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Most Wanted List

Those who have a new or gently used copy of any of the Top 10 Titles and would like to donate it to the library, it would be most appreciated. To date, the library has received 900 of the “most wanted” books.

Current BCPL Top 10 Holds

1. “The Return” by Nicholas Sparks – 16 requests

2. “A Time For Mercy” by John Grisham – 14 requests

3. “Too Much and Never Enough” by Mary Trump – 14 requests

4. “Three Women Disappear: Come and Get Us” by James Patterson – 13 requests

5. “The Sentinel” by Lee Child – 13 requests

6. “Shakeup” by Stuart Woods – 13 requests

7. “Troubles in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand – 12 requests

8. “Jingle All the Way” by Debbie Macomber – 10 requests

9. “You Betrayed Me” by Lisa Jackson – 10 requests

10. “The Book of Two Ways” by Jody Picoult – 9 requests

Current New York Times Best Sellers

1. "The Law of Innocence" by Michael Connelly

2. "A Time for Mercy" by John Grisham

3. "The Sentinel" by Lee Child

4. "Marauder" by Clive Cussler

5. "Fortune and Glory" by Janet Evanovich

6. "I Would Leave Me If I Could" by Halsey

7. "The Return" by Nicholas Sparks

8. "Leopard’s Rage" by Christine Feehan

9. "Moonflower Murders" by Anthony Horowitz

10. "Anxious People" by Fredrick Backman

Book a Storytime

“Book” a storytime at the Valdese Public Library. Schedule a personalized in-person storytime with a children’s programmer. This program is available to single family units by appointment only. Waiver and social distancing is required and spaces are limited. Call 874-2421 for more information and to book your appointment.

Libraries Open

All locations of the Burke County Public Library are now open to the public on a limited, appointment only basis. Libraries have returned to their regular operating schedules. Masks will be requested to be worn while at the library. The number of people allowed into the libraries will be limited and social distancing will be required. You may call the library at 828-764-9261 (Morganton), 828-874-2421 (Valdese), or 828-764-9283 (C.B. Hildebrand) to schedule an appointment. Appointments may be made to use computers (non-recreational use), browse the stacks for books, read the newspaper or a magazine in the reading areas, use a study room, or to research in the North Carolina room. Appointments are time limited so more people can have access to the libraries. If you have materials to return, the book boxes are open at each library location. Materials should not be returned inside. All returned materials are quarantined before going back on the shelves. Until further notice, the library will not be accepting donations of materials except for items for the Most Wanted List. For those wanting books but not wanting to come inside, the Books2Go curbside service is available.

Study Zones

Looking for a quiet, indoor space with WiFi for you or your child’s school work? The library has a variety of spaces available for individuals and families to use. From study rooms that fit two to three people to larger meeting rooms that can fit a whole family (or two). These space are available by appointment any time the library is open. Room appointments are available on a first come, first served basis for up to two hours. Times can be extended if no one is waiting. Give us a call and reserve a room. 

Library Programs

Online and take-home programming has resumed for all ages! Zoom sessions and pre-recorded storytimes are available for birth through fifth grade, as well as age-appropriate take-home craft and activities bags. The Young Adults are doing a variety of weekly sessions through Zoom, including Jack Box Game nights and online book discussions. Adult and Young Adult Subscription boxes and take-home craft kits are available for pick up at all sites, just call your library to register. Information on all this and more can be found on our website and our Facebook Page.

Pick It Up

The library is offering a number of take home options for families and children. Here’s a list for November: Take it - Make it at MPL, Busy Bags at VPL, TeePee Decoration Caft at CBH, Enrichment Bags at CBH, Imagine Your Story Fairytale Bag at MPL, Science Academy at VPL, and Cooking with Amber at VPL. Additional take-home options will post periodically on our storytime group on Facebook and the library website. All take-home crafts, kits, and bags are of limited quantity and items are subject to change. Call the libraries for more information.


Get a jump on all the new books at the library by signing up for Wowbrary at Every week Wowbrary will send you a list of all the new items added to the library’s collection. Click on an item to go to the library’s online catalog where you can place a request for the book. This service is made possible by the Friends of the Burke County Public Library and the Library Foundation of Burke County.

eBooks @ your library

There are 2,531 Burke County Public Library users registered to use the library’s digital collection available through the e-iNC consortium and NC Kids Digital Library. These users check out more than 3,000 items every month. This digital collection includes eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming video available to Burke County Public Library cardholders. There are more than 27,300 items in this collection. Apps are available for download for a variety of devices including Kindle, Nook, iPhone, and Android phones. Go to to see the apps. To access the collection and download items go to and follow the instructions to set up an account. You will need to know your library card number and your PIN. Please contact the library if you need any assistance.

Find Us on the Web

Go to and check out the listed programs and events.

Unless noted otherwise, all library programs are free. Some programs have pre-registration and age requirements.

The Burke County Public Library is on Facebook, Twitter and on Pinterest @bcpls.

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