McDowell County Public Library

Children’s Programs and Events

Welcome to our Children’s Program Page where you can find upcoming programs and events for children from Birth to 5th Grade.  To see a full list of programs for all ages, check out our Program Calendar.


Preschool Storytime

Mondays, February 6, February 13, February 20 and February 27 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. 

Tuesdays, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

Craft for Little Hands

Second Monday, February 13 at 11:00 a.m. – Marion Library

Second Tuesday, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. – Old Fort Library

Once a month 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.


Special Children Events

Super Saturdays Every 1st Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm at the Old Fort Library

Chinese Lantern Festival

February 4th Old Fort Library 12pm-2pm

Let’s learn about and celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year!


Tree Tapping

February 7th Old Fort Library 1pm

Join Ranger Engels as he leads a demonstration where southern syrups reign supreme. Learn the process of making your own syrups at home, from choosing the right trees all the way through bottling.


Weather All Around Us

February 9th Old Fort Library 4pm-5pm

February 23rd Marion Library 4pm-5pm

Special guests, Kid Senses, will teach kids the effects of weather on wind, water, and temperature.

Bedtime Stories

Fridays at 7 p.m.

Bedtime Story read at 7 p.m. by either Ms. Kelly or Ms. Megan in our CLOSED Facebook group (McDowell Children Library Services)

Juvenile Story Time

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Juvenile readers 2nd-5th grade join Mrs. Kelly in our closed Facebook group (McDowell Children Library Services) as we start a Magic Tree House adventure. We will read a chapter each session out of the book A Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne.


Take and Make Crafts!

Craft Take-and-Make Kit Pick-up 

Every 3rd Friday of the month stop by your local branch to pick up a fun craft kit. (While supplies last)


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.

  • 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