McDowell County Public Library

Children’s Programs

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

Summer Reading Kick-off

Join us at the Marion Library on June 10th, 12pm-3pm, for the kick-off of our Summer Reading Program, “Adventure Begins at Your Library”. Can’t make it to the kick-off, no worries, you can sign-up anytime throughout the summer.

All reading logs, tickets, Bingo sheets, and Adventure Passport sheets are due by 5:30p.m. on August 2nd. Winners will be called by August 12th.

What is Summer Reading Program?

The Summer Reading Program is not just for kids but for all readers. It is about library advocacy for readers as we connect with our communities through programs and activities. It is designed to be fun and to encourage reading, maintain skills, and spark new interests.

What is counted:

  • reading a physical book
  • audiobooks
  • reading magazines or newspapers
  • e-books / e-audiobooks
  • reading subtitles on the television

To get started, kids, teens, and adults will use a Reading Log to record the amount of time spent reading during the summer.  This reading log will also be key to earning prizes. Patrons will need to read 8 hours to complete the summer reading program. Want more chances to win? Pick up a new reading log and keep coming to programs at the library! As a bonus, attending library programs and completing Bingo sheets and/or Adventure Passport sheet also count toward your reading goal.

Upcoming June Programs 

Preschool Storytime and Craft for Little Hands


Monday, July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Ms. Megan for Preschool Storytime at the Marion Community Building Basement.

Books, songs, felt board stories, action rhymes, and fun for preschool-aged children. Children will receive a craft kit to make at home.

Bilingual Preschool Storytime Monday, July 15 at 10:30

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

Wednesday, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Mr. Mason 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 will be every Wednesday following preschool storytime.

Family Storytime

Saturday, July 27th at 12pm | Old fort Library

Join us for Family Storytime at the Old Fort library. Family Storytime is for ALL ages to enjoy!

Monday, July 29th at 4pm | Marion Community Building Basement

Join us for Family Storytime presented by Mrs. Ashley Greene, West Marion Elementary Media Scientist. Family Storytime is for ALL ages to enjoy!

Elementary Programs

Take and Make Craft Kits

Monday July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29 elementary students can pick up a take and make craft kit at the Marion library, while supplies last!

Elementary Crafts

Fridays at 3:30 pm | Old Fort Library

Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to crafts each week at the Old Fort library.

Entomology Presented by EcoExplore

Thursday, August 1 at 4 pm | Old Fort Library

Join us for an educational program with the North Carolina Arboretum to learn all about the many different insects that call Western North Carolina their home (and some that don’t!)!

Critter Keeper

Friday, August 2 at 3pm | Marion Community Building Basement

Join us for a Live Animal program. This program is fun for the whole family!

Virtual Programs

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.

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