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This Week at Your Library [Apr06-Apr13]

This Week at Your Library [Apr06-Apr13]

Published: April 04, 2019

MAIN IN NEWTON
828.465.8665

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool
Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 am
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn. Ideal for children 3-5, but all are welcome. 

PAWS to Read
Tuesdays from 4-6 pm
Children are invited to read to one of our trained therapy dogs, including Fudge. Call to make an appointment. 

A Closer Look at Nature
Tuesday, April 9 at 4 pm
Children will take a closer look at nature using a digital microscope.

Movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Saturday, April 13 at 1 pm. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
In this animated film, New York teen Miles Morales struggles with school, friends, and developing his powers as the new Spider-Man. When he encounters alternate-world characters from the Spider-Man universe, Miles must work with them as he becomes the new protector of his city.

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
Zumba 
Mondays at 6 pm 

Kick off your week with this dance/movement activity that’s too much fun to call exercise. Appropriate for every skill and ability level, open to ages 14+ (parental signature required for those under 18).

English as a Second Language Classes
Mondays at 6:30 and Thursdays at 5:30 pm
ESL classes are terrific resources for people whose native language is not English. Through instruction and conversation, participants will gain confidence and skills in speaking, reading, and comprehension. For details, call the library at 828.465.8665.

Tai Chi
Thursdays at 4 pm
This graceful martial art has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety while increasing flexibility and balance. Think of it as meditation in motion; tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movement. Suitable for all fitness levels, open to ages 14 and up (parental signature required for those under 18).

Friends of the Catawba County Library Meeting
Monday, April 8 at 11 am
Help the library fulfill its mission by planning and participating in efforts to raise funds and increase access. Meets each second Monday.

Excel Basics
Monday, April 8 at 11 am
Learn the basics of Excel, a spreadsheet program that lets you store, organize, and manipulate data. This class will teach basic functions like AutoSum and AutoFill.

UnBook Club for Non-Joiners
Wednesday, April 10 at 4 pm
Finally, a book club for people who don’t want to read what everyone else is reading, don’t want to make a commitment each month, and who definitely want food and drink options. Come to this meeting to tell others about the books you’ve been reading and possibly get reading suggestions from others. Meets at Blue Moon Tavern in downtown Newton. 

Excel: Formulas and Functions
Thursday, April 11 at 11 am
Learn to create basic formulas or use already created functions to add numbers, calculate a mortgage payment, or search for variabales. Basic Excel skills required.

Southern Pens Book Club
Saturday, April 13 at 10 am
This month's read is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. May's selection is Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Women's Empowerment Workshop
Saturday, April 13 from 1-2:30 pm presented in Spanish.
Lourdes Mantilla, a certified John Maxwell life coach, will provide tools to support women's personal growth and empowerment. Daycare for children 4+ will be available, and light refreshments will be served. Please reserve a space by registering at 828.465.8664. 

Citizen Science Day
Saturday, April 13, all day
Find out how you can participate in citizen science by recording weird weather that’s affecting you in the moment. Bring your app-enabled device and we’ll help you get started so that you can contribute to the scientific record and do your part for science. 


CONOVER
828.466.5108

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime: Tiny to Two
Wednesdays at 10 am
A sweet, 20-minute storytime featuring rhymes, bounces, sensory play, and singing. Playtime follows. Ideal for newborns to age 2, but all are welcome

Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool
Fridays at 10 am
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn. Ideal for children 3-5, but all are welcome.

Alice in Wonderland Ballet
Saturday, April 6 at 12:30 pm
Join the Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts for a special presentation of Alice in Wonderland. Learn elements of storytelling through dance and movement during this interactive performance, followed by an activity based on the story. Open to all ages and families.

Statewide Star Party
Friday, April 12 from 3 pm-5 pm
Discover the secrets of the moon through telescopes, games, and stories. An exciting afternoon of moon-related, hands-on activities.

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
Houseplant Talk & Swap
Saturday, April 6 at 11 am 
Join the library and Anelle Ammons from the Cooperative Extension for a presentation on how to choose and care for houseplants and enjoy the benefits they provide. Bring your pest-free houseplants for trade, potted or bare root. Don’t worry if you don’t have any houseplants to trade – all are welcome!

Stranger Things Trivia Party
Tuesday, April 9 at 6 pm
Do you know who loves Eggos? Where the Demogorgon lives? If you do, then gather your pals, get on your bikes, and cycle your way to the library! Bring a team of 3-4, or come solo since we'll be making teams at the event. The quiz will start shortly after 6 pm. Enjoy snacks, games, prizes, and Stranger Things fun! Please register by calling 828.466.5108. 


MAIDEN
828.428.2712

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool
Thursdays at 10 am
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn. Ideal for children 3-5, but all are welcome.

Alice in Wonderland Ballet
Saturday, April 6 at 11 am
Join the Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts for a special presentation of Alice in Wonderland. Learn elements of storytelling through dance and movement during this interactive performance, followed by an activity based on the story. Open to all ages and families.


SHERRILLS FORD-TERRELL
828.466.6827

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool

Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 am
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn. Ideal for children 3-5, but all are welcome.

Ready to Learn Storytime: Tiny to Two
Fridays at 10 am
A sweet, 20-minute storytime featuring rhymes, bounces, sensory play, and singing. Playtime follows. Ideal for newborns to age 2, but all are welcome.

STEAM Explorers: Makey Makey
Tuesday, April 9 at 4 pm
Kids 7-13 are invited to this program, where we’ll learn about science concepts and carry out related experiments. This month, we'll learn how Makey Makeys work, explore conductivity, and create instruments to make music. Registration required.

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
Introduction to Computers
Friday, April 12 at 11 am
Take the fear out of using a computer as we go over the basics and help you learn at your own pace with short introductory tutorials on a variety of beginner topics. Perfect for people re-entering the work force or who need to learn the basics for a job. 

Hands-on Gardening Series: Starting Your Garden from Seed
Saturday, April 13 from 9 am-12 noon
Starting plants from seed is rewarding and economical! We'll learn which plants are easily started from seed at home and which specimens are best to buy as seedlings. There will be lots of time for questions, and participants can start some plants of their own to take home. Presented by Master Gardener volunteers of Catawba County.


SOUTHWEST
828.466.6818

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool
Wednesdays at 10 am and Thursdays at 11 am 
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn. Ideal for children 3-5, but all are welcome.

Alice in Wonderland Ballet
Saturday, April 6 at 10 am
Join the Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts for a special presentation of Alice in Wonderland. Learn elements of storytelling through dance and movement during this interactive performance, followed by an activity based on the story. Open to all ages and families.

Paws to Read with Mini
Tuesday, April 9 from 4-6 pm
Elementary-aged children are invited to read to Mini, a certified therapy dog. Please sign up for a 15-minute session. Grades K and up.

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
Monday Evening Movie: Green Book
Monday, April 8 at 5:30 pm
In this 2019 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. Relying on a guide book to direct them to businesses that are friendly to African-Americans, the duo are confronted by racism and danger, as well as unexpected humanity and humor. As they learn to set aside their differences, they survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. PG-13.

Mountain View Book Buzz
Tuesday, April 9 at 6 pm
Join us this month for a discussion of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. May's read will be Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.


ST. STEPHENS
828.466.6821

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 am; Tuesday evenings at 6 pm
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn. Ideal for children 3-5, but all are welcome.

Coffee House Poetry Afternoon
Friday, April 12 from 4-5:30 pm
Tweens and teens are invited to share a poem, either their own or one from a favorite poet, in celebration of National Poetry Month & National Library Week. Coffee and cookies will be served. 

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
English as a Second Language Classes
Saturdays, April 6 and 13 at 9 am
ESL classes are terrific resources for people whose native language is not English. Through instruction and conversation, participants will gain confidence and skills in speaking, reading, and comprehension. For details, call the library at 828.466.6821 or Centro Latino at 828.330.0477.

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope 
Monday, April 8 at 6 pm
This hour-long documentary connects adverse childhood experiences to the long-term health of children and communities. Attendees will participate in a survey and discussion about the issues our culture is facing and consider how best to treat families dealing with “toxic stress.” This viewing takes place in partnership with NCWorks, Catawba County Partnership for Children, and Catawba County Schools. 

Are You Using Your Free Digital Resources?
Wednesday, April 10 at 10 am 
Do you know how to download a digital audiobook? Did you know you can stream free movies? All you need is a library card! In this introductory class, patrons will learn about Hoopla, the NC Digital Library, and Overdrive. Bring your own device, and we’ll help you install the apps you need to enjoy these free resources.

Adult Coloring Club: Spring and Easter Themes 
Saturday, April 13 at 2 pm
Come relax by coloring your stress away. We'll provide the themed coloring sheets, markers, and crayons to help you get started.