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Haywood County NCWorks Career Center will be at the Waynesville & Canton branches the first Friday of every month from 1:15pm-4:45pm in the computer area to assist with job searching, resume preparation, and basic computer skills. For more information, call 828.456.6061.



Enjoy reading while walking along the Richland Creek Trail at Vance Street Park in Waynesville. Pages from a children's picture book are placed in display posts within sight-distance of one another. Get lost in a book while exercising and spread the joy of reading! 

The Storywalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. This Storywalk® was made possible by the Fund for Haywood County Medford Grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Haywood County Public Library Foundation.


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Waynesville (828) 452-5169  
678 South Haywood Street 
Waynesville, NC 28786

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-6pm
Tuesday, Thursday 9am-7pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday Closed

Canton (828) 648-2924
11 Pennsylvania Avenue
Canton, NC 28716

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am-6pm
Tuesday, Thursday 9am-7pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 1:30pm-5pm

Maggie Valley (828) 356-2541
3987 Soco Road 
Maggie Valley, NC 28751

Tuesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm

Fines Creek (828) 627-0146   
190 Fines Creek Road 
Clyde, NC 28721

Monday 9am-5pm
Wednesday 9am-5pm


All events are free to attend thanks to the generous support of The Friends of the Library.  

To receive e-mail notifications about upcoming events, click here to join the list for the Canton Library. Email to join the Adult Programming list for the Waynesville Library. 

Croonin' Critters! • Thursday, June 21, 2018 • 10:30am• Waynesville Library & 2:00pm•Canton Library  Presented by Balsam Mountain Trust and their live animal ambassadors to explore the world of animal squeaks, squawks, and howls.  We'll explore how and why animals make their music and then try out a few screeches and squeals of our own.  This is a ticketed program.  Tickets are free and available one hour prior to program start time.  Must have a ticket to attend.  Tickets are first-come, first-served.

Canton Library Book Club • Thursday, June 21, 2018 • 3:30pm • Canton Library Join the Canton Book club for lively discussion and refreshments.  For the monthly book selection call 828-648-2924

Great Decisions Discussion Group • Thursday, June 21, 2018 • 5pm • Waynesville Library  Prepare to Discuss the World!   Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  Presented by the Foreign Policy Association. This program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year and serves as the focal text for discussion groups across the country.  Registration is Required. 828-356-2507 Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

The Library at the Strand! • Friday, June 22, 2018 • 12-2pm • The Strand Join library staff at The Strand to find out about digital content, available free to library cardholders 24/7 on our website!

LibraryCon 2018  • Saturday, June 23 2018 • 10am-4pm• Waynesville Library  LibraryCon is a free comic book convention hosted in the Haywood County Public Library. We welcome all ages that enjoy comic books, card games, manga, anime, video games, larping, and above! Come check us out for a good time, and don't forget to bring the kids for our family friendly environment! Check the webpage for schedule. For more information, call 828-356-2511.

Storywalk  • June 2018 • Anytime• Canton Library   Enjoy a story while walking through our beautiful Giving Garden.  Complete the activity card (available at the desk) for a chance to win a prize.  For more information, call 828-648-2924.


TumbleBook Library – Children’s eBooks, Videos, Language Learning, and More!


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2014 Community Pride Awards for the Giving Garden at the Canton Library and the Seed Library at the Waynesville Library.

2014 North Carolina Public Library Directors Association's Adult Program Award for a medium-sized library for the Giving Garden at the Canton Library.

2016 North Carolina Public Library Directors Association's Service & Innovation Award for the Las Bibliotequitas / Little Libraries outreach project.

2016 National Association of Counties Achievement Award for Plug In and Read, a digital story time that helps preschoolers get ready for school with the help of technology.

To watch a 2-minute video that highlights innovative library programs, click here.