Catawba County News
Library Receives NCPLDA Awards
Published: December 22, 2023
The library received 4 awards this year from the North Carolina Public Library Director Association (NCPLDA) in the Large Library categories (competing against large library systems like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, Durham County Library, Wake County, Greensboro City, etc…).
Southwest Renovation-Literacy Play Area
Brief Description of Award/Program: Library Facility Renovation – Large Library: Southwest Branch
The Catawba County Library has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to early childhood education through the renovation of the Southwest Branch Library’s children’s area, transforming it into an exceptional space dedicated to fostering early language and literacy skills in preschool children.
St. Stephens Renovation-Literacy Play Area
Brief Description of Award/Program: Library Facility Renovation – Large Library: St. Stephens Branch
The St. Stephens Branch Library stands as a testament to the transformative power of thoughtful renovation and redesign. This facility's recognition is well-deserved, as it underwent a comprehensive renovation aimed at creating a more inviting and modern space, purposefully designed to serve as a destination for diverse community members, especially young families.
Tales in the Garden
Brief Description of Award/Program: Outstanding Programming Award – Large Library: Tales in the Garden
The "Tales in the Garden" series exemplifies the highest standards of community engagement which extends beyond storytelling. The monthly bilingual storytimes and interactive experiences spark conversations about cultural enrichment and charity, fostering a deeper sense of belonging and encouraging individuals to consider their role in creating a more inclusive society.
Ryan Dowd and Mental Health First Aid training for all staff
Brief Description of Award/Program: Outstanding Staff Development Award – Large Library: Ryan Dowd and Mental Health First Aid
Recognizing the growing presence of patrons experiencing homelessness, mental health or drug addition, the library addressed staff concerns about safety and conduct and fostered a more inclusive environment by facilitating training that integrated empathy-driven enforcement techniques and gaining voluntary compliance through positive interactions.