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Upcoming Adult Programs

Visiting Author

Anne Clinard Barnhill

Photograph of Anne Clinard Barnhill

Saturday, July 26 - 3pm at MPL

Music and merriment to follow the program.
For more information, see the "SRP Details" Tab.


Historical Writers Workshop

Saturday, July 26 at MPL: Noon-2pm
Historical Writer’s Workshop led by author, Anne Clinard Barnhill. Pre-registration is required. Space will be limited. Lunch will be provided.


Needlework in the Morning

Knitting Picture

July 25 from 10am to Noon at MPL

For More Information, see the Needlework in the Morning Tab

Movie Night For Adults

Join us for refreshments and a movie!.

The Patriot Movie Poster

2000 | R | 146 minutes
Tuesday, July 15, at 6pm at MPL

THe Help Movie Poster

2011 | PG-13 | 146 minutes
Thursday, July 17, at 5:30pm at VPL

The Great Gatsby Movie Poster

2013 | PG-13 | 143 minutes
Monday, July 21, at 5:30pm at CBH

Guided Hike

Lake James State Park Paddy’s Creek Area

Saturday, July 19 at 10am

Pre-registration is required. Guided hike of the Overmountain Victory Trail. Enjoy a leisurely hike while learning about the history of the park. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Directions available at the circulation desk of any library branch.


SRP Book Discussion

At the Mercy of the Queen

by Anne Clinard Barnhill

Book cover for >At the Mercy of the Queen

MPL: Monday, July 7th - 6pm
VPL: Thursday, July 24th - 6pm

For more information, see the "SRP Details" Tab.

The Silver Star Readers (Grace Ridge) will be discussing At the Mercy of the Queen on Wednesday, July 23rd at 2pm. This discussion is open to the public.


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Summer Reading Program 2014

Adult Summer Reading Program 2014 is all about tales from the past...

Between June 2 and July 31, read as many books from the adult or young adult fiction or non-fiction collections as possible, then fill out a book review card for each book read. Drop off your cards at the circulation desk at any of the Burke County Public Library locations (Morganton, Valdese, or C.B. Hildebrand). If you are Grace Ridge resident, you may drop your cards off in the Grace Ridge Library. You must have a Burke County Public Library card to enter.
Get a bonus card for each program you attend! Sign in at each program for a chance to win additional prizes at the end of the summer.

On August 4, system-wide random drawings will be conducted from among all completed book review cards and bonus cards. Prizes include e-readers, tickets to the Biltmore Estate and much more!

Registration Begins Monday, May 19 at all Libraries

History Lives at your library! Get ready to step back in time...

Visiting Authors | Book Discussions | Movie Nights | Trips, Tours, and Hikes | Historical Writers Workshop

MPL — Morganton Public Library | VPL — Valdese Public Library | CBH — C.B. Hildebrand Public Library

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 Visiting Authors

Photograph of Timothy Tron Book cover for Bruecke to Heaven

Timothy W Tron

Saturday, June 28 - 3pm
Valdese Public Library

Visiting Author Timothy W. Tron will present his book, Bruecke to Heaven: Children of the Light. This book is based on the author’s research of the Waldensians. Copies of the book will be available for purchase through the author. A light reception will follow the program. Open to the public.

Photograph of Anne Clinard Barnhill Book cover for Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter

Anne Clinard Barnhill

Saturday, July 26 - 3pm
Morganton Public Library

Visiting Author Anne Clinard Barnhill will present her newest book, Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter. The author will appear in a Tudor-style dress and will give a short history of the royal dress . Music and merriment to follow the program. Copies of the book will be available for purchase through the author. Open to the public.

 Trips, Tours, and Hikes

Pre-Registration is required for all trips, tours, and hikes.
Sign up at the Morganton Public Library.

Joara

Saturday, June 14 from 9-11am

Pre-registration is required. We will tour the Berry site and participate in a hands-on activity. Meet in the library parking lot across the street from Grace Episcopal Church. Transportation is pending.

Lake James State Park Catawba River Area

Saturday, June 21 at 10am

Pre-registration is required. Guided hike of the Fox Den Loop Trail. Enjoy a leisurely hike while learning about the history of the park. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Directions available at the circulation desk of any library branch.

Lake James State Park Paddy’s Creek Area

Saturday, July 19 at 10am

Pre-registration is required. Guided hike of the Overmountain Victory Trail. Enjoy a leisurely hike while learning about the history of the park. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Directions available at the circulation desk of any library branch.


Historical Writers Workshop

Saturday, July 26– MPL at Noon
Historical Writer’s Workshop led by author, Anne Clinard Barnhill. Pre-registration is required. Space will be limited. Lunch will be provided.

 Book Discussions

Book cover for Bruecke to Heaven
Bruecke to Heaven:
Children of the Light

by Timothy W. Tron

MPL: Monday, June 9th - 6pm
VPL: Thursday, June 26th - 6pm

Sign up for a book discussion, and receive a free copy of the book. Registration forms at each library.

The Silver Star Readers (Grace Ridge) will be discussing Bruecke to Heaven on Wednesday, June 25th at 2pm. This discussion is open to the public.

This historical fiction novel is the story of a people who received the Word of God directly from the newly commissioned disciples. It describes how it transformed their lives into something greater than they would have ever imagined. Their isolation in the remote Cottian Mountain valley that lay between Italy and Switzerland, which they had known since the beginning of time, provided them with the perfect setting to develop their knowledge and gifts over multiple centuries, unknowingly growing in spirit and power with each passing generation. There they remained virtually obscured from reality until late in the twelfth century, when a series of events unfolded to change their lives.

Book cover for At the Mercy of the Queen
At the Mercy of the Queen

by Anne Clinard Barnhill

MPL: Monday, July 7th - 6pm
VPL: Thursday, July 24th - 6pm

Sign up for a book discussion, and receive a free copy of the book. Registration forms at each library.

The Silver Star Readers (Grace Ridge) will be discussing At the Mercy of the Queen on Wednesday, July 23rd at 2pm. This discussion is open to the public.

At the Mercy of the Queen tells the story of Lady Margaret Shelton, or Pretty Madge as she is often called at court, and her first cousin, Queen Anne Boleyn. Both women must find a way to survive the treacherous court of Henry VIII, where displeasing the king can cost you your head. As Lady Margaret serves Queen Anne, she falls for the handsome son of Sir Charles Brandon, the king’s brother-in-law and best friend. Master Arthur Brandon can offer her nothing, however, as he is Brandon’s unclaimed bastard. As the king begins to fall for Lady Margaret, she has decisions to make. Will she betray the love of her life to enjoy the many perks of becoming the king’s mistress? Or will she deny the king and leave her dear cousin Anne, in grave danger?

 Movie Nights

Join us for refreshments and a movie!

Les Miserables Movie Poster
Les Miserables

2012 | PG-13 | 158 minutes
Morganton Public Library
Tuesday, June 17, at 6:00pm

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives for ever.

Austenland Movie Poster
Austenland

2013 | PG-13 | 97 minutes
Valdese Public Library
Thursday, June 19, at 6:00pm

30-something, single Jane Hayes, is a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.
Based on the novel by Shannon Hale

Little Women Movie Poster
Little Women

1994 | PG | 120 minutes
C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
Monday, June 23, at 5:30pm

With their father away fighting in the Civil War, Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy grow up with their mother in somewhat reduced circumstances. They are a close family who inevitably have their squabbles and tragedies. But the bond holds even when, later, men friends start to become a part of the household.
Based on the Novel by Louisa May Alcott

The Patriot Movie Poster
The Patriot

2000 | R | 146 minutes
Morganton Public Library
Tuesday, July 15, at 6:00pm

It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family and his peaceful life.

THe Help Movie Poster
The Help

2011 | PG-13 | 146 minutes
Valdese Public Library
Thursday, July 17, at 5:30pm

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Based on the Novel by Kathryn Stockett

The Great Gatsby Movie Poster
The Great Gatsby

2013 | PG-13 | 143 minutes
C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
Monday, July 21, at 5:30pm

Nick Carraway describes moving to a tiny house on Long Island adjoining the sumptuous mansion owned by enigmatic neighbour, the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby. After attending one of Gatsby's legendary parties Nick is asked by Gatsby to arrange a meeting with his cousin, Daisy, who was Gatsby's true love, prior to war service. However, the events of a drunken afternoon conspire to bring about an ending which is anything but happy.
Based on the Novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Sisters at Heart Book Discussion Group



Sisters at Heart is taking a break in the month of July, but join us in August when we will be discussing

The Negotiator
by Dee Henderson

Saturday, August 16, at 3:00pm at the Morganton Public Library

Light refreshments will be served.

The Negotiator Book Cover

FBI agent Dave Richman from Danger in the Shadows is back. He's about to meet Kate O'Malley, and his life will never be the same. She's a hostage negotiator. He protects people. He's about to find out that falling in love with a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another!

Introducing the O'Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O'Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels

For more information, please contact Claudia at 764-9260 x9268







Needlework in the Morning

Knitting Picture

All skill levels welcome to join in and spend a pleasant morning with your fellow knitters, crocheters and anyone who enjoys needlework. Learn, share ideas, hone skills and have a good time. Just bring your favorite yarn and needles/hook. Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that the library is closed during this time, so if the door is locked, please knock!

June Meetings:
June 13 from 10:00am to Noon at MPL
June 27 from 10:00am to Noon at MPL

July Meetings:
July 11 from 10:00am to Noon at MPL
July 25 from 10:00am to Noon at MPL