Catawba County News

This Week at Your Library [Dec 12-18]

This Week at Your Library [Dec 12-18]

Published: December 10, 2020


Festive Light Bulb Upcycling DIY
Throughout December
Want to try a fun and easy upcycling craft? Now you can turn your burned-out light bulbs – smaller bulbs work best, ideally nightlight-sized [C7] or small, vintage candle-type [C9, C11, or CA5] – into festive, easy holiday decorations! When you register for this craft, you supply the bulb, and the kit will have everything else. To participate, send an email with the subject line 'Light Bulb DIY' to, including your name and the library location where you’d like to pick up your kit.

2020 Memories
Throughout December
The past year has been dramatically different than any other in our memories. We've all been literally living through history that has yet to be written. The library would like to play a part in preserving your experiences of this time for posterity. We present for you two options – do either or both: 

Haiku 2020
Translate your experience of the past year and the pandemic into the form of a haiku poem (a total of 17 syllables, divided into three lines, respectively, with five, seven, and five syllables). Poems will be displayed in a gallery on Facebook and in an exhibit in the Newton Library. Submit your poem electronically or in person, with a signed waiver.

Your 2020 Story
Share your memories long-form by letting the library create a private, one-on-one Zoom recording of your recollections to be preserved in our Local History collection. We’ll get you started by asking a few questions:  1) What is your most striking memory from this past year? 2) How was your life different this year? 3) Did you have to cope with aloneness? 4) If you were to give some advice to your children/grandchildren/the future, based on what you learned this year, what would it be?

The waiver is located on the Arts @ the Library page of our website. Send poems, waivers, and requests for a recording session to or turn in poems to any library location. The Facebook gallery and Newton exhibit will be presented in January.

Your Art with Us: Mini Abstractions Art Show
Throughout December
From an exploration of Matisse’s "Goldfish" to the study and interpretation of six mini artworks inspired by Warhol, Keith Haring, Picasso, Mondrian, Stella, and Van Gogh, explore how Maiden Middle School's 7th-grade art class reinterpreted famous works of art from diverse styles, including expressionism, pop art, and abstract art. On display at the Main Library in Newton for the month of December.

Virtual STRONG Fitness with Honey & Jossiah 
Saturday, December 12 at 9 am
This high-intensity interval training class gets you in shape using your body weight, muscle conditioning, and cardio and plyometric training moves. Every squat, lunge, and burpee is driven by original music. You'll burn calories while toning arms, legs, abs, and glutes! Use this Zoom link ( or locate it at Meets every Saturday.

Ornament Share Zoom Program
Saturday, December 12 at 3 pm
Enjoy this all-ages program where we'll share how we're decorating round wooden ornaments! We'll introduce a couple of STEAM techniques and also invite attendees to share their own designs or simply check out what others have created. Request a kit at your local branch; each one includes 4 ornaments to decorate. 1 kit per family/household, please. To sign up, visit

Family Santa Visit at Newton Library
Monday, December 14 from 4-6 pm
Santa is coming to the Newton library! We'll be hosting safe Santa visits by appointment only. Please sign up for a time slot at You only need to make a reservation once per family, not once per child. If the available spots fill up online, call Newton at 828.465.8665 to be put on the waitlist.

Virtual Zumba with Honey & Jossiah
Monday, December 14 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). Use this Zoom link ( Meets every Monday.

El Camino Hacia La Universidad: Solicitudes y cómo pagar la universidad
Lunes 14 de diciembre a las 6 pm
En este taller nos enfocaremos en las solicitudes de ingreso y asistencia económica para ir a la universidad. Los temas incluyen: cómo solicitar entrar a la universidad, como solicitar asistencia económica, términos básicos en ayuda financiera, becas y tendremos tiempo de platicar con los participantes sobre dudas sobre el ingreso a la universidad y asistencia financiera para ir a la universidad a través de subvenciones, prestamos y becas. Para más información y obtener el enlace contacte a Soraya en Programa presentado en español.

St. Stephens Digital Book Club
Monday, December 14 at 6:30 pm
For this discussion, participants will have the chance to talk about any book they've read with a green cover. Find the Facebook group here:

The Office Trivia Night
Tuesday, December 15 at 6 pm
Think you’re Catawba County’s ‘top dog’ on Dunder Mifflin and its cast of zany-yet-lovable office workers? This is your chance to prove it! Put on your most condo-appropriate attire, get your snacks and beverages ready, and join us to compete against fellow OfficeHeads in a trivia battle royale. Send an email to to receive the Zoom invitation. Play solo or in a team of two or more.

First Chapter Tuesdays
Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 pm
This young adult book club meets every first and third Tuesday via Zoom. We'll read the first chapter of a different young adult book and have a discussion to introduce teens to new authors, different genres, and books in general. This session's book is You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. Register by visiting or emailing

Meet Our New Tablets
Wednesday, December 16 at 6 pm
Did you know that the library lends Wi-Fi-enabled Samsung tablets that also come with a set of preloaded apps? Join us to learn how to borrow and use one of the tablets. Register at to receive the Zoom link that morning.

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursday, December 17 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. 

LIVE: Library to Go in Catawba
Thursday, December 17 from 10 am-2 pm
The Library to Go will be visiting the Town of Catawba on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at Redeemer Lutheran Church (200 South Main St). To ensure safety, we're asking visitors to make their stops brief, to sanitize their hands as they come in, and to wear a 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.

First Flight: Family STEAM Program
Thursday, December 17 at 4 pm
Join us to commemorate the Wright Brothers' first flight. We'll feature planes from the Hickory Aviation Museum and host a live Zoom session where we'll build together a replica of the Wright Brothers' 1900 glider. Paper airplane designs may also be involved! Register at Make sure you pick up a kit with all the supplies you'll need from any library branch. 

Virtual Zumba with Honey & Jossiah 
Thursday, December 17 at 5:30 pm
This online class is appropriate for every skill and ability level and has the added convenience of being done from your own home! Use this Zoom link ( or locate it at Meets every Thursday.

Upcoming! Hearts & Minds OLBC
Thursday, February 18 at 5:30 pm
This OnLine BookClub has a focus on health and wellness. We’ll meet on Zoom to discuss Stephanie Butland’s The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae. Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and settle in with the rest of us to talk about this novel and its themes of life, loss, love, and living. Send an email to to receive the Zoom invitation.


In-Person, Outdoor Tai Chi
Tuesday, December 15 at 3 pm
Join Dr. George Place, director of the Cooperative Extension, for an outdoor session of tai chi at Bakers Mountain Park (6680 Bakers Mountain Road, Hickory, NC 28602), where you'll learn to improve your well-being and balance, both physically and emotionally. To participate, please call 828.465.8247. 

Santa Letters and Kindness Bingo
Through December 31
Head to downtown Newton to create a joyful holiday season! Outside Refuge Designs (24A E 1st St) you'll find a box with Santa Letter templates and a Kindness Bingo sheet. If you complete 10 or more acts of kindness, bring your sheet by the Newton Library or share it with the Downtown Newton Development Association on Facebook for a chance to win Downtown Dollars. We'll draw a winner the first week of January! This project is in partnership with the Downtown Newton Development Association.

SUFFRAGE Exhibit: Hickory Museum of Art
October 31-January 24, 2021
Stop by the Coe Gallery to view a new exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Six regional artists will display artwork that responds to themes associated with the women’s suffrage movement, and a special series of panels created by Catawba Valley Community College graphic design students will trace the movement's milestones. Also featured is an installation called The Feminist To Do List by fiber artist Susan Lenz. Its 42 vintage quilt blocks have been stitched with civic-minded call-to-action phrases. The SUFFRAGE exhibit was created in conjunction with the Historical Association of Catawba County, the Catawba County Library System, the League of Women Voters of Catawba Valley, and the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

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