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This Week @ Your Library June 9-16

This Week @ Your Library June 9-16

Published: June 09, 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, June 9 at 3 pm 
Southwest Branch Library

Enjoy a weekly movie showing the importance of good friendships. Bring a friend! 
June 9:  Lilo & Stitch
June 16:  Because of Winn Dixie

Perler Bead Club
Friday, June 9 at 3 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

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

PAWS To Read
Saturday, June 10
Maiden Branch Library

Schedule a 15-minute appointment to read with a certified therapy dog. To schedule an appointment, please call 828-428-2712.

Bright Star Theatre - African Folk Tales
Monday, June 12
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library at 3 pm
Main Library in Newton at 6 pm

Join a variety of characters from a wide range of cultures in stories that celebrate the various folk tale traditions of the continent of Africa. 
*This program is supported by a grant from the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

STEAM: Bee Kind to Pollinators
Tuesday, June 13 at 2 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Learn how plants and animals rely on each other. Build a flower planter. To register, please call 828-466-6827.

Catawba County Parks: All Together Now
Our friends with CatCo Parks will share about pollinators and how things are connected in nature. Make a bee house to take home. 
Tuesday, June 13
Claremont Branch Library at 2 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library at 4 pm
Friday, June 16
Main Library in Newton at 2 pm
Conover Branch Library at 4 pm

Dog Days of Summer
Wednesday, June 14 at 4 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Help us show our appreciation for the CatCo Humane Society by making delicious dog treats for their current canine residents.

Kindness Trees & Garland
Thursday, June 15 at 4 pm
Main Library in Newton

Children will be encouraged to write kind words that will be turned into paper garland for display and make a paper tree to take home.

Programs for teens!

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 5 pm
Main Library in Newton

June 13:  Career Conversation with Melanie Sigmon from Catawba County EMS

Teen Trivia
Saturday, June 10 at 2 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library 

Try your luck at our All Together Now teen trivia featuring besties  from TV, movies, and comics.

Teen Food STEAM 
Tuesday, June 13 at 6 pm
Conover Branch Library

Bring your appetite as we run experiments like “Will it Chocolate?”, make ice-cream in a bag, and try to conquer a design challenge! To register, please call 828-466-5108. 

Kindness Shrinky Dinks
Friday, June 16 at 3 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Join us as we create our own shrinky dink charms, perfect for sharing with friends. To register, please call 828-466-6827.

Programs for adults! 

Zumba Mondays!
Mondays at 6 pm 
First UMC Newton, Fellowship Hall

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). 

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. 

Friendship Hike & Trail Mix
Friday, June 9 at 8 am
Riverbend Park

Join us for a Friendship Hike – bring a camera to snap some pics. We'll finish at the shelter next to the lower parking lot by the river, where we'll each create our own Friendship Trail Mix.

Coffee Connections 101
Monday, June 12 at 2 pm
Southwest Branch Library

What’s the difference between a cappuccino and a latte? Find out in this Baristas Know Best program! To register, please visit the library or call 828-466-6818.

Virtual Book Club
Monday, June 12 at 6:30 pm
Online via Facebook

June’s theme is to read a book celebrating Juneteenth. New members welcome! To join the Facebook group, make theme suggestions, and read past threads, please visit 

Growing Native Plants/Plant Swap
Tuesday, June 13 at 2 pm
Southwest Branch Library

Learn about growing and propagating native perennial plants with a NC Cooperative Extension Agent. Bring healthy, pest-free houseplants to swap with others.

DIY No Sew Blankets 
Tuesday, June 13 at 5 pm
Maiden Branch Library

Learn how to make a no sew fleece tie blanket for yourself and the Catawba County Animal Shelter for Kitten Season. To register, please visit the library or call 828-428-2712.

Knitting Together
Tuesdays, June 13 at 6 pm
St. Stephens Branch Library

Make new friends while learning to knit a washcloth using an easy to follow pattern. Yarn and needles provided, or bring your own.

Mystery Mavens Book Club
Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 pm
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library

Join us for a lively discussion on Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister. New members welcome!

Resumes & Job Applications
Wednesday, June 14 at 10 am
Online via WebEx

Learn tips to create a resume and complete an application that will get you the interview! To register, please visit

All Together Now Meditation
Wednesday, June 14 at 6 pm
Main Library at Newton

Learn about the benefits of cultivating mindfulness using one of several methods of meditation, including breath-work, finishing up with a guided meditation together.  Bring your device and we’ll help you install and learn how to use Insight Timer, one of the most popular free meditation apps.

Juneteenth Poster/Sign Making Workshop
Wednesday, June 14 at 6 pm
Main Library in Newton

Make a sign to commemorate Juneteenth 2023! All supplies provided. To register, please call 828-465-9494.

Adult STEAM Field Trip 
Thursday, June 15 at 9:30 am
130 Somerset Drive, Conover, NC

Join us for a tour of the Materials Recovery Facility (known as a MRF) located in Conover, NC. This facility processes all household recycling in Catawba County, as well as for many surrounding areas. This tour highlights how modern landfills and recycling centers work together to provide sustainable solutions for the communities they serve. As public consumption of products and packaging is on the rise, it is more important than ever to keep recycling correctly and practice good habits. Learn how you can help improve our recycling system by being a better recycler. Ages 16+ Closed-toed shoes required. 

Friends of the Library Book Store
Thursday, June 15 from 4 - 7 pm
Main Library in Newton

Build your own personal library and help support library programs at the same time by shopping the FOL Book Store! 

Juneteenth Book Discussion
Thursday, June 15 at 6 pm
Main Library at Newton

Join us to talk about UNC-CH graduate Nancy Johnson’s The Kindest Lie. The novel explores race, class, identity, and the pursuit of the American dream. Everyone is welcome. 

Gentle Flow Yoga 
Fridays, June 16 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. 

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

Juneteenth Jam
Saturday, June 10 from 6 - 9 pm 
Samuel William Davis Sr Field

Continue celebrating Juneteenth with us at Ridgeview Recreation! 

Clean Wave Laundry Suds & Stories
Sunday, June 11  from 2 - 5 pm
2720 2nd Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Check out books, use our wi-fi hotspot, or get technology help. Storytime starts at 3 pm.

Herman Sipe Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, June 14 from 11 am - 12:30 pm
115 Herman Sipe Rd, Conover, NC 28612

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

Music on Main
Thursday, June 15 from 6 - 8:30 pm
Downton Newton

Library to Go will be providing children’s activities during this fun downtown event.