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Paws to Read

Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Friday, September 12
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.

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.

Looking for Accelerated Reader Point Information? How about research for a school project? Or even an online storytime video?

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Kids' Online Tools

Family Movie

The Croods
Movie Poster for the Croods

2013 | PG | 98 minutes

Monday, September 15
CBH at 6pm

Homeschool Storytime

Wednesday, September 10 - 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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Parenting and Parent Teacher Resources

A collection of resources for parents seeking parenting advice, school-work help, and play ideas.

Curious George: READ!

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month!
Join us for a Curious George Storytime, craft, and snack!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

VPL at 2:00pm
MPL at 3:00pm

A family storytime, craft, and snack will be provided. We encourage you to sign up for a FREE library card if you do not have one. If you plan on signing up for a library card, please have your driver’s license or picture id with you. When registering for a new library card, you will be entered to win a prize. This program is FREE and is open to the public. No pre-registration is required to attend.

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Harry Potter Movie Marathon

Harry Potter Book in Chains

Join us September 21-17 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.

OneClick Audio Books from NC Live and Recorded Books!

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Internet Safety

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All movies in the marathon shown at the Valdese Public Library


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 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

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:

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.

Download the Terrific Tots Flyer!

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

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

Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Mondays at 10am

Pre-School Pals

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

Library Explorers

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

Cool Kids Club

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

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

Cool Kids Club

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

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