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This Week @ Your Library April 12-19

This Week @ Your Library April 12-19

Published: April 11, 2024


We've got storytimes!

Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool 
Preschool story time with reading 
readiness. Join us for songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn.

Wednesdays at 10 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library
St. Stephens Branch Library
Main Library in Newton

Wednesdays at 11 am
Southwest Branch Library

Thursdays at 10 am 
Maiden Branch Library
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library
Southwest Branch Library
St. Stephens Branch Library

Fridays at 10 am
Main Library in Newton

Ready to Learn Storytime: Tiny to Two
Mondays at 10 am
Main Library in Newton

This sweet, simple, 20-minute story time features rhymes, bounces, sensory play, and singing for our youngest learners. Playtime follows.

Ready to Learn Storytime: Bilingual
Miercoles a la 10 am
Wednesdays at 10 am
St. Stephens Branch Library

Únase a nosotros para hora del cuento bilingüe, canciones, movimiento, aprendizaje y más para preescolares.
Join us for bilingual storytime featuring stories, songs, movement, learning and more for preschoolers.

Programs for children!

Pre-k Play
Saturday, April 13 at 11 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Join us for fun, fitness-focused play with music, games, and an obstacle course! Kids will have a blast as they explore, exercise, and develop motor skills. For ages 2-5 years old.

Kid’s Book Club: Titanic 
Monday, April 15 at 4:30 pm
Main Library in Newton

Join us to talk about I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis and share Titanic facts.

Paws to Read
Tuesday, April 16 by appointment
St. Stephens Branch Library

Read with a certified therapy dog. Encourage your young reader through reading with a certified therapy dog. To schedule your appointment, please call 828-466-6821. 

Homeschool Hangout
Thursday, April 18 at 11 am
Conover Branch Library

Are you a homeschooling family or group? Meet other homeschoolers while enjoying an activity and coloring pages! 

Tales in the Garden: Spring into Community
Thursday, April 18 at 6 pm
Main Library in Newton, Community Garden

Join us for this fun family program in the garden as we celebrate community and Springtime! Enjoy stories read in Hmong, English & Spanish. Make crafts, take home plants, and meet special guests including local Hmong gardener Mai Yang.

Perler Bead Club
Friday, April 19 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Make designs using small beads that are fused together with heat. Materials provided.

Programs for adults! 

Zumba Mondays!
Mondays at 6 pm 
Main Library in Newton
Kick off your week with a burst of Zumba, a dance and movement class 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). 

Purl and Chain: Knit and Crochet Club
Tuesdays at 6 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Make new friends and enjoy the company of others while you knit and crochet. Bring your own materials. 

Mindful Movement
Fridays at 3 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Combining stretching with meditation may benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. You can do these exercises while sitting in a chair or bring a mat/towel for floor routines.  While this class is geared to 50+, adults of all ages are invited to join. 

Garden Volunteer Day
Saturdays, April 13 from 9 - 11 am 
Main Library in Newton 

We're seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist with tasks such as weeding, mulching, and planting at the Main Library’s community garden. All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you love being outdoors and getting your hands in the soil, we'd be delighted to have you on board. 

Shelf-Care Book Club
Monday, April 15 at 6 pm
Online via Zoom
In person at St. Stephens Branch Library

Treat yourself to the best kind of self-care: a good book! Our book for April will be The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Pick up your copy at the library or through Libby/Hoopla. Readers participating on Zoom must register at the library with their email address in order to receive the meeting link. 

Mountain View Book Buzz
Monday, April 15 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Join us as we discuss The Night Shift by Alex Finlay. All are welcome to discuss the twists and turns of this month’s book selection.

Northstar Digital Literacy Training
Tuesday, April 16 at 1 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library

Explore your computer skills and find areas to improve with the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment. This tool has fun online tests that help you get better at things like using email, surfing the internet, and using Windows, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and Excel. Get the skills you need to feel confident with technology in your daily life by checking out tests on topics such as Social Media, Telehealth, Supporting K-12 Distance Learning, and Career Search Skills.

Roaming Readers Walking Club
Tuesday, April 16 at 4 pm 
Mountain Creek Park

Want to stretch your legs while enjoying nature and making new friends? Join the library’s new walking club! Meet us at the information center at Mountain Creek Park where we’ll begin our walk on their paved ADA-accessible trail that winds through a quiet cove.  

Resume Builder
Tuesday, April 16 at 6 pm
Online via Zoom

Build your resume from the comfort of your home using the Got Resume Builder available through the library. To receive the Zoom link please visit or call 828-465-9494 for more information.

Health Insurance Navigator Assistance
Wednesday, April 17 from 10 am to 4 pm
Main Library in Newton

Get help signing up for health insurance from a federally qualified health insurance navigator from Legal Aid of North Carolina who can provide unbiased and experienced help in selecting the Medicaid or plan that is best for you. Bring proof of income if possible, as well as the social security numbers of any dependents. To register, please call 1-855-733-3711 or drop in.

Sleep Like a Baby
Wednesday, April 17 at 11 am
St. Stephens Branch Library

Bring your infant and toddler sleep questions! Sleep educator and consultant Laura Nance will share what normal biological infant sleep really looks like, as well as tips and tricks for developing a healthy sleep environment. 

Career Center
Wednesday, April 17 from 1 - 4 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

A Goodwill career specialist will be available to provide one-on-one assistance with your job-related needs. Want to get your resume on Indeed or LinkedIn? This is your perfect opportunity! Reserve a 30-minute appointment by calling your preferred library or drop in as you are able.

Needle Felting
Thursday, April 18 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Explore the textile art of needle felting as we create a small wool chicken. Finger protectors will be available for participants to use. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

Piece of Cake Book Club 
Thursday, April 18 at 5 pm
Novel Taproom in Downtown Newton 

Selecting a diverse range of works and authors, join us to talk about April’s pick, The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins. Get ahead with May’s selection, None of This is True by Lisa Jewell.

Creative Outlet - Stencil Art Studio
Friday, April 19 at 3 pm
Main Library in Newton

To satisfy that creative urge to play and create, we’ll be using rice paper, half-stencils, and watercolor gel crayons to create interesting designs in pleasing colors. To register, please visit the library or call 828-465-8665.

Visit with the Library to Go - out in the community!

Clean Wave Laundry Suds & Stories
Sunday, April 14 from 2 - 5 pm
2720 2nd Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Check out books, use our wi-fi hotspot, or get some one-on-one help with your device. Our family storytime which incorporates stories, songs, and sensory play starts at 3pm.