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This Week @ Your Library May 19-26

This Week @ Your Library May 19-26

Published: May 18, 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!

Kids Art Gallery at Conover Branch Library 
May 2 through May 31
Elementary aged kids can submit original artwork, using the Summer Learning 2023 theme, All Together Now, to be displayed at the Conover Library during the month of June.

PAWS To Read
Saturday, May 20
Main Library in Newton

Watch your child’s confidence grow by reading for 15 minutes with a certified therapy dog. To schedule an appointment, please call 828-465-8665.

Pre-K Play!
Saturday, May 20 at 11 am
Conover Branch Library

Join us for 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 children from 2-5 years old.

Programs for teens!

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

May 23: Stress Relief –Board Games and Coloring

Dungeons and Dragons Club
Saturday, May 20 at 1 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Discover your inner warrior (or bard or cleric or druid or rogue or wizard) and join us in this epic adventure!

Programs for adults! 

Zumba Mondays!
Mondays at 6 pm 
Main Library at 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. 

Gentle Flow Yoga
Fridays, May 19 & 26 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.

Garden Volunteer Day
Saturday, May 20 from 9 - 11 am
Main Library in Newton

The community garden at the Main Library in Newton is in need of volunteers to help weeding, mulching, and planting. If you enjoy being outside and working in the soil, we’d be happy to have you join us. All ages and levels of experience are welcome. To register, please call 828-466-6828.

Club de lectura: Un corazón lector
Domingo, 21 de mayo a las 5 pm
Se reunirá para discutir y conversar acerca del libro Corrido de amor y gloria por Reyna Grande. La ubicación de las reuniones cambia; por favor, llame al 828.465.8664 para más información.

Gelli Printmaking
Tuesday, May 23 at 2 pm
Southwest Branch Library

In honor of the Charles White exhibit at the Hickory Museum of Art, we will show you how to create layers of texture and color using a printmaking technique out of household items and your creativity. Open to adults of all skill levels. All supplies are included.

Books Between Friends Book Club
Tuesday, May 23 at 6 pm
Claremont Branch Library

Join us as we discuss So Long, Chester Wheeler by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Booklist calls it a “testament to unlikely friendships and the power of hidden strengths.” Newcomers are welcome.

Needle Felting at Maiden
Tuesday, May 23 at 6 pm
Maiden Branch Library

Explore the textile art of needle felting. Finger protectors will be available for participants to use. To register, please visit the library or call 828-428-2712.

This is Your Sign!
Tuesday, May 23 at 6 pm
Conover Branch Library

Create your own beautiful wood sign with us. Paint it, decoupage it--make it your own! All supplies provided. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-5108.

NC Reads
Tuesday, May 23 at 6 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Join the NC Humanities’ statewide book club for this one-time discussion of Under a Gilded Moon by Joy Jordan-Lake. We will connect with the author via Zoom as she explores the themes of wealth, poverty, corruptions, and family obligations during the Gilded Age. Free books available while supplies last.

What is Campfire?
Tuesday, May 23 at 6 pm
Online via Zoom

Do you like to write stories but struggle to remember all the character and world building details? Do you play RPGs and want to organize your characters all in one place? Campfire is an app and site to help writers imagine, plan, and tell their stories. Join us via Zoom to learn more about this tool. To register, please visit

Catawba County Genealogical Society
Thursday, May 23 at 7 pm
Main Library in Newton

For the May meeting of the Catawba County Genealogical Society, we will be discussing various genealogical and local history topics. All are welcome to attend.

Chair Yoga
Wednesday, 24 at 11:30 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

A certified yoga instructor will lead us through a class friendly for all levels, perfect for anyone looking for accessible ways to gain the benefits of doing yoga with the added security of using a chair.

Getting Good Sleep
Thursday, May 25 at 11 am
Main Library at Newton

According to the National Institutes of Health, getting inadequate sleep over time raises your risk for a number of long-term health problems. You’ll be glad you joined us for this information-packed workshop on strategies that are proven to help you achieve the sleep you need with a CVMC Wellness Specialist.

Handmade Houseplants and Plant Swap
Thursday, May 25 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Join us as we make realistic looking plants out of paper and then swap the real thing. We encourage bringing a clean cutting, rooted (water/soil), or any house plant you are ready to unload for something new but it is not required to join.

Piece of Cake Book Club
Thursday, May 25 at 5 pm
Narrow Coffee & Nosh in Newton

Selecting a diverse range of works and authors, join us to chat about May’s pick, Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Blood Drive
Friday, May 26 from 11 am - 3 pm
Main Library in Newton

Roll up your sleeve and become a part of the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross! For more information, call 828-466-5111 or sign up online at

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

Clean Wave Laundry Suds & Stories
Sunday, May 21 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.

Conover Farmers Market
Saturday, May 27 from 8 - 11 am
109 1st St E, Conover, NC 28613

Stop by to check out materials and participate in library activities while picking up local produce.

Town of Catawba Juneteenth Event
Saturday, May 27 from 12 - 4 pm
Catawba Park
3rd Avenue NE, Catawba, NC 28609

Stop by the Library to Go to learn more about Juneteenth through storytimes, crafts, and books!