Catawba County News

This Week @ Your Library October 16th through 23rd

This Week @ Your Library October 16th through 23rd

Published: October 14, 2021

We've got Storytimes!

Tales in the Garden
Monday, October 18 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Main Library in Newton, Garden

Join us for this in-person, outdoor gathering which includes bilingual stories, crafts and activities. Our October program will be about Fall Fun! Please bring your own blanket or camp chair.

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom 
Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30 pm
Gather the kids and join us for a live, interactive preschool storytime! This family-friendly virtual event includes singing, reading, finger plays, and lots of your favorite activities!    Please register at

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursday, October 21th at 10 am
Gather the kids and join us for a live, interactive preschool storytime! This family friendly virtual event includes singing, reading, finger plays, and lots of your favorite activities! Please register at You’ll receive email confirmation with a Zoom link.

Library to Go at the Town of Catawba Storytime 
Thursday, October 21 at 10:45 am
200 S Main St, Catawba, 28609
Visit the Library to Go from 10–2 pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, ELCA to check out books, get help with tech questions, and enjoy a family storytime at 10:45!

Sky High Storytime
Friday, October 22 at 10:30 am
3101 9th Ave. Dr. NW, Hickory, 28601
Join us the Aviation Museum located at the Hickory Regional airport for a specially themed storytime! We’ll read fun books, sing songs, and complete a cool craft. This month we’ll get into the Halloween spirit with UFOs and aliens. Kids of all ages welcome! Register at or by calling 828-466-6821.

Learn Online from Home!

Soft Skills / Customer Service
Tuesday, October 19 at 10 am
Learn the soft skills you need to provide excellent customer service. To register, go to and complete the form. A zoom link will be sent to you before the workshop.

ESL Class
Wednesday, October 20th from 6-7 pm
Come practice speaking English with us on Wednesday evenings! This is a one-hour online Zoom conversation for students that would like to gain more confidence in speaking English. Please call 828.465.8664 to register or for more information.

Come visit us at the Library!

Postcards for Seniors - Kindness Project
October 1 – 30
Main Library in Newton

We’re celebrating World Postcard Day all month! Stop by the Youth Services desk to design a postcard to brighten a senior adult’s day. You design the postcard and leave it with us; we’ll take care of the rest.

Homework Helpers
Mondays, Thursday, and Saturdays
Main Library in Newton

Our 30-minute homework help sessions are available by appointment. Please call 828-465-8665 for more information or to schedule a session for your student.

Technology Tutoring
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in October from Noon – 1 pm
Conover Branch Library
Need help setting up an email? Want to learn how to use eBooks? Drop in to the Conover Branch for a 20-minute one-on-one session to get your technology questions answered! Bring your device and any relevant usernames and passwords.

First Lego League Jr Robotics Club
Mondays, October 11 – December 13 at 4:30 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Youth STEAM lovers will build, create, problem solve, and use technology as they complete a Boomtown Build. This program is offered in collaboration with 4-H and STEM West. To participate please apply online at or stop by the St. Stephens Branch Library to receive your registration information.

Teen Movie Event – Hocus Pocus
Saturday, October 16 at 3 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library
Celebrate spooky season with an afternoon of fun at your library! Enjoy a showing of the Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus complete with snacks and an awesome fall-inspired paint craft. Register at or by calling 828-466-6821. Masks are required. For ages 12-18. 

TEENTOBER – Harry Potter Trivia
Monday, October 18 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

In celebration of TeenTober, teens and pre-teens are welcome to join the library for an evening of Harry Potter Trivia. Snacks and prizes will be provided! Space is limited and registration is required. Call 828-466-6818 to register or visit the branch.

Japanese Culture Club
Monday, October 18 at 6:30 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Introducing a family-friendly event where each month we’ll discover the amazing world of Japanese culture through origami, calligraphy, games, and more! This month we’ll explore Japanese supernatural folklore, learn how to write ghost in Japanese, and make origami ghosts. All ages welcome, but children younger than 8 may need parental assistance with some activities. Register at or by calling 828-466-6821.  

Spooky STEAM
Tuesday, October 19 at 6 pm
Conover Branch Library

Calling all mad scientists! Enjoy the science and creative process behind the vanishing of ghastly ghosts and reviving eerie electric eels! This program is ideal for kids 5-10 years old. Registration is required. Call 828-466-5108 to sign up. 

Just Breathe: Meditation for Stress Relief
Tuesday, October 19 at 6 pm
Maiden Branch Library

Don’t think you can meditate? Join us as certified yoga instructor Kacy Steiger leads us through a beginner friendly guided mediation class. We will also discuss the differing techniques and benefits of meditating. Accessible to all, but encouraged to bring a yoga mat or towel and a small blanket.  

Catawba Songwriters
Tuesday, October 19 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Come and share your talents while you learn from others. Bring a finished written song or one that’s in progress to share with the group. Teens and tweens with musical talents are invited to join the group.

Black History Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 20 at 4 pm 
Main Library in Newton

This month we’re learning more about African American food culture, an aspect of African American identity that, “like DNA, represents an unbroken line from Africa to present-day America.” We’ll learn about facets of our fusion food culture that are often overlooked or misrepresented. Take a look at the video: or read this brief article about African American chefs at to get a head start on the topic.

Car Shopping for Teens 
Thursday, October 21 at 5:30 pm
Main Library in Newton; Lower Parking Lot

Teens, are you dreaming about buying a car? Join automotive instructor, Rob Kuczenski, to learn more about what you should look for when buying a used car. To register, call 828-465-8665.

STEAM Saturdays @ ST Presents: HalloSTEAM
Saturday, October 23 at 3 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

This month we’ll have fun with the spooky side of science by making ghost bottle rockets. Kids of all ages welcome, but children younger than 7 may need parental assistance. Space is limited so register at or by calling 828-466-6821.

Stop by and visit with the Library to Go – out in the community!

Suds & Stories in Long View
Sunday, October 17 from 2 - 5 pm
Clean Wave Laundry, 2720 2nd Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601
We're looking forward to seeing you in Long View at Clean Wave Laundry! Stop by and check out books, enjoy activities, and get help with your tech and job app or resume questions.

Conover Harvest Market
Saturday, October 23 from 10 am - 2 pm  
Conover Post Office

The Library to Go is joining the seasonal market at Conover and we can’t wait to talk with you about programs and books and resources. Come by and check out the wonderful vendors who will be there and get some books, too!

Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 23 from 3 - 7 pm 
Conover First United Methodist, 410 1st Ave N, Conover, 28613

Conover First United Methodist is hosting a community harvest festival with FREE activities, food, and fun for families. We’ll be there to share books, activities, and more, too!