Catawba County News

This Week @ Your Library January 7th through 14th

This Week @ Your Library January 7th through 14th

Published: January 07, 2022


We've got storytimes!

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursdays January 13 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. 

Programs for children!

Winter Wonderland STEAM
Friday, January 7 at 4:30 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Join us for a fun seasonal program where we’ll learn how to make a snowstorm in a jar as well as awesome paper snowflakes! To register, please visit or call 828-466-6821. 

Titanic Sink or Float (Full STEAM Ahead)
Tuesday, January 11 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Kids will engineer a boat using simple materials and then test its abilities to stay afloat ensuring designated passengers remain safe. This is a STEAM program for elementary students. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6818.

Science with Christmas Leftovers
Thursday, January 13 at 4:30 pm
Main Library in Newton

We’ll be conducting a few experiments with peppermints and poinsettia leaves in this program for 2nd to 5th graders.

Programs for teens!

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesday, January 11 at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

2021 in Review!  We’ll talk about the top rated anime, manga, books, movies and music from 2021 according to the experts and share our personal favorites from last year.

TAB Meeting
Monday, January 10 at 6 pm 
St Stephens Branch Library

St. Stephens Teen Advisory Board members will meet in-person to plan upcoming teen programs for the library.

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. 

Flashback Friday Trivia
Friday, January 7 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.

The Art and Craft of Quiltmaking with Jenny Perry
Saturday, January 8 at 10 am
Online Via Zoom
In person at the Main Library in Newton
In person at the Maiden Branch Library

Join us for a presentation about the creation of art quilts with master textile artist, Jenny Perry, from Swannanoa, NC. She’ll show and tell us about her art quilt journey. Register at to receive the zoom link or watch in person at the Main Library in Newton or the Maiden Branch Library.  

DIY Personalized Coasters
Saturday, January 8 at 11 am
Conover Branch Library

Create your own set of personalized coasters with the library! All supplies will be provided, though participants are welcome to bring their own photos, if they desire. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-5108.  

Zumba LIVE with Honey & Jossiah
Mondays, January 10 at 6 pm 
Main Library in Newton, Community Room

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). Please check Facebook for possible location adjustments or call 828-465-8665.

St. Stephens Theme-Based Book Club
Monday, January 10 at 6:30 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Join us for this monthly in-person event where you can gather with fellow book lovers and discuss books based around a common theme. This month, we’re reading books set during winter so reread a favorite or find something new and come share your reading experience with us. Patrons can utilize the Facebook group for updates, book lists, and discussion by following this link:

Interviewing Tips
Tuesday, January 11 at 2pm
Online via WebEx

Learn tips on how to ACE a job interview in this virtual workshop from our friends at NCWorks Catawba. To register, please visit

Build Your Website
Tuesday, January 11 at 5 pm 
Online via Zoom

Rather for business or pleasure, starting a website isn’t as complicated as one might think. Join us via Zoom to learn basic methods of building a functional site for your business, blog, or hobby. This class will explore WordPress as a website option. To register, please visit or call 828-465-9494.

Mystery Mavens Book Club
Tuesday, January 11 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 Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Our February book discussion will focus on The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen. 

Clase de inglés
Miércoles 12 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 12 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 13 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.

DIY Macramé Plant Hangers
Thursday, January 13 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Explore the textile art of macramé as we learn how to create a plant hanger. Best suited for teens and adults. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

Self Care Project: Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
Thursday, January 13 at 5:30 pm
Online via Zoom

With a fresh start for the new year, we’ll be learning about using mindfulness to lessen the burdens of stress in our lives. We welcome certified personal trainer George Place to share with us his knowledge of techniques and tactics to increase mindfulness and decrease the harmful effects of stress. Register at to get the Zoom link.

A Special Invite!

Join us at 10 am on Monday, January 10 as we launch an exciting new library service in the Long View community.