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Children’s Summer Programs

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Children’s Programs

Recurring Children’s Programs

Family Story Time + Craft
Mondays, 10:30am at the Marion Branch Library
Tuesdays, 10:30am at the Old Fort Branch Library

Preschoolers and their families are invited to join us for books, songs, rhymes, and a craft.

PAWS for Reading – 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 – 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.


Special Programs

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Monday, June 10 at the Marion Branch Library from 10am-2pm
Tuesday, June 11 at the Old Fort Branch Library from 10am-2pm
Join us as we kick off the 2019 Summer Reading Program with games, crafts, face painting, and more!

Workshop: Phases of the Moon Activity – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, June 12 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Wednesday, June 12 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Come learn about the phases of the moon using chocolate sandwich cookies!

KidSenses with “Seasons of Science”
Friday, June 14 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Friday, June 14 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Let’s discover the science of the four seasons with exciting experiments!

Workshop: Constellations Activity – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, June 19 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Wednesday, June 19 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Come make constellations out of marshmallows & pretzels!

Workshop: Rocket Launchers – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, June 26 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Wednesday, June 26 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Use paper, straws, and string to make an interactive toy rocket that launches in 3…2…1…

The Balloon Lady
Friday, June 28 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Friday, June 28 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
The Balloon Lady is back again for another summer of creative storytelling with her amazing balloons!

Workshop: Space Games – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, July 10 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Wednesday, July 10 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Join us as we make teams and play a series of space games!

B-Rad the Magician
Friday, July 12 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Friday, July 12 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Join us as B-Rad the Magician puts on a wacky and fun magic show just for kids!

Workshop: Moon Rocks – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, July 17 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Wednesday, July 17 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Come make beautiful moon rocks that are just as dark and full of sparkle as outer space!

Workshop: 3-D Rockets – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, July 24 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Wednesday, July 24 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Use recycled materials to design and decorate your own three-dimensional rocket!

Critter Keeper

Friday, July 26 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Friday, July 26 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Love snakes, spiders, and other creepy critters? This Critter Keeper show is perfect for you!

Workshop: Galaxy Jars – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Wednesday, July 31 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Wednesday, July 31 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Come recreate the magic of our galaxy in a glass jar!

End of Summer Reading Party
Friday, August 2 at the Old Fort Branch Library, 11am
Friday, August 2 at the Marion Branch Library, 3pm
Join us as we celebrate the end of an awesome summer reading program with snacks, games, and prizes! Make sure to turn in your completed reading log to be entered for the grand prize!

To register your child for a program, please stop by your library or call us. Marion Branch – (828) 652-3858; Old Fort Branch – (828) 668-7111.

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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

  • 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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    Marion Library

    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752
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    Old Fort Library

    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762
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