All Catawba County Offices, Libraries, Parks (Bakers Mountain Park, Riverbend Park, and St. Stephens Park),
Landfill and Convenience Centers will be closed Monday, December 10, 2018 due to inclement winter weather.
**Board of Commissioners Subcommittee scheduled for Monday, December 10, 2018 has been cancelled**

Birth to Kindergarten

Early literacy storytimes and plentiful resources give your toddlers and preschoolers the advantage they need to learn, love to read and be best prepared for school. Online resources include Tumblebooks for Kids with downloadable Ebooks, the NC Kids Digital Library, and Kids Catalog Search, a fun, graphic way for kids to search our catalog prepared just for them.

See our calendar and posts for schedules and events.

Most of your baby’s important brain development will happen in the first 2,000 days of life. Did you know that the library provides resources and programs to enhance your child’s early learning? Even for newborns – they are “born to read!

Now you’re ready to use the Born to Read library card you received in your birthing center and give your baby a big head start with immediate access to thousands of online resources including children’s books, movies, and music.

Click here to see a list of resources and use your Born to Read library card number and the PIN 1234 for full online access.

Don’t have your baby’s Born to Read card yet? Come see us to get your powerful head start on baby’s learning.

All that’s left now is for you to start exploring! Come visit us at any of our seven locations to check out books, movies, audio books, and music. And join us for early learning storytimes!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative to expose children to a greater variety of reading material and establish reading together as an important practice in the home.

The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. When your child reaches a milestone, they can visit the library for a small reward.

Get started now by registering for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten online or visit your local library.

Use your Smart Phone to track the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. Read more.

Baby Bounce is storytime for our youngest learners from 0-24 months (older children are welcome). Sweet, simple 30-minute storytimes feature rhymes, bounces, sensory play and singing. A great beginning for a lifetime of learning!

Baby Bounce Schedule
Conover: Wednesdays at 10 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell: Fridays at 10 am

Preschool Story Times offer fun reading readiness for ages 0-5. Join us for songs, sensory play, crafts and stories designed to prepare your preschooler for learning and exploration with critical early skills. We also share strategies for parents and caregivers to help children develop those essential early literacy skills and get ready to read!

Pre-K Ready to Learn Storytimes Schedule
Newton: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am
Conover: Fridays at 10 am
Maiden: Thursdays at 10 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am
Southwest: Thursdays at 11:30 am
St. Stephens: Tuesdays at 6 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 am

Check out powerfully fun early learning tools here.