McDowell County Public Library

Kid’s Program & Events



Due to flooding in the lower level of the Marion Branch, some children’s programs have been suspended until further notice.

Preschool and elementary school age children must be accompanied by an adult while in the library.

Story Time
Marion Library – Mondays at 10:30-11am
Old Fort Library – Tuesdays at 10:30-11am

Picture books, songs, felt board stories, action rhymes, and fun for preschoolers and their families. Targeted age group 3- to 5-year olds, but all are welcome.

Crafts for Little Hands
Marion Library – 2nd Monday of the month, 11-11:30am (suspended for the month of Sept.)
Old Fort Library – 2nd Tuesday of the month, 11-11:30am

Once a month after Story Time, preschool-aged children are invited to craft at the library. Dress for a mess because we will be using glue, scissors, paints, paper, markers, crayons and much more! Targeted age group 3- to 5-year olds, but all are welcome.

Game Day
Marion Library – Thursdays at 4-5pm
Old Fort Library – Wednesdays at 3:30-4:30pm

LEGO© challenges, board games, crafts, and outdoor fun! For school-age children, ages 5+.

Paws for Reading
Registration Required
Marion Library – Thursdays at 4:30-5:30pm (suspended until further notice)
Old Fort Library – Thursdays at 4:30-5:30pm

Dogs are great listeners!  Each week we will have a certified therapy dog at the library.  Children are invited to read to this friendly dog to practice their reading skills without feeling self-conscious while reading to an adult.  Sign up for an appointment at the circulation desk.

To register your child for a program, please stop by your library or call us. Marion Branch – (828) 652-3858; Old Fort Branch – (828) 668-7111.

  • Hours

    Marion Library

    Mon, Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Tue, Thu: 10-7
    Saturday: 11-5
    Sunday: Closed
    Holiday Hours

    Old Fort Library

    Monday: Closed
    Tues, Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Thursday: 10-7
    Saturday: 12:30-5
    Sunday: Closed
    Holiday Hours

  • Get in touch

    Marion Library

    Phone 828-652-3858
    Fax 828-652-2098

    Old Fort Library

    Phone 828-668-7111
    Fax 828-668-4013

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  • Find us

    Marion Library

    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752

    Old Fort Library

    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762