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This Week @ Your Library July 14-21

This Week @ Your Library July 14-21

Published: July 13, 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: Tiny to Two
Mondays at 10 am
Main Library in Newton

This sweet, simple, 20-minute story time features rhymes, bounces, sensory play, and singing for our youngest learners. Playtime follows.

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!

Friendship Film Fridays
Fridays at 3 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Enjoy a weekly movie showing the importance of good friendships. Bring a friend!
July 14 - Luca
July 21 - Akeelah and the Bee

Green Bean Players present The Enormous Turnip
Friday, July 14
Conover Branch Library at 11 am
Claremont Branch Library at 3 pm

Nothing can bring folks together quite like delicious food! When a turnip of unusual size grows in a garden, everyone must work together to solve this enormous problem in this zany musical retailing of a famous Russian folktale! 

PAWS to Read 
Saturday, July 15
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Encourage your young reader by reading with a certified therapy dog. To schedule a 15-minute appointment, please 828-466-6827.

Pre-K Play!
Saturday, July 15 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. 

Shark Week STEAM
Tuesday, July 18 at 2 pm
Maiden Branch Library 

Join us for a STEAM celebration of our oceans' apex predators.

Dry Ice Exploration!
Beat the heat and join us as we use the scientific method to experiment with Dry Ice. This program is ideal for children ages 7-14.
Monday, July 17
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library at 3 pm

Tuesday, July 18
St. Stephens Branch Library at 4 pm

Wednesday, July 19 
Southwest Branch Library at 4 pm

Thursday, July 20
Main Library in Newton at 4 pm

Friday, July 21
Conover Branch Library at 4 pm

Saturday, July 22
Maiden Branch Library at 11 am

Perler Bead Club
Friday, July 21 at 3 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Make designs using small beads that are fused together with heat. Materials provided.

Programs for teens!

Dungeons and Dragons Club
Saturday, July 15 at 1 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Discover your inner bard or cleric or druid or rogue or wizard and join this epic adventure!

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

July 18: Printmaking with HMA

Teens Teach Tech
Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm
Main Library in Newton

Calling all rising 6-8 graders! 
Become a Digital Superhero at the Main Library in Newton. At these sessions you will increase your digital literacy superpowers to stay safe online, guard against cyberbullying and misinformation. There are four sessions that will run from 6-7:30 pm and include dinner. 

Attend all four sessions for a chance to win a new laptop. For more information or to register, please call 828-465-9494. 

*Teen Teach Tech Project is sponsored by the Public Library Association and AT&T. 
Check out for a safe place for K-12 students to engage in learning.

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). 

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. 

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

Combining stretching with meditation may benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. You can do these exercises while sitting in a chair or bring a mat/towel for floor routines. While this class is geared to 50+, adults of all ages are invited to join. 

STEAM: Soapmaking
Friday, July 14 at 3 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Explore the art and science of soapmaking. Enjoy blending fragrance and additives with a melt-and-pour soap base for a take-home treat. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6827.

Refreshment on the Rocks
Friday, July 14 at 3 pm
Main Library at Newton

When fruit juice has too much sugar and plain water is too boring, try a twist on ‘the usual’ to create your own refreshing beverage that will hydrate as well as taste great! After mixing and tasting, take home some recipe cards to try out on your own. To register, please visit the library or call 828-465-8665.

Mountain View Book Buzz  
Monday, July 17 at 6 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Join us as we discuss The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. All are welcome for lively conversations and lots of fun!

Adult Tie Dye
Tuesday, July 18 at 6 pm
Conover Branch Library

Time to dye at the Conover Branch Library! Create cool color patterns to make a unique book bag. To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-5108.

Catawba Songwriters
Tuesday, July 18 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.

Career Aware Job Fair
Wednesday, July 19 from 3 - 6 pm 
Main Library at Newton

In partnership with the Goodwill Career Center and NC Works, healthcare employers from across the Catawba Valley will be on site to speak with job applicants. Take advantage of this opportunity to turn in a resume, complete an online application, and possibly get an interview all in one afternoon. Industries other than healthcare will also have representatives on site.

Interviewing Tips
Thursday, July 20 at 10 am
Online via WebEx

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

Let’s Get Geospatial (GIS)
Thursday, July 20 at 3 pm
Online via Zoom
Main Library in Newton

GIS, geospatial information systems, is a computer-based tool used to store, interpret, and analyze geographic data. But what can you do with it? Learn all about GIS with Nathan Bost, Catawba County GIS administrator. This session includes how to use the website and what applications are available for everyday use. To attend via Zoom, please visit

Needle Felting
Thursday, July 20 at 4 pm 
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library 

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

Visit with the Library to Go - out in the community!

Claremont Night in the Park
Saturday, July 15 from 4 - 7 pm
3430 E. Main St. Claremont, NC 28610

We’ll be at Night in the Park for a little while so stop on by for more activities for the kids. 

Herman Sipe Lunch & Library 
Wednesday, July 19 from 11 am - 12:30 pm
115 Herman Sipe Rd, Conover, NC 28612

Enjoy a meal provided by The Corner Table Soup Kitchen, check out some books, and participate in free hands-on activities.