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“The Balloon Lady” Donna Pruett

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What kinds of amazing things can you build with balloons? Donna Pruett, a.k.a. the Balloon Lady, will show you! Her balloon sculptures are just a part of Pruett’s many talents. Her show also features music!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Old Fort Branch
11:00am – 12:00pm

Marion Branch
2:00pm – 3:00pm

"The Balloon Lady" Donna Pruett - Old Fort

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Old Fort Cooking Demo- Summertime Frittata

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Hosted by the McDowell Cooperative Extension.

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Come learn how to make a summer time frittata using fresh produce, herbs and other spices.  This will be a food demonstration where you get to see how it is done and taste the recipe after.

Old Fort Branch
Thursday, July 27, 2017

5:30pm – 7:00pm

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Professor Whizzpop Magic Show!

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"Building Blocks & Books" with Professor WhizzPop - Old Fort

Local favorite Professor WhizzPop presents “Building Blocks and Books” Magic Show. Hilarious jokes, magic tricks, and balloon hats to be enjoyed by the whole family. Registration required.

Old Fort Branch
Wednesday, July 26
11:00am – 12:00pm

Marion Branch
Wednesday, July 26
2:00pm – 3:00pm

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Auto Repair Manuals

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The McDowell County Public Library system now has access to the digital Chilton Library.  Automobile repair manuals from 1940 to 2016 are available to print or view from any internet-enabled device.  Other features include:

  • Step-by-step instructions that provide a one-stop source for answers.
  • Videos and animations that show how to complete repairs.
  • Close-up photos and images to enhance understanding of the text.
  • Wiring diagrams to help explain system operation.
  • Troubleshooting and diagnostic information that help pinpoint searches.
  • Maintenance and specification tables that highlight key information.

Requires a password: nclive001

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Adult Summer Reading Program

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This year adults and seniors are joining the Summer Reading Program! They are challenged to keep track of how many hours they’re reading, attend hands-on workshops, and have a chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire. Register at either of our libraries in Marion or in Old Fort.

Summer Reading Program Start Date: Monday, June 12

Summer Reading Program End Date: Friday, August 11

For the first week of the Summer Reading Program we have computer classes, grant writing workshops, crafting and a health workshop on Alzheimer’s.

IT Help Desk
Tuesday, June 13 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Old Fort Branch Library
Steve Taylor will be at the library to help people with their IT issues. He can help with social media, printing, internet
navigation, files and folders, photo editing and uploading, basic keyboard and mouse skills, e-books and other online
library resources (plus more). No appointments are necessary.

Introduction to Fundraising Planning
Tuesday, June 13 at 4:00pm
Old Fort Branch Library
*Registration Required*
Fundraising is the vehicle that lets nonprofits do their work. This workshop helps young organizations build a case for
support and provides an overview of common fundraising types; grants, corporate funding, individual donors, etc. While
open to all, this workshop is ideal for those who have already established their nonprofit organization.

Wednesday, June 14 at 10:30am
Old Fort Branch Library
Bring your needles and yarn to the library this summer because every second Wednesday of the month we will be
knitting. Experienced knitters are welcome to bring the project they are working on. If you would like to get into
knitting, we will have patterns, needles, yarn and hands-on instruction available.
Printing Basics
Wednesday, June 14 at 3:00pm
Marion Branch Library
Learn basic tips to printing in the Windows operating system.

Know the 10 Signs: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Friday, June 16 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Marion Branch Library
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain
disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms.
Attend this workshop to learn about the 10 warning signs and symptoms.

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Local Author Festival

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Saturday, June 17th, 10 am- 3pm
Free and Open to the Public

Marion Community Building
191 N Main St.
Marion, NC 28752

Local History. Romance. Science Fiction & Fantasty. Picture books for kids. Books of all genres will be represented at the First Annual McDowell County Author Festival!  Enjoy one-on-one time with local authors, purchase books for signing, and enter a raffle for door prizes.

Writer’s Workshop- 11 a.m.

Are you interested in becoming a writer?  Stop by for our writer’s workshop and enjoy a panel discussion of writers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  Learn what it takes to get your work published!

Keynote Speaker- 1 p.m.

We also honored to have Sandra Warren, author of We Bought a World War II Bomber and several children’s picture books, as our keynote speaker.

Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Sponsored by the McDowell County Public Library System.

Guest Authors:

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May Grant Classes

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Join us for the following two grant writing classes in May:

Click on the title to register online

Introduction to Finding Grants

Tuesday, May 9. 4:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Library
Friday, May 12. 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Library

Registration required, limited seating.

Are you new to the field of grantseeking?  Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. We’ll cover the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

  • Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
  • What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
  • How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

Introduction to Proposal Writing

Tuesday, May 16. 4:00 p.m. at the Old Fort Library
Friday, May 19. 3:00 p.m. at the Marion Library

Registration online or call, limited seating.

Ideal for those new to grant proposal writing or in need of a quick refresher. This class will provide you with an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation. It will include:

  • The basic elements of a proposal.
  • The “do’s” and “don’ts” of writing and submitting a proposal.
  • How to follow up whether the answer is yes or no.


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Old Fort Library Book Sale- April 28th & 29th

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Friday, April 28th, 10 am-5 pm

Saturday, April 29th, 9 am- 5 pm

Clear some space on those bookshelves, it’s time for the Friends of the McDowell County Public Library Spring Book Sale at the Old Fort Branch Library!

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.


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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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Clean Out Your Closets!

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Need to make room for summer clothes? Donate gently used, clean clothing (no undergarments please) to the library from April 1st thru May 22nd. On May 24th, patrons may come in and take items they need, all for free. Any items not taken will be donated to the local shelters.

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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

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    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