Catawba County News

This Week at Your Library [Apr 10-16]

This Week at Your Library [Apr 10-16]

Published: April 08, 2021


Contribute to Our Seed Library
We're building a seed library, where the community can exchange seeds for free! We'll accept viable seeds at all locations during their standard business hours, and heirlooms are especially welcome. Please package and label any donations you drop off. Seeds may also be borrowed from the Main Library in Newton. They're subject to availability and cannot be reserved. 

Your Art With Us: Through the Window
April 1-20 
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung’s quotation is the source of inspiration for students from Balls Creek Elementary, Jacobs Fork Middle School, Catawba Rosenwald Education Center, and St. Stephens High School as they explore identity and reflection in 2-D, 3-D, and the written word. This project is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County with the purpose of reaching students who have been impacted, and even homebound, by COVID-19. Through the Window provides inspiration and perspective to these students' experiences, however they choose to interpret them: looking through, looking in, or even seeing their own reflection in the window. We hope you visit 2-D works at the Main Library in Newton, 3-D works at the St. Stephens Branch Library, and the entire exhibit online at the Arts @ the Library page.

Friends of the Catawba County Library Meeting
Monday, April 12 at 11 am
Help the library fulfill its mission by planning and participating in efforts to raise funds and increase access. Meets each second Monday.

LIVE Zumba with Honey & Jossiah
Monday, April 12 at 6 pm
This fun dance workout is appropriate for every skill and ability level and open to anyone 14+ (parental signature required for teens under 18). Classes are held outdoors in the lower parking lot of the Newton Library. In the event of rain, join the virtual session with this Zoom link: Then enter the meeting ID: 871 2056 3944 and follow it with the passcode: Dance. [Please note that this word is case-sensitive. Enter it exactly as shown.] You can also visit Meets every Monday.

St. Stephens Digital Theme-Based Book Club
Monday, April 12 at 6:30 pm
This month's discussion will revolve around historical fiction. Participants are invited to read a book of their own choosing or to select one that the library suggests. The online conversation takes place at All are welcome.

Employment Workshop: Resumés 101
Tuesday, April 13 at 10 am
Learn tips from NCWorks Catawba to create a resumé that will get you the interview! To register, go to and complete the form. A Zoom link will be sent to you before the workshop.

Center & Venture: Tai Chi & Hike
Tuesday, April 13 at 3 pm at Bakers Mountain Park (6680 Bakers Mountain Rd, Hickory)
Certified personal trainer and tai chi instructor Dr. George Place will lead us in finding inner peace and outer adventure as we gather at parks around the county for 30 minutes of tai chi, followed by an hour’s hike. These events tick all the well-being boxes: activity, calm, and nature, in the company of friends. Suitable for all fitness levels. Registration (and waiver) required at

ESL Class – Intermediate
Tuesday, April 13 at 6 pm
Practice speaking English with us on Tuesday evenings! We'll spend the first 20 minutes or so on grammar and then start our conversations. If you'd like to register for class or get more information about the weekly series that runs through May 2021, please call the Newton branch at 828.465.8664.

Zoom Workshop
Wednesday, April 14 at 11 am
Join us for a virtual program all about Zoom video conferencing. The program will cover: how to create an account, how to join a meeting, how to host a meeting, and a review of new features. Register by completing the form at We'll send a Zoom link out the day before the program. 

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursday, April 15 at 10 am
Gather the kids and join us for a live, interactive preschool storytime! This family-friendly virtual event will include singing, reading, finger plays, and lots of your favorite activities! Please register at You’ll receive the registration confirmation and Zoom link in your email. 

Library to Go in the Town of Catawba
Thursday, April 15 from 10 am-2 pm
We're making appearances in Catawba on the first and third Thursdays at Redeemer Lutheran Church, ELCA (200 S Main St). We're asking that anyone who comes to visit make it a brief stop, sanitize your hands as you come in, and wear your mask while in the building. We'll be taking temperatures at the door and will have extra masks and hand sanitizer for everyone to use.

MoneySmart Credit & Money Management Workshop
Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 pm
Topics covered include establishing or improving your credit score, creating a budget that works for you, how to read a credit report, and what you can do to correct errors that may be negatively affecting your credit score and taking money out of your pocket. Register to receive the Zoom link by noon on April 15 at

Healthy, Happy & Wise: Better Living Through Food Choice
Thursday, April 15 at 5:30 pm en español
Join us for a virtual presentation on Zoom with certified personal trainer Dr. George Place to identify more ways to look after your physical health. Topics will include learning to choose foods to energize, boost immune response, and lose unwanted pounds, while also identifying foods that lead to chronic disease and increased inflammation. Register to receive the Zoom link by visiting Presented in Spanish.


Library to Go at Plaza Latina
Saturday, April 10 from noon-4 pm
We'll be making a visit to Plaza Latina (1901 Northwest Blvd) to share resources and information and will be partnering with Catawba County Public Health to answer questions about COVID-19  and schedule vaccine appointments. Come out and see us!

Virtual Tai Chi
Wednesday, April 14 at 12 noon
Join our lunchtime tai chi class, led by Cooperative Extension director Dr. George Place. This short virtual session is designed to help people relax in their offices or home environments during a quick 30 minutes. It also helps promote balance and alleviate the effects of arthritis. Check for the Zoom code the day of the class. 

Community Navigators
Available through late April: Wednesdays 5:30-8 pm (by appt), Thursdays and Fridays 9 am-6 pm (except 12-1 pm), Saturdays 1-6 pm (by appt)
Do you need help identifying community resources or applying for government assistance? If you could benefit from expert guidance to tap into programs that promote better quality of life for you and your family, the Main Library at Newton has Master of Social Work students available to help. If you're not quite sure what you need, they can also listen and troubleshoot with you! To set up an appointment, call 828.465.8664.


Hickory Ballet Storytime: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Saturday, April 17 at 11 am at Southside Park (1775 Southwest Blvd, Newton)
Celebrate the transition to spring by joining the Hickory Ballet & Performing Arts' Youth Company for a performance of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons in an outdoor, socially-distanced, interactive storytime. The program by student dancers is open to all ages and to families. The Library to Go will also be set up from 10 am till 12 noon if you'd like to check out books, talk about programs, and more!  

Hearts & Minds OLBC
Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 pm
This OnLine BookClub has a focus on health and wellness. We’ll meet on Zoom to discuss Robert Kolker’s Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and settle in with the rest of us to talk about this riveting true story of one family’s unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope. Register to receive the Zoom link at


Homework Helpers
The 4-H Youth Council is partnering with the library to offer 20-minute time slots for homework and reading assistance. Elementary and middle school-aged students may drop in on a first-come, first-served basis. Just check in at the circulation desk for guidance when you arrive. Parents must remain in the library during each session. Participating branches include: 

  • Newton: Mon & Wed 4-6 pm
  • Sherrills Ford-Terrell: Mon 4-6 pm
  • Conover: Sat 10 am-12 noon


Take the Annual Library Survey
Your opinion counts! The Catawba County Library wants to hear from you. Our quick survey will take only a few minutes of your time, but your answers will make a huge difference as we develop library programs, services, and facilities. There are no right or wrong answers and your responses are completely confidential. The survey runs through Saturday, April 17, 2021. English and Spanish versions are available. Thank you for your time and input! Visit to take the survey, or ask a staff member for a paper copy at any library location.

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