McDowell County Public Library

Library Updates

Cake Decorating, Marion Library, Tuesday, May 8 at 5:30pm

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Mr. Stuve will show how to make some of the beautiful cakes and decorations that he is famous for. Wedding season is coming up soon!  A fun way to learn how to make and decorate cakes for all of the showers and parties this wedding season.

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Autism Awareness Month

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What is National Autism Awareness Month?

One in every 68 children in America are diagnosed with some form of autism. Almost twenty-five years ago the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. National Autism Awareness Month has since grown to become an inspirational movement.

If you’d like to learn more, explore some of these resources:

Autism Speaks , Autism Society, and Autism Society of North Carolina

These organizations provide an overview of the symptoms of autism; state, national and global statistics; resources on current therapies; and how to find local support.

NC Cardinal- Autism

Explore over 775 books, audio-books, and downloadable resources available though our NC Cardinal catalog.  Titles include cookbooks and therapies available for parents and caregivers, a variety of perspectives on the condition of autism, biographies, as well as novels that include characters with autism.

McDowell County School System

Our local school system provides a wide variety of resources for children with autism.  Their website provides a comprehensive list of local groups that parents and caregivers can contact.

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Backyard & Worm Composting, Old Fort Library, Friday April 20th at 4pm

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Celebrate Earth Day with Matt Burneisen, Director of Keep McDowell Beautiful, who will host this presentation on backyard and worm composting. During this program, you will learn how to make your own compost bin and best practices for backyard composting of kitchen and yard wastes.

To find titles and resources in our collection about composting, go here: composting.

This program is made possible by the support of the NC Cooperative Extension and its Keep McDowell Beautiful program.

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Stitch-It! at the Old Fort Branch Library, Wednesday April 11th at 10:30 am

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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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Sensory Story Time, Marion Library, April 7th at 12pm

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The first Saturday of each month!  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.  Please call the Marion Branch at 828-652-3858 to register or stop by our library.


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Genealogy Digs, Marion Library, Thursday, April 5th 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, March 24 at 1pm

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Join us on Saturday, March 24th at 1pm

This month we will use Sean Brock’s book Heritage 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.


NC Cardinal Updates!

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Our catalog is getting an update starting February 19th.

Here are the services that will be affected and for how long:


February 19th- March 5th (2 weeks)

Requesting items from other library systems will be suspended.

In the meantime we’re happy to take your request!  On Monday, March 5th, we’ll submit all requests we’ve received.


February 26th- March 5th (1 week)
We will be unable to accept fines or check your account.

Not to worry- you can still check out items

and download books!

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Celebrate Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, explore some of the history, arts, and achievements made by notable African-Americans.

Exploring North Carolina:  African American History (NCpedia)

Discover the history and heritage of African Americans in North Carolina from the colonial era to the present day.  The database covers a selection of resources on important topics and events, including: biographies; the art and cultural heritage of African Americans in the state; slavery and the ante-bellum era; the struggle for citizenship and civil rights; business and educational leadership; politics; and historic sites and monuments.

North Carolina native, Nina Simone

The Rich Heritage of African Americans in North Carolina

(State of NC publication)
A .pdf guide created by the State of North Carolina to explore the history of the African American community in our state. Includes a reference map as well as a listing of historic and cultural sites.

Exlpore these other resources from NC Live

Twentieth-Century African American Poetry
62 of the most important African-American poets of the last century: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.

African American Poetry
Poems from 1750-1900 including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.

American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography
Life histories of former slaves compiled from 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.

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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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  • 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