Library Questions – Sunday, May 22, 2022 | Local News

Most Wanted List

Those who have a new or lightly used copy of one of the top 10 titles and would like to donate it to the library, that would be greatly appreciated. To date, the library has received 944 of the “most wanted” books.

BCPL’s current top 10 reservations1. “Run, Rose, Run” by Dolly Parton – 9 takes

2. “Sparring Partners” by John Grisham – 9 takes

3. “22 Seconds” by James Patterson – 9 takes

4. “Dream Town” by David Baldacci – 8 takes

5. “Nightwork” by Nora Roberts – 7 takes

6. “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles – 6 takes

7. “The Recovery Agent” by Janet Evanovich – 6 takes

8. “Sound of Darkness” by Heather Graham – 6 takes

9. “Wyoming Homecoming” by Diana Palmer – 5 takes

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10. “The Death of the Black Widow” by James Patterson – 4 takes

Current New York Times Bestsellers and NC Cardinal Consortium Holds1. Emily Henry’s “Book Lovers” – 139 takes

2. “22 Seconds” by James Patterson – 371 takes

3. “It’s Ending With Us” by Colleen Hoover – 197 takes

4. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens – 62 takes

5. “Verity” by Colleen Hoover – 64 takes

6. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 132 takes

7. “Book of Night” by Holly Black – 34 takes

8. “The Homewreckers” by May Kay Andrews – 262 takes

9. “Dream Town” by David Baldacci – 455 takes

10. “Run, Rose, Run” by Dolly Parton and James Patterson – 612 takes

Adult Programming

Registration for the Adult Summer Reading Program is now open. This year’s theme is “Discover Wonderland in Your Library”. The theme is based on “Alice in Wonderland”. The program will run from June 13 to July 30. Track books and program participation at or the Readsquared app. Prizes will be awarded for most books read, most programs followed, and more. Call 828-764-9269 for more information.

Young adult programming

It’s the final countdown to June. Join us Tuesday night for a Nintendo Jamboree at the Valdese Public Library at 6 p.m. (no pre-registration required). Play all the favorites like Mario Kart, Mario Party, Animal Crossing, Super Smash Bros, and more. Saturday is D&D at the library, pre-registration is required to attend this program and snacks are provided. The campaign begins at the Valdese Public Library at 1 p.m. Teens must have Discord access and a free account to participate. Discord access is available at by clicking on the #YASOnline tab. For more information or to ask questions, contact Lizzie at 828-764-9273 or by email at

Programming for children

If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, we’re teaming up with the Western North Carolina Nature Center and the Valdese Recreation Department for a Picnic in the Park on Friday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m. at McGalliard Falls Park in Valdese . Bring your family, a picnic, and a blanket, and listen to Tori Duval of the WNC Nature Center perform “Fur, Feathers, and Scales.” You may even see some creatures. After the program, families will have the chance to explore the area and possibly earn the North Carolina Arboretum’s EcoExplore herpetology badge. For more information, call the Valdese Public Library at 828-874-2421.

Registration has begun for our summer reading program, and there is an ocean of possibilities available for children this summer. We have two separate programs available this year. The younger program is open to babies and preschoolers from birth to 5 years old. The older program is open to children between the ages of 3 and 12. If your child meets the criteria for two groups (eg 4 years old), we encourage you to choose the group that suits him best.

The reading will again be followed via ReadSquared this summer. ReadSquared can be used through a browser or through the mobile application. To access the browser link, visit The mobile version can be downloaded from your phone’s app store. All participants wishing to participate this summer will need to register with ReadSquared even if you used the app last year.

Be sure to visit our website at to find our flyer and June/July calendars for more details. You can also find us on Facebook. Any events or groups that require pre-registration are open until full. If you have any questions about the Summer Reading Program or ReadSquared, please visit our website or call us.

eBooks @ your library

There are 3,802 Burke County Public Library users registered to use the library’s digital collection available through the e-iNC Consortium and NC Kids Digital Library. This digital collection includes eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos available to cardholders from the Burke County Public Library. Apps are available for download for a variety of devices, including Kindle, iPhone, and Android phones. Go to to see the apps. To access the collection and download items, go to and follow the instructions to create an account. You will need to know your library card number and PIN. Please contact the library if you need assistance.

Find us on the web

Go to for a list of programs and events. Unless otherwise stated, all programs in the library are free. Some programs have pre-registration and age requirements.