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This Week @ Your Library December 1-8

This Week @ Your Library December 1-8

Published: November 30, 2023

* The Main Library in Newton will be closed from 9 am - 2 pm on Monday, December 4 due to repairs. We will reopen at 2 pm and resume normal hours.

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

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!

North Pole Workshop
Saturday, December 2 at 10 am
Conover Branch Library

We invite 6-12 year old kids to come out and make an ornament for a loved one in their life! Parents/guardians will have trivia and other activities to do while they wait. To register, please visit the branch or call 828-466-5108.

PAWS To Read
Saturday, December 2
Maiden Branch Library

Read with a certified therapy dog. To schedule an appointment, please call 828-428-2712.

Perler Bead Club
Friday, December 8 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

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

Programs for teens!

Teen Nintendo Switch Night
Tuesday December 5 at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

Join us for an evening of gaming and snacks!

DIY Nintendo Mugs
Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Let’s-a go get crafty and make our own easy and fun Nintendo themed mugs! Give them as a gift or keep them as a treat for yourself. All supplies will be provided!

Programs for adults! 

Medicaid Expansion Enrollment
By appointment
Main Library in Newton

Medicaid Expansion will be active December 1. Schedule an appointment with your library to learn more and for application assistance.

Medicare Open Enrollment
By Appointment
Main Library in Newton
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Medicare plans change each year. Do an annual review to make sure the coverage you have is the best one for you! SHIIP-trained counselors will be available for free consultations by appointment. To schedule your appointment, please call 828-328-2269.

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. 

Stretch for Health & Meditate for Mindfulness
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. 

Taylor Swift-Tea Party for Adults
Saturday, December 2 at 10 am 
Main Library in Newton

We can’t let the teens have all the fun! Stop by for any or all of our super-fun Swift-Tea activities: Enjoy a cup of tea, make a friendship bracelet, sing karaoke, snap a few pics at our selfie station, and create an Eras-themed ornament. 

Morse Code Bracelet 
Tuesday, December 5 from 2 - 7 pm 
Main Library in Newton 

Learn how to use Morse Code to create a coded message in a beautiful, beaded bracelet. Take-home kits prepared to create one of three festive messages. Start your work here and finish at home. To reserve a take home kit, please call 828-465-8665.

Sourdough Starter & DIY Butter
Tuesday, December 5 at 5 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library 

Explore the science of a sourdough bread starter! We’ll learn how to feed a sourdough starter, keep it alive, recipes using the discard, and take home a starter to continue future breadmaking endeavors. Added bonus, learn DIY butter for your bread! To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

The Station Book Club
Wednesday, December 6 at 10 am
Conover Branch Library

All are welcome to join as we discuss Verity by Colleen Hoover. Come for great conversation and a book-share at the end with other recommended reads. This book club meets every other month. 

Chair Yoga 
Wednesday, December 6 at 11:30 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

A certified yoga instructor will lead us through a class friendly for all body types and levels. This class is perfect for anyone looking for accessible ways to stretch, relax, and gain the benefits of doing yoga with the added security of using a chair. 

St. Stephens Branch Library Recruitment Event (Job Fair)
Wednesday, December 6 from 12 noon - 4 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Bring your resume and interview with local companies and agencies. For more information about this event, please contact Gina Ortiz at or 828-676-7632.

Canva for Small Businesses
Wednesday, December 6 at 12 noon
Online via Microsoft Teams

Canva is a graphic design platform, used to create social media graphics, presentations, and more which you can use for your small business. Whether you’re a digital marketing whiz that wants to create even more engaging content or you just want to jazz up a flyer for your next event - Canva can help professionalize your marketing. Join this webinar to get started with Canva. To register, please visit

Resume Renovation
Wednesday, December 6 from 1 - 4 pm 
Main Library in Newton

Want to spruce up or refine your resume? Now is your opportunity! Bring in your existing resume and/or fill out our resume building form and we’ll turn your resume into a calling card that will make you proud. Or customize your resume for specific job categories. Your finished resume(s) will be e-mailed to you, or be available for pick up, within 24 hours.

Resumes & Job Applications
Wednesday, December 6 at 2 pm
Online via WebEx

Learn tips to create a resume and complete an application that will get you the interview! To register, please visit

Needle Felting
Thursday, December 7 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library 

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

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

Newton Light Up the Town
Friday, December 1 from 5 - 8 pm
Downtown Newton

Start off the holiday season in Downtown Newton and create an ornament you can take home. 

Claremont Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 2 from 2 - 3:30 pm
3288 E. Main S. Claremont, NC 28610

Join us in front of Claremont Library for crafts before the 39th Annual Christmas Parade.

A Small Town Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 2 from 4 - 8 pm 
100 S Main St, Catawba, NC 28609

Come share in the Town of Catawba’s holiday spirit with activities and storytime.