Maiden Branch to host archaeologist
If you like pottery or history or archaeological digs—or maybe all three—don’t miss January Costa’s pottery talk Nov. 18 in Maiden Branch Library. Her program begins at 6:30 p.m. that Tuesday.
Young and old alike will enjoy Costa’s investigation of pottery from two centuries ago. Costa, a Lincoln County archaeologist, has been involved in a dig at Holly Bend in Mecklenburg County that has produced a number of recovered ceramics. The Catawba Valley stoneware makes up part of the story of earthenware in the Piedmont.
Holly Bend, a frame plantation house along the Catawba River near Cornelius, is associated with the Davidson family of the late 1700s and early 1800s. The ongoing dig has involved a team led by Dr. Alan May as well as support from the Schiele Museum and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department to survey and excavate the plantation site.
The pottery talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Maiden Branch at 828-428-2712.
Adults, kids: Get crafty at the library
Fall crafts will rule during free programs at Catawba County Library System during November.
Knitters will gather at St. Stephens Branch for their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. All needle crafters are welcome to join the stitching session.
DIY Wreaths will be created at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Claremont Branch. Adults are invited to produce an attractive wreath to adorn the home for Thanksgiving. More details are available at the branch or by calling 466-6817.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch will host four crafting events next month. They include:
Fall Leaf Candle Holders, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 for ages 7-12.
Bejeweled T-Shirt Tote Bags, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 for ages 12-18.
DIY Faux Flower Candle Wreath, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 for adults
Fall Wreath Making, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 for ages 7-12.
To reserve a spot, stop by the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch or call 466-6827.
Free computer workshops continue
If you’d like to brush up your computer skills, Catawba County Library is the place to go. Free 60-minute sessions will be offered next month. Pre-registration is required. Classes include:
Computer and eBook Drop-in Session— This is an opportunity for private instruction on how to use an eReader or computer. Offered at Sherrills Ford-Terrell at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Hoopla—Learn to stream movies, music and more through this free on-line service. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Newton.
Intro to Computers— A how-to class for the PC novice. Session starts at 10 am Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Conover and again at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Claremont.
IPad Basics—Learn some quick tips on how to use your iPad. Class starts at 10 a.m. each Wednesday in November at St. Stephens.
CFI College Financial Aid—Learn how to navigate the on-line application process for college financial aid. Offered 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Newton.
“App”-alooza—Learn the ropes of mobile apps during this hands-on class. Scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell.
Intro to Email—See how easy it is to send and receive messages electronically. Class planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Maiden.
Intro to Excel—Get oriented to this popular spreadsheet program. Offered at 10 a.m. Friday Nov. 14 and Friday Nov. 21 at Southwest.
Resume Builders—Free individual instruction on how to best sell yourself on paper. Call ahead for your time slot at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 and in Claremont on Nov. 20 by appointment.
Rocket languages—Try out this amazing on-line learning tool to learn French, Spanish or other foreign languages. The class starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Newton.
EBook Extravaganza—Find out how to read a book electronically and how to use various reading devices such as Nook, Kindle, iPad and so on. The session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell.
To sign up for any workshop, contact the appropriate location: Conover, 466-5108; Claremont, 466-6817; Maiden, 428-2712; Newton, 465-7938; Sherrills Ford-Terrell, 466-6827; Southwest, 466-6818; St. Stephens, 466-6821.
Library to host college aid sessions
Catawba County Library System will host two financial aid workshops Nov. 8 to help students and their parents prepare for college expenses.
A representative of College Foundation of North Carolina will lead the discussion at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Maiden Branch Library and again at 1 p.m. that same day at the Main Library in Newton. All college-bound students and parents are welcome to attend the free sessions. Reservations are not necessary.
Topics will include college applications, filling out the FAFSA, avoiding too much debt, finding scholarships and grants, saving for college, choosing a career and more.
CFNC offers information and resources to guide students and their families through every step of the college application process and help them make wise choices.
Those who cannot attend the workshop may check the CFNC website at www.CFNC.org or call toll-free 1-866-866-CFNC to talk with a telephone representative.
‘Deep reading’ makes us smarter, nicer
If you’re an avid reader, you’re in good company. Recent research shows that literature makes you smarter and nicer.
We readers have known this for a long time (ahem). The good news is that less than avid readers can get on the self-improvement bandwagon at Catawba County Library. This past year we circulated some 371,000 books in print, audio and electronic formats.
The study is the work of two Canadians: Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University and Keith Oatley, professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto. Their studies published in 2006 and 2009 show that people who often read fiction in particular appear to be better able to understand others and view the world from another’s perspective. The link was apparent in spite of the possibility that more empathetic people might tend to read more books in the first place.
Results cut across age groups. For example, young children who were read to were better able to model another person’s intentions.
Deep reading, the leisurely reading of a favorite novel, isn’t the same thing as skimming through headlines or comic strips or checking Facebook posts. In fact, deep reading may be an endangered practice.
Deep reading exercises the brain much in the same way real experiences do. Language rich in detail and metaphor draws on the same regions of the brain that would be active if the scene were unfolding in real life. Such language is found in novels, short stories, memoir and poetry. The desire for a kinder, more gentle world might begin with reading quality.
Modern life—and availability of such distractions as television and the web—make it too easy to opt for other activities than reading a novel or a memoir or poem. Deep reading, taking the time to slow down and thoroughly enjoy the words on the page, allows the reader to enrich themselves with reflection and analysis. You actually connect the story to your own memories.
County library announces full November schedule
A piano concert, an author visit and Thanksgiving programs highlight the month of November at Catawba County Library System.
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends of the Library will host renowned ragtime pianist Bob Milne at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the branch library. His performance is free and open to the public.
The following evening, author Jason Mott will discuss his successful first novel The Returned—the inspiration for the ABC-TV series “Resurrection.” He will be a guest of Friends of Catawba County Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Newton.
Story times, ESL classes, craft times, computer programs and more round out the calendar. For the most current information, check the on-line calendar at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library
Please pre-register for Maiden events and all computer classes.
The library will be closed Nov. 27 and 28.
Main Library, 465-8664
• Ready to Learn Story Time, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 a.m. (age 2-5l)
• Ready to Learn Story Time 5 p.m. Tuesdays (school age)
• Paws to Read with a dog, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays by appointment (465-8668)
• Final day of early voting, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1
• Election Day Nov. 4 with voting for West Newton Precinct, 6:30 a. m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Hoopla Computer Class, 10 a.m. Nov. 5 (adults)
• Author Jason Mott, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 (teens/adults)
• Southern Pens book club, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, 10 a.m. Nov. 8 (adults)
• CFI College Financial Aid, 1 p.m. Nov. 8 (adults)
• Friends of the Library, 11 a.m. Nov. 10
• Library Advisory Board, 12 p.m. Nov. 11
• Please and Thanksgiving, 5 p.m. (school age)
• History Talk with Gary Freeze: Baby Boomers, 6:30 p. m. Nov. 11 (adults)
• Pumpkin STEM, 5 p.m. Nov. 18 (school age)
• Women’s Self Defense, 6 p.m. Nov. 18 (age 12+)
• Rocket Languages, 10 a.m. Nov. 19 (adults)
• Catawba County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m. Nov. 25 (adults)
Claremont Branch, 466-6817
• Intro to Computers, 2 p.m. Nov. 6 (adults)
• DIY Wreaths, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 (adults}
• Resumé Builder, Nov. 20 by appointment (adults)
• Tween Scene: Babymouse, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 (age 8-12)
Conover Branch, 466-5108
• Little Learning Party story time 11 a.m. Tuesdays (preschool)
• Dance & Learn Story Time, 11 a.m. Nov. 4 (age 2-7 & parents)
• Baby Bounce, 10 a.m. Fridays (infants & parents)
• Intro to Computers, 10 a.m. Nov. 7 (adults)
• My Little Pony Party, 4 p.m. Nov. 11 (kids)
• Cookbook Club: Tailgate Snacks, 4 p.m. Nov. 12 (adults)
• Teen Writers Guild, 6 p.m. Nov. 18
• Wee Explore: Sensory Bags, 10 a.m. Nov. 19 (ages 6-18 months and parents)
• Resumé Help, 10 a.m. Nov. 21 by appointment (adults)
Maiden Branch, 428-2712
• Ready to Learn Story Time , 9:30 a.m. Thursdays
• Financial Literacy: ID Theft, 10 a.m. Nov. 5 (seniors)
• CFNC Financial Aid Workshop, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8l (teens/parents)
• Intro to Email, 10 a.m. Nov. 12 (adults)
• Local Pottery program, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 (adults)
St. Stephens Branch, 466-6821
• Ready to Learn Story Time 6 p.m. Tuesdays (preschool)
• Ready to Learn Story Time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. (preschool)
• CFNC Financial Aid Workshop, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 (teens/parents)
• Knitting Club, 6 p.m. Nov. 3 (adult)
• “Pocahontas” movie, 4 p.m. Nov. 7 (all)
• iPad Basics Help, 10 a.m. Wednesdays (adults)
• ESL Classes for adults, 5:30-7:30 Mondays starting Nov. 10
• Before You Shop (Spanish), 6 p.m. Nov. 11 (adults)
• Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 (all)
Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch, 466-6827
• Ready to Learn, Story Time 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays (preschool)
• Baby Bounce, 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays (infants and parents)
• Computer & eReader drop-in, 6 p.m. Nov. 4 & 18, (adults)
• Ragtime Pianist Bob Milne, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 (all)
• “App”-alooza computer class, 6 p.m. Nov. 11 (adults)
• Fall Leaf Candle Holders, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 (age 7-12)
• Bejeweled T-Shirt Tote Bags, 4 p.m. Nov. 19 (age 12-18)
• DIY Faux Flower Candle Wreath, 4 pm. Nov. 20 (adults)
• Fall Wreath Making, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 (age 7-12)
• eBook Extravaganza, 6 p.m. Nov. 25 (adults)
Southwest Branch, 466-6818
• Ready to Learn Story Time, 10 a.m. Wednesdays & 11 a.m. Thursdays (preschool)
• Intro to Excel, 10 a.m. Nov. 14 & 21 (adults)