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Catawba County 101

Catawba County 101

Published: January 10, 2024

Empowering lives and building community by bringing people, information, and ideas together.

How do you achieve your mission?
Helping people connect, explore, and grow through early literacy, technology, genealogy and local history, health and wellness, career and workforce development, arts and crafts, outreach, and lifelong learning programs.
• Information Professionals: helpful library staff available to connect the community to empowering resources, programs, and services
• Personalized Assistance: one-on-one technology help, reading recommendations, free notary services (by appointment), and Community Navigator for whole-person care
• Library Collection: books, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks, e-audiobooks, graphic novels, available for check out
• Equitable Technology Access: WiFi hotspots and Chromebooks available for check out, 24-hour WiFi, public access computers, printing, and free scanning, and faxing services
• Early Literacy Initiatives: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Tiny to Two and Ready to Learn Storytimes, Pre-K Play, Born to Read outreach, and Bookbaggers program
• School Age Resources: Paws to Read, Homework Helpers, crafts, clubs, and STEAM programs
• Young Adult Resources: 3D printing, arts & crafts, gaming programs, career exploration, and volunteer and internship opportunities
• Digital Literacy: computer basics and software classes, resume writing, online safety, personal information security, and social media workshops
• Technology Access: large-format printer, 3-D printer, digital/vinyl cutter, sewing machine, and a dedicated technology librarian
• Lifelong Learning: author visits, art exhibits, book clubs, speaker series, arts & crafts, and health & wellness programs
• Education Support: collaboration with educators for programs and services, providing resources, training, technology, and programming to equip students of all ages
• Library to Go: vital and empowering resources, services, programs, training, and internet access to community events and nonprofit organizations across the county
• 24/7 Online/Digital Resources: available for all ages – Libby, Hoopla, NCKidsDigital, ABC Mouse, TumbleBooks, NCLive, Transparent Languages, Library Edition, resume builders, legal forms, and online newspapers
• Recreation Equipment: Cornhole, Bocce, Croquet, Zumba, and Pickleball fitness kits available for check out

Who does the Library System serve?
The library serves all residents of Catawba County!
Library services are available at all seven locations - Main Library in Newton, Claremont Branch Library, Conover Branch Library, Maiden Branch Library, Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library, St. Stephens Branch Library, Southwest Branch Library, and across the county with the Library to Go and via a remote pick up locker at Clean Wave Laundry in Long View. Patrons can visit the library Monday through Saturday and use our online services 24/7 from anywhere.

How and where are services delivered?
Main Library in Newton
115 West C Street, Newton, NC 28658
Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday-Saturday 9am-6pm
Rhodes Room (Genealogy & Local History)
Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm

Claremont Branch Library
3288 East Main Street, Claremont, NC 28610
Tuesday-Friday 12pm-6pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

Conover Branch Library
403 Conover Station SE, Conover, NC 28613
Tuesday 12pm-8pm
Wednesday-Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

Maiden Branch Library
11 South A Avenue, Maiden, NC 28650
Tuesday 12pm-8pm
Wednesday-Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library
9154 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell, NC 28682
Monday-Tuesday 12pm-8pm
Wednesday-Saturday 9am-6pm

Southwest Branch Library
2944 Highway 127 South, Hickory, NC 28602
Monday-Tuesday 12pm-8pm
Wednesday-Friday 9am-6pm
Saturday 9am-2pm

St. Stephens Branch Library
3225 Springs Road NE, Hickory, NC 28601
Monday-Tuesday 12pm-8pm
Wednesday-Saturday 9am-6pm

Visit the library webpages or social media for more information, including their events calendar:
@catcolibrary for Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter

How many staff members are involved in delivering services?

How does our community and/or organization benefit from these services?
We help our community thrive by…
• Inspiring all ages with lifelong learning opportunities
• Connecting people with the information they need when they need it
• Connecting people to empowering, innovative digital and technology services
• Strengthening community through outreach and partnerships
• Engaging people with positive learning experiences, creativity, and storytelling
• Fostering innovation, collaboration, and community connections

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
The Catawba County Library System saved residents over 5.5 million dollars last year through checked out books, not including the savings from the additional 200,000 times residents checked out audiobooks, DVDs, or online resources. In total, the library provided access to 157,757 physical items (books/DVDs/books on CD) and 702,735 digital books/movies/music/online resources for Catawba County residents this year.