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Book Lovers Unite

Book Lovers Unite

Read Across America Day is coming up on March 1 – but what about reading across Catawba County? If you’re a reader looking for your people (and your next great read), you can find them in one of the many book clubs organized by theCatawba County Library System and the Hickory Public Library. Read on (pardon the pun?) for details from Catawba County Library System Assistant Director Jenny Markham and Hickory Public Library Community Engagement Librarian Dacy Shute.

Catawba County Library System Book Clubs
The Catawba County Library System’s book clubs are open to the public and welcome new members, even if you haven’t read the book. You are invited to come for one or all of the discussions and enjoy lively conversations with other community members. To learn about upcoming meetings and book selections, visit the Catawba County Library System’s webpage.

The Mystery Mavens meet at 6:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. From classic whodunits to contemporary thrillers, anything that meets your definition of a “mystery” is game for this group whose discussions are lively and lighthearted.

Piece of Cake Book Club meets at 5:00 pm on the last Thursday of each month at Narrow Coffee & Nosh in Newton. Members help to select popular titles of interest across a variety of genres. Enjoy sharing ideas and conversations that naturally flow when friends, new and old, get together in a relaxed environment.

The Mountain View Book Buzz meets at 6:00 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Southwest Branch Library. Come see what the buzz is all about as everyone votes for their favorite choices to read next.

The Station Book Club at Conover Branch Library meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am. The club reads well-reviewed books across a variety of genres selected by the branch librarian. Each meeting ends with a chance to share your reading lists and recommendations. Come for coffee and good times.

The Books Between FriendsClub meets at the Claremont Branch Library on the 4th Tuesday of every other month at 6:00 pm. Thought-provoking and truly great popular titles are chosen to encourage lively discussions and challenge readers while keeping things relatively light and accessible.

The Themed Book Club meets online via Facebook on the 2nd Monday of each month. This is the perfect book club for those who don’t like being told what to read. Each month a general topic is chosen and members pick a book to read and share based on that month’s theme.

The Un corazón lector book club is a club for Spanish speakers. The club meets the third Sunday of the month to share ideas and perspectives of books with diverse genres. The books are mostly written by native Spanish writers. The location of the meetings changes every month. Please call the Main Library in Newton at 828-465-8665 for more information.

El club de lectura Un corazón lector es un club para hablantes del español. El club se reúne el tercer domingo del mes para compartir ideas y perspectivas de diferentes libros con temas diversos de escritores hispanohablantes. La ubicación de las reuniones cambia cada mes. Por favor llame a la biblioteca de Newton (828-465-8665) para más información.

NC Reads:The St. Stephens Branch Library will offer opportunities to discuss books from the North Carolina Humanities’ 2023 statewide book club, NC Reads. Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake will the featured title in May with dates and times to be announced. Copies will be available at the branch while supplies last.

Hickory Public Library Book Clubs
Hickory Public Library has three different book clubs for its two library branches. Their clubs are always open to new members and no registration is required. To view the selected books for the month or the location of the meeting, visit the Hickory Public Library event calendar.

The Sojourner Truth Book Club meets the third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm at Ridgeview Branch Library. This book club has a monthly selection that focuses on multicultural book discussions.

The Open Door Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at 3:30 pm at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. This book club has a monthly selection chosen by book club members.

The Page Burners Book Club meets the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Location changes each month. This is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) traveling book club. There is no monthly selection, participants are invited to read any book they would like.