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


Monday, December 4 and December 11 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.

Wednesday, December 6 and December 13 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.

There will NO Preschool Storytime the weeks of December 18th and December 25th.

NO habrá Cuentos Preescolares en persona durante las semanas del 18 y 25 de diciembre

Craft for Little Hands

Monday, December 11 at 11:00am – Marion Library

Wednesday, December 13 at 11 a.m. – Old Fort Library

Every second Wednesday 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.



Elementary Programs

Mammals of WNC

Wednesday, December 6 at 4pm – Marion Library

Join us for an educational program with the North Carolina Arboretum to learn all about the many different types of mammals that call Western North Carolina their home! Come ready to hear about the ecoEXPLORE program, find out what makes a mammal a mammal, how different types of mammals survive through the winter, where they live, what they eat, plus much more!

¡Únase a nosotros en un programa educativo con el Arboreto de Carolina del Norte para aprender todo sobre los diferentes tipos de mamíferos que consideran el oeste de Carolina del Norte su hogar! Venga preparado para escuchar sobre el programa ecoEXPLORE, descubra qué hace que un mamífero sea un mamífero, cómo sobreviven los diferentes tipos de mamíferos durante el invierno, dónde viven, qué comen, ¡y mucho más!


The Studio

Wednesday, December 13 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. Acompáñenos a hacer una Pintura de Sal de Calabaza.



Holiday Photos

Saturday, December 2 at 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. – Old Fort Library


The Old Fort Library is hosting FREE Holiday Photos. Sign up is required to schedule a 10-minute session where we will snap a few photos of your family. Families will receive their photos via email. To register, call the Old Fort Library at 828-668-7111, or stop by the Circulation Desk.

¡Es necesario registrarse para este programa! Para reservar un espacio, llame al 828-668-7111. Las fotografías electrónicas se enviarán por correo electrónico a los participantes después de la sesión.

First Glimpse Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Join Ms. Megan for the first chapter of a new book that has been added to our collection within the past year.

Throwback Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Join Ms. Megan for the first chapter of an older book that has been added in our collection for over a year.

Bedtime Stories

Fridays at 7 p.m.

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

  • 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