Adult Programs and Events

  • SRP
    2021

  • Registration
    and Tracking

  • Outdoor
    Recreation

  • Cooking
    Programs

  • Online
    Programs

  • Outdoor
    Movies

  • Book and
    Author Programs

  • Crafting and
    Art Programs

  • Online
    Resources

Find Summer At Your Library Adult Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program begins June 7th! Register now for fun this summer.

Adult June Calendar

Click on the image to download the Summer Program Calendar


Summer 2021:

Most activities are offered in-person this summer! There are also virtual, hybrid, and to-go options available. Check out the tabs for program information. Pre-registration for activities can be done in person or over the phone at any of the libraries. For questions contact Danielle at 828-764-9269 or by email at programs@bcpls.org.

Read Squared

Visit our ReadSquared Homepage to register online and track your minutes.
More information on the "Registration and Tracking" Tab!




Activity Sign-Ups: For Programs

Important: Sign up for READSquared first!! Also, if you try to sign up for something but it's marked "FULL", you will be placed on the waiting list. If you have any questions about space availability please contact Danielle at 828-764-9269. There are no programs the week of July 4th.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer for all the details.

Note: Most July programs will not have registration beginning until later in June.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Adult Summer Reading Program

Online Registration & Tracking

Read Squared

This year, we are using READSquared for Summer Reading Registration and Tracking. It's an all-in-one program that you can use on a computer, or through an app on your smart phone or tablet. Visit our ReadSquared Homepage to register online and track your minutes.
Need help registering or navigating the system? Watch the video below, or call/stop by the library for more help.

Activity Sign-Ups: For Programs

Important: Sign up for READSquared first!! Also, if you try to sign up for something but it's marked "FULL", you will be placed on the waiting list. If you have any questions about space availability please contact Danielle at 828-764-9269. There are no programs the week of July 4th.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer for all the details.

Note: Most July programs will not have registration beginning until later in June.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Adult Summer Reading Program

Online Programs


																Virtual Pet Show & Tell
									Thursday, July 1
									6pm
									via Zoom
									Do you have a pet you think is spectacular? Who is
									always into something? That loves mimicking
									human behaviors? One that does cool tricks or
									manages covert operations?
									Join our Virtual Pet Show to show off your
									fabulous friend who always loves you best!
									*Pre-registration required
									*Participants must sign digital waiver
									ALL AGES
									Call 828-764-9269 for more information

Download the Virtual Pet Show Flyer


Tasty Tuesday

A weekly video series showcasing simple, and yummy, recipes. Videos Post Tuesdays at 7pm on our Facebook page, and are later added here!

This Week's Recipe: Cream Cheese and Chive Sandwiches

Previous Recipes:

Clover Jelly | Broccoli
Strawberry Pie | Dalgona Coffee
Pico de Gallo | Vegetarian Fajitas
Banana Flower Snack | Southern Potato Salad
Easy No Bake Pie | Cajun Chicken
Tasty Summer Salad | Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Sesame Cucumber Salad | Sauteed Mushrooms
Bruschetta | Chicken Chimichangas
Korean Sesame Beef | Homemade Meatballs
Harvest Moon Soup | Pan Roasted Chicken and Veggies
Southern Fried Potatoes | Acorn Squash
Witch's Brew Halloween Punch | Crockpot White Chicken Chili
Slow-Cooker Balsamic Chicken | Slow-Cooker Mississippi Roast
Garlic Parmesan Chicken | Christmas Fudge
Pecan Buttercrunch | Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Dirty Snowmen | German New Year's Pretzel | Tamales
Olibollen | Purple Sticky Rice | Jerk Chicken
Cornbread | Rice and Peas | Peach Cobbler
Winter Detox Smoothie | Chia Berry Smoothie
Wild Blueberry Chocolate Coconut Smoothie
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
No Bake Lime Crunch Cheesecake | Dog Cupcake Recipes
Homemade Cat Treats | Doggone Delicious (Sweet) Dog Cupcakes
Chewey Cat Treats | Bantha Blue Butter Sandwich Cookies
Flower Ice Cubes | Cream Cheese and Chive Sandwiches


Crafty Me

CraftyMe is a twice monthly Curated Crafting Kit for participants to make at home (for adults only). A coordinating video is released on our Facebook page for those wanting to DIY at home! Details on signing up for the kits are on the "Crafting and Art Programs" Tab (supplies limited).

Most Recent Craft: Literary Brooch

Previous Crafts:

Mini Spool Vase with Book Page Flowers
House Curio Box
DIY Dry Erase Board
Recycled Herb Garden
DIY Botanical Print
Suffragette Rosette Badge
Washi Tape Binder Clip
Shades of North Carolina Wall Hanging
Pumpkin Book Art
Fence Picket Mummy
Cheeky "Poisoned" Glass
Autumn Wreath
Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake
Double Craft December (Natural Twig Tree and Woodland Deer Ornament)
Activist Word Art
Ladder to the Moon
No-Sew Fabric Lantern
DIY African Print Bracelet
Fabulous Females Necklace
Curious Bunny Magnet How To
Bottle Cap Wind Chime
Poetry Spool
Literary Brooch


																Join us as Lauren
													discusses her
													newest book
													Band of
													Sisters
													Virtual
													Author Visit
													with
													Lauren Willig
													New York Times and USA
													Today best selling author
													of historical fiction.
													Tuesday, July 20
													10:30am
													via Zoom
													*Pre-registration
													required
													*Registration link
													on BCPLS
													Facebook page or
													at bcpls.org

Download the Lauren Willig Virtual Visit Flyer


Where's Maggie?

A weekly video series showcasing local hikes and walks! Videos Post Sundays at 7pm on our Facebook page, and are later added here!

This Week's Hike: Linville Falls-Erwins View Trail

Previous Hikes:

Holly Discovery Trail at Lake James State Park
Tom's Creek Falls
Paddy's Creek Trail at Lake James State Park
Catawba Falls
Green Way Trail at Valdese Lakeside Park
Fox Den Loop Trail at Lake James State Park
Trail at Biltmore Estate
High Shoals Fall Trail at South Mountain State Park
Mill's Creek Trail
Jackson County Greenway
Baker's Mountain Park
Broyhill Walking Park
Red Rock Canyon (Mojave Desert, Las Vegas, Nevada)
Hawksbill Trail
Riverbend Park
WPCC Trails
Valdese Lakeside Park 2
Corpening Memorial YMCA Greenway
Biltmore 2.0
Peavine Rail Trail
Rough Ridge
Hickory City Park
Jacob Fork Woodland Trail
4026/Point Lookout
Lenoir Greenway
Hibriten Mountain
Fonta Flora County Park
Overmountain Victory Trail
Catawba River Greenway


Highlight NC

A series showcasing interesting people, places, and things all relating to our great state! Posts the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm on our Facebook page. Want access, but don't have Facebook? Contact Danielle at 828-764-9269 and ask for details!


Throwback Thursday from the NC Room

A series showcasing local history: people, places, and things! Photographs and information are from our North Carolina Room, and more information on the weekly post can be found by contacting them! Posts Thursdays at 9am on our Facebook page.


Picture Burke

A series showcasing the weekly Picture Burke Photograph that is printed in the News Herald. Picture Burke is a digital photograph preservation project of the NC Room of the Burke County Public Library. More information on the weekly post can be found by contacting the North Carolina Room. Posts Mondays at 7pm on our Facebook page.

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Adult Summer Reading Program

Outdoor Movies

Bring your chair or blanket and join us for some outdoor movie fun!

Transformers Bumblebee Movie Poster

Transformers BumbleBee

Monday, June 7th
8:30pm (sunset)
on the front lawn at the Morganton Public Library

Open to all ages. Movie rated PG-13

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Poster

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Saturday, July 25th
8:30pm (sunset)
at the Rutherford College Town Park

Open to all ages. Movie rated PG

Big Hero 6 Movie Poster

Big Hero 6

Saturday, July 31st
8:30pm (sunset)
on the lawn at the Valdese Public Library

Open to all ages. Movie rated PG

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Adult Summer Reading Program

Book and Author Programs

Author Chat with local authors

Frank and Nancy Juliano

Book Cover for Our Hour of Need

Saturday, June 26
12 Noon at the Morganton Public Library

Light refreshments will be provided. Adults only.

Join us and chat with local Morganton authors about their January 2021 release!

Legend has it that King Arthur will return in Britain's hour of need. The fall of 1940, with German bombs raining down on London, would seem to be a good time for the 6th Century warrior king to reappear.But is the stranger claiming to be King Arthur really who he says he is? And if he is a Dark Ages warlord, what use could he be in an age of radar, airplanes and bombs? And when he befriends a young couple, is the romantic triangle that ended his reign going to cause problems again? History tells us that the brave British people, led by their charismatic prime minister, held off the German air assault. But rumors of supernatural help, from the first Christian king of England, persist to this day.



																Join us as Lauren
													discusses her
													newest book
													Band of
													Sisters
													Virtual
													Author Visit
													with
													Lauren Willig
													New York Times and USA
													Today best selling author
													of historical fiction.
													Tuesday, July 20
													10:30am
													via Zoom
													*Pre-registration
													required
													*Registration link
													on BCPLS
													Facebook page or
													at bcpls.org

Download the Lauren Willig Virtual Visit Flyer

Bibliomaniacs at your library

A FREE Monthly subscription for adult book lovers! Limited supply, one per patron per month (each month is different!). Pre-registration is required. June boxes available June 14th. July boxes available July 12th. For more information, or to sign up, contact Danielle at 828-764-9269.


Book Discussion Group


Will be discussing:

Garden Spells Cover

Garden Spells
by Sarah Addison Allen

Tuesday, June 15, at 10:00am
at the Valdese Public Library

Copies of the book are available to check out on a first come first served basis. For more information, please call VPL at 828-874-2421.

Join us for our monthly book discussion group.
Pre-Registration is required.

Upcoming Books:

July - Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig
August - Evolution by Stephen King
September - The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
October - In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
November - Night Road by Kristin Hannah
December - Sold on Monday by Kristina McMorris

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Adult Summer Reading Program

Crafting and Art Programs


							Faux Papermaking
							Workshop
							Valdese Public Library
							Tuesday, June 8
							5pm
							Use supplies provided to create not quite handmade paper.
							-Adults only
							-Pre-registration required
							*Program will be outdoors,weather permitting
							(Bottled water provided)
							Call 828-764-9260 to register
							-Limited space

Download the Faux Papermaking Flyer



							Mini Bee Skep Craft
							Thursday, June 17
							10am
							C.B. HildebrandPublic Library
							Before theVictorian Erabees were keptin straw skeps.
							Create your own mini bee skep touse as decoration.
							DIY
							-Pre-registration required
							-Limited space
							-Adults only
							Call 828-764-9260 to register

Download the Mini Bee Skep Craft Flyer



							Christmas in July
								Pop-Up Craft
								Friday, July 2
								4pm
								C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
								*Pre-registration required
								*Adults only
								Call 828-764-9260 to register

Download the Pop-up Christmas in July Craft Flyer



							Wednesday, July 14
									6pm
									Morganton Public Library
									Beeswax Food Wraps
									Make Your Own
									*Adults only
									*Pre-registrationrequired
									Call any BCPLS location to register
									Valdese PublicLibrary
									(828) 874-2421
									Morganton PublicLibrary
									(828) 764-9260
									C.B. HildebrandPublic Library
									(828) 764-9283
									bcpls.org
									Learn to make
									eco-friendly reusable
									food savers.

Download the Beeswax Food Wraps Craft Flyer



																DIY
									Wood Burned
									Mixing Spoon
									11am Valdese Public Library
									Tuesday, July 13
									or
									Monday, July 19
									5:30pm
									C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
									*Adults only
									*Pre-registrationrequired
									*May only attendone class
									Call any BCPLS location to register
									Valdese PublicLibrary
									(828) 874-2421
									Morganton PublicLibrary
									(828) 764-9260
									C.B. HildebrandPublic Library
									(828) 764-9283
									bcpls.org

Download the Wood Burned Mixing Spoon Craft Flyer



									Fabric Sunprint Craft
									*Program will be held
									outside, weather permitting
									Thursday, July 22
									10am
									Morganton Public Library
									*Pre-registration *Adults only
									required
									Call any BCPLS location to register
									Valdese Public
									Library
									(828) 874-2421
									Morganton Public
									Library
									(828) 764-9260
									C.B. Hildebrand
									Public Library
									(828) 764-9283
									Have fun creating with special
									sun activated paint!
									bcpls.org

Download the Fabric Sunprint Craft Flyer


							Oversized puzzle pieces filled
							with your art.
							Use your preferred media to create a unique
							piece of collaborative art that, when
							assembled, shows how libraries connect our
							community!
							Pick-up your blank puzzle piece any time in June.
							Decorate, letting your personality shine through.
							Return completed piece
							June 30 through July 31
							Pieces will be assembled & displayed at all
							three Burke County Public Library locations.
							*Each library location will have a
							limited number available.
							*Adults only
							*Pre-registration
							required
							C O N N E C T E D
							bcpls.org
							Call 828-764-9260 to register

Download the Connected Craft Flyer


Needlework in the Morning

Friday, June 11
Friday, June 25
Friday, July 23

10am at the Morganton Public Library

Contact Danielle via email or phone (828-764-9269) for details.

Open to all ages and skill levels, Needlework in the Morning is a way to meet with fellow knitters, crocheters and anyone who enjoys needlework. Share ideas and hone skills!


Crafty Me

CraftyMe is a twice monthly Curated Crafting Kit for participants to make at home (for adults only). A coordinating video is released on our Facebook page for those wanting to DIY at home! Details on signing up for the kits are on the "Crafting and Art Programs" Tab (supplies limited).

Most Recent Craft: Paint Your Feelings

Previous Crafts:

Mini Spool Vase with Book Page Flowers
House Curio Box
DIY Dry Erase Board
Recycled Herb Garden
DIY Botanical Print
Suffragette Rosette Badge
Washi Tape Binder Clip
Shades of North Carolina Wall Hanging
Pumpkin Book Art
Fence Picket Mummy
Cheeky "Poisoned" Glass
Autumn Wreath
Pumpkin Spice Mug Cake
Double Craft December (Natural Twig Tree and Woodland Deer Ornament)
Activist Word Art
Ladder to the Moon
No-Sew Fabric Lantern
DIY African Print Bracelet
Fabulous Females Necklace
Curious Bunny Magnet How To
Bottle Cap Wind Chime
Poetry Spool
Literary Brooch

Download the Summer Reading Program Flyer

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