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About Us

The Watauga Library Expansion Project is organized by a team of dedicated community members who want to provide a better library. We are passionate about creating a better future for our community. Our expansion project is designed to provide more resources, a welcoming environment, and a new space for learning and growth. We believe that literacy and education are the keys to a better future, and we are committed to making a difference in our community. Our commitment to literacy and education is at the heart of everything we do. 

The Expansion Project is associated with the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID 59-1719432).  Since 1975, the Friends has been raising funds for the library's collections, programs, services and staff education.  In addition, we promote reading and literacy as well as help increase awareness of library resources.

Meet Our Team

Bettie Bond

Bettie is the driving force behind the Watauga Library Expansion Project. With years of project management experience, she's the perfect person to lead our team to success. Her excitement and commitment to excellence ensure that our project will be successful.

Jacob Starks

Jacob, the Appalachian Regional Library System Director, brings the library's full support to the project. His enthusiasm, encouragement and knowledge are helping our project move forward.

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Donna Breitenstein

Donna is responsible for all things research-relevant to the Watauga Library Expansion Project. With years of experience in nonprofits and higher learning, she knows exactly how to get our information out to and in from the community. She's passionate about our mission and is always looking for new ways to connect with our stakeholders.

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Lisa Reynolds

Lisa is our Community Outreach Coordinator and is responsible for building relationships with local organizations and individuals. She's passionate about our mission and is dedicated to creating a better future for Watauga. Her commitment to our community is unwavering, and we're lucky to have her on our team.

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Anita Clemmer

Research

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Monica Caruso

As our Watauga County Librarian, Monica brings her A-game to all our efforts on the project. She has been an ardent supporter since the initial concept discussions began several years ago.  Her knowledge of our past and present informs our discussions as well as the notes she keeps as our Project Secretary. 

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Braxton Eggers

Watauga County Commissioner

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Natalie Harkey

Finance Manager at Boone Chamber of Commerce &

Watauga County Public Library Advisory Board Member

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Patricia Swartzbough

Watauga County Public Library Advisory Board Member

Sandra Basel

Watauga County Public Library Advisory Board Member

Claire Olander

Friends of the Watauga County Public Library President

Don Olander

Friends of the Watauga County Public Library Treasurer

Maggie Christenbury

Event Planning

Barbara Perry-Sheldon

Grant Writing

Megan Sheppard

Photography & Social Media

Martha Gray

Communication & Marketing

Justin Daly

Watauga County Public Library

Adult Services

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