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September Family Movies

Cinderella

2015 | PG | 105 mins

Saturday, September 19
10am at MPL

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Paul Blart, Mall Cop 2

2015 | PG | 94 mins

Monday, September 21
6pm at CBH

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Booklists 2015-2016

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Note: All books are available through the Burke County Public Library, and most of them are available as eBooks through Overdrive.


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September is Library-Card Sign Up Month

Kids: All month long sign up for a new library card and be entered into a drawing for a cool Peanuts Prize!

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Homeschool Book Discussion

Wednesday, September 16
2:30pm at VPL

An hour long book discussion for school aged kids.
September's book:
The Princess in Black.

Book Cover For The Princess in Black

Pre-registration is required.


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Join us for songs and fun!

Tuesday, September 4: 4pm at MPL


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Blast off Into Physics

Explore forces, motion, and gravity during this highly interactive program. If weather permits, we'll launch a REAL ROCKET outside!

Saturday, September 12

10am at MPL
11:30am at CBH
2pm at VPL


Lego Club at the Valdese Public Library. AGes 6-12. Register now! Legos Provided.

Thursday, September 3:
3:30-4:30pm at VPL

Saturday, September 19:
3:30-4:30pm at VPL

Welcome back Lego maniacs! We meet on the first Thursday and the third Saturday of the month. Pre-registration is required. Attendees must choose one of the club times to participate.


Paws to Read

Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Friday, September 25
MPL at 4pm

The Paws to Read program consists of reading to a trained therapy dog. This program provides reading education assistance for both children and dogs. Kelly Tiffany is our volunteer, along with her therapy dog Clementine. Clementine is an insured dog, and well behaved. Please bring a couple of your favorite short books to read. This program is open to children in grades K - 5. Visits with Clementine are now held in group readings, so no registration is necessary. Visit www.tdi.org for more information about therapy dogs.


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Morganton Storytimes

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

Library Directions

There will be no storytimes August 3-28. Fall Storytimes begin the week of August 31. Stop by your library today to register for fall. Spaces are limited.


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稚 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



Terrific Tots

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

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


September 1: All About Books

Today we値l learn all about the library, how to take care of the books and how to use library manners. We値l even take a tour. We値l create bookmarks and a book of your own to take home.
Pre-registration is required.


September 8: Grandparent's Day

We池e having a celebration for Grandparent痴 Day! Please invite them to come along to this special storytime. We値l make a craft that you will be able to give your grandparents showing them how special they are.
Pre-registration is required.


September 15: Franklin the Turtle

Join us for a Franklin adventure! Come find out what Franklin is up to today. Our craft will be a paper plate turtle.
Pre-registration is required.


September 22: Sports Kick-off!

Football season is here! We値l read 適ick, Pass and Run and 擢roggy plays soccer. To cover all the bases, our craft will be all kinds of sports balls football, soccer ball, and a baseball
Pre-registration is required.


September 29: Opposites

Big or small, short or tall, opposites are fun for all! Join us today as we discover about the wonderful world of opposites.
Pre-registration is required.

October 6: A Trip to Perry's Berry's

Don稚 forget our trip to Perry痴 Berry痴 at 10am. Please pay and sign up at the children痴 desk. Our trip will include a hayride, visit to a pumpkin patch, playground and visiting the farm animals. Pre-registration is required.


Download the September 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.

September 3: A Visit to My Library

A library is the place where books live and a magical place for your imagination. Today we値l take a tour of the library and learn how to take care of the books you take home. Our craft will be bookmarks and a book. Pre-registration is required.

September 10: Grandparents Day

We池e celebrating Grandparents today. Invite them to come along today for a special storytime about grandparents. We値l create a craft that you will be able to give to your grandparents. Pre-registration is required.

September 17: Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Our special guest today will be Maria. She値l teach us about Hispanic culture and read a book in Spanish. We値l be making crafts that will represent the Hispanic culture. We値l have salsa, chips and music to help with our celebration. Pre-registration is required.

September 24: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Cowabunga, Dude! Let痴 go on an adventure with Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. Today we値l read Ninja Turtle stories and make a turtle craft. Pre-registration is required.

October 6: A Trip to Perry's Berry's

Don稚 forget our trip to Perry痴 Berry痴 at 10am. Please pay and sign up at the children痴 desk. Our trip will include a hayride, visit to a pumpkin patch, playground and visiting the farm animals. Pre-registration is required.


Download the September PreSchool Pals Flyer!

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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.


September 1

Sharon Clarke, a local storyteller will be performing a mixed bag of stories today. Her stories will bring fun to everyone! This is an all ages event, and will be held upstairs in the Mr. Kistler wing of the Morganton Public Library.
No registration is required.


September 8

Arggh! Please join us for 撤irate Stories with Yoga. Rhonda Cook from Breathe Wellness Yoga will be teaching us pirate yoga stances after we read silly pirate stories. A small fee of $3 to $5 may be payable to the yoga instructor. The event will be held on the front lawn of the Morganton Public Library. In case of inclement weather the event will be held inside the library or at Breathe Yoga and Wellness Studio.
Pre-registration is required.


September 15

National Hispanic Heritage month begins on this date. In honor we are having a celebration! We will be reading Hispanic Folktales, and learning more about the Hispanic culture. Play a few games to help extend your knowledge of the Spanish language. We will also be sampling sweet treats from the culture. A very special guest will also be at the library during this event!
Pre-registration is required.


September 22

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 and cider mill, view apples being sorted on the apple grading line, and a 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 $7.50 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.
Pre-registration is required.

Friday, September 25

Do you enjoy reading aloud to others, or would like to work on your reading skills? Clementine, a registered therapy dog will be at the library today from 4pm to 5pm. Bring a couple of your favorite short books to share to her. This is a group reading, and we will take turns sharing our stories. No registration is required. Please note this program is on a Friday.


September 29

The Burke County Public Library and the Katz Arts Collective are partnering to provide monthly art classes for school aged children. The classes will be held at the Katz Arts Collective. The Katz Arts Collective is located at 116 W. Union St. in downtown Morganton. We will be reading an Art related story, and making Masterpiece Fingerprint Frames. Pre-registration is required. Sign up for the event at the Youth Services Circulation Desk, or join the event on the Burke County Public Library or Katz Arts Collective Facebook page.
Pre-registration is required.


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.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sharon Clarke, a local storyteller will be performing a mixed bag of stories today. Her stories will bring fun to everyone! This is an all ages event, and will be held upstairs in the Mr. Kistler wing of the Morganton Public Library. Note this event is on a Tuesday.
No registration is required.


September 3, 2015

Please join us for an 徹ceanology class. Learn about Monsters of the Deep, and Deep Sea Adaptation. Also, explore Earth痴 Five Oceans, and play A Swim Through the Sea Trivia. Make a Cowrie Shell Necklace, paint your own Under the Sea Watercolor, and create a Sea Creature Batik.Pre-registration is required.


September 10, 2015

Welcome to our new Banana Split Bookclub! We will explore a new book, and taste a different flavor of ice cream each month. Pirate School the Curse of Snake Island by Brian James is our book of the month, and the flavor of ice cream will be a surprise! Make Gold Painted Treasure Rocks, Design Your Own Treasure Map, Pirate Ship Paintings, and make a Pirate Medallion Necklace, or your own Pirate Beach Ball. Pre-registration is required.


September 17, 2015

Today we will be building Bugs, Grubs, Spiders, Centipedes, and their habitats. Build the creepiest, crawlies you can imagine by only using a handful of bricks. All structures will be displayed in the Childrens Room, and 1 winner receives a small prize. Pre-registration is required.


Tuesday, September 22

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 and cider mill, view apples being sorted on the apple grading line, and a 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 $7.50 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. Note this event is on a Tuesday.
Pre-registration is required.


September 24, 2015

The Burke County Public Library and the Katz Arts Collective are partnering to provide monthly art classes for school aged children. The classes will be held at the Katz Arts Collective. The Katz Arts Collective is located at 116 W. Union St. in downtown Morganton. We will be making Masterpiece Art Lanterns. Pre-registration is required. Sign up for the event at the Youth Services Circulation Desk, or join the event on the Burke County Public Library or Katz Arts Collective Facebook page. 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

There will be no storytimes August 3-28. Fall Storytimes begin the week of August 31. Stop by your library today to register for fall. Spaces are limited.


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: The Farmer in the Dell


September 3: Barnyard fun

Alright Bookworms, it痴 a farm day! Today we will read Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and then have a music and instrument day.
Pre-registration is required.


September 10: Zoo Fun

We will roar like lions and stomp like elephants as we talk about the zoo! Our book today is Welcome To The World Zooborns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastman and then it痴 a bubble day!
Pre-registration is required


September 17: Apples, Apples, Apples!

Today is all about apples, so let痴 read Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins. Next we池e making apple prints and having a snack of applesauce, apples with caramel and apple cider to drink.
Pre-registration is required.


September 24: Dinosaur Day

The Dinosaurs are coming! Let痴 read Dinosaur Roar by Henrietta Stickland then we値l get digging because its tactile day with sand, pasta and beans.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the September Baby Bookworms Flyer!



Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Mondays at 10am


August 31: Cowboys and Cowgirls

Opening song: If You Listen and You Hear Me
Book: How I Spent My Summer Vacation By Mark Teague
Closing Song: Tickle the Clouds
Craft: Cowboy Door Hanger

Pre-registration is required.


September 7 : Closed

Close for Labor Day! See You Next Week.


September 14: Autumn

Opening song: If You Listen and You Hear Me
Book: Let It Fall by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Closing Song: Tickle the Clouds
Craft: Bear Magnet

Pre-registration is required.


September 21: Apples

Opening song: If You Listen and You Hear Me
Book: One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefert
Closing Song: Tickle the Clouds
Craft: Apple Puppet

Pre-registration is required.


September 28: Apple Hill Orchard Trip

Please join us for a fun morning learning about apples. Our trip will include a covered wagon ride in the orchard, a visit to the apple cold storage room and to the cider mill. Bring a lunch if you would like to stay and eat at the picnic shelter. You値l get to take home a quarter peck bag of apples and memories of a fun day!

Cost: $7.50 per person. Please pay by Monday, September 21st. Directions are available upon request.

Pre-registration is required.


Download the September Terrific Tots Flyer!



Pre-School Pals

For Those 4-5 Years Old
Wednesdays at 10am


September 2: Cowboys and Cowgirls

The cowboys are coming! Let痴 kick off fall with a day of cowboy fun, starting with a book by John Frank called The Toughest Cowboy. Then we値l build a galloping horse for our craft.
Pre-registration is required.


September 9: Farm Day

Today we池e using our imagination and going to the farm! What can we do at the farm? First let痴 play 典he Tractor On The Farm, then we値l read Driving My Tractor by Jan Dobbins and David Sim. Our crafts for today will be a crazy chicken with bouncy feet and a farmyard necklace.
Pre-registration is required.


September 16: Apple Day

Our story time is filled with red, green and yellow apples today! We値l read Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Wallace and Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo LeSieg. Our craft today is an apple wreath to hang on your door at home, and we will have apples and caramel sauce for snack
Pre-registration is required.


September 23: Apple Hill Orchard Trip

Today we will meet at Apple Hill Orchard at 9:30am for a tour, apple tasting and wagon ride. The cost is $7.50 per person and each person will take home a quarter peck of apples.

Please pay by Monday, September 21st. Directions are available upon request. Please be on time as we cannot wait for late arrivals

Pre-registration is required.


September 30: Pete the Cat Day

Everyone loves Pete the Cat! Let痴 read Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons and Pete the Cat: Cave Cat Pete by James Dean. Then we can play Match Pete痴 Shoes, and to end the day we will make a super Pete letter craft and a Pete痴 groovy buttons craft.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the September PreSchool Pals Flyer!

Home School Book Discussion

An hour long book discussion for school aged kids.
Third Wednesday of each month at 2:30pm. Pre-Registration is Required.

September 16 at 2:30pm at VPL:
The Princess in Black.

Book Cover For The Princess in Black



Library Explorers

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


September 1: Minute to Win It Games

Today the Explorers are kicking off fall with a day full of Minute To Win It games! Get ready to jump, wiggle, and maneuver to win some super fun and silly games!
Pre-registration is required.


September 8: Movie Day!

Today we are having a movie day featuring DreamWorks Home rated PG. Come watch a fantastically funny movie about a little alien trying to find his place in the universe. This movie is 94 minutes long; popcorn and drinks will be provided.
Pre-registration is required.


September 15: Science Explosion!

Jump into a day filled with science fun! We will do experiments like egg in a bottle, racing straws, water bottle fountain, and dissolving fossils. Come learn about expansion and contraction, propulsion, and chemical reactions in a hands on way.
Pre-registration is required.


September 22: All Fused Together!

The Library Explorers are having a fuse bead art day. Fuse beads are a fun way to create patterns and amazing pictures, so today you値l have a chance to make several different works of art using only your imagination and fuse-able beads!
Pre-registration is required.


September 29: Fieldtrip to the Waldensian Museum

Today we will meet at the Valdese Public Library at 3:30 and walk to the Waldensian Heritage Museum. We値l have a tour of the cool artifacts that helped start our beautiful town, learn about the Waldensians, and go on a scavenger hunt inside the museum! The cost is $2.00 for adults and the Valdese Public Library will pay for the children.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the September Library Explorers Flyer!



Cool Kids Club

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


September 1

Are you up to the 溺inute to Win It challenge?
Pre-registration is required.


September 8

Make games to take home and play!
Pre-registration is required.


September 15

Learn about your fellow Cool Kids and make a folder about yourself to store school work.
Pre-registration is required.


September 22

Where are you on the map and in the world?
Pre-registration is required.


September 29

Start a three week session of making a plaster casting mask of yourself.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the September Cool Kids Club Flyer!

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

C.B. Hildebrand Storytimes

Library Directions

There will be no storytimes August 3-28. Fall Storytimes begin the week of August 31. Stop by your library today to register for fall. Spaces are limited.


Monday, September 21 at 6pm: Family Movie Night

Paul Blart Mall Cop 2. No registration is required. For all ages!

Terrific Tots Storytime

For Pre-Schoolers
Tuesdays at 10am


September 1

Today we have a fishy tale or two! Our books to share are Ten Little Fish and The Pout猶out Fish. We are having a goldfish snack and making a pout-pout fish craft to take home.
Pre-registration is required.


September 8

What is wet on the outside and dry on the inside? A boat! There are fishing boats, ferryboats, sailboats and tugs. Come aboard! Our books to share today are Boat Book and Boats. We will be making a sailboat craft and of course a delicious sailboat snack!
Pre-registration is required.


September 15

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


September 22

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


September 29

It痴 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 2:

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 9:

From the beach to the mountains, we travel the roads. We will explore some of the colorful folklore of the Appalachian mountains. You値l get a chance to enjoy riddles, games, crafts and recipes of the Appalachians. We are making mountain trail mix today!!
Pre-registration is required.


September 16:

Fuse Bead workshop - Today you can choose to create from a variety of projects. We welcome the Fall season with fuse bead patterns, projects and ideas!
Pre-registration is required.


September 23:

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


September 30:

Apples, apples, apples-We will be using apples today for experiments, crafts, recipes and tasting. Do you know how many varieties of apples there are? What is your favorite kind of apple? Which variety is best for eating, cooking or carving? Come experiment and learn about one of our favorite fruits.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the September Cool Kids Club Flyer!

Come by the library to register for Storytimes!.