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Spooky Science Projects

Kidsenses

Join us for a Halloween themed Science Show
Tuesday, October 28 - MPL 4pm

No registration required. Download the flyer for this event.


Literary Pumpkin Contest at VPL

Channel your creativity! Create a pumpkin or gourd based on a book or a book character!

Open to all ages.

Drop off your creation at the Valdese Public Library October 20 - 28. The judging will beOctober 29, and take your creation home October 30.

Download the flyer.


4th Annual Sugar and Spice Gingerbread House Competition

Gingerbread House Workshop

Johanna Jameson, a culinary arts graduate from
AB Tech will host a demonstration on how to build a gingerbread house.
Monday, November 10 at 6:30pm
at the Morganton Recreation Center

Competition registration begins Monday, November 10, and ends Monday, December 1.
Houses are due to the Morganton Public Library on Friday, December 5.
For more details on the competition, prizes, and groups, please see the Sugar and Spice Tab or Download the Flyer.


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

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Creative Scrapbooking Family Night

Monday, November 10
6:00pm at CBH

Bring you favorite photos and create a page of memories from vacation, school, field trip or family gatherings! All page materials will be provided. Free program for all ages. No pre-registration required.


YAAB is sponsoring  (Young Adult Advisory Board) OPERATION CHRISTMAS  CHILD COLLECTION October 1-November 12  Bins available at all libraries. Donate and enter to win a $50 Gift Card

See the YA Programs Page for more details.


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Joara Native American Program
Catawba Meadows Site

Thursday, November 13 at 4pm
Grades 3-5
Pre-Registration Required.


Homeschool Storytime

Wednesday, November 12
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!

Download the Flyer


Homeschool Storytime

Wednesday, November 19
2:30pm at VPL

An hour long storytime and book discussion for school aged kids. Pre-registration required.


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Parenting and Parent Teacher Resources

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Fall Festival at VPL

Tuesday, October 28th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Valdese Public Library

Face-painting, games, crafts, food, and more!


Family Movie

Free Birds
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2013 | PG | 91 minutes

Thursday, November 13
VPL at 6pm


OneClick Audio Books from NC Live and Recorded Books!


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.
Download the Flyer


Paws to Read

Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Friday, November 14
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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Internet Safety

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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: 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.

October 7: Germs make me sick!

Do you feel awful when you’re sick? Come find out what you can do to help so you won’t become ill this winter. We’ll also learn what we can do to help us feel better with Mom and Dad’s help. We’ll make some nasty pretend germs that you can take home. Pre-registration is required.

October 14: Apple Hill Orchard (Both groups at 11:00 am)

Join us at the Apple Hill Orchard where we’ll learn how apples are grown, harvested and how an orchard operates. We’ll have a covered wagon ride through the orchard and visit the Cider Mill. Bring a lunch if you would like to stay and eat at the picnic shelter. Pre-registration is required.

October 21: Fire Safety

“Stop, Drop and Roll?” Fire drills? Smoke alarms? What does all this mean? Come learn about fire safety rules and what to do in case of a fire to help keep you safe. Pre-registration is required.

October 28: Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat! Come in your costume today; we’ll be trick or treating at the library. Don’t miss out on this spooky storytime and fun Halloween crafts. 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.

October 2: Rain Forest

Rain forests are full of life. Come discover which animals, reptiles and birds make their home in the rain forest. We’ll read “The Rainforest Grew all Around” by Susan K. Mitchell. We’ll create a jungle habitat with snakes that slither. Pre-registration is required.

October 9: Our Five Senses

With our five senses, we enjoy our world. Join us today as we learn about hearing, smelling, tasting, seeing and touching. You will be able to choose from several different sensory crafts. Pre-registration is required.

October 16: Germs make me sick!

Cold weather will soon be upon us and that means sick bugs! Today we’ll discover what we can do that will help us so we won’t become ill or if we do, how we can take care of ourselves until we feel better. Pre-registration is required.

October 23: Fire Safety

The fire alarm blares! Do you know what to do? Come learn why having smoke alarms in your home is very important. We’ll also learn about having an outside meeting place and “Stop, Drop, and Roll” Pre-registration is required.

October 30: Happy Halloween!

Don’t miss out on this spooky storytime with bats and spiders! Today we’ll make fun Halloween crafts. Please feel free to wear your Halloween costume. We’ll be doing “Trick or Treat” at the library. Pre-registration is required.


Download the 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, October 8

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.)

Download the Flyer



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.


October 7, 2014

Let’s go “batty” at the library! We will be reading a few bat stories, play a few bat games that will help you to learn about echo location and bat habitats. We will also be creating our own “Bat Story”. Make an adorable Bat Lollipop Tree for craft! Pre-registration is required.


October 14, 2014

Today we will be meeting at the Foothills Corn Maze. We will walk as a group through an actual maze of corn! We will learn facts about corn as we venture through the maze. The cost is $5 for children ages (3 to 10), and $7 for adults. Please register for this event at the Youth Services Circulation Desk. Directions are available upon request.


October 21, 2014

It’s Pumpkin time! Listen to some of our favorite pumpkin stories including: The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, and The Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Denys Cazet. Learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin, go on mini pumpkin hunt, and a find a scarecrow in a haystack! Decorate the mini pumpkin you found with funny faces, and make glow in the dark eyes to hide in your bushes at night! Pre-registration is required.


October 28, 2014

Kidsenses Science Museum will at the library to present Spooky Science Projects! Please join us for a Halloween themed science show. Experiments may include: eerie fog, bubbling solutions, real brains, and exploding pumpkins. These experiments may have your hair standing on end! This program is open to all ages. Please register for this program at the Youth Services Circulation Desk!


Download the October 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.


October 2, 2014

Today we will be mining for Gems on the Catawba River Greenway. Please park at Friday Friends Restaurant, and we will meet on the bridge behind the restaurant. The mining site is about a ten minute walk down the older part of the trail. Each child will be provided a sluicing pan, and a Ziploc bag to take home their finds. Pre-registration is required.


October 9, 2014

Please join us for a Harry Potter Owl-O-Ween event! Our activities include: Owl Masks, filling Owl Treat Bags, Owl Howlers, and making Leaf Owls and Baby Yarn Owls. If you participate in the Owl Delivery relay, you receive an Owl Beach Ball to take home. We are also having an Oddest Sock Contest. Please bring your strangest sock from home. The participant with the oddest sock wins a prize! Pre-registration is required.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Today we will be meeting at the Foothills Corn Maze. We will walk as a group through an actual maze of corn! We will learn facts about corn as we venture through the maze. The cost is $5 for children ages (3 to 10), and $7 for adults. Please register for this event at the Youth Services Circulation Desk. Directions are available upon request.


October 16, 2014

Our lego challenge for today is Fall and Halloween. Use your creativity to make pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves, monsters, spiders, and more! The best structure wins a small prize, and most structures will be displayed in the Childrens Room. Pre-registration is required.


October 23, 2014

Which animals do you think are spooky? We will be reading about spiders, snakes, bats, coyotes, hissing cockroaches and more! We will be turning regular pumpkins into foxes, raccoons, and skunks. Pre-registration is required.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kidsenses Science Museum will at the library to present Spooky Science Projects! Please join us for a Halloween themed science show. Experiments may include: eerie fog, bubbling solutions, real brains, and exploding pumpkins. These experiments may have your hair standing on end! This program is open to all ages. Please register for this program at the Youth Services Circulation Desk!


October 30, 2014

We will continue to read in the first Diary of Wimpy Kid book. After our reading, we will make Framed Charmed Halloween Necklaces, Large Chenille Spiders, and a Crow Weaving Mat. Halloween Treat Bags will also be given out! Happy Halloween! 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


October

Colors of the Month: Orange and Green
Opening Song: Where is Thumbkin?
Flannel-board of the Month: Five Little Pumpkins


Thursday, October 2: Squirrels

Our book today is The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri. Then it’s craft time! We will make a fuzzy bellied squirrel puppet.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, October 9: Apples

We will read Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. After our book, Ms. Amber has music and instruments for us to play and then we will eat apples, applesauce and apple juice.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, October 16: Leaves

Let’s read Ruby’s Falling Leaves by Rosemary Wells, then we can have a tactile day as we dig and play with sand, pasta and beans.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, October 23: Pumpkins

Today’s book is It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall, and we will taste pumpkin muffins. Then to end our day, how about a silly ball play day.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, October 30: Halloween

Our book this story-time will be Five Little Ghosts by Patricia Hegarty. And since tomorrow is Halloween we will have a yummy Halloween party.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the October Baby Bookworms Flyer!



Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Mondays at 10am


October 6: Autumn and Apples

What’s your favorite thing about autumn? Is it the cooler weather? All the different colors you see? Or maybe its because apples are in season. Ms. Sandy will draw and tell a story called “A Walk in the Woods.” Our story today is Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins, and the craft will be apple prints.
Pre-registration is required.


October 13: Johnny Wilson Farm Field Trip

We will meet at the farm at 9:30. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $7.00 per person, and includes a pumpkin! 1yr olds and under are free. Directions are available at the circulation desk.
Pre-registration is required.


Literary Pumpkin Decorating Contest-All Ages!

The Valdese Public Library is having their annual pumpkin decorating contest, but this year our theme is all about book characters! Drop off your creations October 20-28, judging held Oct. 29th and pumpkin pickup Oct. 30th. This program is free and open to the public . No registration is required.


October 20: Bats

Let’s learn about bats today. Ms. Sandy will read Bats at the Library by Brian Lies. We will hear a flannelstory called “bats are neat.” Our craft today will be a bat finger puppet.
Pre-registration is required.


October 27: Halloween Party

Let’s party! Today we will play a game called find the witch. Ms. Sandy will read Halloween Night by Marjorie Dennis Murray, and we will hear a cut and tell story about a little witch that needs a house. We will make a clothespin witch to decorate your room.
Pre-registration is required.


Tuesday, October 28: Fall Festival

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Come in to hear spooky stories and play games for prizes. We will also have a snack for you to enjoy.


Download the October Terrific Tots!


Pre-School Pals

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


October 1: Leaves and Acorns

Welcome fall! Today we will read Ruby’s Falling Leaves by Rosemary Wells then sing Leaves Are Falling All Around. The crafts for today are to make an acorn man and do leaf rubbings.
Pre-registration is required.


Friday, October 10: Buffalo Beals

The Valdese Preschool Pals are going to “Buffalo Beals Animal Park” on Friday Oct. 10th. We will meet there at 9:45; the cost is $8.00 per child and $4.00 per adult. Open to the public, please call Valdese to register.
Pre-registration is required.


Wednesday, October 15: Pumpkins

Its pumpkin time! Let’s read Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson and hear a flannel-board story called The Giant Pumpkin. Our craft today is to decorate a scarecrow pumpkin for your front door.
Pre-registration is required.


Literary Pumpkin Decorating Contest-All Ages!

The Valdese Public Library is having their annual pumpkin decorating contest, but this year our theme is all about book characters! Drop off your creations October 20-28, judging held Oct. 29th and pumpkin pickup Oct. 30th. This program is free and open to the public . No registration is required.


Wednesday, October 22: Black Cats

Let’s prowl like a cat as we read Cat Nights by Jane Manning then play a game called Black Cat, Black Cat. We will make a silly clothespin witch craft today.
Pre-registration is required.


October 28 from 5:30pm-7:30pm: Fall Festival

Join the Valdese Public Library for a night of fun family games, prizes, snacks, a craft and spooky stories! All games and activities will be held inside. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required


Wednesday, October 29: Halloween

Halloween is coming soon and we are reading Vunce Upon A Time by Otto J. Seibold and then hear a story called the Chocolate Chip Ghost. Today we will make a candy corn necklace.
Pre-registration is required.


Download the October PreSchool Pals Flyer!



Library Explorers

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


Month of Sillies, Spooks and Laughs

The month of October will be all about fun! We will read funny stories, stories about spooks and specters and tell crazy jokes that will keep you laughing even after you go home. Then you will make crafts such as tie die t-shirts, wacky pumpkin painting, and a witch owl sign to hang on your front door for Halloween. We will end our month with a Halloween party so wear your costume or come as your own spooky self!
Pre-registration is required.


Literary Pumpkin Decorating Contest-All Ages!

The Valdese Public Library is having their annual pumpkin decorating contest, but this year our theme is all about book characters! Drop off your creations October 20-28, judging held Oct. 29th and pumpkin pickup Oct. 30th. This program is free and open to the public . No registration is required.


October 21

Movie Day! Today Explorers we will be joining the Cool Kids to watch a funny and spooky Halloween movie! Candy Corn, popcorn and drinks provided.


October 28 from 5:30pm-7:30pm: Fall Festival

Join the Valdese Public Library for a night of fun family games, prizes, snacks, a craft and spooky stories! All games and activities will be held inside. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required


Download the October Library Explorers Flyer!



Cool Kids Club

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


October 7

Halloween is approaching quickly and we need to be prepared! Do you know the real story why we celebrate Halloween? What is the meaning behind jack-o-lanterns and the saying “trick or treat?” The Cool Kids will learn Halloween history and make a plaster ghost!
Pre-registration is required.


October 14

Why wasn't there any food left after the monster party? Because everyone was a goblin! Know any good Halloween jokes? This week we will tell Halloween jokes and riddles, hear some scary stories and perform a Halloween skit. Make a spooky Halloween cupcake magnet!
Pre-registration is required.


Literary Pumpkin Decorating Contest-All Ages!

The Valdese Public Library is having their annual pumpkin decorating contest, but this year our theme is all about book characters! Drop off your creations October 20-28, judging held Oct. 29th and pumpkin pickup Oct. 30th. This program is free and open to the public . No registration is required.


October 21

Movie Day! The Library Explorers will join The Cool Kids today for a funny spooky Halloween movie. Laughter and popcorn provided!
Pre-registration is required.


October 28

Halloween Party! Eat, drink and be scary. It is time to party like the little monsters that you are! We will have games to play, spooky music and creepy food too! Wear a costume! Let’s see who will have the most original costume!
Pre-registration is required.


October 28 from 5:30pm-7:30pm: Fall Festival

Join the Valdese Public Library for a night of fun family games, prizes, snacks, a craft and spooky stories! All games and activities will be held inside. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required


Download the October Cool Kids Club Flyer!

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

C.B. Hildebrand Storytimes

Library Directions

Terrific Tots Storytime

For Pre-Schoolers
Tuesdays at 10am


October 7

Scarecrows are everywhere! Today we will be reading Jeb Scarecrow’s Pumpkin Patch by Jana Dillon. We will enjoy a flannel board story and sing a silly scarecrow song! We are making a special scarecrow friend to take home.
Pre-registration is required.


Monday, October 13 at 6pm: Family Movie Night

Join us in watching Hocus Pocus! Free Program. Popcorn and Drinks provided. Rated PG / 95 mins Pre-registration not required.


October 14

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins! It’s starting to look a lot like Halloween.The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll and It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall will be our books to share today. We have a silly jack-o-lantern game to play. Afterwards we will make a pumpkin craft and enjoy a pumpkin snack!
Pre-registration is required.


October 21

Halloween is our theme today as we read Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara and Two Little Witches by Harriet Ziefert. You’ll have fun making a spooky snack and craft today!
Pre-registration is required.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest during the week of October 27 - 31.

Bring in your decorated pumpkin for display. Prizes will be awarded and pumpkins picked up on October 31.


October 28

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


Download the October Terrific Tots Flyer!

Cool Kids Club

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


October 1: Witches:

Today we will delve into some very interesting witch stories. Fact or fiction? You decide. We are making witches, hats and brooms. All edible of course!
Pre-registration is required.


October 8: Ghosts

Today we are sharing some stories about North Carolina ghosts and legends. Are you ready for goose bumps? After the spooky stories create a boo-tiful craft!
Pre-registration is required.


Monday, October 13 at 6pm: Family Movie Night

Join us in watching Hocus Pocus! Free Program. Popcorn and Drinks provided. Rated PG / 95 mins Pre-registration not required.


October 15: Pottery Workshop

Today you will be able to choose from a selection of pre-made Halloween pieces to glaze in a style of your choice. Pieces will be kiln fired and available for pick up at next program.
Pre-registration is required.


October 22: Pumpkin Decorating

Be creative and decorate a pumpkin today. All materials will be provided.
Pre-registration is required.


Pumpkin Decorating Contest during the week of October 27 - 31.

Bring in your decorated pumpkin for display. Prizes will be awarded and pumpkins picked up on October 31.


October 29: Halloween Bingo and Party

Join us for some fun Halloween Bingo! Play for sweet prizes and finish with a yummy snack!
Pre-registration is required.


Download the October Cool Kids Club Flyer!

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