Catawba County News

This Week @ Your Library January 14th through 21st

This Week @ Your Library January 14th through 21st

Published: January 14, 2022


We've got storytimes!

Snow Sisters Storytime
Saturday, January 15 at 3 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Come see Anna and Elsa as they present a magical winter storytime complete with songs and fun activities! To register, please visit or call 828-466-6821.

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursdays January 20 at 10 am
Join us for a live, interactive preschool storytime with singing, reading and lots of fun. To register, please visit or the library. 

Quilt Storytime with the HMA
Friday, January 21 at 11 am
Hickory Museum of Art – SALT Block, Hickory

Inspired by The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter, we’ll be having a special storytime with our friends at the Hickory Museum of Art.

Programs for children!

STEAM: Marble Run
Wednesday, January 19 at 4:30 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Join us as we discover how to make a marble run from simple household items. Best suited for ages 5-14. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

Programs for teens!

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 18 at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

Get your game on! We’ll have games for you to try or you can bring your own handheld device for cooperative play.

Programs for adults!

One-On-One Tech Help 
January 1-31
Main Library in Newton

Did you know if you need help or have questions about technology, you can set up a one-on-one appointment with our Tech Connect Librarian? For more information or to set up an appointment, please call 828-465-9494.

Community Virtual Quilt Project
January 1-31
St. Stephens Branch Library

Let’s build a virtual quilt together! This project is inspired by the Hickory Museum of Art:  Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter exhibit. You are invited to create your own quilt square that represents who you are. Let your imagination run wild and design a quilt square with whatever materials you like best- just make sure your creation is in the shape of a square. Then snap a picture to send to best part is you can keep whatever you create – we just need the photo! Quilt squares can be created at home, or at the St. Stephens Branch Library quilt creation table open all month long. 

Zoom Room
January 1-31
St. Stephens Branch Library 

Have a big job interview, or important telehealth visit coming up and need a place with reliable high-speed internet, a webcam, microphone, and privacy? St. Stephen’s Branch Library is now offering reservations for our Zoom Room to help with issues like these. To reserve a time, please email Nicole at or call 828-466-6821. 

Eat This, Not That with Renee Green
Tuesday, January 18 at 11 am
Main Library at Newton

Inspired by the book series and the blog, we’ll be taking a look at restaurant entrees and grocery store options that you might choose, thinking you’re making the healthier choice, except you’re totally not. With so many options available, it’s not easy to stay informed, but this class will open your eyes to getting great flavor without excess fat and calories. 

Popcorn Party! 
Tuesday, January 18 from 5 to 7 pm
Maiden Branch Library

The whole family is invited to a drop-in popcorn party to celebrate National Popcorn Day. Drop in between 5 and 7 pm to visit all the popcorn activity stations! Learn cool facts about popcorn, play popcorn toss, make popcorn kernel rain sticks, and make an edible popcorn and seed garland for birds. And you guessed it! Eat freshly popped popcorn from a real popcorn machine! Please call 828-428-2712 if you have any questions.

Catawba Songwriters
Tuesday, January 18 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.

Yoga for Everyone
Wednesdays, January 19 at 11 am
Main Library in Newton

A certified yoga instructor will lead us through a beginner-friendly yoga class. Please bring a yoga mat or towel, as well as a small blanket. To register, visit the library or call 828-465-8665.

Expungement Workshop 
Wednesday, January 19 at 2pm
Online via WebEx

Do you or someone you know qualify for expungement? Learn what you need to know about having charges removed from criminal records in this virtual workshop from NCWorks Catawba. To register, please visit

Black History Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 19 at 4 pm
Hickory Museum of Art, Coe Gallery

We’re discussing quilts and textile arts in African American history this month while surrounded by The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter exhibit. After a brief introduction from HMA’s Education Manager, Ginny Zellmer, we’ll discuss the impacts that quilts and textile arts have had at different times in history.

Clase de inglés
Miércoles 19 de enero de 6 - 7 pm
En línea por Zoom

¡Practique inglés con nosotros los miércoles por la tarde! Esta es una conversación de una hora (por Zoom) para estudiantes que deseen ganar más confianza al hablar inglés. Para obtener más información o para registrarse, llame al : 828-465-8664.

ESL Class
Wednesday, January 19 from 6 - 7 pm
Online via Zoom

Practice speaking English with us on Wednesday evenings! This is a one-hour online Zoom conversation to help students gain more confidence in speaking English. For more information or to register, please call 828.465.8664.

Gentle Flow Yoga 
Thursdays, January 20 at 11 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

A certified yoga instructor will lead us through a beginner-friendly, gentle flow yoga class. You are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or towel as well as a small blanket. To register, visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

Social Media Q&A
Thursday, January 20 at 11 am
St. Stephen’s Public Library

Social Media is a great way to connect with family and friends that live far away but can also be confusing and hard to maneuver. Bring your questions to the Social Media Q&A program to get the answers you are seeking. If you have your own device, such as a laptop or cell phone, please feel free to bring them. While all are welcome to this program, it is in collaboration with the Council on Aging and registration is required through them. To register, please call 828-328-2269.

History and Mystery: Art Quilts, Yesterday and Today
Thursday, January 20 at 1 pm
Hickory Museum of Art, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory 28601

You are cordially invited to visit the Hickory Museum of Art’s The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter exhibit and then join us in the museum classroom for a presentation by Penland School of Craft’s Textile Studio Coordinator Danielle Lasker. Topics covered include the history of traditional and modern quilt making as well as contemporary approaches to quilt construction. Visit the Gallery any time prior; presentation starts at 1 pm. 

Flashback Friday Trivia                                                                                                                                                                                                                Friday, January 21 at 10:30 am                                                                                                                                                                                                            St. Stephens Branch Library                                                                                                                                                                                                              Join us for a trivia trip down memory lane as we tackle trivia questions related to history, popular culture, and famous personalities from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Compete for prizes and enjoy coffee and doughnuts in this fun competition for adults who love trivia.