Library news, Oct. 20

October 20th, 2014 by twilson

The Returned author coming to Newton
Jason Mott, author of The Returned, a book that sparked the hit TV series “Resurrection,” will appear at the Main Library in Newton on Nov. 6. He will discuss his first novel at 6:30 p.m. that Thursday as well as his new release, The Wonder of All Things. The public is invited.

Mott, a native of eastern North Carolina, took the world by storm with The Returned, a novel about the dead returning to life and is regarded as a writer to watch.

He earned a BA degree in fiction and an MFA in poetry from UNC at Wilmington. His work received starred reviews from all four major publishers’ journals including Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. The Returned was also named a “People Pick” by People magazine and was featured in reviews by the Washington Post and elsewhere.

The Wonder of All Things, is another stunningly conceived, haunting work that mixes elements of the miraculous with a cautionary tale about the dangerous madness that can accompany mass hysteria focused on a 13-year-old girl with the power to heal.

Mott’s books will be available for sale and signing, thanks to representatives from Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Mott’s appearance is sponsored by Friends of Catawba County Library. The Main Library is located at 115 W. C Street.

Read these books coming to the big screen
Oh what a year it has been for books to movies! Nicholas Sparks’ The Best of Me, Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale, Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, And the list keeps growing.

Catawba County Library has all of the books listed here, and will likely have the DVDs in stock as well when they come out later next year.

In the meantime, you can read the rest of these stories before you head to the theatres this November and December when these new films hit the theatres.

Of course you will find differences between the book and the movie version. That’s because print and film are different media—a book manuscript averages 300 pages. Screenplays are far shorter, about 125 pages. Books by their very nature explore themes and background in greater depth. Movies, on the other hand, are a visual medium. They must offer the eye-catching punch to keep the audience engaged. Scenes may or may not mirror what’s in the book.

The good news is that you still have time to enjoy these books before the film release.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Nov. 21). The sequel to the Hunger Games opens with Katniss Everdeen in District 13. A revolution to overthrow the capitol is underway as she fights to save her love Peeta, who was captured at the end of the last film. Look for Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the cast.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed. (Dec. 5). A woman, who’s lost everything, inexperienced and alone, hikes over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in search of herself. Reese Witherspoon stars in this autobiographical tale.

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon (Dec. 12). In the late ‘60s, detective Larry “Doc” Sportello’s ex-girlfriend who appears to and tell him of a plot to kidnap her billionaire boyfriend. The psychedelic thriller stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Reese Witherspoon, among others.

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (Dec. 17). The classic tale of Middle-earth is at stake as Dwarves, Elves and Men unite against evil forces. The film will feature Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom and Ian McKellan.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Dec. 25). An Olympic runner turned war hero, Louis Zamperini, along with two mates, survives for 47 days on a raft after their plane is shot down during World War II. The three are rescued by the Japanese and then imprisoned. Directed by Angelina Jolie, the movie stars Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O’Connel and Garrett Hedlund.

Enjoy ragtime piano at Sherrills Ford-Terrell
Bob Milne, renowned ragtime/boogie woogie pianist, will present a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public

As an expert of this uniquely American musical genre, Milne performs some 250 concerts per year including the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival in Missouri, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Eau Claire Ragtime Festival, and the Sacramento Ragtime Festival.

Milne is the founder and director of the Frankenmuth Ragtime Festival in Michigan and was interviewed and filmed at the Library of Congress in 2004. He has also performed around the world as a U.S. Department of State Musical Ambassador.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library. A reception will follow. For more information, log on to : http://bobmilne.com/new/

ESL classes to be offered at St. Stephens
St. Stephens Branch Library will host a series of English as a Second Language classes starting on Monday, Nov. 10 through Dec. 29.

Depending on demand, the two-hour classes may be extended into 2015.

Cindy Lee Scala will lead the sessions. A certified ESL instructor, she most recently taught ESL at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington, DE. She also worked in law enforcement and the justice system in Delaware and New Jersey. She now works as a probation officer in Hickory.

Interested students can call 828-466-6821 to register or just stop by the branch.

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Library update, Oct. 16

October 16th, 2014 by twilson

County library wants your advice
If you’ve ever wanted to give the library some advice, here’s your chance.

The library is undergoing a strategic planning process, and staff really wants your input.

“Getting broad input from the community is tremendously vital for shaping the future of our library,” said Suzanne White, library director. “Input from residents will help guide us in planning for services that best match what our community wants and needs.”

“We need advice from those who use the library as well as those who don’t, so that we can make the library what our citizens think it should be,” White added.

Catawba County Library System has engaged the services of Dr. Anthony Chow with Strategic Performance Systems and UNC at Greensboro to guide the process.

“We are gathering input through a variety of methods, including interviews with community leaders, and civic and non-profit stakeholders,” Chow said. “We are conducting community focus groups and public forums, collecting input through an online survey, and sending a random sample mailed survey to over 1,000 citizens. We want this process to be as thorough as possible.”

Public forums will be held in the evenings at various community locations, and will be announced soon.

A Chance to Win a Kindle Fire HD
The library is asking citizens to take a few minutes to complete the library community survey either online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/catawbacountylibrarysurvey or via hard copy, which will be available at all library branches. The survey will close on Monday November 10th at midnight. Those who share their contact information will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD.

The library’s strategic planning project is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Catawba County Library System, headquartered in Newton, operates facilities there as well as in Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Sherrills Ford-Terrell, St. Stephens and Southwest (Mountain View).

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Library news, Oct. 13

October 13th, 2014 by twilson

Halloween-themed events planned at library
Catawba County Library System has a cauldron of Halloween-themed events cooking for young people later this month.

Tweens and teens are invited to “Turn Nightmares into Dreams” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct.17 at St. Stephens Branch. The session will involve practicing face painting and makeup skills for Halloween night as well as a discussion of costumes and books.

A Halloween Science and Story Time Festival will delight kids aged 4 and up at Main Library in Newton. Science experiments, stories, face painting and crafts will keep the crowd entertained from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Find out more of what’s cooking by calling Youth Services, 465-8668.

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library will host a family Halloween activity for all ages from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 to make colorful scratchy-off ornaments and bookmarks. Call the branch at 466-6827 for more details.

Teens at Conover will make “sugar skulls,” a traditional candy given to loved ones on the Day of the Dead in Mexican and some other cultures. The activity begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. For details, call 466-5108. The event repeats at Claremont at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.

Youngsters are invited to Trick or Treat the library system-wide from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Local youth will have a blast at library
Catawba County Library System will offer some fun activities for young people during Teen Read Week, Oct. 12-19.

“Reality of Dreams” will engage ages 12-18 on Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Newton. Youth will gather at 4:30 p.m. to learn about dream interpretation as well as share scary stories and nightmarish activities. On a calmer note, the program will wind up with free coffee and doughnuts. More details are available by calling Youth Services at 465-8668.

Meanwhile at Conover, middle and high school students are invited to Action Figure Comics at 6 p.m. Oct.14. IPads will be provided for young people to learn more about comics, manga and graphic novels. Participants will create their own comic strips using figurines provided by the library. To register, call the branch at 466-5108.

Star Wars Origami and Crafts at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 will bring out the creative side of young people at Conover.

Claremont Branch will get in on the act from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 when teens are invited to a Star Trek Challenge. Youth will test their bravery and smarts with three challenge: Klingon Initiation, Vulcan Poker and sword training with Sulu. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call the branch at 466-6817.

Teen Read Week is a literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It is an annual observance each October.

More new DVDs on tap
Several new DVDs are coming to Catawba County Library. Place your “holds” now on movies soon to be available for free checkout, such as:

Downton Abbey Season 5 (drama)—The popular PBS series revolving around an English manor house in the early 20th century.

The Giver (drama/sci-fi) –In what seems to be a perfect community, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

Jersey Boys (music/ biography)–The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

Wish I Was Here (comedy, drama) Aidan Bloom is a thirty-something who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career and more.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (animated adventure)—Based on the popular 1960s animated TV program, an advanced canine and his adopted son work to fix a time rift they created.

Place a hold on these and other movies at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library or visit any county library location: Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford or Southwest.

Still time to catch Anne Frank play, exhibit in Newton
In case you haven’t heard, Catawba County Library in Newton has partnered with The Green Room Community Theatre to salute the legacy of young diarist Anne Frank.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank has become one of the most widely read books of our time for good reason. The young Jewish girl’s story told of her family’s persecution and hiding during Nazi occupation as only a young person could do.

The Green Room will present one more weekend of the play “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Old Post Office Playhouse Oct. 17-19. For ticket information, call 828-464-6128.

Meanwhile at Main Library, a series of panels from the Anne Frank Center are on display in the lobby. The public is invited to view the panels that tell of the persecution of Jews and others in Europe from the late 1930s until the end of World War II. Books and DVDs about the Holocaust are available for checkout.

You will also see a display case of authentic relics from the Nazi era in Germany. Local collector William Warren has loaned these items—a Nazi flag, gun holster, helmet and other insignia.

On Thursday Dr. Walter Ziffer, a survivor of the Holocaust from Czechoslovakia, will share his experiences in “Witness to the Holocaust.” His presentation, thanks to a grant from the N.C. Humanities Council, will be given at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the auditorium on the ground floor. The Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit, is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The talk is free, and reservations are not required, though attendees should arrive early for a good seat.

Why the salute to Anne Frank and the Holocaust?

For library staff the answer is simple. Anne Frank’s diary gave a name and a face to the millions who suffered atrocities under the Third Reich. All of us need to be reminded of this history to give witness and share what happened in Europe during World War II. The witnesses are becoming fewer every day. If their history is ignored or misinterpreted, future generations may be condemned to repeat it.

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Hear Holocaust survivor Oct. 16

October 6th, 2014 by twilson

Holocaust survivor to share his story at Newton library

Newton, NC, Oct. 6, 2014:

By Tammy Wilson
Public Information Officer
Catawba County Library System

History we don’t know or understand can be repeated. That’s the idea behind the upcoming talk by Dr. Walter Ziffer on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Catawba County Library in Newton. He’s a Holocaust survivor.

Ziffer, a recently retired adjunct professor of philosophy, religion and history at Mars Hill University, will share his experiences in as a boy in occupied Czechoslovakia during a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the library auditorium. His appearance is made possible through a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ziffer has taught classes in Judaism, early Christian history, Biblical Hebrew and comparative religion. Educated at Vanderbilt University and Oberlin College, he holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Strasbourg, France. He has published many articles in Europe and the US and is the author of The Teaching of Disdain: An Examination of Christology and New Testament Attitudes Toward Jews, published in 1990 and most recently, The Birth of Christianity from the Matrix of Judaism, published in 2006.

Ziffer’s appearance is part of a community honoring of the legacy of Anne Frank, a young diarist and writer, who has become one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her wartime diary, The Diary of a Young Girl, has been the basis for several plays and films. Born in 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The diary, a long-standing reading assignment for high school students, documents her experiences in hiding during the Nazi occupation. Anne Frank died in a German concentration camp shortly before the end of World War II.

The Ziffer appearance is in support of “The Diary of Anne Frank” play that opens Oct. 10 at The Green Room Community Theatre Main Stage. For ticket information, call 828-464-6128.

The Main Library in Newton is also hosting an exhibit from the Anne Frank Center in New York this month as well as free showings of two Holocaust-themed productions. They include an episode of “The Diary of Anne Frank” (2009 BBC Series) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in Newton. “The Monuments Men” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Conover Branch and again at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the new Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. The videos are rated PG-13.

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Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Opens

September 30th, 2014 by twilson

The long wait is over. Catawba County Library System opened the new Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Monday evening to the delight of more than 800 visitors.

Library Director Suzanne White formally greeted guests along with Kitty Barnes, chairman of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners; Amy Smith of the Library Board of Trustees and Ellen Dewey, president of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends of the Library.

After a ribbon cutting, the crowd moved into the new 10,000-square-foot facility for a long-awaited look at the inside. According to Assistant Library Director Siobhan Loendorf, the branch recorded 302 checkouts of materials in three and a half hours—more business than is normally done on a typical business day at Sherrills Ford-Terrell. Monday’s visitors perused a special “lucky day” collection of popular, brand-new materials for both children and adults.

The new branch officially renamed “Sherrills Ford-Terrell” provides ample space for materials and services including up-to-date technologies for children, teens and adults, a meeting room, kitchenette, children’s space with outdoor patio, both adult and young adult sections and study rooms. The new structure at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road is a short distance from the former facility that opened in 1975.

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Library News, Sept. 29

September 29th, 2014 by twilson

Library, Green Room partner to honor Anne Frank
Newton is saluting the legacy of Anne Frank next month, thanks to a partnership between the Catawba County Library, the Green Room and Catawba County Museum of History, among others.

The Green Room production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” prompted the effort to draw attention to the history of the Holocaust and the legacy of a young Jewish girl who wrote a heart-wrenching diary that has become one of the world’s best-selling books of all time.

The Main Library in Newton is hosting an exhibit of informational panels on loan from the Anne Frank Center in New York this month. Panels depicting the story of Anne Frank’s life will be on display in the lobby. An opening reception will take place in the lobby from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. Student Rabbi Dennis Jones of Temple Beth Shalom in Hickory will bring greetings at 5 p.m.

Mars Hill adjunct professor Dr. Walter Ziffer will share his personal experience as a Holocaust survivor at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at the library in Newton. His talk is free and open to the public, thanks to a grant from the N.C. Humanities Council.

The play opens in the Old Post Office Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 10 and runs on Oct. 11, 17 and 18. Matinees will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19. A pair of free tickets to the Green Room play will be given away at the library on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16.

Anne Frank, a young diarist and writer, is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust of the 1940s. Her wartime diary, The Diary of a Young Girl, has been the basis for several plays and films. Born in 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany, she lived most of her life in or near Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She gained international fame posthumously after her diary was published. The book, a long-standing reading assignment for high school students, documents her experiences in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Anne Frank died in a German concentration camp shortly before the end of World War II.

Free showings of two Holocaust-themed productions will be held at library locations this month. They include an episode of “The Diary of Anne Frank” (2009 BBC Series) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in Newton. “The Monuments Men” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Conover and again at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 at the new Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library. Both videos are rated PG-13.

Some artifacts related to the European Theatre of World War II will be displayed at Main Library in Newton during the month of October, thanks to a local private collector.

Vote early at county library locations
Three Catawba County Library locations will serve as polling places for early voting this coming month. Main Library in Newton along with Southwest Branch in Mountain View and municipal space adjoining Conover Branch Library will be open for early voting as of Thursday, Oct. 23. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Catawba County registered voters may cast ballots for the General Election at any of these library locations during early voting regardless of home precinct. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at each location on Oct. 23 and 24. Abbreviated hours–8 a.m. to 5 p.m.–will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 5 p.m.

All-day voting (8 to 7) resumes on Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31 at all three locations.
The final opportunity for early voting will be Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. only at Main Library in Newton.

Due to the increased traffic, library customers are asked to use extra caution when entering or exiting library property during early voting. For information about voter eligibility, visit the Board of Elections at the Government Center in Newton or call 464-2424.

Affordable Care Act Clinics scheduled this month
Five informational clinics concerning the Affordable Care Act health insurance plans will be held at Catawba County Library locations in mid-October.

One-hour clinics will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Southwest Branch in Mountain View, as well as four locations on Wednesday, Oct. 15: 10 a.m. at Main Library in Newton, 12 p.m. at Conover, 2 p.m. at Claremont and 4 p.m. at St. Stephens. Appointments must be made by calling Catawba Family Care at 828-624-0538. Individuals should NOT call the library.

Representatives of the Catawba Family Care will conduct the question-and-answer sessions for those who need more information about enrolling in the public-funded health care plans. The clinics will allow residents to get answers, check options, share experiences and be pre-screened for open enrollment.

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Library update, Sept. 25

September 25th, 2014 by twilson

Branch library to open Monday with activities for all

Catawba County Library System’s newest branch will open to the public Monday evening, Sept. 29 with something for everyone. The official ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m. with a brief speech from Library Director Suzanne White and County Commissioner Kitty Barnes and others, but that’s just the beginning.

Visitors to the new library location will be invited to tour the library and visit interactive stations where they can sign up for a library card or learn how to use on-line services including Hoopla and the NC Digital Library. Participants can complete a community survey and be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire tablet to be given away later this fall.

Customers of all ages will be able to sign up for a library card on the spot.

Ongoing story times and crafts will engage youngsters who will also have a chance to read to Nicole, a Pomeranian therapy dog used in the library’s “Paws to Read” program.

Visitors may mingle with area writers in the “Author Alley” where seven authors will have books available for sale and signing. They include children’s author Denise Surratt, award winning author of “Blue” Joyce Hostetter, young-adult author Charity Tinnin, romance author Elizabeth Michels, Southern fiction author Tamra Wilson, novelist and poet Anthony S. Abbot and local historian Dr. Gary Freeze.

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends of the Library will be on hand with information about their group. Visitors may also pick up a bargain at the Friends’ book sale. Refreshments will be catered by Two Sisters Café and sponsored by the Friends group.

The branch phone number remains as 828-466-6827. The new facility is located near the intersection of Sherrills Ford Road and Highway 150 at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road.

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Library News, Sept. 23

September 23rd, 2014 by twilson

Grand opening for new branch library set Sept. 29
Catawba County Library System will officially open its newest facility Monday, Sept. 29 with activities for all ages.

County officials will cut the ribbon at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the new building at 9154 Sherrills Ford Road.

Business hours will be expanded to noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The new facility is located near the intersection of Hwy 150 and Sherrills Ford Road.

Gold bugs, this program’s for you
Whether you have invested in gold, enjoy its beauty or fancy yourself as a Forty-Niner, you won’t want to miss “If Picks and Shovels Could Talk” on Sept. 25. Gold mining historian Vivian P. Hopkins will share her knowledge of gold mining research over much of her life. Her talk begins at 6:30 p.m. that Thursday at Catawba County Library in Newton. The program is free and should interest students and history buffs alike.

Her presentation is presented thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hopkins, vice president of the Historic Gold Hill Foundation, has authored several books on the topic. If you’ve never visited Gold Hill, consider this your prompt to put it on your bucket list. If you’re lucky you may get Hopkins to give you a guided tour of the place that includes historic buildings and re-creations of structures that existed during the gold boom of the early 1800s southwest of Rowan County.

The accidental discovery of gold on the Cabarrus County farm of John Reed in 1799 began a century of wealth, prosperity, heartbreak and deceit for many families and businessmen in North Carolina. Hopkins will outline the fame and fortunes of the most prominent NC gold mines, their owners, investors and the people working in the mines. It traces the history of Gold Hill, which by the early 1840s was becoming known as North Carolina’s Great Gold Mining Capital, with the richest, most famous mines east of the Mississippi. It was a town of such prominence that the mayor of Charlotte boasted he had hopes that Charlotte would one day be as big and prosperous as Gold Hill.

But don’t assume that gold mining was restricted to Gold Hill. Catawba County figured into the story with the Cansler and Shuford mine in southeastern Catawba County. It was in operation along Sherrills Ford Road prior to the Civil War and into the later 1800s after a discovery of the metal by a slave. The mine was quite an operation. Some $900,000 was paid out to workers extrapolating gold from the quartz veins.

More information about that operation and other sites can be found in the Rhodes Local History Room at Main Library in Newton. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Library joins on-line reading project
Catawba County Library System will take part in the Big Library Read program next month. Library card holders will be able to borrow and read the young adult romance, Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Pores beginning Oct. 13. The program allows Overdrive users the chance to read a new release for free. The book was published on Sept. 2.

The novel will be can be accessed and uploaded to an eReader between Oct. 13 and Oct. 28 with no waiting. The book has been described as similar to the popular titles, Mean Girls and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program dates, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able borrow Anatomy of a Misfit For using a valid library card, and read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period with no late fees. The audio version will also be available.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between the North Carolina Digital Library and HarperCollins, Portes’ publisher. Print copies of the book will also be available within the county library system.

To borrow the eBook version of Anatomy of a Misfit, visit the library website http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library and click on the eBook download tab.

Fall Fest planned at Sherrills Ford-Terrell
Autumn will be celebrated in Sherrills Ford when Friends of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library Branch hosts its annual Community Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 at the new branch location, 9154 Sherrills Ford Road. The branch, opening Sept. 29, is located near the intersection of Sherrills Ford Road and Highway 150.

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. On the agenda are games, prizes, face and pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, bake sale, and more.

Pirate Bob will wow the children with balloon sculptures, Setzer’s Landscape Nursery will host a plant sale and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 12 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Time to sign up for free computer workshops
October will bring several opportunities for adults to enhance their computer skills at Catawba County Library System. Each session is 60 minutes long. Consider preregistering for:

    Technology Petting Zoo

—Get acquainted with iPads, Nooks, Kindles and more. Try them out for free before you buy. Offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at St. Stephens.

    Rocket Languages

—Learn a foreign language free on-line. See how this program can enhance your life at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Conover and 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 at Claremont. Another session is planned at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell.
Managing Digital Pictures—Discover how easy it is to download, save and enhance images taken on your cell phone or digital camera. Session begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at Southwest.

    Microsoft Word 2007

—An introduction for those new to word processing. Schedule one-on-one training with library staff from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at St. Stephens and 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at Southwest.

    Hands-on Banking

—An introduction to making payments, balancing accounts and more using a computer. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Newton.

    Job & Career Accelerator with NC Works—

On-line training for those wishing to gain valuable computer skills to increase their marketability using this portal through the library website. Offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell. A second session will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Southwest.

    Local History on-Line

—See how on-line resources are essential to historical research. Offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Conover and again at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Claremont.

    Intro to Computers

—All the basics for the rank newbie. Workshop begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at Southwest.

    Computer Question & Answer

—Come to the Main Library in Newton for answers to your basic computer questions. Session planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8.

    Computer & eReader Questions Drop-In Session

—All the questions you have about computing and eReading but were afraid to ask. No question too simple or complicated. Drop in at 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in Newton.

    Home School Resources

—Find out how the public library can enhance home teaching. This workshop begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 29 at Conover and 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Claremont.

To register, contact the appropriate location: Newton at 465-7938, Conover at 466-5108, Claremont at 466-6817, Sherrills Ford-Terrell, 466-6827 or St. Stephens at 466-6821.

Library shares October calendar of events

The month of October will be chock-full of activities focused on Halloween, crafts and more.

A wreath-making workshop is planned Oct. 8 at Conover. Adults are welcome to participate. Materials will be furnished.

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends of the Library will host their annual fall festival on Oct. 11. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date is Oct. 12.

Kids are welcome to trick or treat the library from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at all library locations.

Cookie decorating for preschoolers and their parents will be held Oct. 28 at St. Stephens.

In addition, the library system joins The Green Room Community Theatre and others to honor the legacy of Anne Frank with an exhibit on loan from the Anne Frank Center of New York during the month of October. A Holocaust survivor, Dr. Walter Ziffer, will share his experiences on Oct. 16 at Newton and showings of “Diary of Anne Frank” and “The Monuments Men” will be presented at various locations.

For the most current information, check the on-line calendar at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library

COMING ATTRACTIONS
Please pre-register for Maiden events and all computer classes.

Main Library, 465-8664
• Ready to Learn Story Time, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 a.m. (preschool)
• Ready to Learn Story Time 5 p.m. Tuesdays (preschool)
• Paws to Read with a dog, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays by appointment (465-8668)
• Anne Frank Exhibit, lobby during regular business hours
• Computer Q&A, 10 a.m., Oct. 8
• Episode of the BBC series, “Diary of Anne Frank,” 6:30 p.m., Oct. 9 (age 13+)
• Southern Pens, 10 a.m. Oct. 11, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
• Friends of the Library, 11 a.m. Oct. 13
• Hands-On Banking, 6:30 pm, Oct. 14 (adult)
• Affordable Care Act Clinic, 10 a.m., Oct. 15 (adult)
• Walter Ziffer, Holocaust Survivor, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 (N.C. Humanities Council) (teen & adult)
• Computer eReader Questions, 10 a.m. Oct.22 (adult)
• Early Voting Oct. 23-24, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Early Voting, Oct. 25, 8-5
• Early Voting Oct. 26, 12-5
• Early Voting, Oct. 27-31, 8-7

Claremont Branch, 466-6817
• Rocket Languages, 2 p.m. Oct. 2 (adult)
• Local History On-Line, 2 p.m. Oct. 16 (adult)
• Star Trek Challenge, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 (teens)
• Sugar Skulls, 5 p.m. Oct. 30 (teens)
• Home School Resources, 2 p.m. Oct. 30 (adult)

Conover Branch, 466-5108
• Little Learning Party story time 11 a.m. Tuesdays (preschool)
• Rocket Languages, 10 a.m. Oct. 1 (adult)
• Dance & Learn Story Time, 1 p.m. Oct. 4 (age 2-7 & parents)
• Baby Bounce, 10 a.m. Fridays (infants & parents)
• Do -It-Yourself Wreaths, 4 p.m. Oct. 8 (adults)
• Jedi Training, 11 a.m. Oct. 11 (school age)
• Star Wars Origami & Crafts, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 (teens)
• Action Figures Comics, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 (teens)
• “The Monuments Men” movie, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 (age 13+)
• Sugar Skulls, 5 p.m. Oct. 28 (teens)

Maiden Branch, 428-2712
• Ready to Learn Story Time , 9:30 a.m. Thursdays
• Financial Literacy for Seniors: Budgeting, 10 a.m. Oct. 8
• Halloween Science, 11 a.m. Oct. 18 (school age)
• Financial Literacy for Seniors : Fraud, 10 a.m. Oct. 22

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)
• Technology Petting Zoo, 10 a.m. Oct. 1 (adult)
• Knitting Club, 6 p.m. Oct. 6 (adult)
• Microsoft Word 2007, 10 a.m. Oct. 8 (adult)
• Affordable Care Act Clinic, 4 p.m. Oct. 15 (adult)
• Turn Nightmares into Dreams for Halloween, 3:30 pm Oct. 17 (kids)
• Cookie Decorating, 6 p.m. Oct. 28 (preschool & parents)

Sherrills Ford Branch, 466-6827
• Ready to Learn, Story Time 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays (preschool)
• Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends Fall Festival, 10 am-2 pm Oct. 11
• Job & Career Accelerator, 6 p.m. Oct. 14 (adult)
• Computer & eReader Questions, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 (adult)
• Movie “The Monuments Men,” 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 (age 13+)
• Rocket Languages, 6 p.m. Oct. 28 (adult)

Southwest Branch, 466-6818
• Ready to Learn Story Time, 10 a.m. Wednesdays & 11 a.m. Thursdays (preschool)
• Managing Digital Pictures, 10 a.m. Oct. 3 (adult)
• Affordable Care Act Clinic, 3 p.m. Oct. 14 (adult)
• Intro to Computers, 10 a.m. Oct. 17 (adult)
• Computer & eReader Questions, 6 p.m. Oct. 21 (adult)
• Microsoft Word 2007, 10 a.m. Oct. 24 (adult)
• Early Voting Oct. 23-24, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Early Voting, Oct. 25, 8-5
• Early Voting Oct. 26, 12-5
• Early Voting, Oct. 27-31, 8-7

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Library news, Sept. 15

September 15th, 2014 by twilson

Banned Book Week begs freedom of choice

By Tammy Wilson
Public Information Officer

You can’t please everyone.

That’s especially true when it comes to books. One person’s gem is another’s must to avoid. When it comes to reading, there are many examples of intolerance. From The Hunger Games to Captain Underpants to the Holy Bible, all have been banned at one time or another.

Celebrating the freedom to read is the idea behind National Banned Book Week, Sept. 21-27. The annual observance by the American Library Association draws attention to censorship issues. Catawba County Library will observe the week with a display of banned books at Main Library in Newton as well as St. Stephens Branch.

Some banned titles may surprise you: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. The Merriam-Webster dictionary is there too, by the way. It contains inappropriate words for children, objectors say.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank has been banned over the years. Nevertheless, that play will be presented next month as a main stage production by the Green Room in Newton. Catawba County Library in Newton will support the project with a display from the Anne Frank Center in New York all month. The library will also host Holocaust survivor Dr. Walter Ziffer at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. Ziffer, a Road Scholar with the N.C. Humanities Council, will share his experiences in a talk, “Witness to the Holocaust.”

Through history the usual reasons for banning books are offensive language, sexuality, religious viewpoints or themes that raise uncomfortable questions. In the process of censoring, values of one group are imposed on another—an age-old conflict for which there are no easy answers.

Freedom to read what one chooses is one of the tenets of a free society and the focus of Banned Book Week. A particular title may paint a certain group in a less-than-glowing light. A book may raise issues some would rather leave in the closet. Language used in the past may offend 21st century sensibilities just as the name of one author may rile potential readers. But in the end, we are all better off for having the opportunity to share our viewpoints and to learn how others view the world.

Such knowledge allows us to avoid repeating history’s mistakes.

Register to vote at the library
In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, Catawba County Library will have displays and voter registration forms available at all library facilities.

The registration drive encourages citizens to sign up in time for the November elections. Library locations include the Main Library in Newton as well as Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Sherrills Ford, St. Stephens and Southwest (Mountain View).

National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 23. The observance is sponsored by a nonpartisan group to ensure that as many potential voters are properly registered by Election Day, Nov. 4.

According to the Pew Center on the States, an estimated one in eight registered voters have registrations that are incorrect or are ineligible for some reason. For example, if you’ve moved, you must update your address.

Library staff will make the registration forms available. Individual voters must return the forms to the Board of Elections office by hand delivery or through the postal service. Questions about voter registration should be directed to the Catawba County Board of Elections Office at the county Government Center or by calling (828) 464-2424.

County library offers learning for seniors
Catawba County Library System will host a series of programs for senior citizens later this month. The non-commercial sessions are offered free as a community service.

“Plan and Prepare for Long-Term Care” will be presented at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at St. Stephens Branch.

“Money Management: Financial Literacy for Seniors” will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Maiden.

“Being a Safe Senior at Home” is scheduled at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at St. Stephens.

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact the St. Stephens Branch at 466-6821 or Maiden at 828-428-2712.

Watch for these DVDs
Several new DVDs are coming to Catawba County Library. Place your “holds” now on movies soon to be available for free checkout, such as:

Ida—(Drama) A young Polish noviate learns a dark family secret before taking her vows.

Earth to Echo—(Adventure, Sci-Fi) After receiving a bizarre series of coded messages, kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

Edge of Tomorrow—(Action, Sci-Fi) An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with aliens. His union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer to defeating the enemy.

Persecuted – (Drama, Mystery) An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back a senator’s proposition calling for sweeping religious reform.

The Rover—(Crime, Drama) Ten years after a world economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car.

Place a hold on these and other movies at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library or visit any county library location: Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford or Southwest.

Gold mining, highways topic of library history programs
History buffs are in luck this month as Catawba County Library System offers two free programs of local interest.

Gold mining in North Carolina will be discussed by Vivian P. Hopkins on Thursday, Sept. 25, while Dr. Gary Freeze will address bypasses and highways in Catawba County on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Both presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Main Library in Newton. The public is cordially invited.

Hopkins, vice president of the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation of Rowan County, will present her Road Scholar talk “If Picks and Shovels Could Talk: Gold Mining History in North Carolina.” The Wilkes County native has spent much of her life researching gold mining history in the state and has authored several books on the subject.

She currently serves as vice president of the Historic Gold Hill Foundation. Her appearance is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Freeze, a professor of history at Catawba College in Salisbury, will share research about the impact of Business Route 321, Interstate 40 and other local highways. He is at work on his third book of Catawba County history—The Catawbans Volume III due out next year.

Freeze, a Salisbury resident, is regarded as Catawba County’s historian, having written several volumes concerning Catawba County history over the years. Other topics in his program series will be baby boomers on Nov. 11 and shopping malls and mass merchandisers on Dec. 2.

Both programs are suitable for students and adults. For more information about either program, contact Tammy Wilson, public information officer, at 465-8661. .

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Library news Sept. 8

September 8th, 2014 by twilson

Youth: Learn robotics free at the library
It’s not every day that local kids get a chance to learn robotics for free. Catawba County Library is offering that opportunity to 63 lucky students this fall.

Cyberkids Robotics will teach students in grades 5-12 how to use the latest Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots . Nine lucky young people will be assigned to each of seven library locations: Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford-Terrell and Southwest (Mountain View).

Consider this STEM learning on steroids. Participants will not only learn practical physics, but they’ll enhance their computer skills as they solve complex problems. A key part of the agreement is to serve as a mentor for other students, so that first group will boost their leadership and mentoring skills as well.

Once training is over in January, the students will be asked to serve as a volunteer mentor for others who wish to learn robotics at the library, so the program is a great way for youth to gain leadership experience and earn volunteer hours.

Library staff is taking applications through Friday, Sept. 15. Those selected must be committed to the program and promise to attend all of the weekly classes starting in October. The selection staff will also be looking for young people who are willing to work in a team environment and show a desire to help other kids learn about robotics.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 is the third generation robot in the Lego robotics line which enables users build robots and manipulate them with computer software. The product was released a year ago.

The Cyberkids robotics program is supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Applications may be picked up at any Catawba County Library location. For more information, contact Youth Services at 465-8668 or your local branch library.

Still time to invest in library garden
Library fans several more weeks days to participate in a crowd-funding campaign to benefit the library garden.

More than $3,100 has been raised thus far. Goal is $4,860. Both individuals and community groups may give at the library or on-line at http://www.citizinvestor.com/project/growing-plants-and-lives–library The site accepts credit card donations.

The veggie patch, initiated this spring, is designed to provide a learning/reading space for the public as well as a food source for needy families.

The library project marks the first-ever crowd-funding campaign launched by a Catawba County Government agency. The garden, an eco-friendly learning space owned by the county, was started with private donations and support from the Friends of the Library; and now additional funding is being sought to further development.

Tax-deductible donations will help purchase materials, supplies, and plantings to fully bring this garden to life, which will include vegetable, fruit, herbs, and flowers and materials needed to build, contain, and maintain the garden area. Youth and volunteers will continue to tend and share the plants in the community, connect to the garden through literacy programs, and learn about organic gardening, composting, stewardship, healthy eating and the natural world.

For more information about the library garden, contact April Green, Youth Services librarian, at 465-8668 or Suzanne White, library director, at 465-8660.

Conover Branch to host Family Day Sept. 13
Family fun will rule the day this Saturday, when Conover Branch Library sponsors a Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Librarian Brytani Fraser has arranged a full three hours of activities for all ages, including crafts, safety demonstrations, dancing and refreshments.

The morning begins with a car seat safety session at 10 a.m. Professionals from Catawba Valley medical Center will be on hand to show parents the proper way to restrain children in the family vehicle.

Simple make-and-take crafts will be offered at 10:30, followed by a family dance party at 11 and cup cake decorating at 11:30.

Children will get to meet Minnie the library bunny at 12:30 p.m. and help make an obstacle course for the rabbit at 12:30 pm.

Representatives from Conover Fire Department, Catawba County Social Services and local Boy Scout troops will also be available to talk with families.

Conover Branch is part of the Catawba County Library System. For more information, call 466-5108. Conover Branch is located at 403 Conover Station along the railroad tracks near downtown Conover.

Author visit planned at St. Stephens Branch
New England novelist Jean Moore will visit St. Stephens Branch at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 for a discussion of her book, Water on the Moon. The presentation is free and open to the public. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

Her book has been described as a “fusion of history, romance, and mystery that dazzles.” She spins a bewitching tale of hope, tragedy and family secrets

Moore contracted the “writing bug” in elementary when her first “novel” was published in the school newspaper. A former high school English teacher, Moore went on to earn her Ph.D. in English literature and taught college English for a time before turning to telecommunications where she was an executive in education and training for many years.

Now she has returned to her first love and has published fiction, poetry, and non-fiction in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers. She lives in Greenwich, CT. In the summer, Jean teaches yoga in the Berkshires. Water on the Moon is her first novel.

St. Stephens Branch is part of the Catawba County Library System. For more information, call 466-6821.

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