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2021 Top 5 at the Library

2021 Top 5 at the Library

Published: January 07, 2022


Like so many others, we've been looking back on 2021 and we have some moments that were so great we have to share them again! 


Dinosaurs running amuck through the stacks makes for a fun visit to the library! That's exactly what happened at the Main Library in Newton during Dinovember. Click here to see how dinosaurs use the library: 


Thanks to our incredible team of Homework Helpers, the library provided 295 tutoring sessions for 45 students across the county in 2021! High five, Homework Helpers! To read a little more about Homework Helpers, check out this post from November 2021:


Number 3 on our 2021 Top 5 list is...drumroll, please: Tiny [Library] Desk Concerts! Styled after NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, our concerts were performed at the Main Library in Newton and on Facebook Live (you can still watch them if you scroll back far enough - to August). It was an absolute joy to have live music in the library and to be able to share it with you!

Special thanks to musicans:

David Jamison

Ava Pendley

Western Piedmont Symphony

Erin Shull

Don McGalliard

Bob Nails


Finding new ways to provide safe and in-person literacy programs leads to our third favorite moment from 2021: Tales in the Garden/cuentos en el huerto! This monthly bilingual storytime in the garden at the Main Library in Newton has been a highlight for us, especially with staff from different branches participating and patrons from across the county attending. We enjoyed visits from dinosaurs, chicks, puppies, ponies, Santa, and a visit to Catawba Farms. We started in early summer and held 8 garden storytimes with a total of 637 attendees, 1 puppy adoption, and 4  baby chick adoptions! Community collaboration at its best! 

A special thanks to:

Catawba Farms

Stretch-n-Grow of the Foothills

Hartman's Haven Dog Rescue

Humane Society of Catawba County

Tractor Supply

Jan Glenn

Rising Hope Farms

Challenger Early College Traditional and Modern Raza Dance Troops

Newton Farm Supply



Spending time in and with our community is our absolute, tip-top-tippiest moment of 2021! How could it be anything else!? 

Here are some numbers to show how much time we have actually spent together: Our total number of patron visits for 2021 is 178,039! Look at all that quality time!

Here’s the breakdown by branch:

Claremont: 8,242

Conover: 18,598

Maiden: 11,903

St. Stephens: 30,213

Southwest: 31,111

Sherrills Ford-Terrell: 21,420

Newton: 56,552

We also had a few new folks sign up for library cards this year…2,453 to be exact. Welcome to our library family! 

Thank you for sharing your lives with us!