DNA topic of June 8 workshop
Newton’s genealogy series concludes this month with a talk on DNA Saturday, June 8 at Catawba County Library in Newton.
Cliff Grimsley, a biology instructor at Gaston College will discuss how DNA information can enhance family research at 10 a.m. that Saturday. The program is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not necessary.
Grimsley’s presentation is designed for the layman with little or no background in genetics but who would like to submit a DNA test for genealogical purposes.
Grimsley holds an M.A. degree in education and B.S. in biology with extended graduate education in biology and pharmacology. He has taught at Gaston College in Dallas since 1998.
The free workshop is sponsored by Friends of Catawba County Library. Attendees should come with general questions and materials to take notes. Light refreshments will be served at no charge. The Main Library is located at 115 W. C Street, Newton.
Claremont Branch to host quartet
Kontras Quartet will appear free and in concert at Claremont Branch Library on Wednesday, May 22. The public is cordially invited to a Rug Concert for young children at 10 a.m. and an Afterwork Masterworks concert for teens and adults at 5 p.m.
The appearances are made possible through a collaboration of Catawba County Library System through support from the North Carolina Arts Council and United Arts Council of Catawba County through the Grassroots Arts/Project Pools Program.
Summer Reading signups start soon
It’s about time for Summer Reading at Catawba County Library.
Signups begin Tuesday, May 21, at all locations: Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford and Southwest (Mountain View). Kickoff celebrations are scheduled that week. Themes this year are Dig into Reading for ages 0-11and Beneath the Surface for ages 12-18.
Participants will complete a reading log as a way of documenting what was accomplished over the summer. Sign up in person at any or on-line at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library. You can download the reading record sheet and learn about upcoming events.
Summer Reading, by the way, is an annual literacy initiative to keep children and youth reading when school is not in session. The idea is to maintain reading skill levels.
Perennial favorite Ronald McDonald will appear at each library location starting Tuesday, June 5 at Southwest and Conover. This and other programs will help pique curiosity, foster learning and enhance skills.
On the June calendar are visits by Lincoln County archaeologist January Porter on June 4 at both Southwest and Conover locations. Worm farming will be the topic of sessions the week of June 10 at both Conover and Claremont. St. Stephens will host a session on ants June 14. Don’t worry about the cost: all of the programs are free. “Dinosaur digging” is planned at Maiden, St. Stephens and Claremont. Sherrills Ford will make “dinosaur fossils.” Newton will host a series of family movies on Saturday afternoons, among other activities.
For more details, contact any branch or Youth Services at 465-8668.
Local author at St. Stephens
Elizabeth Powe of Taylorsville will sign copies of her novel, Restoration, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at St. Stephens Branch.
The Christian fantasy novel focuses on Emmalyne Keene, who is entrusted to keep a rare family jewel.
Powe, a former teacher, has written her book “as inspirational story of true hope that allows readers an opportunity to wrestle through the struggles that may hold them back from reaching their true potential.”
Powe, a native of New Orleans, moved to the area in 2000 with her husband Rodney, worship pastor at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church. She will have copies available for sale and signing. St. Stephens Branch is located at 3225 Springs Road NE, Hickory.
‘Battle’ books encourage summer reading
Catawba County Library’s Summer Reading signups begin May 21. The Battle of the Books reading list is a great place for kids to begin.
Battle of the Books challenges kids to test their knowledge of literature and help instill a love of reading. Students in grades 5-8 prepare for the contest by reading from a pre-selected book list released by the N.C. School Library Media Association. The reading list offers highly regarded children’s literature representing a cross-section of subjects and genres with attention to diversity of themes and authors.
Catawba County Library System has multiple copies available on specially marked shelves. If you cannot find a title, be sure to ask a librarian.
A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park
Belly Up, Stuart Gibbs
Greetings from Nowhere, Barbara O’Connor
The Homework Machine, Dan Gutman
Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Lai
Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O’Dell
Jake, Audrey Couloumbis
Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George
Love, Ruby Lavender, Deborah Wiles
Savvy, Ingrid Law
Smells Like Dog, Suzanne Selfors
The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
The Trouble with Chickens, Doreen Cronin
Tuesdays at the Castle, Jessica Day George
Ungifted, Gordon Korman
Woods Runner, Gary Paulsen
The Year of the Dog, Grace Lin
Zora and Me, Victoria Bond
Return to Sender, Julia Alvarez
The Underneath, Kathi Appelt
Iron Thunder: The Battle
Between the Monitor and the Merrimac, Avi
The Boy Who Dared, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Island of the Unknowns; A Mystery*, Benedict Carey
That Summer, Sarah Dessen
Gym Candy, Carl Deuker
Forged by Fire, Sharon M. Draper
Under a War-Torn Sky, Laura Elliott
The Brooklyn Nine, Alan Gratz
Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse
Red Scarf Girl, Ji-Li Jiang
Heaven, Angela Johnson
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam, Cynthia Kadohata
Schooled, Gordon Korman
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Legend, Marie Lu
A Monster Calls , Patrick Ness
Wonder, R.J. Palacio
Ghosts in the Fog, Samantha Seiple
Bomb: the Race to Build and Steal the
World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, Steve Sheinkin
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
The Emerald Atlas, John Stephens
The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
The Land, Mildred D. Taylor
Three Times Lucky, Sheila Turnage
Crow, Barbara Wright
*This book was previously published under the title “The Unknowns: a Mystery.”