Catawba County News

This Week at Your Library [Mar 20-26]

This Week at Your Library [Mar 20-26]

Published: March 18, 2021


Seed Library Opens to the Public
Saturday, March 20 at 9 am
Thanks to generous contributions from the community, we're opening our seed library to people who would like to borrow seeds to help create their own gardens. Seeds are free and are available at the Main Library in Newton. They're subject to availability and cannot be reserved. Donations of viable seeds are also being accepted at any library location during standard business hours. Please package and label any donations.

Hickory Ballet Storytime: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Saturday, March 20 at 11 am at Conover City Park (361 5th Ave SE) and at 3 pm at Claremont City Hall (3288 E Main St)
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 at the Claremont event if you'd like to check out books, talk about programs, and more! 

LIVE Zumba with Honey & Jossiah
Monday, March 22 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.

Employment Workshop: Interviewing Tips
Tuesday, March 23 at 10 am
Thanks to a partnership with NCWorks Catawba, we're offering a virtual workshop about making a good impression with employers. Get tips for how to ace your interview! To participate, register at A Zoom link will be sent to you before the day of the workshop. 

ESL Class – Intermediate
Tuesday, March 23 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.

Teen Recipes: Microwave Chili
Wednesday, March 24 at 5:30 pm
April Vigardt from the NC Cooperative Extension is sharing easy microwave recipes in 30-minute Zoom sessions. Teens are invited to supply their own ingredients to participate. On March 31, we'll wrap up the series by making eggless chocolate mug cake! Teens should register at

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursday, March 25 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. 

Piece of Cake Book Club
Thursday, March 25 at 4 pm
Selecting a diverse range of works and authors, this club meets via Zoom on the last Thursday of the month to chat about great books. March’s selection is House of Names by Colm Tóibín. April’s pick is The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa. Register at to receive the Zoom link.  


Virtual Tai Chi
Wednesday, March 24 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. 


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


Center & Venture: Tai Chi & Hike
Saturday, March 27 from 9:30-11 am 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 through the park. 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

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

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