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This Week @ Your Library March 8-15

This Week @ Your Library March 8-15

Published: March 06, 2024


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!

Nuts for Science
Tuesday, March 12 at 1 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Students in grades 4-6 are invited to our hands-on science workshop highlighting the achievements of George Washington Carver and the incredible uses for the humble peanut! Note: this program will include the use of nuts. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6818. 

PAWS to Read
Tuesday, March 12 by appointment
St. Stephens Branch Library

Schedule a 15-minute appointment to read with a certified therapy dog. To register, please call 828-466-6821.

Perler Bead Club
Friday, March 15 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

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

Messy Science
Friday, March 15 at 4 pm
Main Library in Newton 

Learning while making a mess? Yes, please! Join us in the community garden, weather permitting.

Programs for teens!

Teen Night: Switch Game Night 
Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library 

Join us for game night! Grab a snack and play some fun Nintendo switch games with friends!

Teen Mario Madness
Friday, March 15 at 3 pm
Southwest Branch Library 

Start your engines and get ready to race to the finish line in our third annual Mario Kart tournament featuring our Nintendo Switch consoles! To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6818.

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). 

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. 

Gentle Flow Yoga
Fridays, March 8 & 15 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.

Sound Bath Meditation
Friday, March 8 at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

If you’re ready to find a measure of stillness and peace within, we are pleased to offer a Sound Bath Meditation with Pradnya Gopalan, E-RYT, Yoga Therapy Practitioner and Sound Healer. No prior experience is necessary – bring a towel or mat to lie down on. Try to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before the session starts to allow everyone to settle in. To register, please visit the library or call 828-465-8665.

Garden Volunteer Days
Saturdays, March 9 from 9 - 11 am 
Main Library in Newton 

We're seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist with tasks such as weeding, mulching, and planting at the Main Library’s community garden. All ages and experience levels are welcome. If you love being outdoors and getting your hands in the soil, we'd be delighted to have you on board. 

NC Author Visit: Katherine Snow Smith
Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm
Main Library in Newton

North Carolina native and veteran newspaper reporter and magazine editor, Katherine Snow Smith, author of Stepping on the Blender & Other Times Life Gets Messy, will join us to share her wit and wisdom on the many ways we encounter the unexpected in life, counting our blessings, and finding the courage to carry on with head held high, even if a blender incident should bring us low.

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

Check out books, use our wi-fi hotspot, or get some one-on-one help with your device. Our family storytime which incorporates stories, songs, and sensory play starts at 3 pm.

Catawba County Friends of the Library
Monday, March 11 at 11 am
Main Library in Newton

The Friends support and advocate for library services throughout the county. Join us to help plan and share library information.  

Oscar Trivia Night
Monday, March 11 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

We’re rolling out the red carpet for a night of movie trivia and Hollywood glamour! Light refreshments will be served. Bonus points awarded to those who arrive dressed to impress.

Joara: Conquistadors in NC
Tuesday, March 12 at 5 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

We’ve all heard of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth Rock. But did you know that years before Europeans landed in any of those places, there was a Spanish fort right down the road from here? This engaging talk by Joara docent Mike Carpenter will reveal the discoveries and stories being unearthed at this active archeological site, as well as the opportunities available to the public.

Needle Felt & A Film
Tuesday, March 12 at 5:30 pm
Maiden Branch Library

Were you born in the 90s? Get in the "spirit" of St. Patrick's Day as we watch the Disney Channel Original Movie, The Luck of the Irish, and needle felt the ghost of St. Patrick. Finger protectors and supplies will be provided. To register, please visit the library or call 828-428-2712.

Houseplant Exchange
Tuesday, March 12 at 6 pm
Conover Branch Library

Bring your pest-free, potted or bare root houseplants for trade. Don’t worry if you don’t have any houseplants to trade, all are welcome!

Mystery Mavens Book Club
Tuesday, March 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 Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.

Chair Yoga
Wednesdays, March 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 and a small blanket.

The Great Outdoors 
Wednesdays at 6 pm
Main Library in Newton

Find out everything you need to know to stay safe when you venture into the Great Outdoors! Whether you venture out with friends or family, in small groups or large, Eileen Conway, experienced hiker, certified Wilderness First Aid instructor, and certified single pitch instructor with the American Mountain Guides Association, will share all of her best advice for returning safe after enjoying hours, days or weeks on happy trails.
Wednesday, March 13 
Packing Your Day Pack

What equipment do you need for your day hike? Should you bring snacks? How much water do you need? How will you fit all this in your day pack?! Learn tips to help make your day hikes more fun and comfortable!

Virus and Malware Basics
Thursday, March 14 at 2 pm
Online via Zoom
In person at Main Library in Newton

Join us to learn how to recognize viruses and malware on your computer, and ways to protect yourself. To register, please visit or call 828-465-9494. 

Adult Caregivers of Aging Parents (ACAP): Nutritional Needs & Healthy Eating for Older Adults
Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 pm
Main Library in Newton

To provide education, support and community, this month we’ll learn about the increasing importance of adequate nutrition as we age. Issues of health conditions, medications, dental issues, reduced mobility, impaired vision or cognitive function can make choosing and preparing meals more challenging. Learn to assess if your loved one is getting adequate nutrition or if professional help is needed.