Children's Programs and Events

  • Upcoming
    Programs

  • Star Wars
    Reads Day

  • Fall
    Festivals

  • Outdoor
    Movies

  • 1000 Books
    Before Kindergarten

  • Morganton
    Storytimes

  • Valdese
    Storytimes

  • C.B. Hildebrand
    Storytimes

Upcoming Programs

YS October Calendar

Click on the image to download the October Kids' Program Calendar.




This month's painting will be Boooo-tiful!
						Paint the most fun Boo Letters ever! All materials
						provided. Program is for children in grades K-5th, and
						will be held in the Meeting Room downstairs.
						Call the Youth Services Desk at (828) 764-9274
						to sign up for the program. Space is limited.
						OCTOBER 22 @ 3PM
						MORGANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
						Paintbox
Click to download the Paintbox Flyer!





National Hispanic Heritage Monthly
				Join us to learn about the Latino culture
				and how they celebrate the holidays.
				Ms. Maria and her family will be here to read stories
				in Spanish and teach us Spanish holiday greetings.
				Light refreshments will be provided.
				There will be music, crafts and lots of fun!
				Pre-registration is required.
				October 5
				6pm
				Morganton Public Library
				Ages: Birth-5th Grade
Click to download the Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer!




Makerspace encourages children to follow their curiosity.
						Children will explore, create, tinker and learn while using
						Duplos and other building materials.
						Morganton Public Library
						For children 1-5
						No Registration Required.
						October 15
						November 5
						December 17
						10 -11am
Click to download the Preschool Makerspace Flyer!




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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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							Family Fall Festival
							Petting Zoo, Games, Prizes, snacks, and fun for  the whole family
							Monday, October 17th - 	4-6pm at CBH
							
							Fall Carnival & Resource Fair
							Activities, trick-or-treating, local agencies, and fun for the whole family!
							Thursday, October 20th - 3-5pm at MPL
							
							Spook-tacular Family Night
							Games, prizes, rides on The Little Blue Choo, and entertainment for the whole family!
							Tuesday, October 25th - 5-7pm at VPL
					 

More details on each of the festivals coming soon!




Spooky
								Join Ms. Amber at the
								Valdese Public Library
								for an in-person
								KIDS cooking class
								where only SPOOKY foods
								are prepared!
								Ingredients provided.
								Snacks
								cooking with Amber
								Must pre-register.
								Supplies limited.
								K-5th grade only
								Call 828-874-2421 to
								register
								Saturday
								OCTOBER 8th
								@ 2:30 PM
Click to download the Spooky Snacks Flyer!




Spooky
								Join Ms. Amber at the
								Valdese Public Library
								for an in-person
								KIDS cooking class
								where only SPOOKY foods
								are prepared!
								Ingredients provided.
								Snacks
								cooking with Amber
								Must pre-register.
								Supplies limited.
								K-5th grade only
								Call 828-874-2421 to
								register
								Saturday
								OCTOBER 8th
								@ 2:30 PM
Click to download the Reading Buddy Night Flyer!




Outdoor Movie Night Double Feature

Monday, October 31st at 6:30pm (sunset) on the front lawn of the Morganton Public Library.


MONSTER HOUSE - 2006 | PG | 91 MIN. - 6:30PM -- TWILIGHT - 2008 | PG-13 | 122 MIN - 8:15PM

Space on the lawn is limited. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blanket or chair! Free bottled water, candy and popcorn will be available. Program is open to all ages. No pre-registration is required. Halloween crafts for kids while supplies last!Parental guidance suggested according to rating.




NCSLMA Elementary Battle of the Books

2022-2023 Book List

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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Star Wars Reads Day

Saturday, October 8
10:30-4pm at MPL

Activities include Jedi Training Class with Taber's Black Belt Academy (10:30-11:30am), Author Beth Revis discussing her new book (The Princess and the Scoundrel at 1pm), Star Wars-Themed Food (2-2:30/3pm), Crafts for adults/teens (afternoon), Storytime/Craft for kids (3-4pm)*(*Must pre-register), Photo Ops, Giveaways, Costume Contest (all ages), Cosplayers






Patrol Zoom
								Every 3rd Monday
								BCPLS.ORG
								Pre-registration is required for this
								storytime. For more information,
								please visit our website, stop by or
								call the library at 828-764-9283.
								Featuring:
								Community Resource Officer
								Sgt. Eddie Marlowe
								Monday, October 10
								@3:45pm
								828-764-9283
							CB Hildebrand Public Library
Click to download the Zoom Patrol Flyer!






								Spanish Through Stories
								An Introduction to the Spanish Language for Kids
								The First Thursday Of
								Every Month @4:00pm.
								This program is designed for kids
								from preschool to 5th grade, but
								all are welcome to attend.
								Craft included.
								STORIES
								CB Hildebrand
								Public Library
Click to download the Spanish through Stories Flyer!






					C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
					Kids Cooking Club Via Zoom
					Spooky Snacks
				Wednesday, October 26 @ 3:30 pm
					Pre-registration Required.
Click to download the Kids Cooking Club Flyer!




EcoExplore. See it. Snap it. Share it.

Mycology Season

Like science? Turn into a Citizen Scientist (with a chance to earn some great prizes) with EcoExplore!

ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8. Developed by The North Carolina Arboretum, this innovative program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science. More information on the program can be found at ExoExplore.net.

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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!


Makerspace encourages children to follow their curiosity.
						Children will explore, create, tinker and learn while using
						Duplos and other building materials.
						Morganton Public Library
						For children 1-5
						No Registration Required.
						October 15
						November 5
						December 17
						10 -11am
Click to download the Preschool Makerspace Flyer!



National Hispanic Heritage Monthly
				Join us to learn about the Latino culture
				and how they celebrate the holidays.
				Ms. Maria and her family will be here to read stories
				in Spanish and teach us Spanish holiday greetings.
				Light refreshments will be provided.
				There will be music, crafts and lots of fun!
				Pre-registration is required.
				October 5
				6pm
				Morganton Public Library
				Ages: Birth-5th Grade
Click to download the Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer!



Why is play important?
							Children learn through play. Playing together strengthens the relationship between you and your child. Play also supports social development by helping children
							interact with others, learning to share and get along.
							Morganton Public Library provides an open safe space for children and their
							parents/caregivers to play.
							Morganton Public Library Play Group
							Every Monday at 11am
							Birth - 3 yrs old
							No registration required.
Click to download the Playgroup Flyer!



Baby Bookworms

A storytime for children birth-23 months.
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.
								August/September
								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
								October 3: Apples are Delicious
								October 10: Leaves are falling
								October 17: Fun with Balloons
								October 24: Pumpkins
								October 31: Happy Halloween!
Click to download the Baby Bookworms Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



Terrific Tots

A storytime for children 2 year-olds.
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
							Terrific Tots
						October Storytimes
						Join us in person at the Morganton Public Library
						Tuesdays at 10:30am for stories, flannelboard
						activities, songs, crafts, and much more!
						10/4/22
						O is for Owls
						10/11/22
						Squirrels
						10/18/22
						Spiders
						10/25/22
						Pumpkins
						This storytime is for children
						2 years of age. Call the Youth
						Services Desk at the Morganton
						Public Library to register.
						(828) 764-9274.
Click to download the Terrific Tots Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



Preschool Pals

A storytime for children 3-5 years-old.
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
						Preschool Pals 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.
						October 6: Autumn is Here
						October 13: Busy Squirrels
						October 20: Fire Safety
						October 27: Happy Halloween!
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.


								A Library Carnival &
						Resource Fair
						October 20, 2022
						3:00 - 5:00 pm
						Morganton Public Library
						Front Lawn
						22 ft Inflatable Slide
						Inflatable Toddler Play Yard
						Games!
						Participating
						community agencies
						include Catawba Valley
						Healthy Families, Smart
						Start, Lake James State
						Park and many more!
						Discover the wealth of
						resources that are
						available in the area to
						support families and
						children!
						Prizes!
						Inflatables!
						Sunset Slush of The Blue
						Ridge will also be selling
						slushies during the event!
						Come meet students from
						WPCC's Early Childhood
						Education and Recreation
						Therapy Departments
						who are helping to run
						the activities and games
						at our Carnival!

Download the MPL Fall Festival Flyer


  
							Family Fall Festival
							Petting Zoo, Games, Prizes, snacks, and fun for  the whole family
							Monday, October 17th - 	4-6pm at CBH
							
							Fall Carnival & Resource Fair
							Activities, trick-or-treating, local agencies, and fun for the whole family!
							Thursday, October 20th - 3-5pm at MPL
							
							Spook-tacular Family Night
							Games, prizes, rides on The Little Blue Choo, and entertainment for the whole family!
							Tuesday, October 25th - 5-7pm at VPL
					 

For more information on the "Fall Festivals" tab.


This month's painting will be Boooo-tiful!
						Paint the most fun Boo Letters ever! All materials
						provided. Program is for children in grades K-5th, and
						will be held in the Meeting Room downstairs.
						Call the Youth Services Desk at (828) 764-9274
						to sign up for the program. Space is limited.
						OCTOBER 22 @ 3PM
						MORGANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
						Paintbox
Click to download the Paintbox Flyer!



Library Explorers

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


Library Explorers
									October
									Storytimes
									This storytime is for
									children in grades K-2nd.
									Call the Youth Services
									Desk at the Morganton
									Public Library to register.
									(828) 764-9274.
									Oct. 25 @ 4pm
									Let's celebrate Halloween! Listen to silly Halloween
									and Pumpkin stories, and build and decorate your
									own Haunted House!
									Oct. 4 @ 4pm
									October is Global Diversity Awareness month. Learn
									more about global diversity through stories, and
									make a multicultural craft to take home.
									.
									Oct. 18 @ 4pm
									October is also National Cookie Month. Listen to fun
									stories about cookies, and decorate your own cookie to
									eat!
									Oct. 11 @ 4pm
									Today,we will meet at Wilson Ridge farm for a tour,
									crafts, stories and more. Cost is $8.00 per child to be
									paid direct at the farm.
Click to download the Library Explorers Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



Cool Kids Club

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


Cool Kids Club
							@ MPL & VPL
							Valdese Public Library
							Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
							828-874-2421
							**Pre-registration is required.
							*There will not be a meeting at VPL on October 25th due to the Spook-tacular
							Family Night happening from 4-6 pm that day!
							Morganton Public Library
							Mondays @ 3:30pm
							828-764-9274
							Cool Kids Club is for students in
							3rd-5th grades. Join us for art
							projects, STEAM activities,
							games and more!
Click to download the Cool Kids Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.

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

Spooky
								Join Ms. Amber at the
								Valdese Public Library
								for an in-person
								KIDS cooking class
								where only SPOOKY foods
								are prepared!
								Ingredients provided.
								Snacks
								cooking with Amber
								Must pre-register.
								Supplies limited.
								K-5th grade only
								Call 828-874-2421 to
								register
								Saturday
								OCTOBER 8th
								@ 2:30 PM
Click to download the Spooky Snacks Flyer!


Spooky
								Join Ms. Amber at the
								Valdese Public Library
								for an in-person
								KIDS cooking class
								where only SPOOKY foods
								are prepared!
								Ingredients provided.
								Snacks
								cooking with Amber
								Must pre-register.
								Supplies limited.
								K-5th grade only
								Call 828-874-2421 to
								register
								Saturday
								OCTOBER 8th
								@ 2:30 PM
Click to download the Reading Buddy Night Flyer!




Baby Bookworms

For Those 24 months and younger
Thursdays at 10am


 
							Baby
							Bookworms
							@ The Valdese Public Library
							Birth-23months
							Thursday 10:00am
							Valdese Public Library
							Pre-Registration
							is required.
							828-874-2421
							
							This storytime will
							introduce your baby to
							new sights, sounds,
							interactions and
							activities through
							books, music
							& play. Join today!
							Call 828-874-2421 to register
							
							September themes:
							Textures & Senses
							Monthly Color: Purple
							Monthly Song: Old McDonald Had A Farm
Click to download the Baby Bookworms Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.




Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2-3 Years Old
Mondays at 10am



												TERRIFIC
							TOTS
							OCTOber themes:
								cATS, BATs, SPIDERs.
							Pumpkins & Pies
							 A storytime for
							2-3year olds.
							Meeting Monday
							10:00-11:00am at the
							Valdese Public Library.
							Pre-Registration
							required.
							Call 828-874-2421
							to sign-up or stop by the
							Valdese Public Library.
Click to download the Terrific Tots Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



PreSchool Pals

For Those 4-5 Years Old
Wednesdays at 10am

Preschool Pals
							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.
							October
							This month is full of autumn stories, crafts, rhymes, and activities. Our themes include pumpkins, scarecrows, and Halloween!
							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
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.


								TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25TH 5-7PM
							THE VALDESE PUBLIC LIBRARY
							5TH GRADE & UNDER
							call The Valdese Public Library
							828-874-2421 for more info
							Spook-tacular
							The Valdese Public Library
							Family Night
							Event
							Mini Pie Eating
							Contest

Download the VPL Fall Festival Flyer


  
							Family Fall Festival
							Petting Zoo, Games, Prizes, snacks, and fun for  the whole family
							Monday, October 17th - 	4-6pm at CBH
							
							Fall Carnival & Resource Fair
							Activities, trick-or-treating, local agencies, and fun for the whole family!
							Thursday, October 20th - 3-5pm at MPL
							
							Spook-tacular Family Night
							Games, prizes, rides on The Little Blue Choo, and entertainment for the whole family!
							Tuesday, October 25th - 5-7pm at VPL
					 

For more information on the "Fall Festivals" tab.



Library Explorers

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



								~10/3- Fall-ing for Autumn-
								Sew your own felt leaf garland;
								~10/10 - 3D Bat Hangers
								Make a BIG 3D bat to hang up at home.
								~10/17 - Feeling Spooky
								Make a spell-tacular night-time painting.
								~10/24 - Totally WOLF-Y
								Todays craft will having you howling with joy!
								LIBRARY
								Explorers K-2nd grade ONLY.
								We meet at the
								Valdese Public Library
								every Monday at 3:30.
								Pre-Registration required.
								828-874-2421.
								O C T O B E R L I B R A R Y E X P L O R E R S
								Don't forget
								about Spooky Snacks,
								Reading Buddy Night
								and our Spook-tacular
								Family Night
Click to download the Library Explorers Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



Cool Kids Club

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


Cool Kids Club
							@ MPL & VPL
							Valdese Public Library
							Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
							828-874-2421
							**Pre-registration is required.
							*There will not be a meeting at VPL on October 25th due to the Spook-tacular
							Family Night happening from 4-6 pm that day!
							Morganton Public Library
							Mondays @ 3:30pm
							828-764-9274
							Cool Kids Club is for students in
							3rd-5th grades. Join us for art
							projects, STEAM activities,
							games and more!
Click to download the Cool Kids Flyer!

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 weekly storytimes, and other programs as noted.


Patrol Zoom
								Every 3rd Monday
								BCPLS.ORG
								Pre-registration is required for this
								storytime. For more information,
								please visit our website, stop by or
								call the library at 828-764-9283.
								Featuring:
								Community Resource Officer
								Sgt. Eddie Marlowe
								Monday, October 10
								@3:45pm
								828-764-9283
								CB Hildebrand Public Library
Click to download the Zoom Patrol Flyer!




								Spanish Through Stories
								An Introduction to the Spanish Language for Kids
								The First Thursday Of
								Every Month @4:00pm.
								This program is designed for kids
								from preschool to 5th grade, but
								all are welcome to attend.
								Craft included.
								STORIES
								CB Hildebrand
								Public Library
Click to download the Spanish through Stories Flyer!



Baby Bookworms and Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2 Years Old and Under
Wednesdays at 10:45am



					Storytime programs are designed to stimulate young
						minds by introducing literature, music, and movement.
						Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate
						to make a meaningful experience for their child.
						CB HILDEBRAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
						Call 828-764-9283 to register.
						Each week, Terrific Tots will meet on
						Wednesdays at 10:45am. Age 2yr olds.
						Come join the fun!
						bcpls.org
						Oct 5th: autumn
						Oct 12th: Buster Bus
						Oct 19th: Scarecrows
						Oct 26th: Halloween
						Baby Bookworms & Terrific Tots

Click to download the Baby Bookworms and Terrific Tots Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



PreSchool Pals

For Those 3-5 Years Old
Tuesdays at 10:45am


Storytime programs are designed to 			
							stimulate 			young
							minds by introducing literature, music, and movement.
							Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate
							to make a meaningful experience for their child.
							Call 828-764-9283 to register.
							Come join the fun!
							Each week, Preschool Pals will meet on
							Tuesdays at 10:45am. Age 3, 4 and 5yr olds.
							Preschool Pals
							CB HILDEBRAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
							bcpls.org
							Oct 5th: autumn
						Oct 12th: Buster Bus
						Oct 19th: Scarecrows
						Oct 26th: Halloween
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.


								FAMILYFallFESTIVAL
								17 OCTOBER
								4 : 0 0 - 6 : 0 0 P M
								PETTING ZOO
								FACE PAINT
								FOOD
								CHALK ZONE
								GAMES
								& MORE
								CB HILDEBRAND PUBLIC LIBRARY
								AT THE
								8 2 8 . 7 6 4 . 9 2 8 3 B C P L S . O R G
								1 0 1 B M A I N A V E W E S T H I L D E B R A N N C
								COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Download the CBH Fall Festival Flyer


  
							Family Fall Festival
							Petting Zoo, Games, Prizes, snacks, and fun for  the whole family
							Monday, October 17th - 	4-6pm at CBH
							
							Fall Carnival & Resource Fair
							Activities, trick-or-treating, local agencies, and fun for the whole family!
							Thursday, October 20th - 3-5pm at MPL
							
							Spook-tacular Family Night
							Games, prizes, rides on The Little Blue Choo, and entertainment for the whole family!
							Tuesday, October 25th - 5-7pm at VPL
					 

For more information on the "Fall Festivals" tab.




					C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
					Kids Cooking Club Via Zoom
				Spooky Snacks
				Wednesday, October 26 @ 3:30 pm
				Pre-registration Required.
Click to download the Kids Cooking Club Flyer!



Library Explorers

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


Library Explorers
						Grades K-2 meeting on Thursdays from 3:30 pm—4:30 pm.
						Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all events.
						The month of October will feature scarecrows, pumpkins, spooky crafts, and Halloween bingo!
						
						For more information on these and other library programs, visit
						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.



Cool Kids Club

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


Cool Kids
							Grades 3–5
							Meeting on Tuesdays from 3:30 pm—4:30 pm.
							Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all events.
							The month of October will feature fall canvas paintings, fall luminaries, spooky crafts, and snacks!
							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
							Hilde-bran, NC 28637
Click to download the Cool Kids Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.

Come by the library to register for Storytimes!.

Contact the library at 764-9283 for registration details.