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Adult Summer Reading!

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What is the Summer Reading Program?

The Summer Reading Program is not just for kids but for all readers. It is about library advocacy for readers as we connect with our communities through programs and activities. It is designed to be fun and to encourage reading, maintain skills, and spark new interests. The Summer Reading Program will begin June 10th at 12 pm and end August 2nd at 5:30pm.


How to sign up…

You can sign up by attending our kick-off event at the Marion Library Monday, June 10th from 12-3 PM.                                            You can also sign up by picking up a reading log at the Marion Library after June 10th or the Old Fort Library after June 11th. After completing your log, return it to the library and you will be entered into the reading program.

How it Works…

To get started, kids, teens, and adults will use a Reading Log to record the amount of time spent reading during the summer. This reading log will also be key to earning prizes. As a bonus, attending library programs, completing BINGO sheets, and Adventure/Passport logs will also count toward their reading goal.

To earn reading hours you can read

  • Physical Books
  • Audiobooks
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • e-books/e-audiobooks
  • Subtitles on the television

For Kids..

Every 2 hours spent reading= 1 raffle ticket for one of several fun prize baskets. Present your reading log to the front desk to receive your tickets. Additionally completing a Passport log = 1 raffle ticket.

For Teens (rising 6th grade through 12th grade)…

Teens will earn 1 raffle ticket for every 8 hours of reading. Teens can earn extra raffle tickets by completing a BINGO sheet. Attending library programs will count toward your reading goal. There is no limit to the number of raffle tickets you can earn.

For Adults…

Adults will earn 1 raffle ticket for every 8 hours of reading. Adults can earn extra raffle tickets by completing a BINGO sheet and a Choose Your Own Adventure activity sheet.

Want more chances to win? Pick up a new reading log and keep coming to programs at the library!

All reading logs, tickets, BINGO sheets, summer adventure passports, and Choose Your Own Adventure activity sheets must be turned in by 5:30 P.M on August 2nd at the Marion or Old Fort branch to be entered for one of many prizes! Winners will be contacted by phone by August 10th.

Check out June’s upcoming adult programs!!

MCPL Pen Pal Program

Pick up your packets today!!

The McDowell Public Library is on a mission this Summer to connect folks of all ages with pen pals from far and wide.

Here is the rundown for important dates during this program:

April 16-May 20: Patrons can register
May 21-27: We will pair pen pals and reach out to everyone participating
May 29: Starting this day, patrons can pick up their Pen Pal Packets. (Packets include pen pal information, paper, envelopes, and suggested writing topics)
June – July: Patrons are encouraged to write at least 3 letters to their pen pals

Craft @ The YMCA

Monday, June 3rd | 11 AM-12 PM | YMCA

Stop by the YMCA and learn to crochet with us!

All materials are provided. All skill levels are welcome.

Corpening Memorial YMCA - McDowell Chamber of Commerce


Summer Reading Kick-Off

Monday, June 10th |12-3 PM| The Marion library

Ready for a summer of reading? Join us at the library for our kick-off event!

Sign up for our summer reading program and enjoy games, activities, and fun for all ages!

One-On-One Tech Time w/ Molly Sandfoss

Tuesday, June 11th | 3-5 PM| The Marion library

Stop by the Marion Library for personalized tech assistance from Molly with the NC Cooperative Extension.

No registration required!

We can help you with

  • Basic computer skills
  • How to access eBooks and Audiobooks
  • Using devices such as eReaders, tablets, and smartphones
  • Digital photos
  • Social media
  • Email

Take & Make Yarn Art for Teens

June 10th-June 15th | The Marion library

Stop by the Marion Library and pick up your yarn art kit!

*Available while supplies last.Limit 1 per person.


The “Library Books” Book Club

Friday, June 14th | 1-2 PM |Marion Community Building Basement

Join our library’s book club!

This month we are discussing Mother May I  by Joshilyn Jackson


Take & Make Candles for Adults

June 17th-June 22nd | The Marion library

Stop by the Marion Library and pick up supplies to make your own candle!
*Available while supplies last. Limit 1 per person

YMCA Book Club

Monday, June 17th | 11 AM-12 PM | The YMCA

Stop by the YMCA to discuss Horse by Geraldine Brooks.

Corpening Memorial YMCA - McDowell Chamber of Commerce

Take & Make Art Journaling for Teens

June 17th-June 22nd | The Marion library

Stop by the Marion Library and pick up your art journaling kit!

No artistic experience required- just an open mind and a willingness to let your imagination soar!

*Available while supplies last.Limit 1 per person.

Take & Make Adult Succulent Planters

June 24th-June 29th | The Marion library

Learn how to make your own succulent planter from plastic easter eggs!

*Available while supplies last. Limit 1 per person.


Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, June 25th | 10-11:30 AM | The Greenway (behind Sonic)

Join us at the Greenway (behind Sonic) along with the Master Gardeners for an exciting scavenger hunt out in nature.

Historical Fiction Book Club

Friday, June 28th | 1-2 PM | Marion Community Building Basement

Dive into the past with the Historical Fiction Book club!

Where the past comes to life through fiction within the walls of our library.

This month we are discussing The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.



Amateur Writer’s Club w/ Guest Author Les Brown

Tuesday, June 11th| 4-5 PM | The Old Fort Library

The AWC is a group of aspiring writers creating a community for sharing ideas and learning new techniques for writing.

Join us for an exclusive publication class hosted by local author and retired biology profrssor, Les Brown.

Learn the ins and outs of the publication process from someone who not only knows the craft but also has deep roots in our community.

This class is a must-attend for aspiring authors in our area.

Clipart of a colorful pencil with a light bulb on the end of it.

Adult Craft – Macrame Wall Hanging

Thursday, June 13th| 5-6 PM | The Old Fort Library

Stop by the Old Fort Library to learn how to make an awesome macrame wall hanging.

Adult Craft – Bad Art Day

Thursday, June 20th| 5-6 PM | The Old Fort Library

Stop by the Old Fort Library to create some bad art!!

Adult Craft – Fairy Gardens

Thursday, June 27th| 5-6 PM | The Old Fort Library

Stop by the Old Fort Library and make your very own fairy garden!!

Gentle Flow Yoga

Thursday, June 27th| 5-6 PM | The Old Fort Library

Come unwind with us at the Old Fort Library for a soothing yoga session.



Welcome to our Seed Library, a community initiative run by our local  McDowell Master Gardeners and volunteers. Our Seed Library offers a diverse selection of gardening seeds free of charge for anyone in the community to take and use in their gardens. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting out, we welcome you to explore our collection and discover new varieties to grow.

How it Works:

1. Browse our collection of seeds, conveniently organized by type.

2. Select the seeds you’d like to grow and take them home with you, free of charge.

3. Plant your seeds, nurture your plants, and watch them thrive in your garden.

4. Harvest and enjoy your homegrown produce, and consider saving seeds from your healthiest plants for future seasons.

5. If you’re able, consider donating seeds from your own garden to help replenish our library and keep it thriving for others in the community.

Our Seed Library is a celebration of biodiversity and a testament to the power of community collaboration in nurturing our shared environment. We hope you’ll join us in this wonderful gardening adventure and help us grow together!

As an additional resource, we offer seed cleaning screens available for borrowing. These screens make it easy to clean and prepare seeds harvested from your garden for future planting. Simply ask the front desk staff to borrow a seed cleaning screen, follow the instructions provided, and ensure your seeds are ready for storage and sharing with fellow gardeners.

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