Catawba County News

This Week at Your Library [May 8-14]

This Week at Your Library [May 8-14]

Published: May 06, 2021


Contribute to Our Seed Library
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. 

Submissions: Tails & Tales Pet Art Show
Throughout May
To help us celebrate Summer Learning 2021, you're invited to submit photos, drawings, paintings, or stories about your own pet, a shelter friend, or your favorite animal! We'll accept submissions at all library branches, or you can email them to We'll display all the great art and stories we receive at the Main Library in Newton from June 1 through August 8.

SilverArts 2021 Literary, Heritage & Visual Arts Exhibit
Concludes May 8 at the Southwest Branch's auditorium, during regular library hours
The library is partnering with Hickory Parks, Recreation & Sports Tourism to host this exhibit, which is the arts component of the 2021 Unifour Senior Games for adults 50 and older in Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander, and Burke Counties. Entries will represent the following categories:

  • Literary Arts — essays, poems, short stories, and life experiences
  • Heritage Arts — basket-weaving, crocheting, quilting (hand-stitched and machine-stitched), needlework, pottery, knitting, stained glass, tole/decorative painting, jewelry, weaving, and woodworking
  • Visual Arts — acrylics, oils , sculpture, photography, pastels, watercolors, mixed media, and drawings

Friends of the Catawba County Library Meeting
Monday, May 10 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
Mondays, May 10, 17 & 24 at 6 pm (no class on May 31)
This fun dance workout takes place outdoors in the lower parking lot of the Newton Library. It's appropriate for every skill and ability level and open to anyone 14+ (parental signature required for teens under 18). In the event of rain, you may access 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.

Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, May 11 at 12 noon
The 7-member library advisory Board gathers for its quarterly meeting on the lower level of the Main Library in Newton. For details about the Board's roles and responsibilities, visit The public is invited to attend.

Employment Workshop: Resumés 101
Tuesday, May 11 at 2 pm
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, May 11 at 3 pm 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 parks around the county 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

Outdoor Photography Workshop
Tuesday, May 11 at 5 pm at Henry River Mill Village (4255 Henry River Rd, Hickory)
Published photographer and CVCC photography instructor Joe Young will share his best advice on how to take better pictures outdoors as we explore the exteriors at Henry River Mill Village. Whether you’re using a cell phone camera, a 35mm Nikon, or anything in between, brush off the proverbial cobwebs and focus your lens on the interesting world around you. Covered topics include composition, lighting, and exposure. Attendance is limited; registration is required at

ESL Class: Intermediate
Tuesdays, May 11 & 18 at 6 pm
Practice speaking English with us on Tuesday evenings! We'll spend the first 20 minutes or so on grammar and usage topics and then start our conversations. If you'd like to register for class or get more information about the weekly series that concludes this month, please call the Newton branch at 828.465.8664.

Wednesday, May 12 at 11 am
Did you know you can borrow ebooks, audiobooks, music, and movies from Hoopla? Join us to learn how to access Hoopla digital resources with your library card and discover all the great e-resources you can borrow. We’ll cover how to create an account, how to borrow items, how to access items, and how to get help. Register at You'll receive a Zoom link to attend the virtual program on the morning of the program.

Virtual Tai Chi
Wednesdays, May 12, 19 & 26 at 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.

Birding 101
Wednesday, May 12 at 4 pm
We’re excited to have Lake James State Park Ranger Jamie Cameron join us on Zoom to share his knowledge and advice about making birding a super fun hobby, as well as a way to connect with others. After the class, start practicing and see if you can get Birding Bingo by next month's follow-up class. Register to receive the Zoom link at

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursdays, May 13, 20 & 27 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. 

Computer Skills Series
Thursdays, May 13, 20 & 27 at 11 am
Join us for a virtual lunch-and-learn series covering basic computer skills. Session topics are Device & Internet Basics, Communicating Online, Digital Organization, and Finding & Evaluating Information Online. You can sign up for individual sessions or the entire series. For more details and to register, visit We'll send a Zoom link out the morning of the program.

Healthy, Happy & Wise: A Good Night's Sleep
Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 pm in English
Join us for a virtual presentation on Zoom with certified personal trainer Dr. George Place to find out what sleep researchers say about the importance of sleep, how much you need, how to improve the quality, and why insufficient sleep may be taking years off your life. Register to receive the Zoom link by visiting


Library to Go at Spring Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, May 8 beginning at 9 am
Visit the businesses in downtown Conover for wonderful spring sales just in time for Mother’s Day! The Library to Go will be set up in the midst of the action to share free resources and check out books, so make sure to drop by and visit! 


Library to Go at the Conover Farmers Market
Saturday, May 15 from 8 am-12 noon
We'll be set up in the parking lot of the Conover Post Office (201 1st St E) to share information about upcoming programs, talk about Summer Learning, and check out books. While you're shopping for fresh produce and homemade treats, make sure to devote a little time to library needs!

Garden Volunteer Work Day 
Saturday, May 15 from 9-11 am at the St. Stephens Branch
Our community gardens need to be prepped and planted for the upcoming summer season, and we're excited to ask you for help! If you enjoy being outside and working in the soil, we’d be happy to have you join us. We’ll be mulching, weeding, planting, and getting our hands dirty to prep our space for the new year. Call 828.466.6821 to sign up.


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 through May 19
  • Conover: Sat 10 am-12 noon through May 22


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