Libraries to collect food for fines
Local libraries will accept food staples in place of payment for overdue fines for two weeks next month, from Dec. 2-14. Food for Fines Amnesty Weeks will offer library customers a break with overdue fines while helping the hungry.
Catawba County Library and Hickory Public Library systems are partnering to allow patrons to pay their fines with nonperishable food at the rate of one item for each dollar in fines. The food will benefit local food pantries.
Fines will be waived on any overdue materials returned no matter how long ago the materials were due. However, donated food may not be used to pay for lost or damaged items.
Customers need not have outstanding fines to participate in the food collection. Receptacles will be placed in each location of both library systems. Acceptable food should be in date. Welcome items include canned meat, soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, boxed cereals, grits, dried beans, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, baby food, Jell-O, jams, or small bags of flour or sugar.
Also welcome are individual-serve pop-top cans and other ready-to-eat foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking, such as peanut butter, fruit cups, pudding cups, cheese/cracker combos and the like.
All public library locations in Hickory and Catawba County are taking donations: Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Library in Hickory and any location of Catawba County Library System: Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Southwest and Sherrills Ford.
For more information about the library amnesty weeks, contact your local branch.
Santa Claus booked at libraries
Jolly Old St. Nick will appear at some locations of Catawba County Library System this season. The dates include appearances at:
Claremont—4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7(after the Christmas parade)
Sherrills Ford—6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at tree lighting ceremony
St. Stephens—10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18
Holiday-themed digital workshops at library
Catawba County Library System will host several adult computer workshops to enhance gift-giving and capturing special moments of the holidays.
Each session is 90 minutes long and are offered free of charge. Consider preregistering for:
Pinterest—See how this web-based application will connect you with others who share your interests. Offered 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Conover and 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at Claremont.
NC Digital Library & Kindle—Upload free books from the North Carolina Digital Library to your Kindle e-reader. Offered 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at St. Stephens and again at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Newton.
Craigslist—Maximize use of this web-based marketplace. Buy and sell holiday gifts, services and more. Offered 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Conover and 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Claremont.
Intro to Computers—Ninety minutes of the basics for those with little or no experience. Workshop starts 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Newton.
Scrapbooking with Publisher—Create attractive pages digitally with this popular graphics program. Class begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at Southwest.
iPad & Android–See how to access email, the web and more using these tablets. Scheduled 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13 in Newton.
Windows Live Movie Maker—Just in time for the holidays! Be your own movie director importing and editing slideshows and videos, as well as adding photographs and footage. This workshop starts 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at St. Stephens.
Online Holiday Cards—Make digital holiday cards for friends and family using free applications. Session starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Conover and again at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Claremont.
Uploading Pictures—Take the mystery out of transferring digital images from your phone or camera to a flash drive, tablet or computer. This workshop will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at Southwest.
Space is limited. To sign up for a workshop, contact the appropriate location: Conover, 466-5108; Claremont 466-6817, Newton at 465-7938, Maiden, 428-2712, Southwest at 466-6818 or St. Stephens at 466-6821.
Job hunting? Your local library can help
A few weeks ago, a Claremont resident stopped by Catawba County Library to scan a resumé for a job application. He was in luck. Scanners are available to the public at St. Stephens and Sherrills Ford branches, and thanks to generosity of Friends of the Library, public scanners are also available at Newton and Conover. The man, who was applying for a local truck driver position, was able to complete the application thanks to helpful staff and resources at the county library.
This story illustrates important ways the Catawba County Library System is helping individuals find work. During these stressed economic times, library employees have played a key role in helping residents find employment by helping them set up free email accounts and use public access computers located in all seven library locations.
To residents with little or no keyboarding or research skills, the local library is a godsend.
Free computer classes help adults learn basics such as keyboarding, using the internet and creating and storing Word documents. More specialized sessions involve resumé writing and formatting; using Excel spreadsheets and self-paced learning modules that include practice for licensure and occupational tests as well as for college admissions.
A workshop on internet job searching will be offered next month on Jan.8 at St. Stephens and again on Jan. 23 at Newton. These 90-minute classes help unlock doors by offering basic training in how to effectively navigate employment websites. Preregister by calling St. Stephens at 466-6821 or Newton at 465-7938.
Other educational and employment topics are available free through NC LIVE, an essential learning resource offered free through North Carolina’s libraries. Funded by the state legislature, NC LIVE provides North Carolinians with access to online books, journals, and other media.
For more information about NC LIVE or other library resources, browse the library website at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library or visit your local branch.