Children's Programs and Events

  • Current
    Programs

  • Fall
    Festivals

  • Frankenstein
    Friday

  • 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.

Library Carnival

October 21: 3:00-5:00 pm
Western Piedmont Community College

For all ages. More details on the Fall Festival tab


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.

October 18th - 3:30-4:30pm


Paintbox

Saturday, October 23
3pm on Zoom

Monthly Theme: Cat popping out of a Jack-O-Lantern

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!


Halloween Boo Through

October 25: 4:00-6:00 pm
C.B. Hildebrand Public Library

For ages birth through 5th grade. More details on the Fall Festival tab


October Craft Kit

Our pick up craft for October is a Foam Pumpkin Craft kit!

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


graphic of teacher with kids during circle time

Junior Librarian Kit

Do your kids love books and the library? Do they like to play pretend? Pick up a BCPLS Junior Librarian Kit at the Morganton Public Library today!

Each Junior Librarian Kit contains books for hosting your own storytinme, craft materials and ideas, an official button and other things needed as a librarian!
Supplies are limited.


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.

Boo-K and Treat

October 26: 4:00-6:00 pm
Valdese Public Library

For ages birth through 5th grade. More details on the Fall Festival tab


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.


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.

Using items you have at home, create a
						Frankenstein inspired creature. Snap a
						picture & send it to
						danielle.townsend@burkenc.org
						by 5pm October 22
						Pictures will be posted to our Facebook
						on the 29th!
						Let’s get creative!
						Frankenstein Friday
						Family friendly please
						Open to all ages!
						*Call 828-764-9269 for more information.

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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.
					October 2021
					October 4: All about Shapes
					October 11: Leaves are falling
					October 18: Teddy Bears
					October 21: Fall Festival Today!
					3-5pm
					Western Piedmont Community College
					October 25: Happy Halloween!
					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
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.


Learn, move, giggle and
						create with us Tuesdays @
						10:30 am. Storytime will be
						held via Zoom.
						The Terrific Tots
						Storytime is for children 2 years of age.
						Pre-registration is required. Call (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.


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
								October 7: Roar, Dinosaurs, Roar!
								October 14: Autumn is Here
								October 21: Spiders!
								October 21:
								Don’t forget the Fall Festival today!
								3-5pm
								Western Piedmont Community College
								October 28: Happy Halloween!
								Show and Tell: Halloween Costume
								October
								Preschool Pals Zoom Storytime
								Morganton Public Library
								Thursday at 10:30am
								For 3-5 year olds.
								Pre-registration is required.
								Please call 828-764-9274 to register.
								Storytime introduces preschoolers and toddlers to the joy of reading. It focuses on early literacy skills and includes stories, fingerplays, songs and crafts.
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

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

Paintbox
					OCTOBER 23 @ 3PM
					MORGANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
					This month's painting will feature an adorable catpopping out of a Jack-O-Lantern!
					All materials provided.
					Program is for children in grades K-5th, and will be heldvia Zoom.
					Digital waiver must be signed to participate.
					Call (828) 764-9274 to sign up for the program.
Click to download the September 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.


Join us on Tuesdays @ 4pm
				via Zoom for an hour filled withstories, games, art, scienceactivites, and much more!
				OCTOBER THEMES:
				FIRE SAFTEY
				CATS
				PUMPKINS
				HALLOWEEN
				Library Explorers Storytime is for children in grades K-2nd.
				Pre-registration is required. Call (828) 764-9274 to register.
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


@ MPL & VPL
							Valdese Public Library - Online
							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.
							October 5/6: Minute to
							Win It Game Night
							October 12/13: Halloween
							Lanterns
							October 19/20: Pumpkin
							Slime
							October 27: Harry Potter
							Digital Escape Room
							*Both VPL and MPL
							groups will meet
							together on 10/27.
							Activity schedule subject
							to change.
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


The Valdese Public Library
					A storytime for birth-
					24mo. We zoom
					every Thursday from
					10:00-10:30am.
					Pre-Registration
					is required.
					Call 828-874-2421 or
					stop by the library. Baby
					Bookworms
					Zoom Away with
					This Zoom storytime will
					aide you in introducing
					wonderful new ways of
					learning through music,
					rhyme and play.
					Pick up your Baby Bookworm
					monthly kit at the
					Valdese Public Library.
					October themes: Farm, Spiders,
					Cats & Pumpkins
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


TERRIFIC
					TOTS
					Pickup your child's
					monthly zoom bag
					at the beginning
					of each month.
					Each craft and
					activity will center
					around a
					different theme.
					October themes:
					Cats, Bats,
					Pumpkins & Halloween
					A storytime for
					2-3 year olds.
					We zoom each
					Monday from
					10:00-10:30am.
					With
					ADVENTURESADVENTURES
					Pre-Registrationrequired .
					Call 828-874-2421 or
					stop by the library.
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 October will have an Autumn theme focusing on owls, pumpkins, and Halloween.
				*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.


Spooky
						A special 
						Cooking with Amber
						live Zoom session.
						Join me for a live cooking
						class where only SPOOKY
						foods are prepared!
						Eats
						cooking with Amber
						Ingredients
						provided to
						prepare 3
						separatesingle servedishes.
						Must pre-register.
						Supplies limited. K-5th grade only
						OCTOBER 23RD
						@ 4:00 PM
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


~10/4 - BATS! -Lets make a 3D
					bat to hang at home!
					~10/11 - SNAKES!- Lets paint
					wooden snakes that really move!
					~10/18 - WOLVES! - Today's craft is a
					cool multi-layered howling wolf picture.
					~10/25 - HALLOWEEN! -
					Today you will receive a party in a
					bag and we are having a special
					fall themed Scavenger Hunt, all from your home!
					LIBRARY
					Explorers 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 Public
					Library to register
					828-874-2421.
					O C T O B E R W I L L B E H O W L I N G W I T H F U N !
					I Vant to
					eat some
					candy!
					Pick up your child's
					Library Explorers
					monthly craft bag @
					the beginning of each
					month. We will do the
					crafts together each
					week on Zoom!
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


COOL KIDS
					@ MPL & VPL
							Valdese Public Library - Online
							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.
							October 5/6: Minute to
							Win It Game Night
							October 12/13: Halloween
							Lanterns
							October 19/20: Pumpkin
							Slime
							October 27: Harry Potter
							Digital Escape Room
							*Both VPL and MPL
							groups will meet
							together on 10/27.
							Activity schedule subject
							to change.
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
			MONDAY, OCTOBER 18
			3:30 - 4:30 PM
			SGT. EDDIE MARLOWE
			FEATURING:
			COMMUNITY RESOURCE OFFICER
			BCPLS.ORG
			COMMUNITY OFFICER SGT. EDDIE MARLOWE JOINS US EACH MONTH VIA ZOOM. CRAFTBAGS TO GO ALONG WITH THIS SPECIAL STORYTIME WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP ATTHE CB HILDEBRAND PUBLIC LIBRARY. CALL OR COME BY TO REGISTER. ALL AGES.
			828-764-9283
			Every 3rd Monday
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
Click to download the Spanish 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


Terrific Tots Flyer for September
Click to download the Terrific Tots Flyer!

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

Enrichment Bags

Will be available for pickup at C.B. Hildebrand Public Library beginning September 1st! Call 828-764-9283 to schedule your pickup. For children who are 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.


October Craft Kit

Our pick up craft for October is a Foam Pumpkin Craft kit!

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



C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
				Kids Cooking Club Via Zoom
				Grades 3 – 5
				Wednesday, October 20 @ 3:30 pm
				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
				October 2021 Library Explorers
				(K-2nd Grades) Zoom Programming
				October 14: Bats
				October 21: Pumpkins
				October 28: Halloween
				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
					October 2021 Cool Kids Zoom Programming (3rd-5th Grades)
					October 19: Yarn Pumpkins
					October 26: Clay Halloween Monsters
					*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.