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, November 7, November 14, November 21, and November 28 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, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 22, and November 29 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, November 14 at 11:00 a.m. – Marion Library

Second Tuesday, November 8 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

Mammals of WNC

November 17th  Marion Library 4pm-5pm

“Join us for an educational program with the North Carolina Arboretum to learn all about the mammals that call Western North Carolina their home! Come ready to hear about the ecoEXPLORE program, discover some new mammal facts, and get an up-close encounter with animal artifacts.”


Super Saturdays Every 3rd Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm at the Marion Library

FREE Holiday Photo Session November 19th 

To register for a FREE Holiday Photo Session, please call the Marion Library.

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 Ms. Kelly in our closed Facebook group (McDowell Children Library Services) as we start an adventure across time and space. We will read a chapter each session out of the book The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander.


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