. Barbara reads! Book club members will choose their books during the meeting. They can read a part of the book aloud if they like--but it's not required. The purpose for this club is to learn about what makes a book a book and foster a love of reading early. RSVP to attend! Attendance will be limited to allow for meaningful discussion.

Rick Riordan Presents: A Book Club

Time: Second Thursdays, 6:00pm to 7:30pm (Ages: 10-14)

Do you love mythology and humor? Join WPL for a tween book club focusing on books from the Rick Riordan imprint, Rick Riordan Presents. Each month we’ll discuss the book and participate in an activity based off the book! Light refreshments will be provided while supplies last.

*not in association with Rick Riordan the entity or the individual


How to Study: A Youth Services Presentation

A Tween/Teen Tool 

Click here for a .PDF copy of the presentation from April 15, 2023.