Junaluska Book Scavenger Hunt in Downtown Boone

Last Updated on September 25, 2023 10:20 am

The Watauga County Public Library and the DBDA have collaborated to create a Downtown Scavenger Hunt for the months of October and November. The “hunt” has been created using The Junaluska ABC Book which is based on the childhood memories of four women who grew up in Watauga County during segregation: Betty Grimes, Carolyn Grimes, Peggy Horton, and Roberta Jackson. Editor Pegge Laine states in her introduction that “. . . their memories paint a vivid picture of their childhoods. They may have been poor in material possessions but they were richly blessed in their love and respect for one another.” 

Stop by the Watauga County Public Library or the Jones House to pick up a worksheet flyer listing the store windows where the pages of the books can be found. Younger children are encouraged to write on their flyer the letter of the alphabet they find at each store. Older children are encouraged to write one of the words boldly featured from each page.

Return the worksheet flyer to the library or the Jones House to receive your choice of a small prize provided by the DBDA. (While supplies last.) 

Additionally, families are invited to stop by the library any FRIDAY in October from 12:00-4:00 for “Art in the Afternoon”. Supplies will be available at an open art table for children to create a mini ABC book using watercolors to mimic the alcohol inks used as the backgrounds for the pages of The Junaluska ABC Book. Additionally, the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts will be hosting artmaking inspired by the book between 5-8 p.m. on Friday, October 6th in the MoskowitzGallery as part of First Friday. 

Copies of The Junaluska ABC Book can be purchased at the Jones House. 

For more information, please contact Lane Moody at 828-268-6283 or by email

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