Children's Programs and Events

  • Current
    Programs

  • Picnic in
    the Park

  • 1000 Books
    Before Kindergarten

  • Morganton
    Storytimes

  • Valdese
    Storytimes

  • C.B. Hildebrand
    Storytimes

Oceans of Possibilities
Summer Reading Program 2022

Registration begins Monday, May 16th.

Download the Flyer


Big Little Art Show

Stop by our libraries during the month of May to see the Big Little Art Show! Artists of all ages have created tiny masterpieces for you to enjoy.


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.

Herpetology

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




Learn more, and sign up today to become a citizen scientist - and win some cool stuff - at EcoExplore.net.


Lego Day

Join us for some Star Wars Lego fun on Saturday, May 21st at 2pm! Its for all ages, with no pre-registration required. For more details, call 828-874-2421.


Preschool Makerspace

Duplos and more! Join us Saturday, May 7th, at 10am at MPL for a makerspace time for children 1-5 years old.


Action Art

Saturday, May 14
3pm at MPL

Monthly Theme: Mosaic Tile art and wire wrapped necklaces**

A Mixed Media Program Just for Kids!

Pre-registration is required and space is 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.

Picnic in the Park with the Western NC Nature Center

Friday, May 27th at 5:30pm at McGalliard Falls Park in Valdese

Bring your own Picnic and join us for an evening of fun and learning about animals! Details on the "Picnic in the Park" tab!


Cuentacuentos Spanish Storytime

Saturday, May 14th at 11am at CBH

We are partnering with Hope-Family Support Network to offer a Spanish Storytime! Come join us at CBH for Saturday storytime fun!


Zoom Patrol

with Community Resource Officer Sgt. Eddie Marlowe

A monthly in-person storytime with an accompanying craft.

May 16th - 3:45-5pm


NCSLMA Elementary Battle of the Books

2021-2022 Book List

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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Internet Safety

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

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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!

Preschool
							Makerspace
							A Makerspace encourages children to follow their curiosity.
							Children will explore, create, tinker and learn while using
							Duplos and other building materials.
							For children 1-5
							Face masks are preferred, but not required.
							No registration required.
							April 2 and May 7
							10 -11am
							Morganton Public Library
Click to download the Preschool Makerspace 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 11am
								April 4 - May 23
								Birth-3 yrs old
								Face masks preferred, but not required.
								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.
								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
								May 2022
								May 2: Mother’s Day
								May 9: Rainbows
								May 16: Fly Away, Birds!
								May 23: Shapes
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
						May Storytimes
						Join us in person at the Morganton Public Library
						Tuesdays at 10:30am for stories, flannelboardactivities, songs, crafts, and much more!
						5/3/22
						Mother's Day Storytime
						5/10/22
						Nursery Rhymes
						5/17/22
						Farm Storytime
						5/24/22
						Teddy Bear Picnic
						(bring your teddy bear)
						This storytime is for children
						2 years of age.
						Call the YouthServices Desk at the MorgantonPublic 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
								March
								Preschool Pals Zoom Storytime
								Thursdays at 10:30am
								For 3-5 year olds.
								Pre-registration is required.
								Please call 828-764-9274 to register.
								Storytime introduces preschoolers to the joy of reading.
								It focuses on early literacy skills and includes stories, fingerplays, songs and crafts.
								May 5: Happy Mother’s Day
								May 12: In the Garden
								May 19: Meet at Martha’s Park today.
								Snack and drinks will be provided.
								May 26: Memorial Day
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.

Action Art
					MAY 14, 2022 @3PM
					Program is for children ingrades K-5th .
					Call the Morganton PublicLibrary Youth Services Desk
					at (828) 764-9274
					to sign up for the program.
					a Mixed Media Program
					just for kids!
					Mosaic Tile art &
					wire wrapped necklaces
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					a mosaic masterpiece by arranging and painting wooden tiles on an umber board!
					This project was supported by the N.C.Arts Council, a division of theDepartment of Natural & CulturalResources.
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					a gemstone necklace to take home!
Click to download the Action Art 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.


May Storytimes
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						This month our themes include:
						Program is for children in
						grades K-2nd.
						Call the Morganton PublicLibrary
						Youth Services Desk at
						(828) 764-9274 to register.
						Join us this month Tuesdays at 4pm forstories, games, crafts, and much more!
						5/3 Cinco de Mayo
						5/10/22
						Fractured Fairytales
						5/24/22 Ocean Mural ArtDay
						5/17/22
						Wonky DonkeyFarm Storytime
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.
Wednesdays at 4pm


May is going to be to full of STEAM activities, another
					Breakout, tie dye and an end-of-year celebration before the
					summer arrives!
					Cool Kids Club
					Valdese Public Library
					Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
					828-874-2421
					Pre-registration is required, but we still have spots available!
					Morganton Public Library
					Wednesdays @ 4:00pm
					828-764-9274
					@ MPL & VPL
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


Baby Bookworms

For Those 24 months and younger
Thursdays at 10am


@ The Valdese Public Library
					Baby Bookworms storytime includes
					books, songs, colors and discovery
					activities. We cant wait to help your baby
					begin a lifelong love of learning.
					Baby A storytime for birth-24mo.
					Meets each Thursday @ 10am.
					Bookworms
					Call 828-874-2421 to sign-up or
					stop by the Valdese Public
					Library. Masks optional
					May Theme: Transportation!
					Color of the Month: Pink
					Song of the Month: The Wheels on the Bus
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
						A storytime for
						2-5year olds.
						Meeting Monday
						10:00-11:00am at theValdese Public Library.
						Pre-Registration
						required.
						-5/2 - Tiny Sculptors - PlayDoh Day
						-5/9 - The Art of Blending - Chalk Art
						-5/16 - Abstract Art Day - Squirt Gun Painting
						-5/23 - Zen Master Day - Water Colors
						Call 828-874-2421 to sign-up
						or stop by the library.
						Masks optional
						during storytimes.
						May is Little Artists Month
Click to download the Terrific Tots Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



PreSchool Pals

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


Preschool Pals are currently meeting on Mondays at 10am with the Terrific Tots! We hope to have a Wednesday group starting in June!

Pre-registration is required.

Picnic In the Park
						@ McGalliard Falls In Valdese
						with the WNC Nature Center
						The Valdese Public Library, in partnership with the Town
						of Valdese Recreation Department, is excited to welcome
						the WNC Nature Center's program on Fur Feathers and
						Scales. We invite families to bring a picnic and blanket
						as Tori Duval brings the fun, facts, and a couple of
						critters. After the program families will have a chance to
						explore the area and possibly earn the EcoExplore
						herpetology badge from the NC Arboretum.
						For More Info Call the Valdese Public Library @ 828-874-2421
Click to download the Picnic in the Park Flyer!




				LEGO Club
				Saturday, May 21st
				2pm @ The Valdese Public Library

						Star Wars Day		
								Open to all ages,
								No pre-registration
								required.
Click to download the Lego Day Flyer!



Library Explorers

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


~5/2 - DOT Art - Today's artistic adventure takes us
					Down Under as we imitate Aboriginal Dot Painting.
					~5/9 - Chalk Bubble / Van Gogh Day- Vibrantly
					colored bubbles and Starry Nights await...Join the fun!
					~5/16 - Sharpie Tie-Die Coasters - This one is exactly
					what it sounds like!
					~5/23 - Pollock Inspired Splatter Art - The mess
					awaits you (OUTSIDE the library of course). Today we
					will sling, splatter and smash our way into a piece of
					art worthy of Jackson Pollock.
					M a y i s . . .  W a c k y A r t  M o n t h
					Explorers
					LIBRARY K-2nd grade only.
					We meet every
					Monday at 3:30 in
					the Community
					Room of the Valdese
					Public Library.
					Space is limited.
					Masks are optional during storytimes
					Pre-Registration required.
					Call or stop by the
					Valdese Public Library
					to register 828-874-2421.
Click to download the Library Explorers Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



Cool Kids Club

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


May is going to be to full of STEAM activities, another
					Breakout, tie dye and an end-of-year celebration before the
					summer arrives!
					Cool Kids Club
					Valdese Public Library
					Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
					828-874-2421
					Pre-registration is required, but we still have spots available!
					Morganton Public Library
					Wednesdays @ 4:00pm
					828-764-9274
					@ MPL & VPL
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 storytimes


ZOOM
						PATROL
						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
						Join us this month as Communi ty Of f icer
						Sgt . Eddie Mar lowe and Ms. Sandy act out
						the story There Is a Bi rd on Your Head
						by Mo Wi l l ems .
						Monday, May 16
						3:45 - 5:00
						Pre-registration is required for this
						storytime. For more information,
						please visit our website, stop by, or
						call the library 828-764-9283.
						There wi l l also be a very ser ious
						discussion involving the book
						That 's (Not ) Mine by A n n a K a n g .
Click to download the Zoom Patrol Flyer!



EN ESPAÑOL
									¿CUANDO? SÁBADO,14
									DE MAYO
									HORA: 11:00 AM
									¿DÓNDE? LIBRERÍA
									PÚBLICA CB DE
									HILDEBRAND
									CONTANDO
									CUENTOS con
									Millie
									Ramos
									TRAE A TUS NIÑOS A DISFRUTAR DE
									UN RATO DE IMAGINACIÓN LEYENDO
									MANUALIDADES GRATIS
									PARA LOS NIÑOS QUE
									PARTICIPEN
									101B Main Ave W
									Hildebran, NC 28637
									NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY NO ES NECESARIO REGISTRARSE
									Spanish
									Storytime
									Native speakers, bilingual
									families, those interested in
									learning Spanish, all are
									welcome regardless of age.
									Free crafts for
									participating children
									May 14 @11:00am
Click to download the Spanish Storytime Flyer!



Baby Bookworms

Thursdays at 3:30pm


CB Hildebrand Public Library
						BabyBookworms
						Please join us for a specialstorytime designed for ouryoungest library users.Nurture a love for booksearly by engaging them withnew sights, sounds, Sensoryactivities, interactive songs,
						and very short stories.
						It's never too early tobuild pre-literacy skills.
						If your child just wants toplay, no worries, toys areavailable.
						Thursdays
						3:30
						24 months
						Birth to
						Pre-Register
Click to download the Baby Bookworms Flyer!

Pre-registration required.



Terrific Tots Storytime

For Those 2 Year Olds
Wednesdays at 10:45am



					If your child loves to have fun,JOIN US at
							CB Hildebrand PublicLibrary
							for exciting stories,action rhymes, songs, puppetsstoryboards, and more.
							Each week, Terrific Tots willmeet on Wednesdays at10:45am.
							Ages Birth-2yrs old.
							Terrific Tots
							Pre-registration is requiredfor all storytimes. For moreinformation, please visit ourwebsite, stop by, or call thelibrary 828-764-9283.
							bcpls.org
							May 4:
							Mothers
							May 11:
							Fathers
							May 18:
							Hello Summer

Click to download the Terrific Tots Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



PreSchool Pals

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


If your child loves to have fun, JOIN USat
							CB Hildebrand Public Library
							forexciting stories, action rhymes, songs,storyboards, puppets and more.
							May 3:
							Mothers
							May 10:
							Fathers
							May 17:
							Hello Summer
							PRE-SCHOOL PALS
							Pre-registration is required for allstorytimes. For more information,please visit our website, stop by, orcall the library 828-764-9283.
							bcpls.org
							Each week, Preschool Palswill meet on Tuesdays at10:45am.
							Ages 3,4-5 yrs old.
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.


C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
				Kids Cooking Club Via Zoom
				Grades 3 – 5
				Wednesday, May 11 @ 3:30 pm
				Cheese Quesadillas & Cinnamon Sopapillas
				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
Thursdays at 3:30pm


C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
							May 2022 Library Explorers
							(K-2nd Grades) In Person Programming
							May 5: Cinco De Mayo
							May 10: Hildebrand Park
							SRP registration begins Monday, May 16, 2022.
							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.



Cool Kids Club

For those in grades 3-5
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
						May 2022 Cool Kids In Person Programming (3rd-5th Grades)
						May 3: Mother’s Day
						May 10: Hildebran Park
						SRP registration begins Monday, May 16, 2022.
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.