McDowell County Public Library

Children’s Programs

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Upcoming May Programs 

Preschool Storytime

Monday, May 6, and May 13 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.

Bilingual Preschool Storytime Monday, May 13 at 10:30

Join us during our regular time for books read in Spanish and English by Silvia Martin Del Campo Vargas.

Wednesday, May 1, May 8, and May 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Ms. Megan 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 

Monday, May 13 at 11:00am – Marion Library

Wednesday, May 15 at 11:00am – Old Fort Branch Library 

Every second Monday and Wednesday, 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.

Una vez al mes después de la Hora de Cuentos, los niños de edad preescolar están invitados a hacer manualidades en la biblioteca. Traigan vestimiento que se pueda ensuciar porque usaremos pegamento, tijeras, pinturas, papel, marcadores, crayones y mucho más! Grupo de edad preferible para los Niños de edad 3 a 5 años, pero todos son bienvenidos.

Circle of Parents Facilitated by Amanda Tippey

Monday mornings following story time at the Marion Public Library. Enjoy refreshments, coffee, conversation with other parents, and support during this season of parenting!

Specifically geared toward parents of pre-school aged children (ages 0-5). Children are welcome! For questions, please email Amanda Tippey, Facilitator at

Los lunes por la mañana después de la hora del cuento en la Biblioteca Pública de Marion. ¡Disfrute de refrigerios, café, conversación con otros padres y apoyo durante esta temporada de crianza!

Dirigido específicamente a padres de niños en edad preescolar (de 0 a 5 años). ¡Los niños son bienvenidos! Si tiene preguntas, envíe un correo electrónico a Amanda Tippey, Facilitadora a


Elementary Programs

The Lab- Rain Cloud in a Jar

Wednesday, May 1 at 4pm -Marion Library

Come to The Lab at the Marion Library! Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade will conduct an experiment. Come learn with us.

¡Venga a El Laboratorio en la Biblioteca de Marion! ¡Realizaremos un experimento de caminar sobre el agua! ¡Ven a aprender con nosotros!

The Studio- Cherry Blossom Tree

Wednesday, May 15 at 4pm – Marion Library

The Studio is an Art program for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Students will learn about art using different creation techniques and art mediums. 

El Estudioes un programa de arte para estudiantes desde el Kinder hasta quinto grado. Los estudiantes aprenderán sobre el arte utilizando diferentes técnicas de creación y medios artísticos.

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

First Chapter Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Join Ms. Megan for the first chapter of a new book that has been added to our collection. These books are geared toward students in grade 2-5.


 Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

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

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
    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

    Old Fort Library

    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762