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Bookmark Challenge

Bookmark Challenge

Published: October 13, 2022

Hickory Public Library and Catawba County Library are teaming up for a bookmark challenge to highlight the diverse and wonderful public libraries located throughout the county. As a Catawba County resident you can enjoy the benefits of dedicated staff, resources, and services offered at each location. 

From Monday, October 17 through Thursday, December 8, families are invited to visit each branch of the Hickory Public Library and the Catawba County Library to receive a special bookmark, and to attend fun and educational programs! Each branch will have a bookmark unique to that location. Once a bookmark from each branch has been collected, families can assemble them in order for a completed work of art from the children’s book of poetry, Worlds Enough. 

There are 10 library locations between the two systems: 

Ridgeview Branch Library
706 1st St SW
Hickory, NC 28602

Patrick Beaver Memorial Library
375 3rd St NE
Hickory, NC 28601

Southwest Branch Library
2944 Highway 127 S
Hickory, NC 28602

St. Stephens Branch Library
3225 Springs Road NE
Hickory, NC 28601

Conover Branch Library
403 Conover Station SE
Conover, NC 28613

Main Library in Newton
115 West C Street
Newton, NC 28658

Claremont Branch Library
3288 East Main Street
Claremont, NC 28610

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library
9154 Sherrills Ford Road
Terrell, NC 28682

Maiden Branch Library
11 South A Avenue
Maiden, NC 28650

Library to Go
[mobile library: check the Catawba County Library events calendar for locations]

Written by local author Scott Owens, illustrated by local artist Missy Cleveland, and published by local publisher Redhawk Publications, Worlds Enough, itself is a celebration of kids for kids, presenting poetry in a fun, clever, and colorful way. The bookmark challenge will start and end with events at the Hickory Public Library and the Catawba County Library. In between those two events, be sure to check out the rest of the fantastic programs available across the two systems. More details, along with event calendars, can be found at and

For the kick-off event, Owens and Cleveland invite youth and their families to share poems and art from Worlds Enough on Monday, October 17 at 6 pm at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library. The first 40 youth (grades 1-6) to register for the poetry/art talk will receive a kit including a copy of the book, 4x4 canvas, acrylic paints, and brushes to share words and/or painting in response to Worlds Enough in a Tiny Art Show that will be on display at The Learning Lab at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library from November 1-30.

Ending with the wrap up event, families are invited to join Missy Cleveland at the Catawba County Main Library in Newton for a Tales in the Garden Bilingual Storytime on Thursday, December 8 at 5 pm. Enjoy bilingual stories, a community art project with Cleveland, and a free copy of Worlds Enough while supplies last.

This collaborative partnership between the Hickory Public Library and the Catawba County Library hopes to encourage families to visit all library locations in the county to learn more about and experience the resources and services offered, and celebrate the creativity of local authors, artists, and publishers. 


For more information about Hickory Public Library, visit, call 828-304-0500 or visit their facebook page at

For details about Catawba County Library’s services and resources, visit, call 828.465.8665, email, or visit them at