Children's Programs and Events

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    Events

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    Gingerbread Houses

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  • Preschool
    Outreach

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4th Annual Sugar and Spice Gingerbread House Competition

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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Kids' Online Tools

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!

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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

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

Family Movie

Free Birds
Movie Poster for Free Birds

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.
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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

A collection of resources to help you and your family safely work and play on the Internet.

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.


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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.

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, November 12

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.


November 4, 2014

Please join us for The Croods movie. The Croods is a 3D comedy adventure that follows the world’s first modern family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always been their home is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods are rocked by generational clashes and seismic shifts as they discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures and their outlook is changed forever. Trail Mix and Water will be served for snack. Movie is rated PG, and is 1 hour 38 minutes long. Pre-registration is required.


November 11, 2014

The library is closed today to observe the Veteran’s Day Holiday. Storytime will resume next Tuesday, November 18, 2014.


November 18, 2014

Today our storytime is in honor of Amelia Bedelia! Listen to Amelia Bedelia’s First Pie, Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card, and Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote all by Peggy Parish. Make a Leaf M and M Picture, Leaf Press Painting, Magical Leaf Lantern, Acorn Necklace, and Apple Print! If time allows, we will also go outside for a Fall Scavenger Hunt.Try a yummy piece of apple pie topped with ice cream for snack! Pre-registration is required.


November 25, 2014

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! It’s turkey time! Today we will read, Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey, Turkey Trouble by Wendy Silvano, and There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Tony Johnston. Participate in the games of: Thankerchief, Turkey Relay, Thanksgiving Mix-Up, and Thankful A to Z. Make a Pilgrim Hat, Native American Headdress, Turkey on Wheels, and your own Turkey Beak disguise! Enjoy Turkeys in a Blanket, and Apple Juice for snack. Pre-registration is required.


Download the November 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.


November 6, 2014

Please join us for a Calligraphy Workshop! Elizabeth Simmonds, an artist from Black Mountain, NC will be our special guest. We will be practicing calligraphy on paper. We will use the letter parts such as dots, lines, commas, and s-curve marks to make designs. Once you have mastered your designs, you may create your own scroll letter in calligraphy! Pre-registration is required.


November 13, 2014

Today we will be meeting at the Joara site at Catawba Meadows. The Joara Catawba Meadows site is the location of a significant sixteenth century native Catawba town. We will be learning more about the history of the site, and participate in Native American activities. Please dress warm, and wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty. Please sign up for this program at the Youth Services Circulation Desk.


November 20, 2014

It’s time for the Thanksgiving Lego challenge! During this challenge you may wish to build structures of turkeys, pumpkins, food, pilgrims, native americans, totem poles and more! Most of these structures will be displayed in the Children’s Room, and the best structure wins a small prize! Pre-registration is required.


November 27, 2014

The library will be closed today to observe the Thanksgiving holiday. ibrary Explorers will resume next Thursday, December 4 , 2014.


Download the November 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


November

Colors of the Month: Brown and Yellow
Opening Song: Where is Thumbkin?


Thursday, November 6: Scarecrows

Get ready to talk, read and sing about scarecrows. First we will hear a flannel board story called “I'm a Little Scarecrow,” then we will read The Littlest Scarecrow . Today is a ball day; come ready to bounce and play.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, November 13: Turkeys

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! It’s a turkey day so we are reading 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston, then singing “Did You Ever See A Turkey.” We will be making a turkey craft out of your little one’s hand print today.
Pre-registration is required.


Thursday, November 20: Thanksgiving

Today is all about Thanksgiving! Our book is Mouse's First Thanksgiving, then we’ll sing a song called “I'm So Thankful.” Now we are getting the instruments out for a musical instrument day.
Pre-registration is required.


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Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Mondays at 10am


November 3: Corn

Did you know the American Indians taught the pilgrims how to plant corn? The corn harvest is the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving. Our story today is Corn by Ann L Burckhardt. We will pretend to pop popcorn with the parachute today. Our craft will be a popcorn picture for your room.
Pre-registration is required.


November 10: Thanksgiving and Food

Come join Ms. Sandy while we talk about the yummy foods we eat for Thanksgiving. The story today is I know and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson. Our craft will be a yummy treat.
Pre-registration is required.


November 17: Thanksgiving and Families

Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving this week while we talk about what we are thankful for. The story today is Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey. We will be dancing the turkey strut. Our craft will be a foam turkey.
Pre-registration is required.


November 24

No Storytime today. Happy Thanksgiving!
Pre-registration is required.


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Pre-School Pals

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


November 5: Farm

Today we’re using our imagination and going to the farm! What can we do at the farm? First lets play “The Tractor On The Farm,” then we’ll read Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley. We are making a silly tractor out of your little one’s footprint.
Pre-registration is required.


November 12: Corn

Our storytime is filled with corny fun as we read Raccoons and Ripe Corn by Jim Arnosky, then we’re playing a silly popcorn matching game. Next is a flannel board story called “Pop Up” and we will make a candy corn turkey magnet. We’re also eating popcorn!
Pre-registration is required.


November 19: Thanksgiving Fun

Today we’re having turkey fun as we sing “If I Were a Turkey,” then we’ll read a book about Marley the dog called Marley A Thanksgiving To Remember by John Grogan. Our craft will be an I’m So Thankful Turkey to sit on the Thanksgiving table.
Pre-registration is required.


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Library Explorers

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


November 4: Thanksgiving

Today the Explorers are reading a wacky book called Scooby Doo The Thanksgiving Mystery by Gail Herman. Then we’ll make a beautiful cornucopia decoration to put up at your home.
Pre-registration is required.


November 11

Closed for Veterans Day.


November 18

No Storytime Today.


November 25: Christmas Kick off

Christmas isn't far away, and Ms. Amber has so much Christmas fun that we’re starting early! Today we’re reading Christmas In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder and making paper chains to decorate the Library Christmas tree!
Pre-registration is required.


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Cool Kids Club

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


November 4

Did you know there are 562 Native American tribes in the United States? How many states are named after Native American tribes or nations? Explore the first Americans. Make a tepee.
Pre-registration is required.


November 11

Library Closed for Veteran’s Day.


November 18

Thanksgiving will be here next week! What are you thankful for? Why do we eat certain foods on Turkey Day? Did you know early Americans used to eat their plates? Make a 3-D Pumpkin Wreath for your door!
Pre-registration is required.


November 25

No Storytimes this week. Happy Thanksgiving.


Download the November 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


November 4

Today we sharing Give Thanks For Each Day by Steve Metzer and My First Thanksgiving by Tomie dePaola. We have a special turkey song. Hand print turkeys will be our craft today.
Pre-registration is required.


November 11

Our books to share are The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing and Thanks For Thanksgiving by Julie Markes. We are making yummy cornucopias today .
Pre-registration is required.


November 18

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


Download the November Terrific Tots Flyer!

Cool Kids Club

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


November 5:

Autumn Harvest will be the theme as we learn the meaning of symbols used during the Thanksgiving season. We are making Autumn Harvest Mix and Cornucopias.
Pre-registration is required.


November 12:

Today we are looking at Thanksgiving traditions and history from all around the world. Learn to say “Thank You” in a different language. We are making a Pilgrim craft today.
Pre-registration is required.


November 19:

Today we will be having A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner while we watch the movie!
Pre-registration is required.


Download the November Cool Kids Club Flyer!

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