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This Week @ Your Library June 16-23

This Week @ Your Library June 16-23

Published: June 16, 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

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!

Friendship Film Fridays
Fridays at 3 pm 
Southwest Branch Library

Enjoy a weekly movie showing the importance of good friendships. Bring a friend!
June 16:  Because of Winn Dixie
June 23:  How to Train Your Dragon

PAWS To Read
Saturday, June 17
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Schedule a 15-minute appointment to read with a certified therapy dog. To schedule an appointment, please call 828-428-2712 for Maiden and 828-466-6827 Sherrills Ford-Terrell.

Catawba County Parks: All Together Now
Our friends with CatCo Parks will share about pollinators and how things are connected in nature. Make a bee house to take home. 
Friday, June 16
Main Library in Newton at 2 pm|
Conover Branch Library at 4 pm
Tuesday, June 20 
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch at 2 pm

Pre-K Play!
Saturday, June 17 at 11 am
Conover Branch Library

Fun, fitness-focused play with music, games, and an obstacle course! Kids will have a blast as they explore, exercise, and develop motor skills. This program is ideal for ages 2-5 years old.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Dinos/Fossils)
How do scientists use fossil clues to uncover the world of the distant past? Explore real fossils and replica specimens to learn about fossil formation and paleontology. 
Tuesday, June 20
St. Stephens Branch Library at 4 pm
Wednesday, June 21 
Maiden Branch Library at 10 am
Southwest Branch Library at 1 pm

STEAM: Owl Pellet Dissection
Thursday, June 22 at 2 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

We will dissect owl pellets to learn more about an owl’s diet. It’s sure to be a hoot! To register, please visit your library or call 828-466-6827.

Music Makers
Thursday, June 22 at 4 pm
Main Library in Newton

Design and construct your own musical instrument from provided materials. Come together as a group to put on a short concert.

Programs for teens!

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

June 20: Puzzle Making

Kindness Shrinky Dinks
Friday, June 16 at 3 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Join us as we create our own shrinky dink charms, perfect for sharing with friends. To register, please call 828-466-6827.

Animal Shelter Supply Drive & DIY Pet Beds
Friday, June 23 at 3 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Let’s work all together now to help the Catawba County Animal Shelter by donating supplies and creating DIY pet beds for shelter animals in need.

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). 

Stretch for Health-Meditate for Mindfulness
Fridays at 4 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 Days
Saturday, June 17 from 9 - 11 am 
Main Library in Newton 

The community garden is in need of weeding, mulching, and planting. All ages are welcome. To register, please call 828-466-6828.

Mountain View Book Buzz - Juneteenth Discussion
Monday, June 19 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Join us as we discuss The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson. All are welcome to join us for our Juneteenth book discussion and conversation.

Knitting Together
Tuesdays, June 20 at 6 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Make new friends while learning to knit a washcloth using an easy to follow pattern. Yarn and needles provided, or bring your own.

Catawba Songwriters
Tuesday, June 20 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

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.

All Together Now: TV Friends Trivia Night
Tuesday, June 20 at 6 pm
Main Library at Newton

Join us for trivia night with questions relating to famous TV friendships. What’s at stake? Bragging rights, of course, but also lots of fun prizes! To register, as an individual or as a team, please call 828-465-8665. 

Interviewing Tips
Wednesday, June 21 at 10 am
Online via WebEx

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

Chair Yoga 
Wednesday, June 21 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 and relax with the added security of using a chair. 

Career Center
Wednesday, June 21 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.  Drop by, or to reserve an appointment, please call 828-466-6821.  

The Summer Knitting Club
Thursdays, June 22 at 3 pm
Conover Branch Library

Bring your just-starting or in-progress projects as we come together to socialize and learn! A volunteer will be available to teach knitting skills for beginners. 

Oregon Trail for Grown-Ups
Thursday, June 22 at 6 pm
Main Library in Newton

By popular request, join us for an evening of fun playing Oregon Trail. Ages 18 and up are invited to avoid death by dysentery. To register, please call 828-465-9494.

Catawba County Genealogical Society
Thursday, June 22 at 7 pm
Main Library in Newton

For the June meeting, we will be discussing various genealogical and local history topics. All are welcome to attend.

Gentle Flow Yoga 
Fridays, June 23 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. 

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

Conover Juneteenth 2023
Saturday, June 17 from 2 - 6 pm
Conover City Park

Join us for music, storytime, crafts, and fun all relating to Juneteenth!

Herman Sipe Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, June 21 from 11 am - 12:30 pm
115 Herman Sipe Rd, Conover, NC 28612

Enjoy a meal provided by The Corner Table Community Kitchen, check out some books, listen to a story, and participate in free hands-on activities.

Public Health Farmers Market
Thursday, June 22 from 10 am - 1 pm
3070 11th Ave. Dr. SE, Hickory, NC 28602

The Library To Go will be bringing the party to the Farmers’ Market with music, games, and books for all ages.