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Library news April 14

April 14th, 2014 by twilson

Book givers to step out on April 23
If you’re out and about on Wednesday, April 23, a stranger may give you a free book.

It’s part of World Book Night, an effort to put more books into the hands of potential readers.

Locally, several book givers will fan out from Catawba County Library locations to distribute some of their favorite reads to passersby on the street, in buses, area soup kitchens, waiting rooms and the like. You may be one of those recipients.

World Book Night is a world-wide initiative that involves authors, publishers, literary agents, booksellers, librarians and readers of all sorts who are willing to hand out 20 copies of a favorite book on a particular Wednesday in April. This year it’s the 23rd.

World Book Night copies may not be sold. They are not to be given to family, friends, book clubs or to patrons at the library. The idea is to promote a book to someone who is unlikely to otherwise read that book.

Some of the titles to be given away this year: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell; Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller; The Dog Stars by Peter Heller; Hoot by Carl Hiaasen; Pontoon by Garrison Keillor; Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan; Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee; Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean; This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff and Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan.

The volunteers chose the book to give away from a preselected list of 33 titles including popular recent best-sellers, classics and well-regarded fiction and nonfiction books.

World Book Night began as a round table discussion at London’s Book Industry Conference in May 2010. The purpose was to imagine a way to encourage more adults to read. The winning idea was to spread a love for reading by passionate readers who would go out into their communities and share copies of their favorite books with those who don’t regularly read.

Collaboration empowers seniors with technology learning
More than 100 local seniors are able to use tablet computers and access helpful websites, thanks to a technology grant from the State Library on North Carolina and efforts by the Catawba County Library System and the Department of Social Services Seniors Morning Out Program.

Since November, library staff has conducted free workshops at all five Seniors Morning Out nutrition sites.

Librarian Phillip Overholtzer explained that the sessions covered the basics of using tablet computers and how to navigate health and nutrition websites.

“We’ve been working on this since November and it has been a wonderful success,” Overholtzer said. “Those who were reluctant to try the tablets were amazed to see how easy it is to use a hand-held device.”

The outreach effort involved seven staff members and five sessions at each of the nutrition sites: First Presbyterian Church in Newton, Maiden Community Center, West Hickory Senior Citizen Center, Highland United Methodist Church in Hickory and Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Claremont.

The $7,400 LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant was used to purchase 16 iPads, protective cases and equipment that can be reused by the library system for future workshops.

County library tells holiday hours
Catawba County Library System will be closed on Friday through Sunday, April 18-20, in observance of the Easter weekend. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, April 21.

New DVDs slated for county library
Catawba County Library has placed orders for 60 more titles to its DVD collection. Among the motion pictures that will be available for checkout later this month:

Philomena
—A drama about a middle-aged mother decides to search for her long-lost son she gave up for adoption. The film is based on the 2009 book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.

The Gabby Douglas Story—Biopic of the determined gymnast who realized her dream at the 2012 London Olympics.

47 Ronin—Adventure fantasy about a band of Samurai out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master.

To place a hold on these or other DVDs, visit any branch or check the ibrary website http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library Remember too, that the county library now offers Hoopla, no-waiting service for TV series and selected movies. Find out more on our website.

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Library news April 7

April 7th, 2014 by twilson

Library hosts ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’
By now you’ve heard that Catawba County Library System is part of a regional read focused on Shakespeare. The local focus is the play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

The idea behind the regional read is to encourage reading and discussion among adults.

Renowned speaker Elliot Engel appeared April 1 at the Main Library in Newton to share anecdotes from William Shakespeare’s early life.

The bard was born 450 years ago this month, for those who are counting. His prolific writing life is the stuff of legend. Often called England’s national poet, Shakespeare is still the world’s pre-eminent dramatist as well. His body of work includes 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems which he either penned alone or in collaboration. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

But the local Shakespeare project isn’t over quite yet.

A troupe from the Green Room will perform selected scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Main Library in Newton and again at 4 p.m. at Patrick Beaver Public Library in Hickory. The performances are free and open to the public and offer a fantastic way to see the work come alive, quite literally.

To augment the Shakespeare experience, Southwest Branch will show the film “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. The branch is located on Highway 127 South in Mountain View. The public is invited.

In case you missed picking up a free copy of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” some free pass-along copies may be available at your local branch. Just ask.

Impact Survey scheduled
For two weeks beginning April 14, Catawba County Library System will conduct an online survey to find out how patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives.

Suzanne White, library director, said the information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

The survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009, the University of Washington Information School conducted Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries, the first large-scale investigation of the ways U.S. library patrons use computers and the Internet at public libraries, why they use it, and how it impacts their lives. The study was instrumental in providing evidence that access to the Internet at U.S. public libraries has a profound and measurable impact on individuals and communities.

The Impact Survey is coordinated by the University of Washington Information School. For more information about the Impact Survey, inquire at the library information desk or visit http://impactsurvey.org

You can support the library by accessing the web survey from the library computers or from the library website http://www.catawbacounthync.gov/library during National Library Week, April 14 to April 19. The survey will continue through April 26.

Urban gardener to speak at Newton
If you ‘d like to create an edible, drinkable landscape, come to Catawba County Library in Newton on May 1. An expert will be there to inspire you.

Author Nan K. Chase will discuss her book, Eat Your Yard!: Edible trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and flowers for your landscape and her upcoming title, Drink the Harvest! Chase has been gardening in the mountains of western North Carolina for more than 30 years, specializing in perennial ornamentals and in native Appalachian trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and herbs.

Her freelance newspaper and magazine credits include the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Southern Living, Our State, WNC Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, Old House Journal, American Bungalow, Carolina Gardener, and USAirways Magazine, and she has lectured extensively about edible landscaping in the urban setting. Chase is also the author of Asheville: A History and co-author of Bark House Style: Sustainable Designs from Nature.

Copies of her edible landscape book will be available for sale and signing. The program is free and open to the public through support by Friends of the Library.

Take library challenges, win prizes
Library customers will have a chance to win book store gift certificates for completing a series of library challenges during National Library Week.

Catawba County Library invites the public to complete five “challenges” from Monday, April 14 through Thursday, April 17. The library will be closed for Easter on April 18-20.

Customers may answer the challenges in written form at the library . The challenges will not be available online, but individuals may use #MyNCLibrary on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and to post answers to the questions each day.

Among the challenges will be answers to simple questions. Day 1 asks “What Do You Use Your Library for?

Day 2 will invite customers to tell how a librarian has helped them or influenced their life.

Day 3’s invitation is to share what you’re reading or what technology you use at the library.

On Day 4 and 5, Customers are asked to share a selfie and their favorite thing about the library and tell what they wish for the library.

Patrons should fill out consent forms at the library along with a prize ticket no later than Thursday, April 17.

Winners will receive $25 and $50 gift certificates to Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

Questions should be directed to staff members at Catawba County Library locations: Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford or Southwest (Mountain View).

National Library Week is an observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries—school, public, academic and special—participate.

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Update for April 4

April 4th, 2014 by twilson

Shop at the library
Easter shopping is easier this season, thanks to gift baskets from Friends of Catawba County Library.

The library support group has launched the fundraiser assembling a variety of reader baskets from kids to golfers to brides-to-be and more.

Friends volunteers are assembling baskets to include at least one book and items pertaining to a theme. The baskets are priced at $10 and all proceeds benefit Friends, the advocacy and support group for the entire county library system. Friends helps fund needed library materials as well as programs for all ages.

The baskets may be viewed in the lobby of Main Library, 115 W. C Street in Newton, and will be available while supplies last.

Library to sponsor community garden
Catawba County Library System will be feeding both mind and body this summer, thanks to a community garden project.

“Most people think of the library feeding one’s brain. We’re expanding that this season to good nutrition with a hands-on community garden project,” said April Green, Youth Services librarian.

The garden, to be planted on county property behind the Main Library in Newton, will involve twelve raised beds for vegetables and herbs.

“We hope to hold some story times in the garden and illustrate topics we’re reading about with examples from the garden,” Green said.

The project will enhance the library’s Summer Reading program and will involve a host of volunteers.

The public is invited to an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at Main Library to discuss ways to make the community garden a success. Agricultural Extension Agent Kelly Groves will advise. Harvested produce will be donated to local food pantries.

Financial support from the community is being sought. The library has already received a $500 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant from Scots Miracle-Gro, Green said.

For more information about the garden initiative, contact Green at 465-8668 weekdays.

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Library news March 31

March 31st, 2014 by twilson

Sherrills Ford focused on Abbott novel
If you’ve spent time in North Carolina literary circles, chances are you know Tony Abbott. He is past president of the Charlotte Writers Club and the North Carolina Writers Network and also past chairman of the North Carolina Writers Conference. He has won the Thomas H. McDill Award of the North Carolina Poetry Society three times.

If you haven’t met this writer, you’ll have a golden opportunity on April 15. Friends of the Sherrills Ford branch library are sponsoring a community read of Abbott’s second novel, The Three Great Secret Things. The author will lead the discussion starting at 6:30 p.m. that Tuesday at the Sherrills Ford Presbyterian Church across the road from the library. The event is free and open to the public.

Abbott, who spent most of his career teaching English at Davidson College, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for his first book of poetry, The Girl in a Yellow Raincoat, and in 2003 won the Novello Literary Award for his first novel, Leaving Maggie Hope. That autobiographical novel was the basis for The Three Great Secret Things published in 2007.

Abbott has ties to Catawba County. He has been a speaker at area churches and at previous Sherrills Ford community reads. A long-time supporter of the Visiting Writers Series at Lenoir-Rhyne University, he co-edited What Writers Do, an anthology commemorating the 20th anniversary of the series founded by Dr. Rand Brandes.

Renowned author Josephine Humphries has said of The Three Great Secret Things” …it takes us back into that strange era, that oddly innocent time, when a boy could lose his heart to God, poetry, and a bright sassy girl all at once—and on purpose. Anthony Abbott treats his boarding-school characters with great tenderness and respect, following young David Lear as he pursues the three great loves that secretly are his education.”

Pick up a copy of the book and see for yourself what all the talk is about. Then ask questions of the author himself on April 15.

Up close with author Anna Jean Mayhew
Anna Jean “A. J.” Mayhew will discuss her novel The Dry Grass of August at Catawba County Library on Thursday, April 10. A winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award, the book has been likened to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

Mayhew’s coming-of-age story line has some similarities with Mockingbird in terms of a Southern family’s relationship with their black maid in the segregated South.

Lee wrote her first book in her late twenties. Mayhew’s first didn’t come until she was 71, which shows how writers can emerge at any age. Those without degrees should take heart as well—Mayhew has no formal education beyond high school and a few continuing education courses. But she has challenged herself to read the classics such as Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, Leonid Tolstoy, Flannery O’Connor and others. Reading is essential to good writing, she believes.

Mayhew’s novel is set in her hometown of Charlotte, but she is familiar with the Catawba County area; she attended a one-year business course at Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory 1959-60, and lived in Conover in the early 1960s.

“Many of the events in Dry Grass are fictionalized retellings of things that actually happened,” Mayhew said. ”Our car did run out of gas on a ferry crossing the Chattahoochee River in the early 1950s. My older sister and I went by ourselves to the Daddy Grace parade in downtown Charlotte, and we walked to a tent meeting outside Albany, GA, in about 1952. However, the major facts of the book are pure fiction. No woman employed by my family was killed in a racial crime. There was no White Businessmen’s Association in Charlotte, though there was a White Citizens’ Council upon which I based the WBA.”

Mayhew moved away from Charlotte in the mid-1980s and lived in Chapel Hill before settling in Hillsborough. Her book has been well-received in Charlotte. She has enjoyed several “homecoming events” at the local library system and has held readings at book clubs, churches and elsewhere, but she admits that she is not well-received in Claxton, GA, where a violent event takes place in the book.

“I guess that’s understandable, but it still bothers me somewhat,” she says.

What does a typical writing day look like?

“When I’m moved by inspiration, I write for hours. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night with a character yammering away in my head, and I take notes on a pad I keep on my bedside table. Such scribbling often leads me to develop a scene or a character into something fully fleshed out,” she said.

Mayhew’s next novel, Tomorrow’s Bread, is set in Charlotte in 1961, but it is not a sequel to Dry Grass. “The story is narrated by three characters and the setting is the urban renewal that took place in the early 60s, and resulted in the leveling of an inner city black neighborhood that dated back to Reconstruction,” Mayhew said. “This second novel has required a tremendous amount of research that inspires me. I’ve interviewed several people who lived through those events in Charlotte.”

Mayhew will read at 6:30 p.m. April 10 in Newton. The program, sponsored by Friends of the Library, will include a Q&A and book signing.

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Update March 28

March 28th, 2014 by twilson

Library announces April programs
Author visits, movies, craft times and free tax prep service are some of the offerings at Catawba County Library during April.

Renowned speaker Elliot Engel will appear in Newton at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 to discuss “William Before He was Shakespeare.” The talk is co-sponsored by the Catawba County and Hickory Public library systems as part of a regional read, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Free pass-along copies are available at library locations. Selected scenes from the play will be performed by the Green Room theatrical troupe at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Main Library in Newton.

North Carolina writer A. J. Mayhew will share her award-winning novel, The Dry Grass of August, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10. The one-time Catawba County resident is a recent winner of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award.

Volunteers will hold an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. April 22 to discuss the proposed community garden near the Main Library in Newton. All gardeners are welcome.

The library system will be closed April 18-20 in observance of Easter weekend. For up-to-the minute library information, check the on-line calendar at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library

COMING ATTRACTIONS
Please pre-register for computer workshops.

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)
• AARP Tax Prep, 9-1 April 1, 8 and 15 by appointment. (828-333-4240)
• Elliot Engel on Shakespeare, 6:30 p.m. April 1 (teens, adults)
• Author A. J. Mayhew, 6:30 p.m. April 10 (adult)
• Southern Pens discussed I South of Broad by Pat Conroy, 10 a.m. April 12 (adult)
• A Midsummer Night’s Dream performance, 1 p.m. April 12 (teen, adult)
• Friends of Library, 11 a.m. April 14 (adult)
• Community Garden Startup Meeting, 6 p.m. April 22 (teens, adults)
• Browse NC LIVE 10 a.m. April 23 (adult)
• Intro Windows 8 Tablets, 10 a.m. April 24 (adult)

Claremont Branch, 466-6817
• Ready to Learn Story Time 9:30 a.m. Thursdays (preschool)
• Internet Job Searching, 2 p.m. April 3 (adult)
• Resume Building, 1-4 .m. April 10 by appointment (adult)
• Poet Tim Peeler, 5:30 p.m. April 10 (adult)
• NC LIVE Job Skills, 2 p.m. April 17
• Appy Hour Recipe Apps, 2 p.m. April 24 (adult)
• Vegetable gardening, 5 p.m. April 24 (adult)

Conover Branch, 466-5108
• Ready to Learn Story Time 11 a.m. Tuesdays & Saturdays (preschool)
• Internet Job Searching, 10 a.m. April 2 (adult)
• Downton Abbey Addicts, 6:30 p.m. April 8 (adult)
• Resume Building by appointment all day April 9 (adult)
• Sidewalk Poetry, 5:30 p.m. April 15 (teens)
• NC LIVE Job Skills, 10 a.m. April 16 (adult)
• The Book Thief film, 5:30 p.m. April 22 (PG-13)
• Appy Hour: Recipe apps 10 a.m. April 23 (adult)
• Intro to iPads, 10 a.m. April 30 (adult)

Maiden Branch, 428-2712
• Ready to Learn Story Time 9:30 am Thursdays (preschool)

St. Stephens Branch, 466-6821
• Ready to Learn Story Time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. (preschool)
• Ready to Learn Story Time 6 p.m. Tuesdays (preschool)
• Author Sharon Howell, 2 p.m. April 5 (adult)
• Knitting Club, 6 p.m. April 7 (adult)
• Intro to Word, 10 a.m. April 9 (adult)
• Ramona & Beezus reading, 2 p.m. April 12 (kids)
• Intermediate Word, 10 a.m. April 16 (adult)
• Earth Day Crafts, 4 p.m. April 17 (kids)
• Learning Express NC LIVE, 10 a.m. April 30 (adult)

Sherrills Ford Branch, 466-6827
• Ready to Learn, Story Time 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays (preschool)
• STEM Chemistry of Dry Ice, 4 p.m. April 4 (school age)
• iPads, Tablets & NC Digital Library, noon, April 11 (adult)
• Tony Abbott book discussion, 6:30 p.m. April 15, SF Presbyterian (adult)
• STEM Sweet Science of Chocolate, 4 p.m. April 25 (kids)

Southwest, 466-6818
• Ready to Learn Story Time, 10 a.m. Wednesdays & 11 a.m. Thursdays (preschool)
• Scrapbooking with Publisher, 10 a.m. April 4 (adult)
• Catawba Crafters, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. April 7 and 14 (adult)
• Intro to eBooks, 10 a.m. April 11 (adult)
• Rise of the Guardians video, 11 a.m. April 12 (kids)
• A Midsummer Night’s Dream video, 6:30 p.m. April 15 (adults, teens)

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Library News, March 24

March 24th, 2014 by twilson

Library schedules free computer classes

Local adults can upgrade their computer skills at no cost, thanks to free 90-minute sessions at Catawba County Library. Pre-registration is required. Sessions on the roster include:

Internet Job Searching— Learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to finding employment through on-line channels. This workshop begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Conover and again at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3 at Claremont.

Scrapbooking with Publisher–Learn how graphics functions can help you create eye-catching pages. Class begins at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4 at Southwest.

Resume Building (all day, by appointment)—Free individual instruction on how to best sell yourself on paper. Call ahead for your time slot on Wednesday, April 9 in Conover or 1-4 p.m. only Thursday, April 10 at Claremont.

Intro to Word–See how easy it is to create, store and retrieve documents using this basic program. Offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 9 at St. Stephens.

Intermediate Word—A continuation of the class on April 9, or for those familiar with the Word software. The class starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at St. Stephens.

Intro to Computers— A how-to class for the PC novice who wants to learn the basics. Session starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 10 at Newton.
Intro to eBooks— A beginner’s session for navigating through the world of electronic reading. Held 10 a.m. Friday, April 11 at Southwest.

NCLIVE Job Skills—Check out the options available on this gigantic data base that’s free to NC residents. The learning begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 in Conover and again at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at Claremont.

Browsing NC LIVE—Get oriented to this awesome on-line data base to view videos and artwork, do family research, locate articles and much more. This sessions will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Newton.

Intro to Windows 8 Tablets—The Windows 8 platform has been optimized for tablet devices. See how it can best be used in the class beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24 at Newton.

Appy Hours: Apps for Recipes—Become acquainted with shortcuts to great recipes on the web. Be ready to learn at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 23 at Conover and 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at Claremont.

Learning Express NC LIVE-- Tap into this data base offering practice tests for the GED, SAT and more computer skill building. Session scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30 at St. Stephens.

iPad for Beginners– See how to use your Apple tablet to access email, the web and more. Scheduled at 10 a.m. Wednesday April 30 at Conover.

To sign up, contact the appropriate location: Conover, 466-5108; Newton, 465-7938; Southwest, 466-6818; St. Stephens, 466-6821.

Fiction can make us better thinkers
Catawba County Library has the very thing to make you a better thinker: fiction books.

According to recent research by University of Toronto scholars, people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call “cognitive closure,” or reaching a satisfying conclusion to an ambiguous situation. Compared to those who read an essay, the fiction readers showed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow sophisticated reasoning and greater creativity.

And who doesn’t want to be sophisticated and creative?

Creativity Research Journal reported last year that exposure to literature may offer a way to help open our minds. Engaging in fiction, the researchers say, doesn’t necessarily lead a reader to a decision, but it can encourage the impulse to calm anxiety that can lead to snap judgments, rigid thinking and bad decision-making.

The Canadian researchers didn’t specify what kind of fiction produces the creative results, such as a romance novel, for example versus western. And they don’t know how long the effect might last, although the more one reads would suggest that the more fiction one reads the more cumulative the effect.

Boning up on fiction need not be costly. The county library has a world of fiction titles in print, audio books and eBooks available for free checkout. You pick the genre: literary, fantasy, romance, western, science fiction, thriller, historical, inspirational, mystery and more.

The main message to the study is that reading about characters, even those we despise, can help us open our minds to new possibilities, empathize with people who are different from us. In short, reading fiction can make us more insightful.

So the common assumption—fiction is fluff, nonfiction isn’t—may be faulty reasoning. At the very least, the Toronto study begs the question of the true value of humanities education and libraries in general. And in an era of cost-cutting and realigning priorities, those are important considerations indeed.

Read more about the study at http://www.salon.com/2013/06/15/book_nerds_make_better_decisions_partner/

Programs announced for Conover, Claremont
Conover and Claremont Library Branches will offer free programs for youth and adults during April.

Downton Abbey enthusiasts are invited to an evening of drama on April 8 in Conover. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a viewing of the “Downton Abbey Christmas Special,” followed by rounds of Abbey bingo. Abbey addicts should bring their own tea. The library will provide “biscuits” (cookies).

Sidewalk Poetry is planned for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 when teens will chalk their favorite poetry and art. Photos will be made to display inside the library. The event is geared to middle and high school students.

The Book Thief will be shown on Tuesday, April 22. Ages 13 and up are invited to the 5:30 p.m. program. The World War II drama was made into a movie in 2013 and is based on the acclaimed novel by Markus Zusak. The film is rated PG-13.

Tim Peeler will read from his work at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 at Claremont. A past winner of the Jim Harrison Award for contributions to baseball literature, Peeler directs the Learning Assistance Program at CVCC in Hickory. He has published more than 600 poems, stories, essays, and reviews with both university and small presses including Checking Out poems published by John F. Blair of Winston-Salem. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Catawba County Agricultural Extension Agent Kelly Groves will be on hand to discuss spring gardens. Her talk begins at 5 p.m. April 24 at Claremont.

Questions should be directed to Librarian Brytani Fraser at 466-5108. Conover and Claremont branches are part of the Catawba County Library System.

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