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Help Us Celebrate

Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

Contest

Design and decorate a card for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Turn in to the Morganton Public Library by 5:00pm on Saturday, February 28th. Cards will be displayed in the children’s room from March 2nd-March 7th. A winner will be chosen and notified on Monday, March 9th. Please pick up your card by March 14th if you would like to keep it.

Goodies

Stop by the children’s room desk anytime on March 2nd (Dr. Seuss’ birthday) for a FREE book and balloon while supplies last! Stop by anytime between March 2nd-March 7th for a FREE Dr. Seuss pencil and book mark while supplies last!

Movie

Saturday, March 7th at 2:30pm at MPL
The Lorax
Movie Poster for The Lorax
2012 | Rated PG | 86 minutes

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Meet Elsa and Anna

Photo of Elsa and Anna
Monday, February 9th
at the C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
From 6:00pm-8:00pm

No registration is required for this event.


Homeschool Storytime

Wednesday, January 14
1pm at MPL

Please join us for an hour full of fun stories, games, crafts and more! Homeschool storytime is a great way to meet other families who homeschool in the community!

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Homeschool Storytime

Wednesday, January 28
2:30pm at VPL

An hour long storytime and book discussion for school aged kids.


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Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Morganton Public Library:
Aesop’s Fables at 3:00 pm

Presented by Bright Star Children's Theatre, these 2600 year-old gems have never been this entertaining! From “The Fox and the Grapes’” and “The Tortoise and the Hare” to “The Boy who Cried Wolf” and “The Lion and the Mouse”  these animal-filled adventures focus on honesty, compassion, hard work and kindness.


Valdese Public Library:
Sharon Clarke at 2:00pm

Join us for a wonderful time of storytelling and music with “Tales and Tunes” by Sharon Clarke! This interactive storytime will bit a hit with kids of all ages!


C.B. Hildebrand Public Library:
Crafts and Books

Visit the library throughout the day for “make it, take it” crafts while supplies last. Every child will also receive a free book to take home! 10:00am-2:00pm

See the Take Your Child to the Library Day Tab for more details!
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Lego Club at the Valdese Public Library. AGes 6-12. Register now! Legos Provided.

Join our newest club! We meet at the Valdese Library, on the second Thursday of each month, from 4-5pm. Registration is required.
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Paws to Read

Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Friday, January 16
MPL at 4pm

This program is open to children in grades K - 5. Pre-Registration is required.
See the Paws to Read tab for more information.


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Morganton Storytimes

Baby Bookworms | Terrific Tots | Pre-School Pals | Cool Kids Club | Library Explorers
Homeschool Storytime

Library Directions


Baby Bookworms

Baby Bookworms is a first time library experience for our youngest patrons. Children through 23 months will enjoy library time complete with rhymes, songs, movement activities, a short story, and a hands on craft or art activity. Caregivers will enjoy meeting other parents and grandparents in the community and learning ways to promote early literacy skills at home! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to share the library with your child. It is never to early to promote literacy!

Library Play Group: Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am

Our next session is:
Wednesday mornings at 10:30
December 3rd-January 21st

Please pre-register for this session by contacting the Youth Services Department at 764-9274
Questions? Contact Halee Hildebran at 764-9270 or by email: hhildebran@bcpls.org


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Terrific Tots

A storytime for children 2-3 years-old. We meet on Tuesdays at 9:30am and 10:45am.

Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required. Call 828-764-9274 or stop by the library to sign up.

There will be no storytimes between December 22 through January 2. We will return to our regular storytime on January 6. Please don’t forget to register.

January 6: Have You Lost Your Mittens?

Come find out what happens to other children when their mittens and hats are lost or they don’t want to wear their winter jackets. We’ll put together a winter mobile and have some mitten matching fun. Pre-registration is required. Pre-registration is required.

January 13: Let it Snow

What goes together when it snows? Snowmen and hot chocolate! Come share in the fun today as we’ll be making snowmen and hot chocolate crafts. We’ll read books about what happens when you step outside in the snow. Pre-registration is required.

January 20: Good Night! Sleep Tight!

“My bed is warm, the moon is bright, so it’s time to say Good Night,” but you don’t want to go to bed! Come find out what happens to reluctant sleepyheads in “I don’t want to go to bed!” and “Llama, Llama, red pajama.” We will make a “Llama, Llama, red pajama” craft. Pre-registration is required.

January 27: Let's Learn Our ABC's

The alphabet begins with ABC, simple as 1 2 3. Right? Not so, in “Alpha Oops!” and “Alphagator.” Join us for some alphabet fun. We’ll create an “A” as in alligator craft. Pre-registration is required. Pre-registration is required.


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Preschool Pals

A storytime for children 4-5 years-old. We meet on Thursdays at 10:30am at the Morganton Public Library.

Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required . Call 764-9274 or stop by the library to sign up.

There will be no storytimes between December 22 through January 2. We will return to our regular story time on January 8. Please don’t forget to register.

January 8: Winter

Do you love the snow? Soft snow, heavy snow, light snow, fat snow. What happens when you step outside in the snow? Join us today for an inside snowman craft and enjoy some hot chocolate. Pre-registration is required.

January 15: Lost Mittens

Have you ever lost your mittens? Come find out what happens when one boy loses one of his mittens in “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. We’ll create a mitten craft based on the book. Pre-registration is required.

January 22: Finding Dragons

Where do dragons live? What do you know about dragons and their magical powers? We’ll go on a dragon hunt today in “Where’s the dragon?” by Jason Hook. Our craft today will be based on “Dragon Tales.” Pre-registration is required.

January 29: Knights in Shining Armor

Did you know the word “knight” means “horseman?” We’ll travel back to the Middle Ages today to learn about knights and castles. We’ll make a shield and helmet like the knights used for protection. Pre-registration is required.


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Homeschool Storytime

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month at 1pm at MPL for Homeschool Storytime!.
The next storytime is scheduled for

Wednesday, January 14

Please join us for an hour full of fun stories, games, crafts and more! Homeschool storytime is a great way to meet other families who homeschool in the community! (Dates of storytime may vary due to scheduling.)

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Cool Kids Club

Cool Kids Club is designed for children in grades K-2, and is held on Tuesdays at 4pm. Club times may vary depending on activities planned. Registration is required.


January 6, 2015

Ahhh!...it is the Librarian from the Black Lagoon storytime! Today we will read the stories of The Librarian from the Black Lagoon, The Bully from the Black Lagoon, and The Cafeteria Lady from the Black Lagoon all by Mike Thaler. Make a set of Foam Monster Hands or a Monster Pencil Case, and a pair of Monster Eyeballs. Draw your own version of the Librarian from the Black Lagoon, and create your own library rules on a large book cut out. Pre-registration is required.


January 13, 2015

It’s time for a Frozen party! Of course we will be reading Frozen stories, and playing fun snow games. Other activities will include: making a Fun Fur Snowman, Olaf Sticker Scene, Diamond Ice Bracelets, Elsa & Anna Crowns, and make your own snow. Frozen Snowball Punch will be served for snack. Pre-registration is required.


January 20, 2015

Have you ever had a really bad day? This storytime is in honor of Alexander who had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! We will also read other stories by Judith Viorst including: Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, and Super Completely and Totally the Messiest. Make a Bad Day Box to put all of your worries inside. Story extension activities will include: Recalling Events, and Sorting Days. Pre-registration is required.


January 27, 2015

Wear your pajamas for our Pajama Party storytime! The best set of pajamas wins a small prize! Our stories may include: Pajama Pirates by Andrew Kramer, Froggy’s Sleepover by Jonathan London, and Night Noises by Mem Fox. Make Pillowcase Art, and a Sleep Mask for craft. Also, bring your favorite stuffed animal for Show and Tell. Bears in a Bed will be our snack. Pre-registration is required.


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Library Explorers

Library Explorers is designed for children in grades 3rd-5th, and is held on Thursdays at 4pm. Club times may vary depending on activities planned. Pre-Registration is required.


January 8, 2015

Please join us for a Harry Potter Winter Potions class! We will be reading a few pages from Chapter 8 in the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling. Make Snow and Ice Bath Soak, Secret Snitcher Potions, Edible Potions, Burn/Heal Potion, and Buzz Fizz potion! Pre-registration is required.


January 15, 2015

Today is our Winter themed Lego challenge. Structures to build may include: Artctic Animals, Ski Mobiles, At the Poles, Snowflakes, Sleds, Snowpeople, Mittens, and more. Most of the structures will be displayed in the Childrens Room, and the best structure wins a small prize. Pre-registration is required.


January 22, 2015

It is time to read more in the first Diary of Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney. We will be reading for approximately 20 minutes. For craft, assemble and paint your own Glow in the Dark Star and Moon mobiles. Pre-registration is required.


January 29, 2015

Tara Jacumin, our Reference Librarian will be teaching an ebooks class to introduce the Overdrive site and app. Please bring any devices that you may have for this class. Learn how to enter the Overdrive site, and use your library card and pin number to do basic searches. Learn about the ebooks, videos, and audiobooks that are available. Learn how to check out, check in, create a list, and place holds. Hand outs will be available for different types of devices. Pre-registration is required.


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Come by the library to register now for Fall Storytimes!.

Valdese Storytimes

Library Directions

Baby Bookworms | Terrific Tots | Pre-School Pals | Cool Kids Club | Library Explorers


Baby Bookworms

For Those 1-2 Years Old
Thursdays at 10am


December

Colors of the Month: Red and Green
Opening Song: Where is Thumbkin?


Thursday, December 4: Stars

Get ready to talk, read, and sing about stars. First we will hear a flannel board story called “Star Light Star Bright,” then we will read Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star by Petr Horacek. Lets all run and play! It’s a bubble day; come ready to giggle and play.
Pre-registration is required.


Monday, December 8: Merry Crafty Christmas

Join us at 6pm for a night of crafting fun! For all ages. Materials provided. No pre-registration is required.


Thursday, December 11: Reindeer

Its all about reindeer today, and our book is Rudolph by Parragon. Then we’ll hear a flannel-board called “Five Little Reindeer.” Today we will have tactile play as we dig in sand, pasta, and beans.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, December 18: Santa

HoHoHo! We’re talking about Santa today, so we’ll read The House That Santa Built by Dianne de Las Casas, then sing “I’m a Little Santa.” Our activity will be making Mistletoes out of your baby’s foot prints.
Pre-registration is required.


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Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Mondays at 10am


Monday, January 5: Winter Weather

Welcome back. Come in out of the cold and let’s warm up to a story about that little monkey that’s always getting into trouble. Curious George, A Winters Nap by H.A. Rey. For our craft we will make a yummy snowman. Pre-registration is required.


Monday, January 12: Toasty Warm

Lets talk about all the ways we can dress to stay warm in this cold weather. Our story today is The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel. Warm up with a warm cup of cocoa. We will make a snowy picture for craft. Pre-registration is required


Monday, January 19

Closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Monday, January 26: Wishing for Snow

Ms. Sandy is wishing for snow, are you? Our story today is Snowflakes Fall by: Patricia MacLachlan. We will play a game of snowball toss. For our craft we will make a snowman for you to take home. Pre-registration is required.


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Pre-School Pals

For Those 4-5 Years Old
Wednesdays at 10:30am


December 3: Christmas Magic

Our storytime is filled with magic as we read Star Bright by Allison McGhee and Peter H. Reynolds, then we’re playing Find the Christmas Tree. We are making a Giving Calendar to teach us how important it is to give to others.
Pre-registration is required.


Monday, December 8: Merry Crafty Christmas

Join us at 6pm for a night of crafting fun! For all ages. Materials provided. No pre-registration is required.


December 10: Gingerbread/Cookies

Today we’re using our imaginations and becoming cookie bakers. First we’ll play “Who Took the Cookie From the Cookie Jar,” then we’re reading Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup. Last, let’s decorate cookies and rice crispy treats for your family.
Pre-registration is required.


December 17: Reindeer and Santa

To start our day we can sing silly Christmas carols, then our book is The Great Christmas Crisis by Kim Norman. Today’s craft will be a tea light snowman ornament to hang on your tree, then our fun ends with a holiday party!
Pre-registration is required.


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Library Explorers

For Those 6-8 Years Old
Tuesdays at 3:30pm


December 2

Today the Explorers are reading a swashbuckling tale of Christmas called The Gingerbread Pirates by Gail Herman. Our craft today will be to make wooden ornaments for your tree!
Pre-registration is required.


Monday, December 8: Merry Crafty Christmas

Join us at 6pm for a night of crafting fun! For all ages. Materials provided. No pre-registration is required.


December 9

Our book this week is Who's Stealing The Twelve Days of Christmas by Martha Freeman. Then we’ll use socks and buttons to make the cutest little snowman ever!
Pre-registration is required.


December 16

Today we’re reading Santa is coming to North Carolina by Steve Smallman. Get ready because today you will be making yourself into an elf and then we’re having our holiday party!
Pre-registration is required.


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Cool Kids Club

For Those 9-12 Years Old
Tuesdays at 3:30pm


January 6

Come explore the largest country in the world, Russia! This month we will learn a little about this country’s rich cultural heritage and have some fun along the way. It is very cold in Russia during January, so we will make two snowmen!
Pre-registration is required.


January 13

Russia has many beautiful buildings. We will journey to several of the most famous buildings today. Learn about onion domes and paint a night time Russian cityscape with watercolors.
Pre-registration is required.


January 20

Grand Duchess Anastasia was the youngest daughter of the royal family that once ruled Russia. Explore Anastasia’s story and make Matryoshka dolls.
Pre-registration is required.


January 27: Movie Day!

Come watch the animated movie Anastasia. Popcorn provided. 94 minutes - Rated G
Pre-registration is required.


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C.B. Hildebrand Storytimes

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Terrific Tots Storytime

For Pre-Schoolers
Tuesdays at 10am


January 6

Polar Bears are every where today! Do you know what the polar bear heard while he was playing or what he likes to eat? Today we have some silly activities for our little bears! We are making a fuzzy craft and a yummy polar bear snack!
Pre-registration is required.


Monday, January 12: Family Movie Night

Join us to watch Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13 | 2014 | 121 mins). No registration is required. For all ages!


January 13

Today we are sharing Zen and Bodhi’s Snowy Day by Gina Bates Brown. There are so many fun things to do on a snowy day! We have a cool flannel board game and of course a silly song. Sparkling snowflakes will be our take home craft.
Pre-registration is required.


January 20

What kind of day is it when thick snow is falling everywhere? It’s a snowman day! Today we playing a snowman bowling game and crafting a really cute snowperson to take home.
Pre-registration is required.


January 27

Music and Movement with Sharon Clarke
Pre-registration is required.


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Cool Kids Club

For Those 6-12 Years Old
Wednesdays at 3:30pm


January 7:

Let it snow! Let it snow! Today we are having a snowflake workshop! Come and create some beautiful two and three dimensional snowflakes! They will last all winter in your winter wonderland.
Pre-registration is required.


Monday, January 12: Family Movie Night

Join us to watch Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13 | 2014 | 121 mins). No registration is required. For all ages!


January 14:

Today we are perfecting some “cool” snow experiments. Have you ever made snow? How about rainbow snow? We are creating snowmen and playing a game of snowmen bowling! We will finish with yummy snow cream!
Pre-registration is required.


January 21:

Baby it’s cold outside! Today we are creating some warm fuzzy scarves. We will be working with fleece materials.
Pre-registration is required.


January 27:

Movie Day! Let's watch Disney’s Snow Dogs (PG | 100 min). Refreshments provided.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the January Cool Kids Club Flyer!

Come by the library to register now for Fall Storytimes!.