McDowell County Public Library

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Children’s June Summer Reading Programs

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Summer Reading Information

Children in 5th grade and under will earn a sticker for every 10mins of reading. Children will earn 1 raffle ticket for every 12 stickers on their reading log and place their ticket into a prize basket. Children will receive 4 raffle tickets per completed reading log and they can earn stickers for attending programming. Once you complete your reading log, you can continue reading for more chances to win prizes!

All reading logs and tickets must be turned in by 5pm on August 5th at the Marion or Old Fort branch.

Upcoming June Events

Preschool Storytime

Mondays, June 12, June 19, and June 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Ms. Megan for Preschool Storytime at the Marion Library.

Books, songs, felt board stories, action rhymes and fun for preschool-aged children.

Wednesdays, June 14, June 21, and June 28 at 10:30 a.m. 

Join Mrs. Kelly for Preschool Storytime at the Old Fort Library.

Books, songs, felt board stories, action rhymes and fun for preschool-aged children.

Crafts for Little Hands 

Mondays at 11:00am – Marion Branch Library 

Wednesdays at 11:00am – Old Fort Branch Library 

Each week 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 old, but all are welcome.


Elementary Craft

Wednesdays at 3pm – Old Fort Library

Thursdays at 3pm – Marion Library

Each week elementary students (kindergarten-5th grade) are invited to craft at the library.


Special June Events

Summer Reading Kick-off in partnership with McDowell County Health Coalition’s Summer Thrive Series

June 10th Marion Community Building Park 10am-12pm


Come to our “Kindness Rocks” event for Storytime and afterwards paint a rock to hide in the community.


Juneteenth Festival in partnership with West Marion Community Forum

June 16th  Lake James: Paddy’s Creek  9am-3pm


Join us for a reading of “Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights” Story followed by making a quilt block for our community quilt.

Acompáñenos a leer el cuento de “Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights” seguido por una colcha comunitaria hechas por bloques de edredón.


Adopt-A-Pet Day in partnership with Mercy Animal Rescue

June 21st  Old Fort Library  12pm-5pm


Meet the animals they have available for adoption, take them for walks, give them some love, and maybe take a new fur-friend home!

Conozca los animales que tienen disponibles para adopción, llévelo a pasear, denle un poco de amor, ¡y tal vez lléveselo a su casa como un nuevo amigo peludo!


Greenhouses, Gardens, and Herbs

June 23rd  Old Fort Library  10am-11am


Learn how a greenhouse works and how to grow edible herbs with Dana from Painters Greenhouse!

¡Aprende cómo funciona un invernadero y cómo cultivar hierbas comestibles con Dana de Painters Greenhouse!


Please join our CLOSED Facebook page by searching McDowell Library Children Services for updates, videos and more from our Children’s Library!


 Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

Join Mrs. Kelly or Ms. Megan for a bedtime stories in our CLOSED Facebook group (McDowell Library Children Services)


Juvenile Storytime


Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.


Juvenile readers (2nd-5th grade) join Mrs. Kelly in our CLOSED Facebook group (McDowell Library Children Services) as we read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.



The McDowell County Public Library have Literacy Bookbags available for checkout at the Marion and Old Fort libraries at the Children’s Circulation Desk. The purpose of the Literacy Bookbags is to help families get involved in improving their child’s literacy skills and provide families with the tools to help them become their child’s first teacher.

What’s Included:

  • (4) Curated Storytime books based on a theme
  • Literacy tips
  • Fun learning activities to allow for communication between parent and child
  • Colorings pages
  • And songs (that can be used along with scarves and egg shakers)


 Have a question about a program posted?  Call us at either 828-652-3858 for Marion or 828-668-7111 for Old Fort.

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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: 10-7
    Wed, Fri: 10-5:30
    Thursday: 10-7
    Saturday: 11-5
    Sunday: Closed
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    Phone 828-652-3858
    Fax 828-652-2098

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    Phone 828-668-7111
    Fax 828-668-4013

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    Marion Library

    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752

    Old Fort Library

    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762