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Child Fest returns Saturday, June 26th!


We are so excited to have Child Fest this year! It will be different to keep our community, volunteers, and staff safe. Join the Story Time Express for a contactless, drive thru Child Fest with story book characters, baby animals, bags of take-home activities for the kiddos and information about local services for parents and caregivers. 


Play & Learn in person is coming back this summer!

Outdoor Play & Learn groups will be available in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties for 8 weeks of summer fun! These groups will be outside beginning June 11, 2021 in Yancey County and July 6th & July 7th in Avery and Mitchell counties. Registration is required and spaces are limited. We will follow the NCDCD-EE COVID-19 guidelines requiring children ages 3 and up and their caregivers, wear a face covering while participating in the group. For more information on the Avery/Mitchell groups, contact Ms. Kim at and for more information on the Yancey group, contact Ms. Mari at


AMY Wee Trade Fall/Winter Consignment Sale September 16-18     

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Good Night With the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

Join us the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm for Good Night with the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children! Each month a local community leader  will read one of their favorite Imagination Library books. There are also Rise & Shine activities based on that month’s selection to do with your child.

Curbside service available to check out Family Resource Library items!

Call our office at 828-682-0047 or 828-733-2899 to learn more about how to check out items from the Family Resource Libraries. Click here for the Avery Family Resource Library materials list. Click here for the Burnsville Family Resource Library materials list.

School is back in session! 

Check out this infographic with helpful tips and hints about navigating school during the pandemic.

Watch videos on our new YouTube channel

Visit our new YouTube channel to see “Goodnight With Dolly” and watch er read bedtime story, and see Play & Learn Coordinator Kim Hobart with her series Rise & Shine. There are also videos on tips for parents, and fun activities to do at home with kids.

Together We Grow Play & Learn on Facebook

All Play & Learn and Together We Grow sessions are currently on hold as the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children staff is currently working remotely to help reduce exposure to the Coronavirus. Check out the Play & Learn Facebook page for lots of fun things to do while we’re staying home. 

BLOCK Fest® Postponed

BLOCK Fest is a research-based, interactive exhibit that promotes early math and science learning for young children through block play. The BLOCK Fest event in Yancey County has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Thanks for your understanding.