Catawba County News

This Week at Your Library [Dec 19-25]

This Week at Your Library [Dec 19-25]

Published: December 17, 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 19 at 9 am
This high-intensity, interval training class relies on body weight, muscle conditioning, and cardio and plyometric moves. Every squat, lunge, and burpee is driven by original music to help you burn calories while toning arms, legs, abs, and glutes. Access the session with this Zoom link: Then enter this meeting ID: 723 012 922 and follow it with this passcode: STRONG. [Please note that this word is case-sensitive. Enter it exactly as shown.] You can also visit Meets every Saturday.

Virtual Zumba with Honey & Jossiah
Monday, December 21 at 6 pm
This dance and movement activity is too much fun to call exercise, and it's appropriate for every skill and ability level and open to ages 14+. It also has the advantage of being done wherever you have an Internet connection! Access the 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.

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
Saturday, December 19 at 9:30 am
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. Class will be followed by an hour-long hike for those who are interested. To participate, please call 828.465.8247.

Virtual Tai Chi
Wednesday, December 23 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. 

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
Through 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.


All library branches will be closed from Thursday, December 24 through Monday, December 28 for the Christmas holiday. Branches will also close at 5 pm Thursday, December 31 and remain closed on Friday, January 1 for the New Year's holiday.

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