McDowell County Public Library

Library Updates

Genealogy Digs- Thursday, February 1st at 5:30 pm

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How can the North Carolina History Room help you? Join us each month to discover resources that can help your research.  Learn where to begin, when to look on microfilm and when to look online, how to search for ancestors in the various wars. Registration will be required and limited to a maximum of 6 people.

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Cookbook Club, Old Fort Library, January 27

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Join us on Saturday, January 27th at 1pm

This month we will use Ronni Lundy’s book Victuals: an Appalachian Journey with Recipes for inspiration. Pick a recipe, prepare it at home (with or without alterations), and then gather in the library on the scheduled date to share. Cookbooks will be available for check out at the Old Fort Branch Library.

Cookbook Club

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Critter Cams are back!

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This is a statewide camera trap project in which volunteers run cameras to capture and share pictures of mammals.

The goal of this survey is to:

  • Engage the public in citizen science
  • Increase awareness of surrounding wildlife
  • Collect data on animal abundance and distribution

Camera traps are motion-activated trail cameras. We have cameras available for loan or volunteers can use their own (limited to certain brands)

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Stitch-It! at the Old Fort Branch Library, January 10th

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Time: 10:30 am

Whether you knit, crotchet, stitch, or embroider, bring your needles and yarn to the library for Stitch-It! The library’s own Donna Huffman will be available to teach new knitters the basics. Patterns, needles, and yarn will be provided for all. Experienced knitters are welcome to bring the project they are working on. Whether just beginning or experienced enjoy the company and community of others who also love the craft.


Stitch It! with Donna - Old Fort

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Snowed in? Enjoy the library from home!

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Some resources to discover downloadable books and audio books from the warmth of your home:

e-iNC Digital Catalog

Available through OverDrive, you can now download over 12,000 materials to your internet-enabled device with your library card.  Our collection includes current popular titles, audio books, and movies. Items return themselves, so you’ll never have a late fee.

RB Digital

Available through NC Live.  Downloadable audio and ebooks on a variety of topics, including language learning, history, biography, classic literature, and more. Compatible with most iPods and WMA compatible MP3 players.

NC Kids Digital Library

NC Kids Digital Library offers e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs. This collection was specifically designed for youth ages pre-K through 4th grade and includes picture books, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, and more.


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Holiday Book Sale! Marion Library Dec. 7-9

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Thursday, December 7th, 10 am-5 pm

Friday, December 8th, 10 am-5 pm

Saturday, December 9th, 11 am-5 pm

Clear some space on those bookshelves, it’s time for the Friends of the McDowell County Public Library Winter Book Sale at the Marion Branch Library.  A great opportunity to start or finish your Christmas shopping!

We will have a variety of items available, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks, there is something for everyone, and all proceeds support the McDowell County Public Library System.

Saturday, from 4 pm-5 pm a Bag of Books for $1!

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Thanksgiving Holiday

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Both locations of the McDowell County Public Library system will be closed on Thursday November 23rd, Friday November 24th, and Saturday November 25th.  No fines will accrue these days.



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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