Young Adult Programs and Events

  • Upcoming

  • Burke

  • Sugar and Spice
    Gingerbread Houses

  • Operation Christmas
    Child Collection

  • Burke

  • YAAB

Upcoming Events

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.

Burke Reads 2014... The Book Thief. September 27-October 31

Movie Showings

[PG-13 | 2013 | 131 minutes]

Thursday, October 30, at 5:30pm at VPL

For more information, see the Burke Reads Tab

Burke Weather presents

Winter Weather Preparedness Program

Monday, November 3, at 6:00pm
C.B. Hildebrand Public Library

Thursday, November 13, at 6:00pm
Valdese Public Library

Saturday, November 22, at 10:00am
Morganton Public Library

For More information, see the Burke Weather Tab

College Foundation of North Carolina


Financial Aid and College Planning Workshop

Monday, November 17 at 6pm at MPL
Tuesday, November 18 at 6pm at VPL

Open to high school students, parents, and anyone seeking post-secondary education.

Movie Poster for The Fault in Our Stars

PG-13 | 2014 | 126 mins

YA/AD Movie Night

The Fault in Our Stars

Monday, November 24
6pm at MPL

YA Fall Hike to Elk Knob State Part

Saturday, November 15 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Pre-Registration is required and space is limited.

Need Homework Help? Looking for something fun to do online?

Check out the
Teens Online Resources Page!

OneClick Audio Books from NC Live and Recorded Books!

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 Operation Christmas Child Tab for more details.

OCC packing party for YAAB - Thursday, November 13 from 5:30-7:30pm at VPL

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.

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.


November Meetings:
MPL: Monday, November 3 at 6pm
VPL: Tuesday, November 4 at 6pm

NCSLMA Battle of the Books
Booklist 2014-2015

Click to view the NCSLMA Battle of the Books Booklist 2014-2015

Note: All books are available through the Burke County Public Library!

eBooks, eAudio-books, and more! Check out our newest collection!

New YA Books!

Link to the List of New Books for this Month

Checkout the New and Upcoming Books,
and place holds on the ones you want to read!

YA Book discussions on The Book Thief will be held:
Tuesday, October 14:VPL 6pm - Pre-registration Required
Thursday, October 16: MPL 5pm - Pre-registration Required
Monday, October 20: CBH 6pm - no registration required

Burke Reads 2014: The Book Thief
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 : 2:00-4:00PM 
FREE Copies of The Book Thief ? Exhibits provided by the NC Council  on the Holocaust ? LIVE Accordion Music and much more!

Special Events during the month of October:
Book Discussions 
Thursday, October 16, at 6pm
Valdese Public Library
Monday, October 20, at 6pm 
C.B. Hildebrand Public Library 
Wednesday, October 22, at 2pm
Grace Ridge Library
Saturday, October 25, at 3pm
Morganton Public Library

*If you missed the kickoff, you can pick up a book at any
Burke County Public Library location. Free copies of The
Book Thief by Markus Zusak are available on a first come
first served basis. Only one book per person.

Movie Showings
[PG-13 | 2013 | 131 minutes]
 Monday, October 6, at 5:30pm C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
Thursday, October 30, at 5:30pm Valdese Public Library
 Grace Ridge—TBD
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Morganton Public Library Front Lawn
TIME: 7:30pm (Sunset)

*Special exhibits will be on display throughout the month of October in Morganton Public
Library. Experience Dr. Seuss Wants You!: The Political Cartoons of Dr. Seuss, 1941-1942,
Triumph of Life, and others. The Exhibits are suitable for middle school students, high
school students and adults. The exhibits are provided by the NC Council on the
Holocaust. Find out more info here:

All of these events are free and open to the public. Please call 828-764-9260 or visit our website: for more information..

Download the Flyer



Monday, November 3, 6:00pm at MPL


Tuesday, November 4, 6:00pm at VPL