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Children’s Programs

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Children’s Programs

Recurring Programs:

Preschool Story Time
Ages Birth-5
Mondays at 10:30am – Marion Branch Library
Tuesdays at 10:30am – Old Fort Branch Library
Books, songs, felt board stories, action rhymes and fun for pre-school aged children.

Crafts for Little Hands
Ages Birth-5
Second Monday at 11:00am – Marion Branch Library
Second Tuesday at 11:00am – Old Fort Branch Library
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.

Afterschool Adventures 
School Age
Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. – Old Fort Branch Library 
Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. – Marion Branch Library
This is an activity for children ages 5 and up. LEGO Challenges, board games, crafts, and outdoor fun!

PAWS for Reading 
School Age – Registration Required
Every Thursday at 4:30pm – Marion Branch Library
Kids ages 5-10 are invited to sign up for a 15-minute reading session with one of our therapy dogs. A fun way to build literacy skills and confidence! Free and open to the public. Registration required. Spaces are limited.

Sensory Story Time
All Ages – Registration Required
First Saturday at 12:00 – Marion Branch Library
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. Registration required.

 (828) 652-3858; Old Fort Branch – (828) 668-7111.

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Teen Programs

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The Printed Page

Tuesday, December 04 at 4:00 p.m. Marion Branch

Thursday, December 06 at 4:00 p.m. Old Fort Branch

Teens will create their own master plate for printing, and use it to upcycle discarded book pages into works of art.

 

Making Cold Porcelain

Tuesday, December 11 at 4:00 p.m.  Marion Branch

Thursday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. Old Fort Branch

Teens will learn how to make cold porcelain which can be used to make ornaments, jewelry and figurines.

 

Minute to Win It Games

Tuesday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m.  Marion Branch

Thursday, December 20 at 4:00 p.m. Old Fort Branch

Teens will race against one another and the clock to win prizes and bragging rights.

 

Musical Chairs Drawing

Tuesday, January 8 at 4:00 p.m.  Marion Branch

Thursday, January 10 at 4:00 p.m. Old Fort Branch

Teens will draw a unique picture while they play musical chairs. You have to see this one to believe it!

 

Breakout Box

Tuesday, January 15 at 4:00 p.m.   Marion Branch

Thursday, January 17 at 4:00 p.m. Old Fort Branch

Teens will have to follow clues, sidestep the red herrings, and work together

to beat the clock in order to get the box open in time to win a prize inside.

 

Cupcake Wars

Tuesday, January 22 at 4 00 p.m. Marion Branch

Thursday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m. Old Fort

Teens will learn how to make buttercream frosting and then compete to make the most original cupcake designs.

 

Negative Drawing

Tuesday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m. Marion Branch

Thursday, January 31 at 4:00 p.m. Old Fort

Teens will learn about negative drawing and how it involves the conscious creation of negative spaces.

 

Texture Painting with Glue

Tuesday, February 05 at 4:00 p.m.  Marion Branch

Thursday, February 07 at 4:00 p.m. Old Fort

Teens will make beautiful cards just in time for Valentine’s Day using a glue resist technique.

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Adult & Senior Programs

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Adult Programming

December

Free, Family Photo Shoot – December 13, 2018 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

Ugly Christmas Sweater Decorating Party – December 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

Bingo Night – December 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

Toy Drive – December 1-18 – Donation boxes located at Marion Branch Library, Old Fort Branch Library and Sunkissed Tanning Salon.

January

Nutrition Class “Eating Healthy as a Family” – January 3, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

Nutrition Class “Eating Healthy as a Family” – January 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Old Fort Branch Library Meeting Room

House Ancestry – January 10, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

Jim Owens, Book Signing – January 12, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

Breakout Boxes – January 17, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

February

Nutrition Class “Health Strategies that Work” – February 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

Nutrition Class “Health Strategies that Work” – February 8, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Old Fort Branch Library Meeting Room

Poetry “Open Mic” Night – February 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

Blackout Poetry Art – February 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. at Marion Branch Library Meeting Room

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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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Critter Cams are back!

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WHAT IS THE NORTH CAROLINA’S CANDID CRITTERS PROJECT?
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
Camera traps are motion-activated trail cameras. We have cameras available for loan or volunteers can use their own (limited to certain brands)

How it works

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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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Cookbook Club, Old Fort Library Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.

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Cookbook Club

This month, we will be choosing recipes from food blogger Deb Perelman’s book Smitten Kitchen. Books are available for check out at the Old Fort Branch Library. Once you choose a recipe you’d like to make and bring to the program, please contact the Old Fort Library (668-7111) or register online here: Cookbook Club.

 

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M & D Paranormal Investigators- Marion Library, 6 pm on Oct. 26

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In partnership with the McDowell County Public Library, M & D Paranormal will present a program displaying and explaining the equipment they use in paranormal investigations. This meeting is free and open to the public. After adjourning the program, they will meet with ticket holders of the McDowell County Historical Society’s FUNdraiser to tour a haunted building for a private investigation utilizing this equipment!

 

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NC History Room Workshop- October 12th

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5:30 p.m. at the Marion Branch Library

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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  • 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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    Marion Library

    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752
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    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762
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