Children's Programs and Events

  • Current
    Programs

  • Interactive
    Movie Kits

  • Holiday
    Festivals

  • Bumble
    Tree

  • 1000 Books
    Before Kindergarten

  • Morganton
    Storytimes

  • Valdese
    Storytimes

  • C.B. Hildebrand
    Storytimes

Due to current COVID-19 metrics in Burke County, the Burke County Public Library is postponing plans to return to a full schedule of in-person programming for all age groups. Most programs have been moved to online participation.

Fall Suncatcher Craft

Pick up a bag with everything you need to make a fall suncatcher! Supplies limited; call MPL to reserve your kit.


Zoom Patrol

with Community Resource Officer Sgt. Eddie Marlowe

A Monthly Zoom storytime with an accompanying craft bag. Pre-registration is required, bag can be picked up at CBH.

November 15 - 3:30-4:30pm


Paintbox

Saturday, November 13
3pm on Zoom

Monthly Theme: Turkey!

A Step by Step Canvas Painting program for children in grades K-5th.

Learn to paint a jack-o-lantern with a cute cat popping out of it! Pre-registration is required.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Read it and Reap

Start today! More details on the "1000 Books Before Kindergarten" tab.


EcoExplore. See it. Snap it. Share it.

Ichthyology

Join the North Carolina Arboretum for a video EcoExplore class on fish!


Interactive Movie Kit: Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs

Call the Valdese Public Library to reserve your kit!


November Craft Kit at CBH

Our pick up craft for November is a DIY Turkey Coaster kit!

For ages 12 and under. No pre-registration required, but supplies are limited. Available after November 1st at the C.B. Hildebrand Public Library front desk.


Library Fairy Pen Pals

Library Fairy Pen Pals

Find the fairy door in the Children's Department at the Morganton Public Library. Leave a letter for the Library Fairy at the Fairy Door. Make sure your address is written in the letter, and the Library Fairy will mail you a letter back! We miss seeing you at the library!


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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


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Parenting and Parent Teacher Resources

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

Cuentacuentos Spanish Storytime

We are partnering with Hope-Family Support Network to offer a Spanish Storytime! We will meeting the first Thursday of every month at 4pm (via Zoom). Themed craft bags will be available for pick up ahead of time. More details on the CBH Storytimes tab.


Hmong Storytime

We are partnering with Hope-Family Support Network to offer a Hmong Storytime! We will meeting the third Tuesday of every month at 4pm (via Zoom). Themed craft bags will be available for pick up ahead of time. More details on the CBH Storytimes tab.


Burke County Public Library Storytimes Are Staying Online

Storytimes are back!

Due to current COVID-19 metrics in Burke County, storytimes will remain online at this point. Space is limited.

Fall Storytime schedules are available on the library tabs on this page! Pre-registration is required for all storytimes. For more information, please stop by or call the library.


NCSLMA Elementary Battle of the Books
Booklists 2021-2022

Click to view the different NCSLMA Battle of the Books Booklist 2019-2020

Note: All books are available through the Burke County Public Library, and most of them are available as eBooks through Overdrive.


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Internet Safety

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


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Internet Safety

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

Morganton Public Library
828-764-9274
Any reserved kits not picked up by 12/15 willbe made available to other patrons.
DECEMBER
INTERACTIVE FAMILYMOVIE KIT
Christmas Classics
The Interactive Family Movie Kit atMPL for December is for both ofthese Christmas classics!
If you
want to have fun with the Grinchand Rudolph, be sure to reserve
a Kit today!
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						s e r v e s a
						f a m i l y o f 4 .
						Try
						PICK UP AN INTERACTIVE
						MOVIE KIT TO ADD SOME
						FUN AND ACTIVITY TO
						THE NIGHT!
						Planning a movie
						night this month?
						@ the Valdese Public
						Library
						Drop by or call to reserve your
						kit today! Bags not picked up
						by the 15th will be made
						available to other patrons.
						Q U A N T I T I E S
						L I M I T E D C A L L
						T O D A Y

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Read it and Reap

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is simple, free, and the rewards are priceless! This program promotes reading to newborns, infants and toddlers. As a parent or caregiver, you are the first education provider your child has during the first five years.

Read a book, any book, to your child with the goal of reading 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and giving them the best start towards success.

We're here to help you on your journey of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Stop by or call any of the libraries for more information or to get started.

Take up the challenge and check out 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.

How to Participate

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a fun, exciting and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child, ages birth to before kindergarten can participate.

Register at any Burke County Public Library location. You will be given program materials when you sign-up or you can download the reading logs from the 1000 Books Website.

Track your reading. Write down each book on the reading log.

Every book counts. Even if your child wants to hear the same books over and over. Don't forget to count the books your child hears in storytime, daycare, or even with a friend or family member, as long as the child listens to the entire book.

Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading log to the library to receive a milestone sticker and choose a prize from the treasure chest. If you prefer, you may call the library and we will come to your car to pick up reading logs and deliver a prize.

Download the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Informational Flyer

Morganton Public Library Storytimes

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

Library Directions

Registration is required for all storytimes, sign up today by stopping by your library!


Baby Bookworms

A storytime for children birth-23 months.
Zooms Mondays at 10:30am


Baby Bookworms
					Morganton Public Library
					Mondays 10:30am
					Pre-registration is required.
					Please call 828-764-9274 or come by the library to sign-up.
					Baby Bookworms is a first time library experience for our youngest patrons. Children birth through 23 months will enjoy library time complete with rhymes, songs,
					movement activities, a short story, and a hands on craft or art activity.
					December 2021
					December 6: All About Santa
					Dcember 13: A Merry Little Christmas
					December 20 and 27: No Storytimes today.
					Storytimes will resume January 3.
					For more information on these and other library programs, visit our library website at www.bcpls.org, call or visit the library today.
					Morganton Public Library
					828-764-9274
					204 S. King St.
					Morganton, NC 28655
					The Youth Services staff wishes you and your family
					a wonderful holiday season.
Click to download the Baby Bookworms Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.



Terrific Tots

A storytime for children 2 year-olds.
We Zoom on Tuesdays at 10:30am.

Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required. Call 828-764-9274 or stop by the library to sign up.


TERRIFIC TOTS STORYTIME
					Program is for children 2 years of age
					Join us for Christmas Cheer this month!
					Tuesday, Dec. 7 @ 10:30am
					Letter C is for Cookies storytime via Zoom
					Tuesday, Dec. 14 @ 10:30am
					Letter C is for Christmas storytime via Zoom
					Thursday, Dec. 16 from 3pm to 5pm
					A Library Christmas @ WPCC Drive Thru Event
					(All Ages)
					Call the Youth Services Desk at
					the Morganton Public Library
					(828) 764-9274 to register.
Click to download the Terrific Tots Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.



Preschool Pals

A storytime for children 3-5 years-old.
We Zoom on Thursdays at 10:30am

Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required.
Call 764-9274 or stop by the library to sign up.


Preschool Pals
						Zoom Storytime
						for 3-5 years old
						Thursdays at 10:30am Pre-registration is required.
						Call 828-764-9274 or stop by the library to sign-up.
						For more information on these and other library programs, visit our library website at www.bcpls.org, call or visit the library today.
						Morganton Public Library— 828-764-9274
						204 S. King St. Morganton, NC 28655
						Christmas Drive Thru Event
						Books, Crafts, Santa and the Grinch!
						Thursday, December 16
						3-5pm
						at Western Piedmont Community College
						For more information, visit our library website at www.bcpls.org
						The library will be closed December 23-27 for the Christmas holiday.
						We will return to storytime on January 6.
						Don’t forget to register for the next session of storytime.
						.
						December
						December 2: Hooting Owls
						December 9: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
						December 16; Deck the Halls
						December 23 and 30: No Storytimes today.
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.

This craft kit includeseverything you need todecorate your own foamgingerbread person!
					A mini Gingerbread Manstorybook, and a coloringsheet is included.
					This take home craft
					is forchildren of all ages.
					Call the the Youth ServicesDesk at the MorgantonPublic Library (828) 764-9274
					beginning December 1, 2021to reserve a kit.
					DIY GingerbreadPerson Craft Kit
Click to download the Gingerbread Person Craft Kit Flyer!


DECEMBER 11 @ 3PM
					MORGANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
					Paintbox
					This month's painting will feature an adorable Reindeer!
					All materials provided.
					Program is for children in grades K-5th, and will be heldvia Zoom.
					Digital waiver must be signed to participate.
					Call the Youth Services Desk at (828) 764-9274
					to sign up for the program.
Click to download the December Paintbox Flyer!



Library Explorers

Library Explorers is designed for children in grades K-2, and is held on Tuesdays at 4pm via Zoom. Club times may vary depending on activities planned. Pre-Registration is required.


Library Explorers Storytime
						.
						Call the Youth Services Desk at theMorganton Public Library
						(828) 764-9274 to register.
						Let's have a Holly Jolly month!
						T
						uesday, Dec.7 @ 4pm
						Grinchy stories and crafts via Zoom
						Tuesday, Dec. 14
						@ 4pm
						Gingerbread stories and crafts via Zoom
						Thursday, Dec. 16 from 3pm-5pm
						A Library Christmas @ WPCC Drive Thru Event
						(All Ages)
						Grades K-2nd
Click to download the Library Explorers Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.



Cool Kids Club

Cool Kids Club is designed for children in grades 3-5.
Zooms Wednesdays at 3:30pm


Diamond Painting
						Cool Kids Club @ MPL & VPL
						for 3rd-5th graders!
						What's happening
						Valdese Public Library - Online this month?
						Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
						828-874-2421
						Morganton Public Library - Online
						Wednesdays @ 3:30pm
						828-764-9274
						*Pre-registration is required, but
						we still have spots available! All
						registered students must have a
						digital waiver on file.
						*We will not meet the last two weeks of December, but we
						can't wait to see you back in January!
						Light-Up Christmas
						Card
						December
Click to download the Cool Kids Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.

Come by the library to register now for Storytimes!.

Valdese Public Library Storytimes

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

Library Directions

Pre-registration is required for all storytimes


Baby Bookworms

For Those 24 months and younger
Zooms Thursdays at 10am


A Baby Bookworms bag has
					fun and educationalactivities/resources to help
					you become your baby's 1stteacher.
					@ The Valdese Public Library
					For birth-24mo.
					Call 828-874-2421or stop by thelibrary.
					Baby
					Bookworms
					Pick up a monthly
					kit at the
					Valdese Public Library.
					SANTA
					Baby
Click to download the Baby Bookworms Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.




Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Zooms Mondays at 10am


12/6- Reindeer
						12/13- Santa!
						Pickup your child's monthly
						zoom bag at the beginning
						of each month. Craft will be
						done together on Zoom.
						A storytime for 2-3 year
						olds. Zoom each Monday
						from 10:00-10:30am.
						Pre-Registration required
						Call 828-874-2421 or stop
						by the library.
						TERRIFIC
						TOTS
						12/20- No storytime
						12/27- No storytime
						Tots are going ornament crazy!
						-Candy Cane Mouse
						-Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
						-Finger Print Christmas Tree
						-Sparkly Snowman ball
Click to download the Terrific Tots Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.



PreSchool Pals

For Those 4-5 Years Old
Zooms Wednesdays at 10am


Preschool Pals Via Zoom
					Come join us for preschool story times chocked full of great stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, finger plays, and seasonal activities! Story time enriches minds and nurtures a love of reading! The month of December will have a
					Christmas theme focusing on trees, ornaments, and Santa.
					*Registration and waiver required for interactive on-line programming.
					For more information on these and other library programs, visit our library website at
					www.bcpls.org, call, or visit the library today.
					Valdese Public Library - 828-874-2421
					213 St. Germain Ave SE
					Valdese NC 28690
					A story time for kids 4-5 years old. Meeting on Wednesdays from 10:00—11:00 am at the Valdese Public Library. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all events. Call 828-874-2421 or stop by the library.
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be weekly.

December
					Craft-tastic Bags
					A Take it-Make itcraft bagfor kids 5thgrade andunder.Availablewhilesupplieslast
					are ready at The ValdesePublic Library
					Fuse BeadFun!
					Theme:
Click to download the December Craft-tastic Flyer!



Holiday
						Cooking with Amber
						Join this live
						Zoom cooking
						class (kids only)
						and makePeppermint Bark
						& Gingerbreadcookies.
						Must pre-register.
						Supplies limited.
						K-5th grade only
						DecemBERDecemBER15th15th
						@ 4:00 PM@ PM
						Sweets
						edition
						Ingredient bag pickupbegins Saturday Dec 11th.
Click to download the Cooking with Amber Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Spaces Limited. Pick up of supplies ahead of Zoom session.



Library Explorers

For those in grades K-2
Zooms Mondays at 3:30pm


DECEM
									BER
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									12
									/6
									-
									Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
									- Today's craftwill be making ornaments that smell as wonderful asthey look!
									~
									12/13
									-
									Jolly Picture Frame
									-Let's paint anddecorate beautiful picture frames to give as gifts
									this season!
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									Pick up your child's Library Explorers monthlycraft bag @ the beginning of each month. We
									will do the crafts together each week on Zoom!
									A storytime for kids K-2nd grade.
									We meet via Zoom every Monday
									at 3:30. Space is limited.
									Pre-Registration required.
									Call or stop by the Valdese PublicLibrary to register
									828-874-2421.
									~
									12
									/20 & 12/27 -
									NO STORYTIME
Click to download the Library Explorers Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.



Cool Kids Club

For Those in grades 3-5
Zooms Tuesdays at 3:30pm


Diamond Painting
						Cool Kids Club @ MPL & VPL
						for 3rd-5th graders!
						What's happening
						Valdese Public Library - Online this month?
						Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
						828-874-2421
						Morganton Public Library - Online
						Wednesdays @ 3:30pm
						828-764-9274
						*Pre-registration is required, but
						we still have spots available! All
						registered students must have a
						digital waiver on file.
						*We will not meet the last two weeks of December, but we
						can't wait to see you back in January!
						Light-Up Christmas
						Card
						December
Click to download the Cool Kids Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.

Call or come by the library to register now for Storytimes!

C.B. Hildebrand Public Library Storytimes

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

Library Directions

Pre-registration is required for all storytimes


Zoom
						Patrol
						COMMUNITY RESOURCE OFFICER
						SGT. EDDIE MARLOWE
						MONDAY, DECEMBER 6TH
						3:30 - 4:30 PM
						828-764-9283
						FEATURING:
						COMMUNITY OFFICER SGT. EDDIE MARLOWE JOINS US EACH
						MONTH VIA ZOOM. CRAFT BAGS TO GO ALONG WITH THIS
						SPECIAL STORYTIME WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP AT THE
						CB HILDEBRAND PUBLIC LIBRARY.
						CALL OR COME BY TO REGISTER. ALL AGES.
Click to download the Zoom Patrol Flyer!



Native speakers, bilingual families, those interested in
								learning Spanish - all are welcome regardless of age!
								Call the CB Hildebrand Public Library to register for this brand-new
								storytime that will meet every 1st Thursday via Zoom at 4:00pm.
								Themed craft bags to go along with the storytime can be picked up the
								week before. If you would like to pick the craft up at one of our other
								three locations, just give us a call.
								Cuentacuentos S P A N I S H
								STORYTIME
								Familias Hispanoparlantes, bilingües, interesados en
								aprender español - ¡todos son bienvenidos sin
								importar la edad!
								Regístrese para la hora del cuento virtual de la Librería Pública
								CB de Hildebrand.
								Recuerde registrarse para recibir el enlace para tener acceso
								al zoom. Bolsas con manualidades y artesanías en relación
								con el tema de la hora del cuento se podrán recoger la
								semana antes. Para recoger su bolsa de manualidades en
								alguna de las librerías Featuring: Millie Ramos solo llámenos.
								Latin Community Outreach Coordinator
								WE ARE PROUD TO
								PARTNER WITH HOPE -
								FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK
								ESTAMOS ORGULLOSES DE
								COLABORAR CON HOPE -
								FAMILY SUPPORT
								NETWORK
								La hora del cuento en español tiene un nuevo horario: cada
								primer jueves del mes a las 4:00 pm a través de Zoom
								
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Click to download the Spanish Storytime Flyer!



828-764-9283
								Hmong Storytime
								NATIVE SPEAKERS, BILINGUAL FAMILIES, THOSE INTERESTED INLEARNING HMONG - ALL ARE WELCOME REGARDLESS OF AGE!
								CALL THE CB HILDEBRAND PUBLIC LIBRARY TO REGISTER FOR THIS BRAND-NEWSTORYTIME THAT WILL MEET EVERY 3RD TUESDAY VIA ZOOM AT 4:00PM.
								THEMED CRAFT BAGS TO GO ALONG WITH THE STORYTIME CAN BE PICKED UPTHE WEEK BEFORE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PICK THE CRAFT UP AT ONE OF OUROTHER THREE LOCATIONS,
								CALL 828-764-9283.
								FEATURING: MAY YANG
								
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Click to download the Hmong Storytime Flyer!



Baby Bookworms

For Those up to 24 Months Old
A pick-up bag


Come by the
								CB Hildebrand Public Library
								today to pick up your
								child's monthly
								educational kit with fun
								activities and surprises.
								Limited number
								of kits available.
								828-764-9283
								Nurture a love for books
								early by engaging your
								baby with new sights,
								sounds, interactive
								songs, bouncy rhymes
								and more. It's never
								too early to build
								pre-literacy skills.
								Ask about other programs
								offered to this age group or
								visit us at bcpls.org
								Bookworms
								Ages
								Birth - 24 months
								Baby
								@ CB Hildebrand Public Library
								Educational
								Kits
								free
Click to download the Baby Bookworms Educational Kits Flyer!

Pre-registration not required. Supplies Limited. Available at the C.B. Hildebrand Public Library front desk.



Terrific Tots and Preschool Pals Storytime

For Those 2-5 Years Old
Zooms Tuesdays at 10:45am


bcpls.org
							E a c h w e e k , T e r r i f i c T o t s a n d
							P r e s c h o o l P a l s w i l l m e e t o n
							T u e s d a y s a t 1 0 : 4 5 .
							December is all about Christmas!
							Let's make a paper chain craft to count down the
							days. We are also making snow globes with cute
							Christmas figurines and reindeer ornaments.
							Let's have some fun!
							(Ages 2 -5)
							on into storytime
							C B H i l d e b r a n d P u b l i c L i b r a r y
							If your child loves to have
							fun, connect with us via
							Zoom. Themed craft bags
							for storytimes can be
							picked up the week before.
							Call or come by CB Hildebrand
							Public Library to register.
							828-764-9283
							C
							S
							ZOOM
Click to download the Terrific Tots and Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be monthly.


C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
					Christmas Ornament Craft
					Calling All Kids!
					Our pick up craft for December is a create your own Christmas ornament! Ages 12 and under.
					Supplies are limited. Call and sign up today!
					C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
					(828) 764-9283
					101-B Main Avenue West
					Hildebran, NC 28637
Click to download the Take-Home Craft Flyer!



Calling All Kids!
					Enrichment Bags
					Are available for pickup at
					C.B. Hildebrand Public Library!
					Call 828-764-9283 to schedule your pickup.
					Pre-school age and school age. Each bag will contain a book, bookmark, a craft kit, and snack. Limit one per child per month please. Quantities are limited.
Click to download the Enrichment Bags Flyer!



C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
				Kids Cooking Club Via Zoom
				Grades 3 – 5
				Wednesday, December 15 @ 3:30 pm
				Santa Pancakes
				Pre-registration Required.
				*Registration and waiver required for interactive on-line programming.
Click to download the Kids Cooking Club Flyer!



Library Explorers

For those in grades K-2
Zooms Thursdays at 3:30pm


C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
							December 2021 Library Explorers
							(K-2nd Grades) Zoom Programming
							December 2: Christmas Painting
							December 9: Santa Boxes
							December 16: Christmas Tote bags
							*Registration and waiver required for interactive on-line programming.
							For more information on these and other library programs,
							visit our library website at www.bcpls.org, call or visit the library today.
							C.B.Hildebrand Public Library - 828-764-9283
							101-B Main Avenue West
							Hildebran, NC 28637
Click to download the Library Explorers Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be weekly.



Cool Kids Club

For those in grades 3-5
Zooms Tuesdays at 3:30pm


For more information on these and other library programs, visit our library website at www.bcpls.org, call, or visit the library today.
					C.B.Hildebrand Public Library - 828-764-9283
					101-B Main Avenue West
					Hildebran, NC 28637
					C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
					December 2021 Cool Kids Zoom Programming (3rd-5th Grades)
					December 7: Christmas Ornament Workshop
					December 14: Santa Boxes
					*Registration and waiver required for interactive on-line programming.
Click to download the Cool Kids Flyer!

Pre-registration is required. Pick up of accompanying craft/activity bag will be weekly.

Come by the library to register for Storytimes!.

Contact the library at 764-9283 for registration details.