Catawba County News

This Week at Your Library [Jul 10-16]

This Week at Your Library [Jul 10-16]

Published: July 08, 2021


Seed Library: Donate & Borrow
We're building a seed library, where the community can exchange seeds for free! We now accept viable seeds at all locations during their standard business hours, and heirlooms are especially welcome. Please package and label any donations you drop off. Seeds may also be borrowed from the Main Library in Newton. They're subject to availability and cannot be reserved. 

Tails & Tales Pet Art Show
Through August 8
To celebrate Summer Learning 2021, we're showcasing photos, drawings, paintings, and stories about your own pet, a shelter friend, or your favorite animal! We're accepting submissions at all library branches all summer long, or you can email them to We'll be displaying all the great art and stories we receive at the Main Library in Newton from June 1 through August 8.

My Pet Dragon: Pen Pal Club
Through August 8
Conover’s pet dragon, Freya, is our writer in residence this summer, so please write her a letter and she'll write you back! You can leave and pick up letters at the Conover Branch.

Reading Buddy
Mondays 6-7 pm and Tuesdays 10-11 am at the Newton Library
Give your child extra practice reading this summer! Call 828.465.8665 to set up a 20-minute appointment with a buddy who will listen and guide. Parents or guardians must remain in the library during each session.

Center & Venture: Tai Chi & Hike
Saturday, July 10 at 8:30 am at Bakers Mountain Park (6680 Bakers Mountain Rd, Hickory)
Certified personal trainer and tai chi instructor Dr. George Place will lead us in finding inner peace and outer adventure as we gather at county parks for 30 minutes of tai chi movements, followed by an hour’s hike. You’ll find everything you need to improve your sense of well-being: stretching, activity, calm, and nature in the company of friends. Suitable for all fitness levels. Registration (and waiver) required at

Garden Volunteer Work Day
Saturday, July 10 from 9-11 am at the St. Stephens Branch
Helping in our garden is a wonderful way to connect and give back. We're looking for volunteers to assist with weeding, general clean-up, harvesting, planting, moving mulch, and other regular garden needs. We plant seeds for healthy foods and strong communities! Contact Tim Gabe at or 828.466.6823.

Garden Volunteer Work Day
Monday, July 12 from 9-11 am at the Newton Library
Helping in our garden is a wonderful way to connect and give back. We're looking for volunteers to assist with weeding, general clean-up, harvesting, planting, moving mulch, and other regular garden needs. We plant seeds for healthy foods and strong communities! Contact Shelley Orr at or 828.466.6828. 

Friends of the Catawba County Library Meeting
Monday, July 12 at 11 am
Help the library fulfill its mission by planning and participating in efforts to raise funds and increase access. To attend via Zoom, call 828.465.8664.

Zumba with Honey & Jossiah
Mondays, July 12, 19 & 26 at 6 pm in the community room of the Newton Library
Kick off your week with a burst of Zumba, a dance and movement activity that's too much fun to call exercise. It's appropriate for every skill and ability level and open to anyone 14+ (parental signature required for teens under 18).

St. Stephens Online Book Club
Monday, July 12 at 6:30 pm
Our book club gives you the freedom to read what you like while guiding you gently with a new topic each month. July’s topic is a young adult book. You decide the title and come prepared to share the story. We’re glad to suggest titles if you'd like. Join to participate. 

Employment Workshop: Overcoming the Challenges of a Criminal Record
Tuesday, July 13 at 2 pm
Receive helpful information and assistance from NC Works Catawba in overcoming the challenges of a criminal record when applying for jobs. To register, go to and complete the form. A Zoom link will be sent to you before the workshop.

Owls with State Park Ranger
Tuesday, July 13 at 5 pm
Kids, join a State Park Ranger on Zoom to discover cool owl facts and dissect a real owl pellet to find out what they eat! To register and reserve your dissection kit, visit One kit per family while supplies last.

Mystery Mavens Book Club
Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30 pm
This book club welcomes new members and is open to anyone, even if you haven’t completed the book. Join us for a lively, in-person discussion of Anxious People by Fredrik Backman at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. To attend virtually, register at Our August read is The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.

Get Active with Stretch-n-Grow
Wednesday, July 14 at 10 am
Kids, join Stretch-n-Grow staff for movement and fun! To register, visit A Zoom link will be sent to you before the program.

NC LIVE from Home
Wednesday, July 14 at 11 am and 5 pm
Your library card grants you access to over 100 databases, including Transparent Language, the Wall Street Journal, and LawHelpNC. Join us for a virtual workshop on accessing and using NC LIVE resources from home. Register at You'll receive a Zoom link the morning of the program. 

Virtual Tai Chi
Wednesday, July 14 at 12 noon
Our lunchtime tai chi class is led by Cooperative Extension director Dr. George Place. The virtual session is designed to help people relax in their homes or offices during a quick half-hour. It also helps promote balance and alleviate the effects of arthritis. To get the Zoom code, check the day of the class.

Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursday, July 15 at 10 am
Gather the kids and join us for a live, interactive preschool storytime! This family-friendly virtual event will include singing, reading, finger plays, and lots of your favorite activities! Please register at You’ll receive the registration confirmation and Zoom link in your email. 

Sew A Sloth
Thursday, July 15 at 2 pm in the community room of the Newton Library 
Attention, 12- to 18-year-olds: Do you want to learn basic sewing machine skills? Want to make your very own stuffed sloth? This is the program for you! Join us for this limited-capacity, in-person class. Registration is required at

Tails & Tales in the Garden
Thursday, July 15 at 6:30 pm in the garden at the Newton Library
Join us for this in-person, outdoor, family-friendly event! We'll read a bilingual story, enjoy activities, and learn about animals (with ponies and miniature horses as special guests!). This will also be a chance to register for Summer Learning, collect milestone prizes, and learn about upcoming programs. Please bring your own camp chair or blanket.   

Tails & Tales Rope Art DIY
Friday, July 16 at 10 am in the parking lot of the Newton Library
We’ll be knotting cotton rope and using yarn to make a wall hanging perfect for anywhere in your home. Supplies are limited, so registration is required at


Cruisin’ by the Tracks
Saturday, July 10 from 3-9 pm in Downtown Catawba
We’ll be joining the fun in downtown Catawba! Come check out the Library to Go, see the cars at the cruise-in, enjoy The Extraordinaires in concert, and watch the fireworks show with us! 

Lunch & Learns on Herman Sipe Road
Wednesday, July 14 from 11:30 am-1 pm at 111 Herman Sipe Rd
We’re partnering with The Corner Table this summer for free lunch-and-learn sessions. Each week, we invite you to come fill your belly with food and your mind with books! Lunch will be served between 12-1 pm. Stop by early to check out our library resources.  

The Town of Catawba
Thursday, July 15 from 10 am-2 pm
We're making appearances in the Town of Catawba on the first and third Thursdays at Redeemer Lutheran Church, ELCA (200 S Main St). During each visit, we’ll be sharing an outdoor, socially-distanced storytime starting at 10:45 am, and you're invited to join us as we learn together. 


Conover Farmers Market
Saturday, July 17 from 8 am-12 noon
We’ll be set up in the parking lot of the Conover Post Office (201 1st St E) once a month during the summer to share information about programs and activities and to check out books. Drop by as you enjoy food, plants, and other goodies from the vendors! 

Night in the Park
Saturday, July 17 from 4-9:30 pm at Claremont City Park (3430 E Main St)
Don't miss out! Claremont is bringing all the summer fun together: water inflatables, food, a live performance by On the Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band, fireworks, and more! We can’t wait to join them and see you there!

Upcoming! Black History Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 18 at 4 pm
BHDG is on summer vacation for June and July, but we’ll return in August to learn more about African-American migration within the United States. For a head start, read The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.


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