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This Week @ Your Library December 8-15

This Week @ Your Library December 8-15

Published: December 07, 2023


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

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!

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.

PAWS To Read
Saturday, December 9
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library
Read with a certified therapy dog. To schedule an appointment, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

Winter Nights & Festive Lights Celebration
Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30 pm
Southwest Branch Library

All over the world, different cultures have brightened the dark winter nights with holiday celebrations involving light. Learn about some of these traditions, as well as the science behind why winter nights are so long. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6818.

Stories with Santa!
Thursday, December 14 at 6 pm
Main Library in Newton

Wear your pjs and join us for a special holiday bilingual storytime including photo opportunities with the big man himself!

Programs for teens!

Teen Holiday Craft
Saturday, December 9 at 11 am
Conover Branch Library

Create a lovely gift for yourself or others by painting your own canvas bag! To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-5108.

Teen Advisory Board
Tuesday, December 12 at 5 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library 

Teen Advisory Board Meeting: Help plan future teen programs. Tell us what you want to learn, make, and do at your library. Bring a friend and have some snacks.

Teen Night: Cookie Decorating
Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library 

Indulge your sweet tooth and unleash your artistic talents through cookie decorating! Unwind, connect with friends, and explore your inner pastry chef.

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. 

Cross Stitch and a Movie
Saturday, December 9 at 2 pm
Main Library in Newton

By popular vote on social media, we’ll be watching Elf and making a matching cross stitch! Kits contain all supplies needed to complete the design during the movie, or take it home to finish it up. Popcorn and refreshments served. To reserve a kit, please call 828-465-8665.

Holiday Spritzers & Healthy Eating Habits
Tuesday, December 12 at 2 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Holiday style spritzers and easy festive beverages are on the menu. Mix and match ingredients to make the perfect combination that will quench your thirst and garnish your table for the holidays! In addition to the refreshing and festive beverages, CVMC Wellness Dietitian, Lindsie Miles (MS, RDN, LDN) will share healthy approaches to holiday eating habits while not breaking the bank.To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6818.

Needle Felt & A Film – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Tuesday, December 12 at 5 pm 
Maiden Branch Library 

Explore the textile art of needle felting and make your own Grinch Christmas ornament while we watch the (2000) movie. All supplies provided and finger protectors will be available for participants to use. To register, please visit the library or call 828-428-2712. 

How To: Digital Holiday Cards
Tuesday, December 12 at 6 pm
Online via Zoom

Are you ready to go paperless for your holiday greetings? Did you procrastinate until the last second to send out all those glad tidings? Either way, join us to learn about and compare Greetings Island, Canva, and Adobe Express for your digital holiday card needs. To register, please visit

Mystery Mavens Book Club
Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

The Mystery Mavens book club welcomes new members and is open to the public, even if you haven’t read the book. Join us for a lively discussion on The White Lady by Jacqueline Winspear.

Holiday Bingo
Wednesday, December 13 at 10 am
Conover Branch Library

Join us for holiday Bingo and win books!

Interviewing Tips
Wednesday, December 13 at 10 am
Online via WebEx

Learn tips on how to ACE a job interview! To register, please visit

Holiday Decoration Swap
Wednesday, December 13 from 3 - 5 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

‘Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer! Bring your gently used holiday décor to exchange with other members of the community, ensuring everyone can deck their halls with something new and exciting. This is an open house event, so feel free to drop off unwanted decorations or stop by to browse.

Mini Holiday Terrariums
Thursday, December 14 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Create a small terrarium perfect for the holiday season. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

ACAP-Running on Empty: Practice Tips for Hands-On Care
Thursday, December 14 at 5:30 pm
Main Library in Newton

All caregivers for an aging parent are invited to join others at this Adult Caregivers of Aging Parents-Hickory/Foothills Meeting. To provide education, support and community, this month’s meeting will provide tips and tools for gathering information, holding conversations about needs and services, and how to know when to get additional help.

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

Connections Clubhouse Annual Pottery Fundraiser
Saturday, December 9 from 10 am - 2 pm
327 1st Ave NW Hickory, NC 28601

Check out this annual pottery fundraiser, and be sure to bring the kids for a holiday craft they can create for themselves or give as a gift. 

Clean Wave Laundry Suds & Stories
Sunday, December 10 from 2 - 5 pm
2720 2nd Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Drop in to view our selection of books to borrow and create a holiday ornament. Storytime at 3pm! 

Merry Maiden Downtown Christmas
Thursday, December 14 from 5:30 - 8 pm 
19 N Main Ave Maiden, NC 28650

Celebrate the holidays with us at this merry festival with crafts and storytime.