Children's Programs and Events

  • Childrens
    Events

  • Second
    Breakfast

  • Harry Potter
    Movie Marathon

  • Morganton
    Storytimes

  • Valdese
    Storytimes

  • C.B. Hildebrand
    Storytimes

  • Preschool
    Outreach

  • Paws to
    Read

BCPLS celebrates Hobbit week at your library

Second Breakfast

Saturday, September 20, at 9am sharp
Morganton Public Library

All Ages Welcome. Pre-registration is required. Limited Seating. No Large Groups Please


Restock Bilbo's Pantry Food Drive
Dwarf in the Pantry

During the month of September the libraries in Morganton, Valdese, and Hildebran will collect non-perishable food items for their communities. With each donation you will be entering into a drawing for a Hobbit Prize Basket! Each basket will contain a bookmark, book, Hobbit poster, The Hobbit parts 1 and 2, and a gift card to Marquee Cinemas. All ages welcome to participate! May only enter once per day.


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Family Movie

The Croods
Movie Poster for the Croods

2013 | PG | 98 minutes

Monday, September 15
CBH at 6pm


MPL Terrific Tots and Preschool Pals
Fall Storytime Trips

Barnyard Kids Place
Thursday, September 25 10:30 am

Cost: $5.00 per child. Pony rides are $5.00 extra.
Please pay by September 20th.
Please sign-up and pay for this event at the Youth Services Circulation desk. A Liability Release form must be signed.

Apple Hill Orchard
Tuesday October 14 11:00 am

Cost: $7.00 per person. Please pay by Friday, October 10th.
Please sign-up and pay for this event at the Youth Services Circulation desk. Directions are available upon request.

Download the flyer for these trips.


Sonrise Ranch Farm Field Trip
Saturday, September 27 from 2-5pm
For children in grades K-5

The cost is $5.00 per child, and free for adults.
Payment should be made by Friday, September 26. Old clothes, pants, and sneakers should be worn to the farm. A waiver form must be signed before attending the field trip.
Please register and pay for this trip at the Youth Services Circulation Desk. Waiver forms should be signed when you register. Directions are available upon request.

Download the flyer for these trips.


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Parenting and Parent Teacher Resources

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Harry Potter Movie Marathon

Harry Potter Book in Chains

Join us September 21-27 at the Valdese Public Library for a Harry Potter Movie Marathon in Honor of Banned Books Week.

For all ages. No registration required. See the Harry Potter Marathon Tab for dates and times of movies.


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All movies in the marathon shown at the Valdese Public Library

CELEBRATE BANNED BOOKS WEEK

with a Harry Potter Marathon
Harry Potter and the Sorcer’s Stone 
(PG | 2001 | 152 mins)
Monday, September 22 at 11am and 3:00pm
 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 
(PG | 2002 | 161 mins)
Tuesday, September 23 at 11am and 3:00pm
 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
(PG | 2004 | 142 mins)
Wednesday, September 24 at 11am and 3:00pm
 
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 
(PG-13 | 2005 | 157 mins)
Thursday, September 25 at 11am and 5:00pm
 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 
(PG-13 | 2007 | 138 mins)
Friday, September 26 at Noon and 3:00pm
 
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 
(PG | 2009 | 153 mins)
Saturday, September 27 at 9:30am
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 1 
(PG-13 | 2010 | 146 mins)
Saturday, September 27 at Noon
 
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 2  
(PG-13 | 2011 |130 mins)
Saturday, September 27 at 2:30pm


The American Library Association (ALA) celebrates Banned Books Week in the final week of each     September, to call attention to the fact that people try to ban many books - including Harry Potter - every year. 
Our position is not that all books are good, or even that all books are    
suitable for children.  However, we feel that each family ought to be able to decide this for itself, rather than having the decision taken out of their hands by others.


Programs are free and open to the public. 
No registration is required. 
For more information, visit our website at www.bcpls.org or call 874-2421.

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Morganton Storytimes

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

Library Directions

MPL Terrific Tots and Preschool Pals
Fall Storytime Trips

Barnyard Kids Place
Thursday, September 25 10:30 am

Cost: $5.00 per child. Pony rides are $5.00 extra.
Please pay by September 20th.
Please sign-up and pay for this event at the Youth Services Circulation desk. A Liability Release form must be signed.

Apple Hill Orchard
Tuesday October 14 11:00 am

Cost: $7.00 per person. Please pay by Friday, October 10th.
Please sign-up and pay for this event at the Youth Services Circulation desk. Directions are available upon request.

Download the flyer for these trips.

Sonrise Ranch Farm Field Trip
Saturday, September 27 from 2-5pm
For children in grades K-5

The cost is $5.00 per child, and free for adults.
Payment should be made by Friday, September 26. Old clothes, pants, and sneakers should be worn to the farm. A waiver form must be signed before attending the field trip.
Please register and pay for this trip at the Youth Services Circulation Desk. Waiver forms should be signed when you register. Directions are available upon request.

Download the flyer for these trips.


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
August 27th-October 1st

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


Download the Baby Bookworms Flyer!



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.

August 26: The Sense of Taste

With our five senses, we enjoy our world. Join us today for the sense of taste. Did you know that our tongues are able to taste only four separate flavors? Come take a taste test to find out what your taste buds like the best. We’ll be making homemade ice cream for us to enjoy. Pre-registration is required.

September 2: The Sense of Hearing

Hear ye! Hear ye! Today we’ll explore our sense of hearing by listening to different sounds inside and outside. For our craft, we’ll be creating sounds with wind chimes. Pre-registration is required.

September 9: The Sense of Sight

Did you know that you can see between 150-200 colors? Come find out more about your sense of sight. For our craft, we will put together color spinners. Pre-registration is required.

September 16: The Sense of Touch

Discover the sense of touch today as we explore and identify many different and wonderful textures just by using our fingers. We’ll be making a texture collage. Pre-registration is required.

September 23: The Sense of Smell

Your sense of smell can distinguish more than 10 thousand smells! Join us for a smell test; some pleasant and some really smelly scents! Our craft today will be made out of cinnamon dough. Pre-registration is required.

September 30: Let's Move!

Let’s stay healthy and active by learning how to make healthy food choices and start with some simple exercises. Our activity today will be picking healthy food choices. 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.

Preschool Pals are learning about Animal Habitats!

August 28: Arctic Tundra

Today we’ll explore the Arctic Tundra and learn what animals live in this bitter cold. We’ll create an Arctic Tundra habitat that will give you the chills. Pre-registration is required.

September 4: Desert

Deserts can get really, really, hot! Join us as we discover what animals can survive in such a hot climate. For our craft, we’ll be designing a desert with real cacti. Pre-registration is required.

September 11: Ocean

Dive into this storytime as we explore the ocean today and encounter some of the ugliest creatures that live below the ocean. Our craft will be a submarine porthole looking out into the ocean. Pre-registration is required.

September 18: Grasslands

Did you ever wonder where the giraffes, lions and zebras live? Find out today about the grassland Habitat. For our craft today, you will build an African grassland diorama. Pre-registration is required.

September 25: Farm Habitat

Today our storytime is at Barnyard Kids Place as we learn about farm animals; what they eat and how to care for them. Don’t forget to sign up for this special story time at the farm. Pre-registration is required.

Please Remember!

Don’t forget to sign up for our trip to the Apple Hill Orchard on Tuesday October 14th at 11:00 am.


Download the December PreSchool Pals Flyer!

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, August 13

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.


August 26, 2014

Today we will celebrate the end of summer with a Luau! Learn a few facts about Hawaii, and listen to the silly stories of Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave by Quentin Blake, and Walter the Farting Dog Banned From the Beach by William Kotzwinkle. Our games will include: Seafood Limbo, Beach Ball Volleyball, Coconut Bowling, and look for Hidden Sea Treasure. Bring a pair of old flip-flips to decorate with balloons, and we will also make Super Sponge Water Bombs! Seashell Paintings, Tiki Masks, and Pineapple Prints are a few other crafts we will make. Enjoy a Tropical Fruit Snack, and a cup of sherbert for snack. Pre-registration is required.


September 2, 2014

It’s time for fairytales and dragons! All of our stories that we read today will be fairytales with a twist, and a few about dragonlore too! We will play a few rounds of Fairytale J-I-N-G-O, and then we will go out onto the front lawn for an Outdoor Adventure Fairytale Game. We will also be playing Chase the Dragon’s Tail while outdoors. Make a Dragon or Autumn Leaf Headband, a Castle Mobile, and a bottle of Dragon Potion to take home. Pre-registration is required.


September 9, 2014

Bzzzzzzz! September is National Honey Month, so we will be studying bees today. Listen to the story of The Beeman by Laurie Krebs, and learn more about bees and beekeeping. Learn about Bee Identification, the Life Cycle of a Bee, and find out how bees smell and locate their food. Make a Bee Antenna Headband, a Honeycomb Painting, and a Bee Jar filled with Honeycomb Cereal! We will also be tasting honey, and making Sweetheart Honey Parfaits. Pre-registration is required.


September 16, 2014

Let’s celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Hispanic Folktales. Listen to the stories of: La Cucaracha Martina by Daniel Moreton, The Runaway Tortillia by Eric Kimmel, and The Three Cabritos by Eric Kimmel. We will do the Chicken Dance, and play a Spanish word game. Make a Fiesta Photo Frame, Fiesta Sun Catcher, and a giant Tissue Paper Flower. Enjoy a snack of Cantina Chips with Salsa, and assorted authentic cookies and juice for snack. Pre-registration is required.


September 23, 2014

Arrgghhhh! Walk the plank matey! September 19 is National Talk Like a Pirate Day so we are going to celebrate! We will be reading a few of our favorite pirate stories, and then it is time for pirate games. All mateys will have to Walk the Plank, Pop the Cannonballs, Talk Like a Pirate, and toss the coins into the Treasure Chest. Color your own Pirate Beach Ball, and make a Pirate Medellaion Necklace before you “Land Ho!” Please wear your best pirate attire to this storytime. Root Beer and BBQ chips will be served. This storytime will be held outside on the front lawn. If it rains, the event will be held in the Reference Area of the Children’s Room. Pre-Registration is required.


September 30, 2014

Please join us for our trip to Apple Hill Orchard! We will be meeting at the orchard for an educational tour that will include: A covered wagon ride in the orchard, a lesson on bees and honey production, apple and cider tasting, a visit to the cold storage room, a visit to the cider mill, view apples being sorted on the apple grading line, lesson on how apples are grown and harvested. You will get to take home a quarter bag of apples that you choose from the bins. You may also visit the country store for shopping. Children in grades K - 5 may sign up for this program. Parents or adults must accompany children on the outing. Cost is $7.00 per person including children and adults. Please sign-up and pay for this event at the Youth Services Circulation Desk. Directions are available upon request.


Download the September Cool Kids Flyer!



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.


August 28, 2014

Do you find sharks interesting? Today we will learn shark facts! We will be making a 3-D Pop Up Shark Card, and a Sand Bowl. We will use real shark’s teeth to make a Shark’s Teeth Shadow Box! Please bring any photos that you have of you, family or friends at the beach to put in your Shadow Box. Swedish Gummy Fish in blue jello will be served for snack. Pre - registration is required.


September 4, 2014

Let’s make Exploding Artwork! We will be using film canisters, watered down tempera paint, vinegar and alka seltzer tablets to make colorful explosions onto canvases! Also, please bring a tee shirt to tie dye using sharpies, and rubbing alcohol. This program will be held on the front lawn. Pre- registration is required.


September 11, 2014

Let’s bring back Harry Potter! Today is the first day of our Harry Potter Camp. You will receive an acceptance letter on parchment paper when you enter. Everyone will be assigned to a Hogwarts House. We also have a special guest today that will be teaching you how to make Wizard Bubble Wands, and Magic Lanterns to help you with your journey. Pre - registration is required. This is a separate sign-up from the regular group


September 18, 2014

Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19, so in honor of the occasion, we are having a Pirate Lego Challenge. Use your best creativity to build pirates, cannonballs, flags, eyepatches, skulls and crossbones, parrots, bandanas, root beer floats, hot dogs and swords and more. A few examples will be printed out for you to go by. The best structure wins a small prize, and most structures will be displayed in the Children’s Room. Pre- registration is required.


September 25, 2014

Do you like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series? If you so, you will enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Club! Once a month we will be reading aloud a few pages from the books, and making craft. Today we will begin with the first book Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Our craft will be using washi tape to decorate assorted wooden shapes. Pre - registration is required.


Download the September Library Explorers Flyer!

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

Valdese Storytimes

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


Baby Bookworms

For Those 1-2 Years Old
Thursdays at 10am


September

Colors of the Month: Black and White
Opening Song: Where is Thumbkin?
Flannel-board of the Month: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep


Thursday, August 28: Pigs

Oink, Oink, Oink, says the pig! Today we will read Little Pink Pig by Pat Hutchins, and then our activity will be to make a sponge painted piggie.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, September 4: Fish

Blub, blub, says the fish! Our book today is Hooray For Fish! by Lucy Cousins. Then, it’s a music and instrument day so come ready to sing and dance.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, September 11: Horses

Nay, nay, says the horse! Lets talk about horses as we read Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski; after our book we’ll have a beach ball play day.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, September 18: Tigers

Roar, says the tiger! Our book for today is all about tigers in Tiger Cant Sleep by S.J. Fore. Our activity will be making a roaring tiger puppet.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, September 25: Bears

Grrrr, says the bear! Let’s read Teddy Bear Teddy Bear by Michael Hague, and then we’ll sing and dance with a music and instrument day.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the September Baby Bookworms Flyer!



Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Mondays at 10am


September 8: Frogs

Do you know the difference between a frog and toad? Ms. Sandy will read I Took my Frog to the Library Today by Eric A Kimmel. We will be dancing the froggy hop! Ms. Sandy hopes to have a surprise visitor today. Our craft will be a bouncing frog.
Pre-registration is required.


September 15: Fishing

Lets go fishing at the library! Our book today is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. We will learn a song called I’m a little fish. Ms. Sandy Will have a pond for you to try your luck at catching a fish. Our craft will be a jeweled fish.
Pre-registration is required.


September 22: Friends

Today is bring a friend to the Library. Bring your favorite stuffed animal, doll or anything that is special to you. Ms. Sandy will read Little Quack’s New Friend by Lauren Thompson. Our craft will be a friendship bracelet.
Pre-registration is required.


September 29: Trains

All aboard! Today we will be train conductors. Ms. Sandy will read The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. We will sing down by the station. Our craft will be a train picture for your room.
Pre-registration is required.


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Pre-School Pals

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


September is a Month of Exploring!

Join the Preschool Pals as we go exploring in a volcano, a cave and even a castle! This month is all about using our senses to observe the things we might see, hear, smell, taste and touch in these different places. We will read adventurous books about each place and sing silly songs, then make crafts such as, a yummy ice cream cone volcano, a flapping bat and a knights sword!

On September 10th the Preschool Pals will meet at Tuttle Education State Forest at 10:30am for a nature walk and a visit with the talking trees. Admission is free and directions will be available at the Library.

Pre-registration required for all Preschool Pals events.


Download the September PreSchool Pals Flyer!



Library Explorers

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


The Library Explorers are kicking our year off in a big way! This month will be filled with community heroes, super heroes, create a hero, and even villains. We will make super crafts like: light sabers, capes and masks, super hero cars and more. Come ready to read the coolest of hero books and maybe do some crime fighting!
Pre-registration required.


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Cool Kids Club

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


September 2: The Culture of Me

We have some new kids in the Cool Kids Club! This week we will learn about each other and discuss some of the exciting things we will be doing this year. And we have two really cool art projects to do!
Pre-registration is required.


September 9: The Waldensians

The Waldensians settled the town of Valdese in 1893. They left their homeland of Italy in search of freedom and a better life for their family. In September the Cool Kids will explore the heritage of the Waldensians.
Pre-registration is required.


September 16: Valdese Heritage Art Center Field Trip

The Valdese Heritage Art Center is a historic rock building constructed by the Waldensians who immigrated in 1893 from the valleys of Northern Italy. The center is filled with local arts and crafts including: soap making, painting, pottery, and basket-weaving.
Pre-registration is required.


September 23: Waldensian Heritage Museum Field Trip

The Waldensian Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage and culture of the Waldensian settlers. We will see several rooms and thousands of items that date back to the earliest immigrants, including: clothing, tools, books, pictures, and household items.
Pre-registration is required.


September 30: Waldensian Trail of Faith Field Trip

The Waldensian Trail of Faith is an 11-acre Outdoor Museum that tells the inspiring history of the Waldensians back to the 12th century. The Cool Kids will see a Waldensian home, an outdoor oven for baking bread, a one-room schoolhouse, a church, and monuments that depict the everyday life of the Waldensians.
Pre-registration is required.


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

C.B. Hildebrand Storytimes

Library Directions

Make and Take Crafts are available all month long! Storytimes will start back the first week in September.

Terrific Tots Storytime

For Pre-Schoolers
Tuesdays at 10am


September 2

There’s nothing like a day at the beach! Our books to share are Beach Bunny and Lottie’s New Beach Towel. We will enjoy cool beach tunes and a yummy snack. We are making a take home beach craft.
Pre-registration is required.


September 9

What is green on the outside and red on the inside? Watermelon! Our books to share today are Watermelon Day and Watermelon Wishes. We will be making a watermelon craft, and of course have a delicious watermelon snack!
Pre-registration is required.


September 16

Who is feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed today? The squirrels of course! Our books to share are The Busy Little Squirrel and Nuts To You! We are making a cute little squirrel craft and a yummy acorn snack today.
Pre-registration is required.


September 23

Music And Movement With Sharon Clarke!
Pre-registration is required.


September 30

It’s time to enjoy the magic of picking apples on a beautiful autumn day! Our books to share are Apples, Apples, Apples and The Apple Pie Tree. We will snack on a variety of apples and paint with apple stamps.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the September Terrific Tots Flyer!

Cool Kids Club

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


September 3

We are having a beach blast today! Come prepared to hula hoop, beach Limbo, play beach volley ball and of course Beach Bingo! We will enjoy beach music and finish with a yummy snack.
Pre-registration is required.


September 10

It’s Yoga at the library! Come get in your groove today! We will learn some basic yoga moves and poses to become stronger and more flexible. Beginning yoga can increase your relaxation, energy, and joy. Pre-registration is required.
Pre-registration is required.


September 17

Super hero day! Come dressed as your favorite super hero today! Check out super hero books , make a mask, an avengers bookmark, and a star wars light saber. Finish off the day with Spiderman cookies and Power Ranger punch!
Pre-registration is required.


September 24

Today we will meet at Hildebran Park for a fall scavenger hunt and finish with a picnic.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the September Cool Kids Club Flyer!

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