McDowell County Public Library

Adult Programs

Check out April’s upcoming adult programs!!

YMCA Book Club

Monday, April 1st | 11AM-12PM | The YMCA

Stop by to discuss the The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power by Katherine Morgan Schafler.

and receive the novel for next month’s discussion.

The Perfectionist's Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and PowerCorpening Memorial YMCA - McDowell Chamber of Commerce

Tech Time at the Library w/ Molly Sandfoss

Wednesday, April 10th | 10AM-12PM | The Marion library

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

No registration required!

The “Library Books” Book Club

Friday, April 12th| 1-2 PM | The Marion library

Join our library’s book club for engaging discussions and share in the joy of reading with fellow book enthusiasts.

This month we are discussing The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides | Goodreads

Spring Fling Plant Sale by The Master Gardeners

Saturday, April 13th|9AM-1 PM | Marion Tailgate Pavilion

Join the Bookmobile at the Master Gardener’s Spring Fling Plant Sale! Stopy by to learn about our community seed library and find some plants to get started on your gardens!

Items for Sale:

Heirloom Vegetables, Natives, Perennials, Houseplants, Trees & Shrubs. All grown by local Master Gardeners
Garden-themed Yard Sale
Crafts & Garden Gloves
Other vendors will be in attendance.


Cooking Class w/ EFNEP

Monday, April 15th | 11AM-12PM | The Marion library

Join us at the library for a hands-on cooking class presented by Janet Bryan from EFNEP, where you’ll learn essential culinary skills, healthy eating habits, and create delicious dishes with expert guidance. Explore the joy of cooking while connecting with your community.

If you have any questions please contact Janet Bryan at 828-652-8104 or


Craft @ The YMCA

Monday, April 15th | 11AM-12PM | The YMCA

Join us and make the colorful springtime craft: paper hyacinth flowers!

All materials are provided. All skill levels are welcome.

DIY Paper Hyacinth Flower By PaperCorpening Memorial YMCA - McDowell Chamber of Commerce

VAYA:Enriching Mental Health

Monday, April 15th |2-3 PM | The Marion library

Join us as we explore topics from nutrition to mindfulness and many in between.

(Continuing education credits provided.)

Mastering Mobile w/ Molly Sandfoss

Tuesday, April 16th |1-2 PM | The Marion library

Learn all about your mobile device with our class on mastering its features and functions.

Presented by Molly Sandfoss with the NC Cooperative Extension.

Estate Planning w/State Employees Credit Union

Tuesday, April 16th | 4-5 PM | The Marion library

Join us to learn information on estate planning basics,

including Advanced Health Care Directives, Powers of Attorney, Wills, and Trusts.


State Employees' Credit Union | Edenton This Week

Art Journaling w/ Teens, Young Adults, and Families

Thursday, April 18th | 4-5 PM | The Marion library

Join us for a journey of self-expression through art and journaling.

Explore your thoughts, dreams, and emotions visually in a supportive and inspiring environment.

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

History Club

Friday, April 19th | 2-3 PM | @The Marion library

The Flood of 1916 left its legacy in many ways, including encouraging the building of a series of dams along the Catawba River.

Come learn how Lake James was formed and how it helped tame the Catawba River into a recreational destination.

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Historical Fiction Book Club

Friday, April 26th | 1-2 PM | The Marion library

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 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer.

Creative Crafts

Tuesday, April 30th | 3:30-4:30 PM (Drop in) | The Marion library

Join in this month and explore the art of yarn on canvas at our upcoming adult craft.

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Amateur Writer’s Club

Tuesday, April 9th| 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.

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

Don’t forget to check out the Seed Library!


Green background with the Seed Savers logo in the top left corner. Text of "Seed Library Borrow Seeds Donate Seeds Save Seeds & Grow. Various images of seeds and plants around the text. Photo of the seed library catalogue cabinet with the Marion Library Seed Share sign above it.

Welcome to our Seed Library, a community initiative run by our local  McDowell Master Gardeners and local 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.



  • 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
    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