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This Week @ Your Library February 17-24

This Week @ Your Library February 17-24

Published: February 17, 2023

*Due to scheduled repairs, the Main Library in Newton will be offering library services on the lower level starting Saturday, February 18. During this time, the upper level of the library will be closed for the safety of staff and patrons. The lower level will remain open for everyday library services.
The scheduled repairs will hopefully be completed by the end of the month. For a more detailed schedule (and services provided) for the Main Library during repairs, please visit:
All branch locations will follow their normal operating schedule.

We've got storytimes!

Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool
Preschool story time with reading readiness. Join us for songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler to learn.

Wednesdays at 10 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library
St. Stephens Branch Library

Wednesdays at 11 am
Southwest Branch Library

Thursdays at 10 am
Maiden Branch Library
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library
Southwest Branch Library
St. Stephens Branch Library

Ready to Learn Storytime: Bilingual
Miercoles a la 10 am
Wednesdays at 10 am
St. Stephens Branch Library

Únase a nosotros para hora del cuento bilingüe, canciones, movimiento, aprendizaje y más para preescolares.
Join us for bilingual storytime featuring stories, songs, movement, learning and more for preschoolers.

Programs for children!

Pre-K Play!
Saturday, February 18 at 11 am
Conover Branch Library

Join us for fun, fitness-focused play with music, games, and an obstacle course! Kids will have a blast as they explore, exercise, and develop motor skills. This program is ideal for children from 2-5 years old. 

PAWS to Read 
Saturday, February 18 
St. Stephens Branch Library 

Schedule a 20-minute appointment to read with a certified therapy dog. To schedule an appointment, please call 828-466-6821.

Programs for teens!

Arctic Escape Room
Friday, February 17 at 2 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Stranded in the arctic tundra, your only hope for escape is to decipher the mysterious clues to open the box containing a map, compass, and rations! To register for your 30-minute slot between 2 - 5 pm, please call 828-466-6818. 

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

February 21: No meeting this week.  

Basic First Aid for Teens
Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

During this non-certification first aid class, participants will learn how to help in the case of an emergency.

Programs for adults! 

Zumba Mondays!
Monday, February 20 at 6 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Kick off your week with a burst of Zumba, a dance and movement class 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). 

Community Navigator
Thursdays & Fridays from 9 am - 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

Stop in to visit with a Community Navigator for a one-on-one session to get connected with services, resources, and local assistance available in Catawba County. For more information, please call 828-465-9553. 

Gentle Flow Yoga 
Fridays at 11 am
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

A certified yoga instructor will lead us through a beginner-friendly, gentle flow yoga class. You are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or towel as well as a small blanket. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

Stretch for Health - Meditate for Mindfulness
Fridays at 4 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Research has shown that stretching can help improve flexibility, and range of motion of your joints. Combining it with meditation benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health. Bring a mat or a large towel. Exercise waivers required. 

“Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina” Museum Exhibit
January 9 – February 28
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

On loan from the NC African American Heritage Commission, this exhibit highlights a complex statewide network of business owners and Green Book sites that allowed African American communities to thrive, and that created “oasis spaces” for a variety of African American travelers. Eight vibrant panels feature images and the words of business owners, travelers, and historic and present-day images of North Carolina Green Book sites. This exhibit is free and open to the public during library operating hours.

NC Reads Carolina Built by Kianna Alexander
Friday, February 17 at 10 am
Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

North Carolina Reads, sponsored by North Carolina Humanities Council, will be providing copies of Kianna Alexander’s novel, Carolina Built. Copies are available for participants of one of two discussion times. For more information, please visit the library or call 828-466-6821. 

E-reader Tech-pert Help
Friday, February 17 from 2 - 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Are you struggling to learn the ropes of your new e-reader or tablet? Our library tech experts (tech-perts!) are here to help! Drop in for one-on-one tech help! 

Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Saturday, February 18 at 9 am
St. Stephens Branch Library

This group is for anyone that has lost a loved one to suicide. For more information, please call Leisa Bentley at 828-234-5822.

Green Book Screening & Discussion
Saturday, February 18 at 2 pm
Main Library at Newton

Join us for a screening and discussion of the Oscar award-winning film Green Book, starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Refreshments provided. Rated PG-13.

Canasta Crew
Monday, February 20 at 10:30 am
Narrow Coffee & Nosh in Newton

Friendly people wanted for this opportunity to socialize and play a classic card game! No experience necessary, newbies welcome - experienced players encouraged to participate as well. We will be playing Hoyle rules. Bring a partner or we’ll match you up. To register, please call 828-465-8665 or join us in person.

Mountain View Book Buzz
Monday, February 20 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Join us as we discuss Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult. All are welcome for lively conversations and lots of fun! 

Social Media for Job Search 
Tuesday, February 21 at 10 am
Online via WebEx

Learn tips on how to conduct effective job searches on popular social media platforms: facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn! To register, please visit

Technology Petting Zoo
Tuesday, February 21 at 6 pm
Conover Branch Library

Join us to learn how to use various technologies the library has to offer, including our 3D printer, VR Headsets, Chromebooks, and more! This program is designed for adults. 

Catawba Songwriters
Tuesday, February 21 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Share your talents while you learn from others. Bring a finished written song or one that’s in progress to share with the group. Teens and tweens with musical talents are invited to join.

Needle Felting
Thursday, February 23 at 4 pm 
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library 

Explore the textile art of needle felting as we create a pocket-sized pet. Finger protectors will be available for participants to use. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827. 

Piece of Cake Book Club
Thursday, February 23 at 5 pm
Narrow Coffee & Nosh in Newton

Selecting a diverse range of works and authors, join us to chat about February’s selection, The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister. Get ahead by checking out March’s pick, Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney.