Adult Programs and Events

  • Upcoming
    Events

  • Details &
    Registration

  • Visiting
    Authors

  • Writing &
    Research

  • Book
    Discussions

  • Science
     

  • Film
     

  • Art
     

  • Fitness &
    Wellbeing

Escape the Ordinary at your library!

Upcoming Adult Programs

Movies in the Morning:
Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

Tuesday, June 30
VPL at 10am

NR | 1939 | 102 min
Light refreshments provided. No registration necessary.


Book Discussion
Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Monday, July 6: 6pm at CBH
Thursday, July 16: 6pm at VPL
Wednesday, July 22: 6pm at MPL

Books will be available for check out on request at all three libraries. Books are available first come first served. No registration necessary for book discussions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Local Author
Charles Braswell Jr.

book cover for brown mountain lights

Saturday, July 25
2pm at MPL

Charles Braswell Jr. has been studying the Brown Mountain Lights for over 16 years. He will present his new book Are Those The Brown Mountain Lights?: The Story of the Unexplained Lights of Brown Mountain. FREE and open to the public! A book sale and signing will follow the program. Light refreshments will be provided.


Needlework in the Morning

clip art of basket of yarn, needles

Join us for Needlework in the Morning at MPL or VPL! Knitting and Crochet lessons are available at VPL at no cost. Just bring your own yarn, needles, or hook. No registration necessary. Light refreshments provided.

Wednesday Mornings at the
Valdese Public Library

Wed., July 1 & Wed., July 15
from 10am to Noon at VPL

Friday Mornings at the
Morganton Public Library

Fri., July 10 & Fri., July 24
from 10am to Noon at MPL

Logo for Catawba Science Center

Saturday, JuLY 11: Catawba Science Center, Aquarium and Millholland Planetarium, 9:15am-5pm

Pre-registration is required. Sign up at MPL. Tickets and transportation will be provided. We will take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. Participants are responsible for their own meals. Limited to 12 participants.


Summer Scrapbooking Part 2 with Paulette Young

clip art of scrapbooking

Tuesday, July 14
6-8pm at CBH

Pre-registration is required. Sign up at CBH. All materials except for photos and photo albums are provided. You may bring additional decorations or embellishments to use or share with the group if you wish.


Outdoor Movies:
The Goonies

Goonies

Tuesday, July 21
MPL at 8:30pm
(PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)

PG | 1985 | 114 min
Enjoy an outdoor movie on the front lawn at MPL! No registration necessary. Popcorn and drinks provided! Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy! Open to adults and teens.

Escape the Ordinary at your library!

Details and Registration

SRP Details

Between June 1 and July 31, read as many books from the adult or young adult fiction or non-fiction collections as possible, then fill out a book review card for each book read. Drop off your cards at the circulation desk at any of the Burke County Public Library locations (Morganton, Valdese, or C.B. Hildebrand). If you are Grace Ridge resident, you may drop your cards off in the Grace Ridge Library. You must have a Burke County Public Library card to enter.

On August 10, system-wide random drawings will be conducted from among all completed book review cards. Prizes include e-readers, Escape the Ordinary prize basket, tickets to the Biltmore Estate and much more!

Take part in these extraordinary programs throughout the summer and find your own escape! Try something new, whether it’s an activity or a book and escape the ordinary at your library!

For more details, please download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster

Registration Information

Register for the Adult Summer REading Program - Escape the Ordinary at your library

Click on the image above to register for the Adult Summer Reading Program.

Starting this year, we now have online registration available for Summer Reading Program! Follow the steps below to get registered.

Step 1: Click on the link above for the Adult Summer Reading Program. This will take you to our online registration software.

Step 2: Enter your information. Note that information with a red * is required!
Your username is what you will log in with, and needs to be unique. Try using your email address if you can’t think of something else. Choose a password you can remember!
Please place your First and Last Name in Registrant Name, and fill in your phone number, email address, ZIP code, and mailing address. Choose your Library.
Make sure you check that you are participating in the program!
Choose how we may use your email address and how you heard about the program.
Then fill in your birth date and gender and click agree!

Step 3: Click “All Done “ on the next page.
It will let you know you have registered (you should also receive an email if you entered your email address in the registration process).

Step 4: You are done! Reading cards can be picked up at each library beginning June 1.

For more information, please call 828-764-9260, stop by your local branch, or visit our website: bcpls.org



Download the Registration Instructions

Download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster

Escape the Ordinary at your library!

Visiting Authors

Local Mystery Author Michael Havelin

headshot of Michael Havelin

Saturday, June 27, at 10am at MPL

Noted Asheville Mystery Author will speak about his books, The Ben Bones series. FREE and open to the public! A book sale and signing will follow the program. Light refreshments will be provided.

Local Author Charles Braswell Jr.

book cover for brown mountain lights

Saturday, July 25, at 2pm at MPL

Charles Braswell Jr. has been studying the Brown Mountain Lights for over 16 years. He will present his new book Are Those The Brown Mountain Lights?: The Story of the Unexplained Lights of Brown Mountain. FREE and open to the public! A book sale and signing will follow the program. Light refreshments will be provided.

Download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster

Escape the Ordinary at your library!

headshot of Michael Havelin

Mystery Writer’s Workshop with Local Author Michael Havelin


Saturday, June 27
from 1-3pm at MPL

Participants will learn about: types of mysteries (genre), point-of-view (POV), character development, setting, plot elements, clues and red herrings, storylines, dialogue, the all-important opening sentence/paragraph, moving the story forward, self-editing, paid editors, best and worst crimes for writers, criminal motives, researching factual elements, traditional & self-publishing, marketing, positives and negatives about critique groups, and more. Handouts excerpted from Havelin’s book Mystery Mastery will be provided.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up at MPL. Limited to 15 participants.

Please bring a notebook/pad, and pencil/pen. Lunch will be provided. Please note at the time of registration if you have any food allergies.

Download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster

Escape the Ordinary at your library!

Book Discussions

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum

Monday, June 8
6pm at CBH

Thursday, June 18
6pm at VPL

Monday, June 22
6pm at MPL

Books will be available for check out on request at all three libraries. Books are available first come first served. No registration necessary for book discussions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants
by Sara Gruen

Monday, July 6
6pm at CBH

Thursday, July 16
6pm at VPL

Wednesday, July 22
6pm at MPL

Books will be available for check out on request at all three libraries. Books are available first come first served. No registration necessary for book discussions. Light refreshments will be provided.

Download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster

Escape the Ordinary at your library!

Logo for Catawba Science Center

Catawba Science Center, Aquarium and Millholland Planetarium
Saturday, July 11, 9:15am-5pm

Is science your thing? Join us for a day at the Catawba Science Center in Hickory. Tickets and transportation will be provided. We will take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. Participants are responsible for their own meals.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up at MPL. Limited to 12 participants.

Please arrive at Morganton Public Library no later than 9:15am to depart for Hickory. No exceptions. We will arrive at the Catawba Science Center at 10am for a self guided tour including the Aquarium and the Millholland Planetarium.

Download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster

Escape the Ordinary at your library!

Film

Outdoor Movies

Enjoy two outdoor movies on the front lawn at MPL! No registration necessary. Popcorn and drinks provided! Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy! Open to adults and teens.

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

PG-13 | 1993 | 127 mins

Tuesday, June 23
MPL at 8:30pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)



Goonies

The Goonies

PG | 1985 | 114 min

Tuesday, July 21
MPL at 8:30pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)

Movies in the Morning

Light refreshments provided. No registration necessary.

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz

NR | 1939 | 102 min

Tuesday, June 30
VPL at 10am



Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants

PG-13 | 2011 | 120 min

Tuesday, July 28
VPL at 10am

Download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster

Escape the Ordinary at your library!

Art

Summer Scrapbooking with Paulette Young

clip art of scrapbooking

Summer Scrapbooking Part 1

Tuesday, June 16
6-8pm at CBH

Summer Scrapbooking Part 2

Tuesday, July 14
6-8pm at CBH

Pre-registration is required for both classes. Sign up at CBH. Take one class or both! All materials except for photos and photo albums are provided. You may bring additional decorations or embellishments to use or share with the group if you wish.

Needlework in the Morning

clip art of basket of yarn, needles

Join us for Needlework in the Morning at MPL or VPL! Knitting and Crochet lessons are available at VPL at no cost. Just bring your own yarn, needles, or hook. No registration necessary. Light refreshments provided.

Wednesday Mornings at the
Valdese Public Library

Wednesday, June 3
Wednesday, June 17
Wednesday, July 1
Wednesday, July 15
from 10am to Noon at VPL


Friday Mornings at the
Morganton Public Library

Friday, June 12
Friday, June 28
Friday, July 10
Friday, July 24
from 10am to Noon at MPL

Wire Wrapping with Local Artist Diane Enger

wire wrapping

Basic Wire Wrapping
Wednesday, June 10
6-8pm at MPL

Learn the basics of wire wrapping jewelry. Materials provided.
Pre-registration is required. Sign up at MPL. Limited to 10 participants.


Free Form Wire Wrapping
Wednesday, June 17
6-8pm at MPL

Go to the next level and try your hand at free form wire wrapping. Materials provided.
Pre-registration required. Sign up at MPL. Limited to 10 participants.


Wire Wrapping with Embellishments
Wednesday, June 24
6-8pm at MPL.

Bring in your own embellishments or use materials provided to create a totally unique piece.
Pre-registration is required. Sign up at MPL. Limited to 10 participants. Participants must take at least one of the two classes offered on June 10 or June 17 before registering for this class.

Download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster

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Fitness and Wellbeing

Breathe yoga and wellness logo





Kripalu Yoga with Annaliese Koltermann
at Breathe Yoga and Wellness

Join us for one to three sessions of Kripalu Yoga with instructor Annaliese Koltermann at Breathe Yoga and Wellness in Morganton. This class is suitable for beginners and for those who are familiar with yoga. Limited to 10 participants.

Kripalu Yoga—Monday, July 13, at 6:45pm
Kripalu Yoga—Monday, July 20, at 6:45pm
Kripalu Yoga—Monday, July 27, at 6:45pm

Please be courteous and arrive no later than 6:30pm. This will allow adequate time for paperwork and direction. Dress comfortably and bring your own yoga mat if you have one.

Pre-registration is required. Sign up at MPL. Each participant will also need to sign a waiver. Please see additional flyer for more info on Kripalu Yoga and Breathe Yoga and Wellness.

Download the Adult SRP 2015 Poster