McDowell County Public Library

Teen Programs and Events

Welcome to the Teen Page where you’ll find upcoming events, programs, and resources for youth in Middle and High School age groups.

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.

Teen Craft Kits

Monday June 10th, June 17th, and June 24th at 10am | Marion Library

Teens can pick up a craft kit at the Marion library, while supplies last!

Old Fort Teen Time: D&D

Tuesday June 18 and June 25 at 5pm | Old Fort Library

Adventurers Wanted! The Expeditionary Guild calls for aid! Anomalous creatures wander the nearby wastelands, and you are tasked with finding, studying, and dispatching them!

New and Experienced Players alike are welcome! Dice, Rulebooks, and Snacks provided!

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday, June 25 at 10am | Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway

Join us at the entrance behind Sonic for a nature Scavenger Adventure presented by McDowell County’s Master Gardeners

The Art of Making Zines

Thursday, June 27 at 5pm | Marion Library

Teens will learn the art of making zines by Visual Artist, Kelly Solesby.

Upcoming July Program


Teen Cooking Club Signup link:

Do you know about our StudentAccess Program?

All students enrolled in a public school for the current school year, as of September 20th, can use their Student ID number.

StudentAccess allows students access to:

  • Check out up to 10 books or audiobooks at a time. No late fines!
  • ACT/SAT Prep
  • Live Tutors online
  • eBooks and Audio Books

Test Prep Resources for the ACT and SAT


Explore the LearningExpress Library from EBSCO to improve your test scores for the SAT and ACT.  Use your library card or Student ID to get access.

  • Authentic practice tests
  • Test-taking strategies and tips
  • Interactive tutorials with full-length pre-tests, unit quizzes and post-tests
  • Essay practice with sample essays, annotations and scoring guides
  • Detailed answer explanations
  • Simulated test options designed to mimic test-day conditions
  • Personalized study plans identifying strengths and areas that need further practice and review
  • Diagnostic score reports

Your path to college starts here! The Learning Suite with SAT/ACT Essentials—free through the library!—will give you the support you need.  Use your library card or Student ID to get access.

Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages.

  • 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