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This Week @ Your Library January 20-27

This Week @ Your Library January 20-27

Published: January 20, 2023


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
Main Library in Newton

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

Fridays at 10 am
Main Library in Newton

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, January 21 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.

Crafternoon for the Birds
Thursday, January 26 from 4 - 6 pm
Main Library in Newton

Drop in to make something for our feathered friends and to decorate your space.

Dream Readers
Los sabados solo con cita previa
Biblioteca de St. Stephens

Dream Readers es una programa gratis de lectura y aprendizaje para niños de 5 a 10 años. Para información adicional, por favor envíe un correo electrónico:

Dream Readers
Saturdays by appointment
St. Stephens Branch Library

Dream Readers is a reading and learning program for children ages 5 to 10. For more information, please email:  

Programs for teens!

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

January 24:  Learn to make overnight oats as we celebrate National Oatmeal Month

Programs for adults! 

Zumba Mondays!
Mondays at 6 pm 
Main Library at Newton 

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. 

Techs-pert Help
Fridays at 11 am
Southwest Branch Library

Did you get an e-reader, tablet, or some other new piece of technology as a gift for the holidays? Are you struggling to learn the ropes of your new device? Our library tech experts (techs-perts!) are here to help! Drop in on any Friday during January between 11 am and 12 pm for one-on-one tech help!

Just Walk!
Fridays at 4 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Join us for a fun indoor walk. Enjoy music, moves and smiles—this is more fun than anyone should have on a fitness walk! To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6821. Fitness waiver required. 

“Navigating Jim Crow: The Green Book and Oasis Spaces in North Carolina” Museum Exhibit
January 9 – February 28
Main Library in Newton

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.

Sound Bath Meditation
Monday, January 23 at 9:30 am
Main Library at Newton

Experience the incredibly soothing effects of a Sound Bath meditation using crystal singing bowls. Bring a mat or towel. 

St. Stephens Elementary Art Show
Monday, January 23 at 4 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Students from St. Stephens Elementary will exhibit some of their artwork. Celebrate the accomplishments of these young artists and their families.

Mountain View Book Buzz
Monday, January 23 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Join us as we discuss The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain. All are welcome for  lively conversations and lots of fun!

Green Book VR Experience
Tuesday, January 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Main Library in Newton

Experience virtual reality and learn more about the Green Book! Sign up for a time slot to view short VR movies focusing on the Green Book and travel for Black people by calling 828-465-8665.

Books Between Friends Book Club
Tuesday, January 24 at 6 pm
Claremont Branch Library

Join us for our annual BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) discussion, where participants are invited to chat briefly about a book they've enjoyed during the past year.

Catawba County Genealogical Society
Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 pm
Main Library in Newton, Rhodes Room

For the January meeting of the Catawba County Genealogical Society, we will be discussing various genealogical and local history topics. All are welcome to attend.

DIY Decorative Plate
Wednesday, January 25 at 10 am
Conover Branch Library

Join us as we create a decorative plate with your handwriting! Take any lyrics, quotes, affirmations, etc. and make a personalized plate. To register, please call 828-466-5108.

Interviewing Tips Workshop
Thursday, January 26 at 10 am
Online via WebEx

Learn tips on how to ACE a job interview! To register, please visit

Family History Detective - How to Start?
Thursday, January 26 at 10:30 am
Main Library in Newton

Have you considered researching your family history, but don’t know where or how to start? This workshop will cover how to overcome different types of barriers to follow the trail of your family history.

Job Seeking Boot Camp (Series)
Thursday, January 26 at 3 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Interviewing skills: Last but not least, the interview! Develop the skills to navigate your job interview with confidence and professionalism.

Needle Felting
Thursday, January 26 at 4 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Explore the textile art of needle felting as we create a hedgehog. 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, January 26 at 5 pm
Narrow Coffee & Nosh in Newton

Selecting a diverse range of works and authors, join us to chat about January’s pick, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton. Get ahead by checking out February’s selection, The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister.

Gentle Flow Yoga
Friday, January 27 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.