McDowell County Public Library

Kids Summer Reading Program

This summer share a good tale with friends!

Join us for the annual Summer Reading Program at the library!

Important Dates to keep in mind:

June 11th- The Summer Reading Program Begins! Summer Reading Packets are available to pick up.
June 17th-Take-and-make Craft Pick-up Start
August 6th- Last day to turn in Reading Logs and be entered into the raffle.
August 12th- Raffle Drawing


This year kids can participate using the printed Reading Log.

Use our Printed Reading Log, available at each of our library locations.

For every ten (10) minutes you read, place a sticker on one of the circles on the reading log.
For every twelve (12) stickers placed on log, come into the library to receive a raffle ticket.

You will have a chance to win many prizes and coupons this summer. When you have completed a reading log you will be entered into our Grand Prize drawing. The more you read, the more chances you have to win.

We have many incentives for all youth completing the program. They will have chances to win prizes baskets, gift certificates from local businesses, gift certificates from out of town businesses (such as WNC Nature Center, Kid Senses, and Defy), and Kindle Fires. They will also receive a free ticket to a Crawdad game. 

You can pick up a printed copy at either library or print your own copy here:




Summer Reading Kick-off (YMCA Pavilion)

Saturday, June 11th from 1pm- 3pm
Celebrate the start of our “Oceans of Possibilities” Summer Reading Program by stopping by your local library branch and signing up for a summer full of fun.  Patrons of all ages will be able to sign-up for the program and also enjoy games and magic by Mountain Circus Art.  We’ll also have special guests from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as well as our local PBS Kids Rootle Ambassador.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Special Summer Program Events

In- Person Events:

(Hosted at the Corpening Memorial YMCA’s Pavilion)

Team Ecco Aquarium & Shark lab

Friday, June 24th from 3pm – 4pm

Join Team Ecco Aquarium and Shark Lab to learn about marine invertebrates with live and deceased specimens.


NC State Parks

Friday, July 15th from 3pm- 4pm

An NC State Park ranger will tell about the Catawba River and how it flows into the Atlantic Ocean.


Eco explorer (the NC arboretum)

Friday, July 29th from 3pm – 4pm

IT’S HERPETOLOGY SEASON! Come and learn about the ecoExplorer program and the fascinating world of herptiles!

Online Events:

Page Turner Animal Adventures!

Viewers are transformed into Storyologists when they join Page Turner and Kenny on an epic, interactive quest to discover the Lost Library of Atlantis. Along the way, they explore Coral Reefs, The Bermuda Triangle, Arctic Waters, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Filled with fascinating facts and fabulous fiction, this Four-Part Adventure is designed to educate kids about our oceans while inspiring them to read books AND visit the library.

Weekly Programs


Preschool Story Time
(Starting June 13th)
YMCA Pavilion
10:30 a.m.
Join Ms. Megan for a fun filled story time with different animal themes each week. Bring your own chairs or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, and dancing!



Fun Fact Wednesday
11:00 a.m.
New videos can be found here: Fun Fact Videos
Join us to learn some amazing ocean facts.



Take-and-Make Craft Pick-up
10:00 a.m.
Marion Library, Old Fort Library, or the Bookmobile
(while supplies last!).
Stop by your local library branch or visit one of our bookmobile stops to pick up a fun craft or call to pick-up Curbside. Crafts are for grades 5 and under.

Bedtime Stories and Mindful Moments
7:00 p.m.
Facebook Group- McDowell Library Children Services
Join Ms. Megan or Ms. Danielle for a bedtime story and a quick mindful moments meditation.


Preschool Story Time
(Starting June 14th)
Old Fort Library
10:30 a.m.
Join Ms. Danielle and special guest readers for a fun filled story time with different animal themes each week. Bring your a blanket enjoy stories, songs, and dancing!

Juvenile Story Time
Facebook Group- McDowell Library Children Services
7:00 p.m.
Join Ms. Danielle each week for a book geared toward children in 2nd- 5th grade


Juvenile Story Time
7:00 p.m.
Facebook Group- McDowell Library Children Services
Join Ms. Danielle each week for a book geared toward children in 2nd- 5th grade


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  • 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