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This Week at Your Library [Dec01-Dec08]

This Week at Your Library [Dec01-Dec08]

Published: November 28, 2018

MAIN IN NEWTON
828.465.8665

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
PAWS to Read
Tuesdays from 4-6 pm (no session on Dec. 25)
Children are invited to read to trained therapy dogs Nicole, Lexie, or Fudge. Call to make an appointment. 

Ready to Learn Storytime
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 am (no sessions on Dec. 26)
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn.

STEAM: Hanukkah Cooking
Tuesday, December 4 at 4 pm
Children will learn about the celebration of Hanukkah and enjoy cooking simple kid-friendly latkes!

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
Tai Chi
Thursdays in December 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). 

Zumba 
Mondays in December at 6 pm (no sessions on Dec. 24 or 31)
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).

Learn About Chakras
Saturday, December 1 at 10 am
John Wepner shares his understanding of the ancient Indian philosophy of chakras, as well as insights from its more recent study by former NASA physicist Dr. Barbara Brennan. Chakras are energy centers of the body that affect us in physical, mental, and emotional ways – very much the bridge between body and mind.

Excel Basics
Monday, December 3 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.

Eating “-Free” Over the Holidays
Tuesday, December 4 at 2 pm
This class with wellness dietician Renee Greene will make life easier for anyone with dietary restrictions and those who cook for them! Whether you need to be gluten-free, dairy-free, or need to limit added sugars, this class is full of useful tips and tricks to make the holidays both easier and more enjoyable.

WorkLife Wednesday: Resumé Tune-Up
Wednesday, December 5 from 10 am-2 pm
Whether you need to create a resumé from scratch or update the one you already have, book your 30-minute, individual session by calling 828.465.8665. 

Excel: Formulas and Functions
Wednesday, December 5 at 11 am
Learn to create basic formulas or use already created functions to add numbers together, calculate a mortgage payment, or search for variables. Basic Excel skills required.

Support Resources for Stressful Times 
Wednesday, December 5 at 12 noon
This event presents a variety of options that people can tap into when life situations seem overwhelming. The program takes place in CVCC's East Wing Auditorium. Part of the Dreamland Community Read series.

Excel: Graphs and Pivot Tables
Thursday, December 6 at 11 am
Learn to create visual data using graphs and pivot tables. Basic Excel skills are necessary.

Southern Pens Book Club
Saturday, December 8 at 10 am
This month's read is The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. January's selection will be Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.

“Ask a Master Gardener” @ the Library
Now it's easy to get professional gardening recommendations anytime. Just submit your questions to an “Ask a Master Gardener” question box at the library.


CLAREMONT
828.466.6817

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Pine Cone Christmas Trees
Saturday, December 1 at 12:30 pm
Families are invited to create a Christmas tree made from a pine cone! Stay later to enjoy the annual Claremont Christmas Parade in downtown Claremont and see our new Library to Go in the parade!

Fillable Ornaments
Thursday December 6 at 4:30 pm
Make your own ornament! We provide clear, fillable ornaments for you to embellish, decorate, and make your own! We'll have supplies, but feel free to bring your own decorations, ribbons, and/or photos (no larger than 1.5” on any side). While supplies last. 

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 8 at 12 noon
Join the Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts for a special presentation of The Nutcracker. Learn about elements of storytelling through dance and movement during this interactive performance. We'll follow up with an activity based on the story. For all ages and families.

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
“Ask a Master Gardener” @ the Library
Now it's easy to get professional gardening recommendations anytime. Just submit your questions to an “Ask a Master Gardener” question box at the library.


CONOVER
828.466.5108

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Baby Bounce
Wednesdays at 5 pm (no session Dec. 26)
This sweet, 20-minute story time features rhymes, bounces, sensory play, and singing for our youngest learners. Playtime follows. 

Ready to Learn Storytime
Fridays at 4 pm (no session on Dec. 28)
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn.

STEAM Station: Holiday Steam
Saturday, December 1 at 10 am
Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math at the library in fun, hands-on activities. Each month we'll offer highlighted themes and projects. This month, we'll tackle Rudolph races, coding with candy canes, and engineering trees with gum drops. Join us to create, experiment, and tinker!

DIY Gingerbread Houses 
Tuesday, December 4 at 6 pm 
Bring the family and join in the fun of creating your own gingerbread house! One kit per family while supplies last. Feel free to bring candies to help decorate. Registration is required; please call 828.466.5108.

Pine Cone Elves 
Wednesday, December 5 at 4 pm 
Transform a pine cone into a decorative winter elf. 

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 8 at 10 am
Join the Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts for a special presentation of The Nutcracker. Learn about elements of storytelling through dance and movement during this interactive performance. We'll follow up with an activity based on the story. For all ages and families.


MAIDEN
828.428.2712

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime
Thursdays at 10 am (no session on Dec. 27)
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn.

College Financial Aid Workshop
Saturday, December 1 at 11 am
Do you have questions about applying for financial aid? Skip Watts from the College Foundation of NC will provide information and help guide you through the process. A great opportunity to get questions answered and have a one-on-one discussion with a financial aid professional.

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
What’s the Hoopla About?
Tuesday, December 4 from 5-7 pm (drop in) 
Learn about Hoopla, a free app that lets you download music, movies, eBooks, audiobooks, graphic novels, and more. Use your library card to search for content to download or stream immediately. Bring your own device for instant access.


SHERRILLS FORD-TERRELL
828.466.6827

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 am (no sessions on Dec. 26 and 27)
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn.

Baby Bounce
Fridays at 10 am (no session on Dec. 28)
This sweet, simple, 30-minute story time features rhymes, bounces, sensory play, and singing for your youngest learners.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 1 at 10 am
Join the Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts for a special presentation of The Nutcracker. Learn about the elements of storytelling through dance and movement during this interactive performance. We’ll follow up with an activity based on the story. This interactive program is perfect for all ages and families. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library.

STEAM Explorers: Marshmallow Igloos
Wednesday, December 5 at 4 pm
Kids ages 7-13 are invited to our STEAM Explorers program where we’ll learn about science concepts and conduct experiments. Join us this month as we engineer igloos using marshmallows. Registration required.

Santa Visit: Christmas in North America
Saturday, December 8 from 5-6:30 pm
Explore different traditions from a variety of countries while enjoying crafts, cookies, hot chocolate, special treats, and a visit with Santa Claus! Bring the whole family, and feel free to take your own pictures during this drop-in event sponsored by the Friends of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library.

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
Mystery Mavens Book Club
Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 pm  
The Mystery Mavens book club welcomes new members and is open to the public. Join us this month for a lively discussion of Mistletoe Murder by Leslie Meier. Our January discussion will focus on The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand.

Do It Yourself Investing 
Friday, December 7 at 10:30 am 
Learn more about investment ideas and strategies related to investment gifting for the holidays and estate planning. This class is for informational purposes only; no sales or personal financial strategies will be offered.

“Ask a Master Gardener” @ the Library 
Now it's easy to get professional gardening recommendations anytime. Just submit your questions to an “Ask a Master Gardener” question box at the library.


SOUTHWEST
828.466.6818

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime
Thursdays at 11 am 
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn.

Baby Bounce              
Thursdays at 2 pm
This sweet, 20-minute story time features rhymes, bounces, sensory play, and singing for our youngest learners (birth-24 months). Playtime follows. 

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 1 at 10 am
Join the Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts for a special presentation of The Nutcracker. Learn about elements of storytelling through dance and movement during this interactive performance. We'll follow up with an activity based on the story. For all ages and families.

Make-and-Decorate Holiday Ornaments
December 3-22, anytime
Patrons of all ages are invited to make various ornament crafts each week and help us decorate our Holiday Tree. Everyone is welcome to make and take an ornament as well as create one for the tree.

Christmas in Peru
Monday, December 3 at 6 pm
Families will enjoy learning about the festive holiday culture in Peru while they make a traditional craft and a Peruvian snack! 

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
STEAM: Gingerbread Houses 
Tuesday, December 4 at 6 pm 
Teens and adults are welcome to be creative and experiment with their gingerbread home-building skills. For ages 13 and up

“Ask a Master Gardener” @ the Library
Now it's easy to get professional gardening recommendations anytime. Just submit your questions to an “Ask a Master Gardener” question box at the library.


ST. STEPHENS
828.466.6821

CHILDREN / TEENS / FAMILIES
Ready to Learn Storytime
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 am; Tuesday evenings at 6 pm (no sessions on Dec. 25 or 26)
Songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn.

The Nutcracker Ballet 
Saturday, December 1 at 11 am
Join the Hickory Ballet and Performing Arts for a special presentation of The Nutcracker. Learn about elements of storytelling through dance and movement during this interactive performance. We'll follow up with an activity based on the story. For all ages and families.

South Mountain State Park: Hug-A-Tree Program
Thursday, December 6 at 4 pm 
Did you know that many people become disoriented and lose their way while hiking and camping? The National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR) is committed to reducing the number of children who become lost each year by teaching basic techniques to aid in survival if kids do become lost. Each child will receive a free whistle following the program.  

Reindeer Pots & Tea Light Snowman Craft 
Friday, December 7 at 4 pm
Teens are invited to join us for an afternoon craft to get in the holiday spirit! All materials will be provided, but please register to ensure that supplies are available. 

ADULTS / CAREER / TECH
Lock Your Meds
Monday, December 3 at 6 pm
A community-wide approach is needed to solve the opiate crisis, and this program is key. Be part of the solution by finding out how and why to keep certain legitimate prescriptions safely locked away and learning what to do with leftover pills to prevent them falling into the wrong hands. Several lockboxes will be given away to participants. Part of the Dreamland Community Read series.

Learn to Use the Library's Website
Wednesday, December 5 at 10 am
Are you familiar with the terrific benefits of the Catawba County Library website? Learn to use our online catalog and manage your account. The seminar will also teach you how to access the many free links found on our site, including Gale Forms, GCF Learnfree, and NCLIVE.

English as a Second Language Classes
Saturdays, December 8, 15, 22, and 29 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.