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

Library Booth @ the 2018 Carolina Donut Festival
Library Booth on Main Street – Saturday, April 21st from 10:00-3:00
Come celebrate the wonder of donuts with us at the Carolina Donut Festival on Main Street. We will be making donut crafts!


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.

The Lab: Tornado in a Bottle
Marion Library – 1st Wednesday of the month, April 4th, 4:00-5:00pm
Old Fort Library – 2nd Wednesday of the month, April 11th, 3:30-4:30pm
Join us in The Lab as we build and conduct interesting experiments. This month: Create a tornado in a bottle! For school-age children, ages 5+.

The Studio: Wax-Resist Watercolors
Marion Library – 3rd Wednesday of the month, April 18th, 4:00-5:00
Old Fort Library – 4th Wednesday of the month, April 25th, 3:30-4:30
Try your hand at different art techniques in The Studio.  This month: We will be painting thunderstorms using a wax-resist technique! For school-age children, ages 5+.

Game Day
Marion Library – Thursdays at 4-5pm
Old Fort Library – Tuesdays 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
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.

Sensory Story Time
Registration Required
Marion Library – 1st Saturdays from 12:00 – 1:00pm
Sensory Story Time is an all-ages program created for the families of children with special needs. Our goal each story time is to engage the senses through interactive books, songs encouraging movement, and other exciting sensory activities.

To register your child for a program, please stop by your library or call us. Marion Branch – (828) 652-3858; Old Fort Branch – (828) 668-71

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Check out our shelves for recommendations from the Children’s Room Staff at the McDowell County Public Library!Browse by age/reading level, subject, concept, and even our staff picks.If you have any reading advisory needs, give us a call at (828) 652-3858 or stop by!

Books for 9 to 10 year olds!

The One and Only Ivan
The Terrible Two
Doll Bones
The War that Saved My Life
The Secret Garden
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
The Vengekeep Prophecies
The 13-Storey Treehouse
Zita the Spacegirl
Roller Girl
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Inside Out & Back Again
Number the Stars
Rain Reign
The Borrowers
Island of the Blue Dolphins

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  • 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