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ARL Good Neighbor Project 2019: Regional Read - Bottled

Stories of Recovery: Hope and Help

Good Neighbor Project

Good Neighbor Project Grant

The Appalachian Regional Library believes that civic engagement is good. In a world of increasingly divisive rhetoric, we all need to be reminded that we can work together on local issues in a positive and productive way. We believe that friendly and collaborative civic engagement is possible and, as a public library system, we believe we are uniquely positioned to bring together quality information about locally-relevant issues, local residents, and local organizations whose mission is to help alleviate concerns in our communities.  Therefore, in partnership with community agencies and educational institutions, the Appalachian Regional Library System strives to provide and promote well-written and engaging books related to a local challenge/issue of interest to our communities.  Furthermore, we strive to sponsor programming about books to create a public dialog and offer ways for readers and other interested parties to engage together in activities that have a positive effect in our local communities.

This project has been funded in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Grant Number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  

Programming was funded in part by a grant from Watauga County Community Foundation, which is administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Dana Bowman ~ Bottled


During the month of October join us for programming and conversation about ...

Breaking Free From Addiction



Meet Dana and hear her story of hope. 

Thompson Hall - Wilkes Community College, October 28 at 5:30 p.m. 

Boone United Methodist Church, October 29 at 5:30 p.m.

*Hensley Hall - West Jefferson Methodist Church, October 30 at 12:00 p.m.

Free lunch provided - must register in advance (336.846.2041) 


Read Dana Bowman's book Bottled for a humorous look at a serious topic.

(limited) Read - Share - Return copies are available at each library,

... or click on book cover to borrow a cataloged copy.