McDowell County Public Library

Kid’s Program & Events


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

Special Events

Pinecone Penguins
Saturday, January 20th from 12:00 – 2:00
Come create these adorable winter creatures using found objects and a little paint!


Preschool 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
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.

Kids Yoga @ the Marion Branch Library
Tuesdays, January 9th & 23rd from 5:30-6:30
Yoga instructor RaeLeigh Burneisen will teach us the principles of yoga and a basic routine to get everyone on the path to a better body and mind. For children ages 7 to 11.

The Lab: Melting Ice with Liquid Watercolors
Marion Library – 1st Wednesday of the month, January 3rd, 4:00-5:00
Old Fort Library – 2nd Wednesday of the month, January 10th, 3:30-4:30
Join us in The Lab as we build and conduct interesting experiments. This month: Discover what happens when ice meets salt in this colorful workshop. For school-age children, ages 5+.

The Studio: Salted Watercolor Paintings
Marion Library – 3rd Wednesday of the month, January 17th, 4:00-5:00
Old Fort Library – 4th Wednesday of the month, January 24th, 3:30-4:30
Try your hand at different art techniques in The Studio.  This month: Create your own unique glass ornaments. For school-age children, ages 5+.

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
Old Fort Library – Alternating 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