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Family Dental Health

Tuesday, April 14
6pm at VPL


Burke Arts Council and BCPLS present
	Cultural and Performing Arts Programming 	Celebrating 	National Poetry Month  	in Conjunction with the commemoration of teh 102nd Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic

Ghosts of the Abyss

Tuesday, April 14: 6pm at MPL

2003 | PG | 59 Mins | Documentary
James Cameron and Bill Paxton, director and actor of the 1997 film Titanic, travel to the final undersea resting place of the fated ship of dreams.

Movie open to all ages. Light refreshments provided.


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Voices from the Titanic
Discovering History Through a Poet's Eyes

performed by Allan Wolf

Allan Wolf

Saturday, April 25: 2pm at MPL

Reader's Theater, Book Sales and Signings. Open to all ages, no registration required. Program sponsored by Burke Arts Council and NC Arts Council.


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See Titanic Programs Tab for more details.


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Homeschool Storytime

Wednesday, April 8
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, April 15
2:30pm at VPL

A book discussion for school aged kids. Book for April: Indian in the Cupboard


Paws to Read

Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Friday, April 17
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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Sub Zero Effect

Join us for our first monthly program from Kidsenses! Science can be cool, really cool, about 322 degrees below zero Fahrenheit cool! Using liquid nitrogen, we’ll shatter a ball, make an explosion, and examine the three states of matter!

Saturday, April 11
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, April 9: 4-5pm at VPL
Saturday, April 18: 3:30-4:30pm at VPL

We have added a second monthly club time! We now meet on the second Thursday and the third Saturday of the month. Pre-registration is required. Attendees must choose one of the club times to participate.
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Morganton Storytimes

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

March 3: Clifford

Today is all about “Clifford,” the big red dog. Clifford tries to be helpful, but usually finds himself in trouble. Let’s discover what happens today. Our craft will be a paper plate Clifford. Pre-registration is required.

March 10: Shoe la la! and Smelly feet!

There are all kinds of shoes and today we’ll guess “Whose shoe is this?” Along with those shoes, goes socks. Find out what happens when one Little girl doesn’t change her socks! Pre-registration is required.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

Come learn about St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns and pots of gold. We’ll be decorating thee leaf clovers and rainbows for our craft today. Pre-registration is required.

March 24: March into Spring

March into storytime with a spring in your step for a fun day to learn about the spring season. We’ll be making a pinwheel today. Pre-registration is required.

March 31: Happy Easter! 10:30am for both groups

Hop on over to our storytime today for Easter bunny stories. We’ll be decorating Easter eggs and have an Easter egg hunt on the front lawn of the library. 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.

March 5: Dr Seuss

Come share in the fun today as we read Dr. Seuss books and make some fun crafts from the books “The Cat in the Hat” and “One Fish, Two Fish.” Pre-registration is required.

March 12: St. Patrick's Day

What happens on St. Patrick’s Day? Come join us and find out about leprechauns, shamrocks, and pots of gold at the end of the rainbow. We’ll make a shamrock craft. Pre-registration is required.

March 19: Ahoy thar, Mateys

Come join a pirate crew today. Our stories today will be “Pirate Pete’s Talk like a Pirate” and “How I became a Pirate.” We’ll make pirate hats, hooks, and swords. We’ll set off on an adventure to search for buried treasure at the library. Pre-registration is required.

March 26: ABC, 123

The alphabet begins with ABC, simple as 1 2 3. Right? Not so, in “Alpha Oops!” and “Alphagator.” Join us for some alphabet and counting fun. We’ll create an alphabet craft and a number book. 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, March 11

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.


March 3, 2015

Please join us for a Dr. Seuss storytime! Listen to the stories of The Cat in the Hat , Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?, My Many Colored Days, and The Lorax, all by Dr. Seuss. Go on a Outdoor Sound Hunt, play Hop on Pop, and a few color games. Make a Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, 2, & 3, and the Lorax. Pre-registration is required.


March 10, 2015

Today we will be viewing the movie Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Judith Viorst’s acclaimed children’s book is brought to the big screen. The tale recounts a day in the life of a grumpy young boy who has everything go wrong, all in one day. This movie is rated PG and runtime is 81 minutes. Snacks and water will be served. Pre-registration is required.


March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick’s! Today is our St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We will be reading some of our newest St. Patrick’s stories including There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro, The St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine, and The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing. Play Pin the Shamrock on the Leprechaun, Hot Potato, Rainbow Relay, and Shamrock Optical Illusion. Make a Shamrock Resist, Watercolor Rainbow, a Shamrock Bracelet, and a Leprechaun. For snack make a cup of Magic Pudding! May the luck o’ the Irish be with you! Pre-registration is required.


March 24, 2015

Please join us for a Sing-a-long storytime. Mr. Ed Denton will be our special guest today. Mr. Denton will be playing guitar, and we will sing-a-long to songs of Shoo Fly, I’m a Little Teapot, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, and Old MacDonald had a farm. After our songs, we will make crafts relating to the music. Don’t forget to visit the Art Expo at the Library on March 28 from 1pm to 4pm. Hands on art activities for all ages will be in the meeting room! Pre-registration is required.


March 31, 2015

Don’t miss out on our Easter Egg Hunt! We will begin by reading the stories: The Great Easter Egg Hunt by Michael Garland, Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure, and Little Bunny Foo Foo: by the Good Fairy by Paul Brett Johnson. Next, we will go hunting for eggs filled with prizes! Make an Easter Egg Suncatcher, a Stand Up Bunny, and a Collage Carrot for craft. Enjoy a Frosted Spring Pretzel Stick for 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.


March 5, 2015

Today is Minecraft Activity Day! We will be reading stories from Minecraft Kids Stories: A Collection of Great Minecraft Short Short Stories for Children by Minecraft Books. After our stories we will make a Minecraft Sword, Minecraft Torch, and Minecraft Wall Art. If you are feeling ambitious, challenging Minecraft Paper Apps, and Lego structures will be available for building. Pre-registration is required.


March 12, 2015

It’s time for the Wonderful Wizard of Science and Art Day! Make a Melting Witch, Rainbow Slime, Poppy Fields, or an Oz Inspired Hot Air Balloon. Explore with Bubble-Ometry, and make Glenda’s Wands & Bubbles. Also, assemble a Melting Witch Squishy Bag, and a Witches Broom. The Wizard of Oz movie will be shown. Pre-registration is required.


March 19, 2015

Please join us for a “Go Wild” Safari Lego Club challenge. We will be building Lions, Ostriches, Giraffes, Parrots,Elephants, Buffalos, Safari Trucks, Tigers, Snakes, Zebras and Monkeys! Most structures will be displayed in the Children’s Room, and one winner will receive a small prize. Pre-registration is required.


March 26, 2015

Today we will begin reading where we left off in the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid book by Jeff Kinney. We will read for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, and then make Duck Tape Easter Baskets for craft. Pre-registration is required.


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Come by the library to register now for Fall 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


March

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


Thursday, March 5: Wind and Blowing

It’s all about wind today, and our book is Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch & Devin Asch. We’ll hear a flannel-board story called “5 Little Shamrocks,” and then we will have an amazing time as we play with and bounce mini inflatable balls.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, March 12: Lambs

Our story-time for today will be filled with love as we read Mole Babies by David Bedford. Then, our flannel board game is Colored Hearts and our activity will be tactile play, digging for hearts.
Pre-registration is required.


Saturday, March 14 at 2pm: Science Saturday!

The second Saturday of every month is Science Saturday at the Valdese Public Library. We welcome KidSenses Interactive Children’s Museum as they offer the program Action Reaction. No pre-registration required.


Thursday, March 19: Dancing

Today is a dance day! To begin, Ms. Amber will read Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont. Then, we will dance, jump and twirl with streamers and scarves to rocking baby beats.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, March 26: Bunnies

Today, we are talking about bunny rabbits. First, we will read Peek A Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice, and then we will sing “Little Bunny Foo Foo.” Our activity today is bubble play.
Pre-registration is required.


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Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Mondays at 10am


Monday, March 2: Seuss-tastic Day

Let’s celebrate Dr. Seuss today. Our story is The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. We will be playing a game with Thing 1 and Thing 2. Let’s make green eggs for a yummy treat. Pre-registration is required.


Monday, March 9: Sleepytime Tales

Let’s have a pajama party today. Wear your pj’s, bring a blanket and a stuffed animal to snuggle up to the story Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Craft will be a sun and star mobile your room. Pre-registration is required


Saturday, March 14 at 2pm: Science Saturday!

The second Saturday of every month is Science Saturday at the Valdese Public Library. We welcome KidSenses Interactive Children’s Museum as they offer the program Action Reaction. No pre-registration required.


Monday, March 16: St. Patrick's Day

Today we will be hunting for gold. I hope you’re feeling lucky. Story is Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling. We will decorate leprechaun pails for you to put your gold in. Pre-registration is required


Monday, March 23: Happy Easter

Bring your easter basket, we will have our egg hunt today. Our story is Corduroys Easter by B G Hennessy. Our craft will be bunny masks. Pre-registration is required.


Tuesday, March 24 at 6pm: Schiele Museum

Join us today for an animal extravaganza. No pre-registration required.


Monday, March 30:

No Storytime today.


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Pre-School Pals

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


March 4: Dr. Seuss Day!

Our story-time is filled with Seuss-ian fun today! Let’s dress up as our favorite character and play Dr. Seuss Character Switch. Then, we’ll chose our favorite Dr. Seuss book to read and if we have time we can play a Green Egg Hunt rhyming word game. To end our day the craft will be to make a Horton Hears A Who pencil holder.
Pre-registration is required.


March 11: St. Patrick’s Day

Today, we’re talking and reading about leprechauns and St. Patrick’s Day. First, we’ll read Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling and play Who Took The Gold. Next, we can read The Leprechaun Under the Bed by Teresa Bateman. Lastly, our craft will be decorating mini buckets to go on a hunt for gold in the library!
Pre-registration is required.


Saturday, March 14 at 2pm: Science Saturday!

The second Saturday of every month is Science Saturday at the Valdese Public Library. We welcome KidSenses Interactive Children’s Museum as they offer the program Action Reaction. No pre-registration required.


March 18: Spring

Spring is here! Let’s celebrate by reading Mud by Mary Lyn Ray and Rabbits Good News by Ruth Bornstein. Then, you’ll hear a flannel-board story called March Hats Blowing and end our day by making homemade peep marshmallows and a beautiful stained-glass kite.
Pre-registration is required.


March 25: Honey Bee Program

Today, we welcome Gary Pritchard from the Burke County Beekeepers Association. We’ll learn about hives, different kinds of bees, why bees are important and lots more. We will also have hands on with beekeeping tools and taste local honey!
This program is free and open to the public.


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Library Explorers

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


March 10: Tornados and Hurricanes

Today we will twist and turn as we read about some amazing acts of nature, tornados and hurricanes. We’ll play a game called fact or fiction about these terrible twisters. Then, our craft is to make a tornado in a bottle!
Pre-registration is required.


Saturday, March 14 at 2pm: Science Saturday!

The second Saturday of every month is Science Saturday at the Valdese Public Library. We welcome KidSenses Interactive Children’s Museum as they offer the program Action Reaction. No pre-registration required.


March 17: St. Patrick's Day

Today, we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day by reading a wacky tale of leprechaun magic. We will decorate pails and you will have to follow clues as you hunt for the leprechaun’s gold! Do you have the luck of the Irish?
Pre-registration is required.


March 24: Bee Presentation

Today, we welcome Robert Smith from the Burke County Beekeepers Association. We’ll learn about hives, different kinds of bees, why bees are important and lots more. We will also have hands on with beekeeping tools and taste local honey!
Pre-registration is required.


March 31: Easter Party and Craft

The book for today is The Great Easter Egg Hunt by Michael Garland. Then, it’s time for the great egg race using spoons and eggs. To end our day we’ll make an Egg-cellent craft of homemade PEEPS and end with a party!
Pre-registration is required.


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Cool Kids Club

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


March 3

China is an amazing place. It is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. During the month of March the Cool Kids will visit China. People in China began making fans about 5000 years ago. Make a Chinese fan today!
Pre-registration is required.


March 10

Chinese calligraphy is more than handwriting, it is an art. We will explore this art form by making a Chinese style scroll painting and adding your name in Chinese writing.
Pre-registration is required.


March 17

Today we will move from China to Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day. The Cool Kids will play Irish Word Scramble and St. Patrick’s Bingo. Make sure to wear green!
Pre-registration is required.


March 24

Paper was invented in China and so was the art of paper folding. In Japan this is called origami but in China it is called zhezhi. Try your hand at paper folding.
Pre-registration is required.


March 31

Legend has it that on his deathbed, the Buddha summoned all the animals of the kingdom to his bedside. Only 12 turned up so he dedicated a year to each of them. Find your symbol in the Chinese zodiac and make a Chinese takeout box with your symbol!
Pre-registration is required.


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

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Terrific Tots Storytime

For Pre-Schoolers
Tuesdays at 10am


March 3

Today we are celebrating Dr. Seuss! We will read The Cat In The Hat and The Foot Book. Today is filled with the wonderful and silly rhymes of Dr. Seuss. Oh what kind of wonderful thing will you create from your imagination after the story is over?
Pre-registration is required.


March 10

You probably haven’t lost any teeth yet but you will soon. Today we are reading Tooth Fairy’s First Night by Anne Bowen. We are also reading My Dentist, My Friend by P.K. Hallinan. The tooth fairy and the dentist are both exciting visits as you grow! We are making apple smiles for craft today.
Pre-registration is required.


March 17

Come and celebrate St.Patrick’s Day at the library. Don’t forget to wear green today or you may get pinched! We are reading a silly story about an old lady who swallows a clover. There may be leprechauns and hidden gold.
Pre-registration is required.


March 24

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


Monday, March 30 at 6pm: Family Dental Night

No registration is required. For all ages!


March 31

Today we are having our Easter Egg Hunt and Party. We will start with Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean and sing a silly song. Outside we are looking for eggs and special surprises. We will finish with a yummy snack.
Pre-registration is required.


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Cool Kids Club

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


March 4:

Today we are exploring kite history and design. We are constructing our kites and going outside to fly them. Whose kite will fly the highest or longest? Everyone hope for March winds so we can enjoy our kite challenge!
Pre-registration is required.


March 11:

Luck of the Irish: Come and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the library. Don’t forget to wear your green! There may be leprechauns, hidden gold, and certainly there will be green snacks and Irish bingo!
Pre-registration is required.


March 18:

Spring is getting closer and closer! Have you noticed all the robins lately? Today we are exploring back yard birds. How many varieties can you identify and name? We are making bird feeders for our feathered friends.
Pre-registration is required.


March 25:

Easter Extravaganza: Today we are creating a really cute craft, having a huge egg hunt and enjoying some yummy snacks. Easter is such an awesome time of the year!
Pre-registration is required.


Monday, March 30 at 6pm: Family Dental Night

No registration is required. For all ages!


Download the March Cool Kids Club Flyer!

Come by the library to register for Storytimes!.