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Children’s Programs and Events

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Upcoming October Events

Preschool Storytime

Monday, October 2, October 23, October 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Ms. Megan for Preschool Storytime at the Marion Library.

Monday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Ms. Megan and the Marion Fire Department for Preschool Storytime at the Marion Tailgate Market.

The Marion Fire Department will teach preschoolers about fire safety in a fun, non-threatening way. After Storytime, children will be able to talk with firefighters, explore the fire truck, and receive a take home craft from Ms. Megan! Recommended for ages 5 and under.

El Departamento de Bomberos de Marion enseñará a los niños de edades preescolares sobre seguridad contra incendios de una manera divertida y no amenazante. Después de la hora del cuento, los niños podrán hablar con los bomberos, explorar el camión de bomberos y recibir una manualidad para llevar a casa de parte de la Sra. Megan. Recomendado para menores de 5 años.

Monday, October 16, there will be no Preschool Storytime.

NO habrá Cuentos Preescolares Lunes, Octubre 16.


Wednesday, October 4, October 11, October 25 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.

Monday, October 18, there will be no Preschool Storytime.

NO habrá Cuentos Preescolares Miércoles, Octubre 18.


Crafts for Little Hands 

Wednesday, October 11 at 11:00am – Old Fort Branch Library 

Every second Wednesday, 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

The Lab

Wednesday, October 11 at 4pm – Old Fort Library

Wednesday, October 25 at 4pm – Marion Library

Each month elementary students (kindergarten-5th grade) are invited to STEM based experiments at the library.

Join us for an educational program with the North Carolina Arboretum to learn all about the many different arachnids that call Western North Carolina home! Did you know arachnids include more than just spiders? Come ready to hear about the ecoEXPLORE program, the many different types of arachnids, where they live, what they eat, plus much more!

¡Acompáñenos en un programa educativo con el Arboreto de Carolina del Norte para aprender todo sobre los diferentes arácnidos que consideran el oeste de Carolina del Norte su hogar! ¿Sabías que los arácnidos incluyen algo más que arañas? ¡Venga preparado para escuchar sobre el programa ecoEXPLORE, los diferentes tipos de arácnidos, dónde viven, qué comen y mucho más!


Come learn about the lunar eclipse and about the 8 phases of the moon using oreo cookies!

¡Venga a aprender sobre el eclipse lunar y sobre las 8 fases de la luna usando galletas de oreo!


Author Visit

October 5th, 4-6 PM at The Marion Library

Attend a reading and book signing with best-selling book Author, Phrantceena T. Halres at the Marion Library.

Seating is Limited to 60 participants and we will have Balloon Twister, Demetrios Meimaridis, on-site during the book event to make balloon art for children.

Halres is an African-American female entrepreneur and the great-grand-daughter of a much loved house servant. She is the former founder and CEO of TPSG and it’s many divisions and the current founder and chair of board for the Coach Tate Foundation.

Come out to hear Halres discuss her book, which shows how to push beyond your struggles and live a joyful life, you will leave feeling inspired and fulfilled.

Joining Halres will be balloon artisan, Demetrios Meimaridis. Demetrios is the Executive Director of the Coach Tate Foundation.

Balloon art is something that the Coach Tate Foundation is proud to show kids how art can also be applied to balloons. If you can dream it, we can create it.

Please join our CLOSED Facebook page by searching McDowell Library Children Services for updates, videos and more from our Children’s Library!

First Glimpse Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Join Ms. Megan for the first two chapters of a new book that has been added to our collection within the past year. These books are geared toward students in grade 2-5.

Throwback Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Join Ms. Megan for the first two chapters of a an older book that has been in our collection for over a year. These books are geared toward students in grade 2-5.


 Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

Join Ms. Megan for a bedtime stories in our CLOSED Facebook group (McDowell Library Children 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.

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October’s Adult Programs

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Check out October’s upcoming adult programs!!


Fiction Writer’s Workshop

October 3rd | 4-6 PM | @The Marion library

Would you like to improve your writing skills?

The Marion Library is offering a free Fiction Writer’s Workshop!

This workshop includes lectures, exercises, and critiquing of student projects. It is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. We do ask that you bring 1-2 pages of a work in progress and a laptop/phone/tablet to receive works digitally.

Led by Kayla Kovamees, who is a writer from Marion, NC that specializes in the horror genre. She holds a Bachelors in English and Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction from Southern New Hampshire University and has a passion for writing and helping others improve their craft. She is currently finishing her collection of short stories, Why Are You Afraid? and focusing on her writing improvement blog.



Vaya Health: Navigating Depression

October 6th | 11AM-12PM | The Marion library

Depression (also known as major depression, major depressive disorder, or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working.

Depression is common in adults and often overlooked or misdiagnosed. This course, presented by Amy Penley from VAYA Health, explores the risks of depression, symptoms to look for, and available treatment options.


Calming Crafts

October 10th | 3-4 PM | The Marion library

Need some time to relax and de-stress?

Join us for an evening of relaxation at Calming Crafts!

This month we will be making magic potions.

Library Book Club

October 13th |1-2 PM | The Marion library

Every month we select a diverse range of books covering different genres.

This month we are discussing “The last thing he told me” by Laura Dave.

Enjoy an evening of refreshments and great conversations.

Clipart of text " Library Book Club" over a cup of coffee that has "I heart books" written on it.


MCPL Local History Club

October 27th | 4-5 PM | The Marion library

This public group is dedicated to exploring and preserving the rich history of our McDowell. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a student looking to expand your knowledge, or simply curious about the stories that shape McDowell, this club is for you!

In addition to learning more about the group, our first meeting will focus on ghosts, haunts, haints and horrors in McDowell!

Amanda Biddix, the Genealogy and Local History Room Manager, will offer a presentation on all things spooky in our archives.

Green background with the McDowell County NC seal and "MCPL History Club" text underneath.


Old Fort Library’s Adult Programs

Amateur Writer’s Club

October 10th, 4-5 PM at The Old Fort Library

The AWC is a group of aspiring writers creating a community for sharing ideas and learning new techniques for writing.


Through the month of October

Explore a world of flavor with the Spice Library. This is a great way to try out new spices from all over the world and add a kick to your dish.

Beginning in October the library is offering a FREE monthly take-home kit featuring spices for you to try out at home! Each kit includes a brief description of the spice, some recipes to get started, and a sample of the spice (enough for the recipes provided).

Kits are available for pick-up at the Marion and Old Fort Library branches.

While supplies last!



Thanks to the McDowell Master Gardeners we have an amazing seed library to offer our community!

Stop by the Marion Library and borrow some seeds, or leave some seeds.

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Need homework help?  We’ve got you covered!

The McDowell County Public Library is excited to announce that we now offer free academic resources and online tutoring from!

To get started, go to

Patrons have two ways they can access

1. StudentAccess– Students can use their Student ID as the barcode and the last 4 numbers of their ID as the password.

2. Library Card– Anyone with a McDowell County Library Card can get access by entering the library card # as the barcode and their PIN as the password.


All students in grades K-12 with a library card can use the service to get help with homework, class projects, papers—even test prep! We would love to help your students be better prepared for class each day by providing one-to-one assistance when they need it most: on-demand at homework time. helps you help your students by:

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    Tue, Thu: 10-7
    Saturday: 11-5
    Sunday: Closed
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    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752

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    Old Fort, NC 28762