Catawba County News

This Week at Your Library [Jun 26-Jul 2]

This Week at Your Library [Jun 26-Jul 2]

Published: June 24, 2021


Seed Library: Donate & Borrow
We're building a seed library, where the community can exchange seeds for free! We now 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. 

Tails & Tales Pet Art Show
June through August
To celebrate Summer Learning 2021, we're showcasing photos, drawings, paintings, and stories about your own pet, a shelter friend, or your favorite animal! We're accepting submissions at all library branches all summer long, or you can email them to We'll be displaying all the great art and stories we receive at the Main Library in Newton from June 1 through August 8.

My Pet Dragon: Pen Pal Club
June through August
Conover’s pet dragon, Freya, is our writer in residence this summer, so please write her a letter and she'll write you back! You can leave and pick up letters at the Conover Branch.

Center & Venture: Tai Chi & Hike
Saturday, June 26 from 8:30-10 am at Riverbend Park (6700 NC Hwy 16, Conover)
Certified personal trainer and tai chi instructor Dr. George Place will lead us in finding inner peace and outer adventure as we gather at county parks for 30 minutes of tai chi movements, followed by an hour’s hike. You’ll find everything you need to improve your sense of well-being: stretching, activity, calm, and nature in the company of friends. Suitable for all fitness levels. Registration (and waiver) required at

Garden Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, June 26 from 9-11 am at the Main Library in Newton
Our community gardens are looking for ongoing volunteers to help with weeding, general clean-up, harvesting, planting, moving mulch, and other garden needs. Volunteering is a wonderful way to connect and give back. We plant seeds for healthy food and strong communities! Contact Shelley Orr at or 828.466.6821.

Superfoods to Reduce Inflammation
Monday, June 28 at 11 am
This virtual session with wellness dietician Renee Greene will provide tips for including "superfoods" – foods that contain a high concentration of health-promoting nutrients – in your daily life. Indicate on the registration form if you'd like to pick up a sample pack of some of the superfoods Renee will be discussing – and the library location where you'd like to pick up the pack. Register at

Zumba with Honey & Jossiah
Monday, June 28 at 6 pm in the community room of the Newton Library
Kick off your week with a burst of Zumba, a dance and movement activity that's too much fun to call exercise. It's appropriate for every skill and ability level and open to anyone 14+ (parental signature required for teens under 18).

Chair Yoga
Tuesday, June 29 at 1 pm
Stretching is known to improve posture, increase range of motion, and decrease muscle pain, to name just a few of the reasons to join this virtual class that you can do while seated. A chair with no arms is best. Register at

Employment Workshop:
Tuesday, June 29 at 2 pm
Learn how can help you explore new career opportunities. To register, go to and complete the form. A Zoom link will be sent to you before the workshop.

Baseball & Books with the Crawdads
Tuesday, June 29 at 7 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium (2500 Clement Blvd NW, Hickory)
Earn a voucher for a ticket to a Hickory Crawdads game by reading and logging 300 minutes! Vouchers must be picked up from your library branch and redeemed for a ticket at the Crawdads box office. Make sure to visit the Library to Go while you’re at the stadium!

Get Active with Stretch-n-Grow
Wednesday, June 30 at 10 am
Join Stretch-n-Grow staff for movement and fun! To register, visit A Zoom link will be sent to you before the program.

Virtual Tai Chi
Wednesday, June 30 at 12 noon
Our lunchtime tai chi class is led by Cooperative Extension director Dr. George Place. The virtual session is designed to help people relax in their homes or offices during a quick half-hour. It also helps promote balance and alleviate the effects of arthritis. To get the Zoom code, check the day of the class.

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursday, July 1 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. 


Hickory Farmers Market
Saturday, June 26 from 8 am-1 pm
Join us at Union Square in downtown Hickory (Main Ave NW and 3rd St NW). While you check out produce, foods, and other goods from local farmers and artisans, you can also check out books and learn about library resources!

Baseball & Books with the Hickory Crawdads
Tuesday, June 29 at 7 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium (2500 Clement Blvd NW, Hickory) 
We’ll be wearing our foam fingers and waving as you enter the Crawdads game! Stop by the Library to Go and learn about Summer Learning programs, get your reading prizes, and check out books before enjoying the game.

Lunch & Learns on Herman Sipe Road
Wednesday, June 30 from 11:30 am-1 pm at 111 Herman Sipe Rd
We’re partnering with The Corner Table this summer for free lunch-and-learn sessions. Each week, we invite you to come fill your belly with food and your mind with books! Lunch will be served between 12-1 pm. Stop by early to check out our library resources.  


Library to Go in the Town of Catawba
Thursdays, July 1 and 15 from 10 am-2 pm
We're making appearances in the Town of Catawba on the first and third Thursdays at Redeemer Lutheran Church, ELCA (200 S Main St). During each visit, we’ll be sharing an outdoor, socially-distanced storytime starting at 10:45 am, and you're invited to join us as we learn together.

Independence Day Holiday/Closing
All library branches will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Please visit us when we reopen again on Tuesday, July 6.

Upcoming! Black History Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 18 at 4 pm
BHDG is on summer vacation for June and July, but we’ll return in August to learn more about African-American migration within the United States. For a head start, read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

Upcoming! Hearts & Minds OLBC
Thursday, August 19 at 5:30 pm
This OnLine BookClub has a focus on health and wellness. We’ll be discussing Mira Lee’s Everything Here is Beautiful. Make yourself a cool glass of lemonade and settle in with the rest of us to discuss this story about young immigrant sisters and the role of family, loyalty, and coping with a family member’s illness. Register to receive the Zoom link at

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