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March Storytime & Crafts for Kids

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Upcoming February Events

Preschool Storytime

Mondays, March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27 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.

Tuesdays, March 7, March 14, March 21, and March 28 at 10:30 a.m. 

Join Mrs. Kelly for Preschool Storytime at the Old Fort Library.

Books, songs, felt board stories, action rhymes and fun for preschool-aged children.

Crafts for Little Hands 

Second Monday, March 13 at 11:00am – Marion Branch Library 

Second Tuesday, March 14 at 11:00am – Old Fort Branch Library 

Once a month 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.

Special February Events

Super Saturdays Every 1st Saturday of each month at 12:00 pm at the Old Fort Library

Map It Out

March 4th Old Fort Library 12pm-2pm

Let’s learn how to make maps!


Rainbow Perler Beads

March 15th Marion Library 4pm-5pm

Join Ms. Megan for a STEAM activity making Rainbows with Perler Beads.


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


 Fridays at 7:00 p.m.

Join Mrs. Kelly or Ms. Megan for a bedtime stories in our CLOSED Facebook group (McDowell Library Children Services)


Juvenile Storytime

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Juvenile readers (2nd-5th grade) join Ms. Megan in our CLOSED Facebook group (McDowell Library Children Services) as we begin a Cam Jansen mystery. We will read a chapter each session out of the book Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler.



Craft Pick-up for February!



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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March’s Adult Programs!

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Spring into a good time and check out this month’s adult programs!!


Vaya Health Presents

Hoarding Disorder: Hidden Secrets

March 3rd, 11 AM at The Marion Library

Have you ever had a secret you were too embarrassed to share? Those who hoard may not disclose symptoms due to potential embarrassment, judgment, and ridicule. This presentation will explore causes, symptoms, treatment, and care methods for those managing this condition


Seed Library Grand Opening!

March 4th, 11 AM- 1 PM at The Marion Library

It’s finally here! What you’ve been waiting for! The seed library is officially opening! We will be giving away ready to plant winter sowing containers that we will help you plant. Free seeds, gardening books, and magazines!! Coffee from a local coffee truck. Free drawing for a basket of gardening related items! Garden themed Face Paintings for the kids! Ask A Master Gardener Desk available to answer your gardening questions and more!



Book Club

March 10th, 1-2 PM at Ingenious Coffee Roasters

Stop by the next book club meeting where there will be delicious coffee, fun people, and interesting conversations! We will be discussing our latest read Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and you can pick up a copy of our next book The Maid by Nita Prose.


Once Upon a Craft

March 14th, 3-5 PM at The Marion Library

At this month’s Once Upon a Craft we will be making cute little hedgehogs from recycled books. They measure about 7 inches long and you can add bows, flowers or even a hat! Makes a great gift or a nice spring time decoration.


Trunk of Troubles

Presented by Heather South, Lead Archivist with the Western Regional Archives, a branch of the State Archives of North Carolina

March 16th, 5 PM at The Marion Library

Conditions that very old items are often kept in may not be the best. How does one care for these older items? How do you store them so they will last for further generations?  Lead Archivist Heather South will share basic care, handling, and storage instructions for taking care of your family documents. “The Trunk of Trouble” uses examples and samples all about the do’s and don’ts of preservation for books, paper, and photographs. It’s informative and fun so come join in on the preservation conversation!

Free Tax Clinic

March 21st, 2-5 PM at The Marion Library

MATCH will be providing free tax preparation assistance; all staff are tax law certified by the IRS and can assist with tax preparation and e-filing of state and federal returns to families making less than $70,000 per year. Be sure to bring photo IDs, if filing jointly both parties must be present, and all necessary tax forms. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.


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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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When the bell rings at the end of the day, learning does not have to stop. Our tutors are available to help your students when they are struggling with homework after school and on the weekends. Tutors are available to them all week from 2 p.m.- 10 p.m. Tutors who speak Spanish are available all week from 3 p.m.- 10 p.m.

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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

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    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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    Marion Library

    90 W Court St
    Marion, NC 28752

    Old Fort Library

    65 E Mitchell St
    Old Fort, NC 28762