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Find Summer At Your Library Kids Summer Reading Program June 7-August 7

Looking for a specific type of program? Craft pick-up, in-person events or storytimes,
Zoom-storytimes - they are all divided by type on the program tabs above.

Summer Programs and Pick up and Go bags begin on June 7th.

Page Turners Animal Adventures

We're excited to be partnering with Page Turner Adventures to offer our library patrons an interactive learning experience for children! This summer, kids can follow along to virtually participate in animal-themed comedy shows, field trips, create "paw-some" crafts, and mix up some cool recipes. For more information about this entertainment driven program, and weekly videos, see the "Page Turners" tab.

Page Turners videos and programming is also linked from our ReadSquared website and the app!

Read Squared

Visit our ReadSquared Homepage to register online and track your minutes. Quick links to the Page Turners Programs are available through it, as well as on the tab here. Download the ReadSquared app to your phone or tablet to make tracking, and getting prizes, even easier.
Need help registering or navigating the system? Watch the videos below, or call/stop by the library for more help.




Pop-ups In the Park

Storytimes are popping up in local parks!

Tuesday (June 15), Ms. Chesley will be at Catawba Meadows at 10:30am.
Thursday (June 17), Ms. Amber will be at the Morganton Soccer Complex Park at 10:30am.

Outside storytimes are dependent on the weather. If a storytime needs to be reschedule or canceled, we will update this page and our library Facebook. Locations and dates for the week will be announced on our website and Facebook page each Sunday.

Download the June Program Flyer | Download the July Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Kids Summer Reading Program June 7-August 7

Page Turners Animal Adventures

We're excited to be partnering with Page Turner Adventures to offer our library patrons an interactive learning experience for children! This summer, kids can follow along to virtually participate in animal-themed comedy shows, field trips, create “paw-some” crafts, and mix up some cool recipes.


Who is Page Turner Adventures?

Page Turner Adventures is the creation of Jill Ross Nadler and Kenny Mikey. The series combines stories and steampunk circus in supersized productions that redefine the meaning of audience participation. Jill plays the intrepid Storyologist, Page Turner. Kenny is her slap-stick sidekick. Together, they transform children into Storyologists and send them on comic quests to collect, tell, and write stories. Viewers become the main character in the story, interacting directly with the actors which enhances their educational experience. Kenny, a former Ringling Bros. Clown, and Riley, a professional storyteller and author, are an Emmy, Telly and iParenting Award Winning Video duo who have been producing educational and social emotional content for schools and television for over twenty years, including the Travel Channel, Scholastic, and PBS.

What can I expect?

In this six-week series, children will transform into Storyologists, virtually traveling through the “Once Upon a Time Machine” to explore different adventures with Page Turner and Kenny. There are five days of programming for each weekly theme which includes comedy shows, virtual field trips, craft projects and recipes.
By turning the audience into the main character of the story, the shows empowers kids to become readers and writers. The performances combine slapstick, storytelling, and larger-than-life props and costumes for a totally unique virtual theatrical experience.

What age group is this program best for?

While traditionally Page Turner Adventure programs can be tailored to various age groups and audiences, the virtual summer program is best suited for children in elementary school.

Is there a charge for this summer program?

If your child is a patron of the Burke County Public Library, there is no charge to access these virtual sessions.

Where can I learn more?

You can follow Page Turner Adventures on social media for real-time information at the links below, or learn more on their website

Page Turner's Facebook | Page Turner's Instagram


Summer 2021 is going to be wild! Each week, kids at home will join Page Turner and Kenny (plus a cast of kids) as they jump into the Once Upon a Time Machine in search of stories and adventure.

This week's program videos are posted below (and in ReadSquared), and don't forget to pick up your craft kit each week!
Kits are available:
CBH: Pick up at the desk anytime.
MPL: Drive-thru Thursdays (10-11am or 3-4pm)
VPL: Drive-thru Wednesdays (10-11am or 3-4 pm)

Show Day:


Craft Day:


Author/ Illustrator Day:


Mash-Up Day:


Special Guest Day:

Week 1 Video Links

Show Day | Craft Day | Author/Illustrator Day | Mash-up Day | Special Guest Day

Download the June Program Flyer | Download the July Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Kids Summer Reading Program June 7-August 7

Pick it up!

Take-home bags, crafts, and kits for different interests and different ages.

More details on each of these options as we get closer to June 7th!
All take-home crafts, kits, and bags are of limited quantity and items are subject to change.

  
													CBH
								:
								Available @ Front Desk
								MPL
								:
								Drive-thru Thursdays
								(10-11am or 3-4pm)
								VPL
								:
								Drive-thru
								Wednesdays
								(10-11am or 3-4 pm)
								Take-It
								Make-It
								For more
								info about this entertainmentdriven program, and weeklyvideos, see the Page Turners tab on our website @bcpls.org.
								Pick up your supplies
								for each week's
								Page Turners craft!
								(Bags are the same at all branches.)
								Weekly
								Craft Bags		
					 

Download the Weekly Craft Bags Flyer

MPL Take it Make it Bags on June 10th will include a book! More details available on the Flyer.

  
					Take It-Make It Craft
							Come by the Morganton Public Library
							for a weekly Page Turner Adventures craft bag every Thursday beginning June 10th rain or shine.
							(While Supplies Last)
							Books will also be given out on June 10th.
							Take it Make It will not be held on June 3rd.
							Ages: Birth-5th grade
							Curbside Pick-up on the side of Concord St. through the circular drive.
							10-11am and 3-4pm
							This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.		
					 


  
					Morganton Public Library
									Family DIY Storytime Bags
									Themes to choose from:
									? Amazing Unicorns
									? Tall Tales
									? Dragons
									? Dinosaurs
									? Safari
									More to Come!
									Come in or call the Children’s Desk at 828-764-9274 to request a storytime bag for you to pick up by curbside.
									Books in the storytime bag will be checked out for 3 weeks.
									All crafts and activities are yours to keep.
									These bags will include:
									? 4-6 books
									? Coloring sheets
									? Crafts
									? Activity Sheets
									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				
					 

Download the Family DIY Storytime Bags Flyer


  
					3rd-5th Grade Students:
								Call the Morganton or Valdese Public Library today to reserveyour bag!
								Morganton: (828-764-9264)
								Valdese: (828-874-2421)
								*Supplies are limited.
								Check out this month's activities!
								*Marble Run
								*Salt Dough Snakes
								BOREDOM BUSTER
								STEAM KITS
								JUNE 2021			
					 

Download the June Boredom Buster STEAM Kits Flyer


  
					-Shape, Letter, Number & Color
								activities in sheet protectors
								- Finger Paint Paper & Finger Paint
								-Age appropriate book to keep
								-Hard Hat
								-Tracing practice
								-Cutting practice sheets
								June Busy Bags
								are Here!
								Looking for fun & educationalactivities to do with your
								Toddler or Pre-K Child?
								A Busy Bag can help!
								Supplies are limited.
								Two per household.
								Call 828-874-2421
								today to reserve your child’s Busy Bag.
								@ the Valdese Public Library
								What's inside the
								June Busy Bag?				
					 

Download the VPL Busy Bags Flyer




							Nurture a love for books early by engaging your childwith new sights, sounds, interactive songs, bouncyrhymes and more.
						Call the CB Hildebrand PublicLibrary to reserve your child's free once a monthsummer fun kit with activities and surprises.
						Be sure to like our Burke County Public Library
						facebook page and request to join our
						storytime group to access digital storytimes.
						Limited number of kits available.
						@ CB Hildebrand Public Library
						Valdese Public Library
						Morganton Public Library
						Summer
						Baby Bookworms
						Find
						2021
						828-764-9283

Download the Baby Bookworms Summer Fun Bags Flyer

  
												Get Out & GO Bags
				June Pickup Bag Bee Box Kit Available June 27th at VPL					
							July Pickup Bag Rock and Mineral Kit Available July 11th at VPL 

							K-5th Grade				
																			
									Call
									828-874-2421 to register.
									The Burke County Public Library
									K- 5thGrade
									Remember to Sign-up for
									Get Out & Go Activities:
									Compass Adventure
									& Mobile Gem Mining
						
					 

Download the Get Out and Go Bags Flyer


  
												New for Summer!
											Summer Survival Bags
											Pick up yours today. Ages 12 and under.
											Limit one per child per month please. Quantities are limited.
											C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
											(828) 764-9283
											101-B Main Avenue West
											Hildebran, NC 28637
						
					 

Download the Summer Survival Bags Flyer


  
												June Craft Kit
											Calling All Kids!
											Our pick up craft for June is a Glitter Mosaic Fish Craft.
											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
						
					 

Download the Glitter Mosaic Fish Craft Kit Flyer


  
												July Craft Kit
						Our pick up craft for July is a wooden safari animal and paint set.
						Ages 12 and under.
						Supplies are limited.
						C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
						(828) 764-9283
						101-B Main Avenue West
						Hildebran, NC 28637
						
					 

Download the Wooden Safari Animal and Paint Set Flyer

Download the June Program Flyer | Download the July Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Kids Summer Reading Program June 7-August 7

Live, Zoom-based Storytimes

Space is limited in sessions, and waiver is required. All groups also include a craft for pick up.

Zoomytimes with Ms. Chesley
		 join Ms. Chesley on Zoom for
								stories and crafts. Tuesdays at 4pm
							JUNE
							STORIES WILL BE
							INSPIRED BY:
							Farmyard Friends
							Fish Tales
							Adventureland (Pirates)
							Welcome to the Rainforest
							Craft bags to go along with the storieswill be available at the Morganton andValdese Public libraries for pick up.
							Program is designed for children in
							grades K-2nd.
							Online waiver must besigned to participate.
							Call the Morganton Public Library at(828) 764-9274, or the Valdese PublicLibrary at (828) 874-2421 to sign uptoday

Zoomytimes with Ms. Chesley meets at 4pm on Tuesday afternoons via Zoom. Contact MPL (828-764-9274) or VPL (828-874-2421) for more information or to register.
Download the June Library Explorers on Zoom Flyer


Terrific Tots and Preschool Pals Zoom Storytime


Preschool Pals and Terrific Tots
									Zoom Storytimes
									Monday: 4pm or Thursday: 10:30am
									Sign up once to attend either storytime.
									For 2-5 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.
									June
									June 10: Down on the Farm
									June 14 and 17: Under the Sea
									June 21 and 24: All about our Pets
									June 28 and July 1: At the Beach
									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

Tots and Pals meets on Mondays at 4pm or Thursdays at 10:30am via Zoom. Contact Ms. Claudia at MPL (828-764-9274) for more information or to register. Download the May Tots and Pals Zoom Storytimes Flyer

C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
						C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
						Summer 2021 Library Explorers Zoom Programming (K-2nd Grades)
						Summer will be filled with stories, crafts, activities, experiments,
						recipes, and STEM challenges!
						June 10: Farm Animal Puppets
						June 16: Wilson Ridge Farm
						June 24: Pet Day/Lego Challenge
						July 1: Pink Flamingos
						July 15: Safari Animal Magnets
						July 22: Bug Jars
						July 29: Unicorns
						August 5: Alligators/Alligator Pie
						*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

Library Explorers meets at 3:30pm on Thursday afternoons via Zoom. Contact Ms. Judy at CBH (828-764-9283 for more information or to register.
Download the Summer Library Explorers on Zoom Flyer


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
							Summer 2021 Cool Kids Zoom Programming (3rd—5th Grades)
							Summer will be filled with crafts, activities, recipes, experiments, and STEM challenges!
							June 8: Farm Animal Magnets
							June 16: Wilson Ridge Farm
							June 22: Pet Day/Lego Challenge
							June 29: Summer Beach Snow Globes
							July 13: Safari/Scavenger Hunt
							July 20: Ceramic Bug Painting
							July 27: Unicorns
							August 3: Bingo
							*Registration and waiver required for interactive on-line programming.

Cool Kids Club meets at 3:30pm on Tuesday afternoons via Zoom. Contact Ms. Judy at CBH (828-764-9283 for more information or to register.
Download the Summer Cool Kids on Zoom Flyer

Download the June Program Flyer | Download the July Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Kids Summer Reading Program June 7-August 7

Storytimes When You Want Them

Storytimes At home

Join our Storytime Group on Facebook
for storytime videos, announcements, and more!

Like our Burke County Public Library Facebook Page and request to join our Storytime Group to access digital storytimes. Don't have Facebook, no problem! Just contact the library and let us know. We can find another way to get you online access to our videos!


Don't forget about the Page Turners Videos! They are avaible to watch when you want, as well!

Page Turners Animal Adventures

We're excited to be partnering with Page Turner Adventures to offer our library patrons an interactive learning experience for children! This summer, kids can follow along to virtually participate in animal-themed comedy shows, field trips, create “paw-some” crafts, and mix up some cool recipes. For more information about this entertainment driven program, and weekly videos, see the "Page Turners" tab.

Page Turners videos and programming is also linked from our ReadSquared website and the app!

Special Digital Storytime Features on the Facebook Group will include:


Thursday, June 10: Farmyard Friends

The Cow Said Neigh! by Rory Feek
Read by Mark Lackey, Certified Pharmacy Technician


Thursday, June 17: Cowboys, Cowgirls and Their Horse

Cow Boy Is Not A Cowboy by Gregory Barrington
Read by Dr. Jenni McGrady, Veterinarian


Thursday, June 24: Pet Pals

I Need A Hug by Aaron Blabey
Read by Kaitlin Settlemyre, Director Of Animal Services


Thursday, July 1: Fishy Tails

The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark by Deborah Diesen
Read by Tracy Crump, Postmaster


Thursday, July 15: Safari Stories

Who Is The Beast by Keith Baker
Read by Mayra Moore, Foreign Language Interpreter II


Thursday, July 22: We are partnering with North Carolina School for the Deaf

NCSD students will sign and read books by children's author and illustrator Sandra Boynton


Thursday, July 29: Fantastic Beasts

There's A Dragon In Your Book by Tom Fletcher
Read by Sergeant Eddie Marlowe, Community Resource Officer


August 2-6: Swamp Stories

Each day during the first week of August at 11:00am we will post special stories, puppet plays, storyboards and more. Read and performed by CB Hildebrand Public Library Staff

Download the June Program Flyer | Download the July Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Kids Summer Reading Program June 7-August 7

In-person Programs

We are excited to begin offering limited in-person, outdoor programming as Covid numbers drop!

All outdoor programs are weather permitting.

Pop-ups In the Park

Storytimes are popping up in local parks!

Tuesday (June 15), Ms. Chesley will be at Catawba Meadows at 10:30am.
Thursday (June 17), Ms. Amber will be at the Morganton Soccer Complex Park at 10:30am.

Outside storytimes are dependent on the weather. If a storytime needs to be reschedule or canceled, we will update this page and our library Facebook. Locations and dates for the week will be announced on our website and Facebook page each Sunday.





							Wilson Ridge Farm Tours
							9504 NC 226, South Nebo, NC 28761
							June 15 @ 10:00am, ages birth - 5 yrs
							June 16 @ 10:00am, grades K - 5th
							Come meet the animals on the farm, where you will get to
							paint a real horse, try out a couple different saddles, feed
							the horses a snack and more.
							Tour the farm and pet the animals
							9504 NC 226, South Nebo, NC 28761
							FREE EVENT
							Sit in a couple of different saddles
							Paint a horse
							Horseshoe craft (ages K - 5th)
							Straw painting (ages birth - 5 yrs)
							Limited space available
							Closed toe shoes are required
							Refreshments provided
							Pre-registration required

Download the Wilson Ridge Farm Tours Flyer




  
													Tuesday June 15th:6pm @
								Valdese Public
								Library
								Join us for,
								Compass Training 101
								thengo on a treasure hunt using the skills you learned.Compass provided to eachchild registered!
								COMPASS ADVENTURE
								A Get Out & GO Activity
								K- 5th Grade
								Must beaccompanied byan adult.
								Pre-register
								at828-874-2421.
								The Burke County Public Library
					 

Download the Compass Adventure Flyer




  
												The Schiele
											Museum of
											Natural History
											Investigate the
											fascinating world of
											rocks, gems, and minerals!
											Treasure seekers will
											keep the gemstones
											they find.
											Wednesday
											July 28th @
											10:00,
											10:45 or 11:30
											Valdese Public Library
											Pre-registration
											Required.
											Call 828-874-2421
											to reserve a time to mine.
											The Valdese Public Library
											Welcomes:
											Mobile Gem
											Mine!
											Free and open to
											K- 5th Grade
					 

Download the Mobile Gem Mine Flyer




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




  
												Tai Chi on the Front Lawn
									Wednesday, June 23 &
									Saturday, July 31
									9am
									Morganton Public Library
									Join Taber's Black Belt Academy for an
									introductory Tai Chi class.
									ALL AGES & ABILITIES
									Call 828-764-9269 for more information
									*Waiver required
									*No cost to
									participants
									*Pre-registration
									required
					 

Download the Tai Chi Flyer




  
												Featuring
									instruction from
									AutumnDawn
									yoga!
									Stretch out this summer with Yoga on the Lawn,
									a yoga class fit for all ages and skill levels.
									Pre-registration is required, space is limited.
									Waiver is required to participate, points will be
									awarded to teens for all levels of participation!
									Free mats will be provided
									to pre-registered attendees.
									BCP L S &
									#YAS S R P
									P R E S ENT S :
									Registration and READSquared account is
									required to participate in the #YAS SRP
									Programs and Activities.
									For questions contact Lizzie at 828-764-9273 or
									by email at lizzie.whisnant@burkenc.org!
					 

Download the Yoga Flyer


														Pool-Side Stories
								Books and Storytimes Provided by theValdese Public Library
								@ the Valdese Aquatics
								& Fitness Center
								Mondays @ 9:45
								Beginning June 7th
								Call the Aquatics Center@ 828-874-6737 for infoon swim lessons andstorytimes!
								No storytime July 5th

Download the Pool-Side Stories Flyer





														LEGO Adventures
							are back @ the
							Valdese Public Library!
							Saturday, June 19th
							at 10:30am
							Saturday, July 17th
							at 10:30am

Download the Lego Adventures Flyer




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





							Pelicans Snoballs
							End Summer With A Chill
							CB Hildebrand Public Library
							Saturday, July 31
							All AgesWelcome
							10:00am - 11:30am
							Free Event

Download the Pelican's at CBH Flyer




End of Summer Celebration

Monday, August 2nd
5:00-7:00pm at Catawba Meadows

Come see Sharon Clarke, miniature horses, and a ranger from South Mountains State Park!




  
												Participants will meet in the Jacob Fork Parking Areanear the bridge that crosses the river.
									Transportation will not be provided.
									Ranger Programs
									South Mountains State Park
									9am
									Thursday, June 24-Salamander Safari
									Thursday, July 15-Wildflowers
									Thursday, July 29-Skins and Skulls
									*Bottled water will be provided for first
									50 participants
									*Waiver must be signed
									*Participants are encouraged tostay after program to hike!
									ALL AGES
									No limit, families encouraged!
									Burke County Public Library is partnering with
									to offer
									Call 828-764-9269 for more information
					 

Download the Ranger Programs Flyer

Download the June Program Flyer | Download the July Program Flyer

Find Summer At Your Library Kids Summer Reading Program June 7-August 7

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 June Program Flyer | Download the July Program Flyer

EcoExplore. See it. Snap it. Share it.

Botany

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



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