Children's Programs and Events

  • Upcoming
    Programs

  • Holiday
    Programs

  • Bumble
    Tree

  • 1000 Books
    Before Kindergarten

  • Morganton
    Storytimes

  • Valdese
    Storytimes

  • C.B. Hildebrand
    Storytimes

Upcoming Programs

YS December Calendar

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




Meerrrryy CCrraaffttyy
								CChhrriissttmaass
								Join the Valdese Public Library for a
								evening of holiday crafting for
								all ages. We will also welcome
								a live band for
								holiday music!
								FOR MORE INFO, CALL
								828-874-2421 OR VISIT
								WWW.BCPLS.ORG
								NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
								A HOLIDAY CRAFT
								EVENT FOR THE
								WHOLE FAMILY
								Tuesday,
								December 13th
								5pm - 7pm

Download the Merry Crafty Christmas Flyer




This month's painting will feature a Gingerbread House.
						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.
						DECEMBER 10 @ 3PM
						MORGANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
						Paintbox
Click to download the Paintbox Flyer!





Dragon Egg
					Decorating Contest
					Enter our Dragon
					Egg Contest!
					decorate your
					dragon egg by
					painting, dazzling it
					with jewels, draw a
					design, or however
					you choose!
					Contest is for children in
					grades K-5th .
					Call the Morganton Public
					Library Youth Services Desk
					at (828) 764-9274
					to sign up for the contest.
					Call or stop by the
					Youth Services
					Circulation Desk at the
					Morganton Public
					Library to sign up. We
					will give you a bag with
					the dragon egg. Return
					your decorated dragon
					egg to us. Contest runs
					Nov. 1 - Nov. 30.
					1st place winner wins the
					Folkmanis dragon puppet!
					All participants will
					receive a dragon related
					prize.
Click to download the Dragon Egg Decorating Contest Flyer!




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Design Your Own
							Christmas Ornament
							Monday, December 5th @5:30
							CB Hildebrand Public Library
							This event is for children from 2 year olds - 5th graders, and
							pre-registration is required. For more information please
							visit our website, stop by or call the library at 828-764-9283.

Download the Design Your Own Christmas Ornament Flyer




M i n g l e
							This event is free
							for all ages.
							Monday,
							December 12
							S.Claus
							Music by:
							east burke
							high school
							chamber
							singers
							5:30 - 7:30pm
							Come celebrate the season with us!
							@ CB Hildebrand Public Library
							J i n g l e
							Kids, bring your letters for Santa
							or write one while you're here.
							His mailbox will be close by!
							Take pictures with Santa. Enjoy
							crafts, games, and sweet treats
							with Mrs. Claus while supplies last.

Download the Jingle Mingle Flyer




Join the
							Morganton Public Library
							for a
							Family Christmas Activity Day!
							We’ll have lots of fun to see which family can create the best Christmas Lego/Duplo
							design. We’ll also have games, Christmas
							coloring books, music and light refreshments.
							Saturday, December 17
							Drop in anytime between 9:30-11:30am.
							Ages: 6 months-5th Grade
							No Registration Required.

Download the Family Christmas Activity Day Flyer




Arts and Crafts 
			Are you bored and looking for something to do?
					We’re cleaning out our craft supply closet and we need your help! Come join us to make a craft or two to take home!
					Morganton Public Library
					Thursday, December 29
					Drop in anytime between 2-4pm
					Ages: 6 months-5th grade
					No Registration Required.

Download the Family Christmas Activity Day Flyer




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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Internet Safety

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  Project Bumble Tree

Once again, we are partnering with the community for Project Bumble Tree, to benefit the residents of health and rehabilitation centers across Burke County. Drop-off dates are from November 14th - December 17th at any of our library locations.
For more information, see the Bumble Tree Tab - or stop by your library.


Shepherd Shakespeare Presents...
					'Twas the Night Before Christmas
					Morganton Public Library
					Kistler Wing
					Wednesday, December 14th
					6:00 pm
					Author Clement Clarke Moore has writer’s block as he tries to
					pen a poem about the wonder of Christmas Eve. Frustratingly
					funny trials and errors lead him to acting out his ideas. With the
					help of puppets, found objects, and friends from the audience,
					watch the magic of this cherished classic unfold.
					Open to all
					ages!
					No pre-registration is required.

Download the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Flyer




					C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
					Kids Cooking Club Via Zoom
				Christmas Snow
					Wednesday, December 7 @ 3:30 pm
				Pre-registration Required.
Click to download the Kids Cooking Club 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
							December 19
							10:30am-11:30am
							Birth - 3 yrs old
							No registration required.
Click to download the Playgroup Flyer!







EcoExplore. See it. Snap it. Share it.

Mammalogy Season

Hi Kids! It's Mammalogy season!
Stop by your local library, and grab
the Mammalogy hand outs for the
ecoEXPLORE program.
Don't forget that we have prizes
available at the library too! Do you
like furry or hairy mammals? Join
ecoEXPLORE, and become a citizen
scientist today!

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!


Join the
							Morganton Public Library
							for a
							Family Christmas Activity Day!
							We’ll have lots of fun to see which family can create the best Christmas Lego/Duplo
							design. We’ll also have games, Christmas
							coloring books, music and light refreshments.
							Saturday, December 17
							Drop in anytime between 9:30-11:30am.
							Ages: 6 months-5th Grade
							No Registration Required.

Download the Family Christmas Activity Day 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
							December 19
							10:30am-11:30am
							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
								December
								December 5: Jingle Bells!
								December 12: Deck the Halls
								December 19: No Storytime today.
								Play Group will meet from 10:30-11:30am.
								December 26: No Storytime today.
								The library is closed for the holiday.
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
					Tuesday, Dec. 6 @ 10:30am
							Our theme for today is Christmas
							trees! Tons of fun stories and
							movement activities planned for
							today. Decorate an ornament to
							hang on the Christmas tree in the
							Children's Room, and take an
							ornament home too.
							TERRIFIC TOTS STORYTIME
							Program is for children 2 years of age
							Join us for Christmas Cheer this month!
							Call the Youth Services Desk at the
							Morganton Public Library
							(828) 764-9274 to register.
							Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 10:30am
							It's a Jingle Bell theme today.
							There will lots of ringing and
							singing today! Make a Jingle Bell
							Bracelet, a Jingle Stick, and a
							Jingle Bell Necklace to take
							home. So much fun!
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.
						December 1: I can’t wait!
							December 8: Time to Sleep
							December 15: All About Christmas!
							December 22: No storytime today.
							December 29: No storytime today.
							Arts and Crafts Day
							See flyer for details.
						The library is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.


Shepherd Shakespeare Presents...
					'Twas the Night Before Christmas
					Morganton Public Library
					Kistler Wing
					Wednesday, December 14th
					6:00 pm
					Author Clement Clarke Moore has writer’s block as he tries to
					pen a poem about the wonder of Christmas Eve. Frustratingly
					funny trials and errors lead him to acting out his ideas. With the
					help of puppets, found objects, and friends from the audience,
					watch the magic of this cherished classic unfold.
					Open to all
					ages!
					No pre-registration is required.

Download the 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Flyer


This month's painting will feature a Gingerbread House.
						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.
						DECEMBER 10 @ 3PM
						MORGANTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
						Paintbox
Click to download the Paintbox Flyer!





Arts and Crafts 
			Are you bored and looking for something to do?
					We’re cleaning out our craft supply closet and we need your help! Come join us to make a craft or two to take home!
					Morganton Public Library
					Thursday, December 29
					Drop in anytime between 2-4pm
					Ages: 6 months-5th grade
					No Registration Required.

Download the Family Christmas Activity Day 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
						Library Explorers Storytime
						Call the Youth Services Desk at the
						Morganton Public Library
						(828) 764-9274 to register.
						Tuesday, Dec.6 @ 4pm
						Today we are having an Ornament
						Making Workshop. Make 6
						different ornaments, and put one of
						them on the Christmas tree in the
						Children's Room. We may also have
						a special guest in storytime today!
						Grades K-2nd
						Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 4pm
						Let's learn about the Holidays Around
						the World. We will read Hanukkah and
						Kwanzaa stories today, and make a
						beautiful Hanukkah Lantern, Kwanzaa
						Candles, and decorate your own Mini
						Tinsel Tree to take home!
						Let's have a Holly Jolly month!
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


DECEMBER
							COOL KIDS @ MPL & VPL
							Valdese Public Library
							Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
							828-874-2421
							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!
							**Pre-registration is required.
							*There will be no regular storytime
							programs from December 19-January 2.
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

Meerrrryy CCrraaffttyy
								CChhrriissttmaass
								Join the Valdese Public Library for a
								evening of holiday crafting for
								all ages. We will also welcome
								a live band for
								holiday music!
								FOR MORE INFO, CALL
								828-874-2421 OR VISIT
								WWW.BCPLS.ORG
								NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
								A HOLIDAY CRAFT
								EVENT FOR THE
								WHOLE FAMILY
								Tuesday,
								December 13th
								5pm - 7pm

Download the Merry Crafty Christmas Flyer



Baby Bookworms

For Those 24 months and younger
Thursdays at 10am


 
							Baby
							Bookworms @ The Valdese Public Library
							This storytime will
							introduce your baby to
							new sights, sounds,
							interactions and activities
							through books,
							music & play.
							Join today!
							Birth-23months
							Thursday 10:00am
							Valdese Public Library
							Pre-Registration
							is required.
							828-874-2421
							
							Monthly Color: Red
							Monthly Song: 5 Flying Reindeer
							December
							Themes:
							Reindeer,
							Christmas Trees
							and Santa
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
							With
							ADVENTURES A storytime for
							2-3year olds.
							Meeting Monday
							10:00-11:00am at the
							Valdese Public Library.
							
							December themes:
							12/5-Ornaments & Stars
							12/12- Santa & Reindeer

							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.
							The month of November will have a Christmas Theme!
							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.


Library Explorers

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



								LIBRARY
							Explorers K-2nd grade ONLY.
							We meet at the
							Valdese Public Library
							every Monday at 3:30.
							Pre-Registration required.
							828-874-2421.
							D E C E M B E R L I B R A R Y E X P L O R E R S
							~12/5- Christmas Mouse Day!
							Today we will make the cutest little
							Christmas mice out of socks.
							~12/12 - Ornament BONANZA!
							Today will be a flurry of crafting fun as
							we make 5 different ornaments!
							~12/19 - NO Storytime - Merry Christmas
							~12-26 - NO Storytime - Happy New Year
Click to download the Library Explorers Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.



Cool Kids Club

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


DECEMBER
							COOL KIDS @ MPL & VPL
							Valdese Public Library
							Tuesdays @ 3:30pm
							828-874-2421
							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!
							**Pre-registration is required.
							*There will be no regular storytime
							programs from December 19-January 2.
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.

Design Your Own
							Christmas Ornament
							Monday, December 5th @5:30
							CB Hildebrand Public Library
							This event is for children from 2 year olds - 5th graders, and
							pre-registration is required. For more information please
							visit our website, stop by or call the library at 828-764-9283.

Download the Design Your Own Christmas Ornament 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
						December 7: Happy Holidays
						December 14: Buster Bus
						Storytimes Resume January 3rd!
						
						Jingle Mingle:
						December 12
						5:30 - 7:30pm
						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
							December 6: Happy Holidays
						December 13: Buster Bus
						Storytimes Resume January 3rd!
						
						Jingle Mingle:
						December 12
						5:30 - 7:30pm
Click to download the Preschool Pals Flyer!

Pre-registration is required.

M i n g l e
							This event is free
							for all ages.
							Monday,
							December 12
							S.Claus
							Music by:
							east burke
							high school
							chamber
							singers
							5:30 - 7:30pm
							Come celebrate the season with us!
							@ CB Hildebrand Public Library
							J i n g l e
							Kids, bring your letters for Santa
							or write one while you're here.
							His mailbox will be close by!
							Take pictures with Santa. Enjoy
							crafts, games, and sweet treats
							with Mrs. Claus while supplies last.

Download the Jingle Mingle Flyer




					C.B. Hildebrand Public Library
					Kids Cooking Club Via Zoom
				Christmas Snow
					Wednesday, December 7 @ 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 December will feature Christmas stories and ornament crafts!
						
						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 December will feature Christmas Gnomes and activities!
							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.