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News for Dec. 15

December 15th, 2014 by twilson

Happy customers share successes at the library
Free public libraries exist to enrich the life of residents—culturally and educationally. Usually the transformation occurs over time. We read about authors, inventors, leaders and others who were inspired by their formative years being taken to the library.

Harry Truman, for example, is said to have read every book in his high school library by age 14. All that reading came in handy years later as president of the United States.

Sometimes the library’s inspiration comes in a flash. Recently a local woman attended a piano concert at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch. Ragtime artist Bob Milne performed at the request of Friends of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library.

One customer in the audience said that she not only learned something about ragtime music but was inspired to continue piano lessons and to learn to read music. We know because she told Branch Manager Jennifer Patterson about her thrilling experience last month.

That’s the kind of news that library staff loves to hear.

It’s even more rare when customers call to say they’re happy to pay taxes to support the library, but that’s what one customer said recently. He came into the Main Library in Newton for help with an on-line mortgage application.

He was experiencing difficulty and was extremely frustrated, given he had to FAX the paperwork by 5 p.m. that day

Wanda Rozzelle, a library services specialist, was not only able to help the gentleman complete the task on time, but confirmed that the paperwork had been received by the government agency.

“You’re awesome,” he said.

Enough said.

Library announces holiday schedule
Even though the library will be closed for the holidays, some great online materials are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So if you’re surprised next week with a new iPad or Kindle, check the library website to see all the free resources you can use. NC Digital has lots of eBooks and Hoopla will let you watch movies or listen to music and recorded books.

The Catawba County Library System will be closed Dec.24-26. All branches will resume regular business hours on Saturday, Dec. 27.

Then the libraries will close again at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 in observance of New Year’s Eve. All locations will re-open Friday, Jan. 2 with their normal hours.

Library materials may be picked up before or after those closing dates, while the materials may be returned in book drops at any time.

Check county library for new popular fiction
Fiction aficionados are in luck at Catawba County Library. A number of new novels by popular authors are coming to the shelves in the next few weeks, so now’s the time to place your hold.

Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Lael Miller, James Grippando, and James Patterson are just a few of the best-selling authors with new books in the pipeline.

January will see the release of The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller. The new romance is part of the Brides of Bliss County series and involves jewelry designer Melody Nolan in search of a husband.

Trust No One is the title of Jane Anne Krentz’s new novel involving Grace Elland who goes on the world’s worst blind date and is later being stalked. Expect this romantic suspense title in early January.

Cane and Abe will quench the thirst of crime readers. Best-selling author James Grippando’s latest suspense novel involves Miami’s top prosecutor as a prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Look for its release Jan. 20.

James Patterson scores another thriller in his “Private” series with Private Vegas, about a private eye investigating a murder ring in the city of sin. Jan. 26 is the publication date.

Check availability of these and dozens of other new titles on the library website: www.catawbacountync.gov/library .

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‘Frozen’ celebrations this month

December 11th, 2014 by twilson

Kids will enjoy some “Frozen” fun this month with three events at Catawba County Libraries.

Conover Branch will host a “Frozen” sing-along party at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. Children are invited for snacks, craft and a free showing of the Disney movie. Costumes are welcome.

The party resumes at the Claremont branch at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 with sing-along songs suitable for all ages.

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch will be hosting two “Frozen” parties for children with games, crafts and more. The first party on at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 29 is full, but you can still pre-register for the second party scheduled at 11 a.m. on Friday Jan. 2. Register at the branch or call 828-466-6827.

All of these events are inspired by “Frozen,” the hit Disney movie that has become the top-grossing animated film of all time. It’s a fantasy based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen. Copies of the book and movie can be checked out from the library along with Frozen: the Essential Guide by Barbara Bazaldua.

Catawba County Library, headquartered in Newton, operates branches at Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Sherrills Ford-Terrell and Southwest (Mountain View).

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Library update, Dec. 10

December 10th, 2014 by twilson

Friends’ baskets make shopping easy, affordable
Shopping local is easy at the library, thanks to gift baskets from Friends of Catawba County Library.

The group has launched the fundraiser with reader baskets for everyone on your gift list.

Friends volunteers in Newton are assembling baskets to include at least one book and items pertaining to a theme—music, cooking, sports, inspiration and the like. The baskets are priced at $10 and all proceeds benefit Friends, the advocacy and support group for the entire county library system.

Meanwhile, their Friends sister group at Sherrills Ford-Terrell is assembling baskets for sale at the Sherrills-Ford Terrell Branch. Proceeds will benefit the Friends projects and will be available while supplies last.

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Update for Dec. 8

December 8th, 2014 by twilson

Library staff shares holiday reading favorites
When it comes to holiday-inspired books, staff members at Catawba County Library eagerly share their favorites.

Kathy Freeman, a library services specialist II at St. Stephens Branch, loves A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg, the beloved Southern author. This tale is about the warm and welcoming town of Lost River where townspeople perform secret good works. The tale focuses on Jack, a little redbird of a magical Christmas.

Newton’s Collection Development librarian Diane Jennings prefers a touch of mystery when it comes to holiday reading. The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen is the perfect choice: a tongue-in-cheek traditional English Christmas set in the 1930s. The “cozy” both celebrates and satirizes conventions of the English country-house mystery—a genre Diane particularly enjoys, having grown up in England.

“It’s a murder mystery as well as a love story. It’s fun and completely engaging,” Jennings said.

For Regina Reitzel, the all-time best Christmas book is The Gift of the Magi by Greensboro’s own O. Henry. The classic tale of reversal has been part of high school English curriculum for generations, though Reitzel remembers hearing it much earlier.

“When I was a little girl, my Mom read this to us at Christmas. Always enjoyed the story and its theme of sacrificial giving,” Reitzel said. She is Information Services librarian in Newton.

Janet Sanders, a library assistant at Southwest Branch, prefers Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. “It’s special to me because I read it to my children who are now in their twenties every year on Christmas Eve. My son always erupted in gales of laughter at ‘He had a broad face and a little round belly that shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.’”

Who could overlook A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? Not Laura Gora of Youth Services. She reads from dozens of holiday books each year in her job as library services specialist, but the Charles Dickens classic sticks with her. It’s the classic Victorian tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past is a perfect pick for the whole family.

All of these titles are part of the county library collection. Browse the website for availability at www.catawbacountync.gov/library

Place hold on new DVDs
Catawba County Library System has dozens of newly arrived DVDs and more on order. Now is the time to place your holds.

December DVDs include such films as Calvary, the Irish drama starring Brendan Gleeson, Equalizer, a thriller starring Denzel Washington, and This is Where I Leave You, an American comedy-drama featuring Jason Bateman and Abigail Spencer. Sylvester Stallone fans will want to check out Reach Me, a new romantic crime drama.

Other new titles being released on DVD: As Above, So Below, Good Lie, Frank, Maze Runner and Tusk.

To reserve these and other DVDs, logon to the Catawba County Library website and use your library card number to access your account where you may easily place a hold on a DVD or other library materials. If you do not have a library card, stop by any county library location to apply for one. They’re free.

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Library update, Dec. 4

December 4th, 2014 by twilson

Food donations cancel library fines

Librarians all around Catawba County are excited to see their “Food for Fines” boxes start to get filled. “It’s a win-win situation when people can resolve their library fines by helping their neighbors” stated assistant library director Siobhan Loendorf.

Both Catawba County and Hickory Public libraries are accepting food staples for overdue materials through Friday, Dec. 12. Food for Fines Amnesty gives customers a break with overdue fines while helping the hungry.

Library customers may pay their fines with nonperishable food at the rate of one item for each dollar in fines. All donated items must be nonperishable an “in date”—not expired. The donated items will be given to local food pantries.

Please note that canned goods may be used only to offset fines for overdue materials and not for lost or damaged items.

For more details, contact your local library branch.

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Library news, Dec. 1

December 1st, 2014 by twilson

Library’s holiday fest promises fun for all ages
If you’re looking for an event to get you into a holiday mood, stop by the Main Library in Newton.

The Youth Services Department is hosting a free holiday festival on Tuesday, Dec. 9. All ages are invited to enjoy crafts, games, music, refreshments and story time. The fun starts at 5 p.m. Santa is expected to visit.

Kids of all ages will have a chance to meet three therapy dogs who are part of the library’s “read to a dog” sessions for reluctant readers.

Main Library is located across from the Newton Post Office, 115 W. C Street. Direct questions to librarian April Green at 465-8668.

Steven Johnson: Hit book, series blends history, science

By Tammy Wilson
Public Information Officer
Catawba County Library System

“News,” they say is history we don’t know. No author proves that better than Steven Johnson, host of this fall’s PBS series, “How We Got to Now.” His back-stories of scientific invention make learning the fun it should be.

2014 has clearly been Johnson’s year. His best-selling book How We Got to Now was adapted to a TV series hosted by the author himself. He explores six innovations that made the modern world what it is with in-depth studies of glass, cold, sound, clean time and light. Check it out at a Catawba County Library branch near you.

Johnson may be an “overnight success” to most of us, but the climb up the best-seller list has taken years. He has in fact penned nine books, all dealing with—no surprise—science and inventions. Mind Wide Open is all about brain research, Future Perfect is an optimistic book about technology, society and the future; and The Invention of Air deals with Joseph Priestly, a scientist and theologian, protégé of Benjamin Franklin and friend of Thomas Jefferson.

If reading is all about learning new things, Johnson is your man. His passionate optimism makes him the perfect spokesman for his own work. He delivers fifty lectures a year, and a natural for public television. He brings forgotten information to light in such a conversational way to make readers (and viewers) gasp for want to learn more. Had Johnson been around decades ago, I might have become a science writer myself. I love how this writer weaves science and history. Who among us doesn’t relish the back-story of everyday things?

I first encountered this American author with The Ghost Map, the Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic—and How it Changes Science Cities and the Modern World. That mouthful of a title revealed the career of an obscure doctor, John Snow, who doggedly pinpointed the cause of cholera: a contaminated well in Central London. Given the fact that most people thought bad air caused cholera, the good doctor’s theory wasn’t readily accepted.

I had no idea who author Steven Johnson was, but Ghost Map hooked me on this gifted writer. To my delight, he has fully arrived on the literary landscape.

Log on to our library website to check availability of these and—I hope—future books: www.catawbacountync.gov/library

Contact Tammy Wilson at the library, twilson@catawbacountync.gov

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Library update Nov. 25

November 25th, 2014 by twilson

Adults: Get crafty at the county library
Adults will enjoy clever crafting at the county library as several handicraft activities are planned.

Local knitters are welcome to join the Knitting Club on Dec. 1 at St. Stephens. Crafters will knit and purl as they discuss books and more starting at 6 p.m. You need not preregister.

Other organized crafting includes:
3 D Paper Snowflake Ornament—Try your hand at creating a beautiful three-dimensional paper ornament to hang for the holidays. If you have a glue gun, bring it along to this session at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell. Reserve a spot by contacting the branch at 466-6827

Cookie Swap—Make your own cookies and bring the recipes for an old-fashioned cookie swap at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Conover Branch. Preregister at the branch or call 466-5108.

DIY Storytime Kits—Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles are invited to create their own storytime kits with materials provided by the library. The session will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Claremont. Activities will include creating photo books, puppets, sensory bags, lift-the-flap games and more. Preregister at the branch or call 466-6817.

Newton library plans “Merry Monday Movies”
Local families can ring in the holiday season with Merry Monday Movies, free showings of classic films at the Main Library in Newton from 4-6 p.m. The movies will include such titles as “Polar Express,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Christmas Carol.”

Youth Services will sponsor the showings Monday during December to encourage wholesome family viewing.

The movie series is one of several holiday activities planned at the library. For more details, contact your local branch or log on to the library website, www.catawbacountync.gov/library .

Learning abounds next month at county library
Catawba County Library System will offer fun-filled learning opportunities for children in coming weeks. Holiday themes will add a special sparkle to the free sessions to encourage learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
The schedule includes:

    STEM Christmas Worms

—Enjoy Herbert the Christmas Worm and a science experiment to create “worms.” Session scheduled at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Newton.

    Owl Crafting

—Ages 6-11 will learn how to make a fun and festive owl figure. Crafting begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at Sherrills For-Terrell Branch.

    STEM Igloo Engineering

—School-aged children will be challenged to build the tallest igloo possible using ice blocks (marshmallows), sticks (toothpicks), poles (spaghetti), animal skins (tape), and rope (string). The tallest igloo built in 30 minutes wins a prize. Join the fun at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Maiden.

    STEM Snowflake Science

—Learn how snowflakes are formed and try out some snow-themed crafts to help decorate the library. Conover Branch will host the session beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16. Children and adults are welcome.

    Wee Explore Boxes

—Tykes aged 6-18 months and their parents will explore the magic of sensory boxes including such holiday items as ribbons, wrapping paper, string lights and more. The learning begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Conover.

    STEM Gingerbread Houses

—Kids put their festive engineering skills to use by constructing gingerbread houses. Sessions planned for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16 at Newton and 3:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 19 at St. Stephens.

Contact the hosting library branch for more details. To preregister, call Sherrills Ford-Terrell at 466-6827, Maiden at 428-2712 and St. Stephens at 466-6821. Preregistration is not required for Newton.

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Library news, Nov. 24

November 24th, 2014 by twilson

Library to observe Thanksgiving holiday
Catawba County Library System will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28. Library materials may be picked up before or after those dates.

All library facilities will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 and resume regular business hours on Saturday, Nov. 29. Materials may be left in book drops at any library location when facilities are closed.

Hone your skills with free computer workshops
December will bring several opportunities for adults to enhance their computer skills at Catawba County Library System. Each session is 60 minutes long. You may preregister for these classes:

Computer & eReader Questions Drop-In—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. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 16 and/or 30 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell.

Intro to Computers—Here’s the foundation class for all the others. No computer experience necessary! Learning starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at St. Stephens.

Intro to Excel—Learn how to use this popular program to create spreadsheets and more. Offered 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Conover and 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at Claremont.

Intro to PowerPoint—Create effective visual presentations using your own photos or other images and special effects. Class starts at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at Southwest.

Electronic Christmas Cards—See how easy it is to create free electronic Christmas cards to send to friends and family. Session held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell.

Intro to Publisher—Get ready to create flyers, newsletters, brochures and more using this popular layout program. Class begins 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at Southwest.

Intro to Hoopla—Get in tune with the library’s new streaming service for music, audiobooks and movies. Be part of the class at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at St. Stephens.

Open Forum—Bring your computer questions to this information session 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Newton.
Intro to MS Word—Learn the basics of word processing. Two classes planned—10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19 at Conover and 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 at Claremont.

Pinterest—Learn how to best use this popular social medium. Offered 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell.

To register, contact the appropriate location: Newton at 465-7938, Conover at 466-5108, Claremont at 466-6817, Southwest at 466-6818, Sherrills Ford-Terrell at 466-6827 or St. Stephens at 466-6821.

Freeze to lecture on local shopping history
Historian Gary Freeze will conclude his lecture series at Catawba County Library on Tuesday, Dec. 2 with a discussion of dwindling downtown districts and the rise of shopping malls and mass merchandisers. The lecture will cover the period from the end of World War II until the 1990s.

The free program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Main Library in Newton and the public is cordially invited. His appearance is sponsored by Friends of Catawba County Library.

The lecture highlights some research for Freeze’s third book of Catawba County history—The Catawbans Volume III. Videos of his previous talks on desegregation, Baby Boomers and local highways, can be viewed through links on the county library web page: http://www.catwabacountync.gov/library .

Freeze, a Salisbury resident, is regarded as Catawba County’s historian, having written several volumes of local history.

Holiday movie marathon announced
A bit of Hollywood will come to Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch Library with a “Twelve Days of Christmas Movie Marathon” Dec. 8-20.

According to Branch Manager Jennifer Patterson, the series a special Mickey Mouse series will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 13.

“We see this as a way for the whole family to celebrate the holidays in a safe, comfortable environment,” she said. Of course patrons will be encouraged to check out library materials, too, while they’re here, she said.

The Mickey films are scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. that Saturday. Free snacks will be available and related books will be available for checkout.

The movie schedule includes:
Monday, Dec. 8—“Elf”, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 9—“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 10—“The Santa Claus,” 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 11—“Arthur Christmas,” 12 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 12—“Miracle on 34th Street,” 3 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13—Mickey Mouse Marathon, 12 to 4 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 15—“A Christmas Story,” 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 16—“Santa Buddies,” 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 17—“The Polar Express,” 3 p.m.

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Inman advocates for libraries

November 18th, 2014 by twilson

Recently Conover novelist, screenwriter, playwright and essayist Robert Inman advocated the value of public libraries on his blog. His words are reproduced here with permission from the author.

Robert Inman: We’d Better Speak Up For Libraries

Some friends in a community not too far from mine told me the story of a candidate for local political office a couple of years ago who said, at a candidate forum, “I think people who use the library ought to pay for it. I never go in there.” This candidate got elected, along with some others of like mind, and sure enough, when it came time to pass a budget, library money was drastically slashed.

The impact was immediate and drastic. The library had to lay off workers and cut operating hours. When folks who needed the library’s resources showed up, they often found the doors closed, or no staff member available to help and answer questions.

Looking for a job to support your family? Good luck being able to use a library computer to look up online job listings. A student working on a term paper that requires current reference material? Good luck getting access in the evening or on a weekend. Looking for that new book by your favorite author? Sorry, the library doesn’t have money to buy it.

The impression I got from my friends is that the frustration level is high, and that a grassroots effort is underway to get library funds restored. I hope they’re successful. Like me, they share the view that a library is an essential community service, just like police and fire protection, the health department, road maintenance, garbage pickup, etc. I think of a library as a vital part of the school system, which in its broadest term includes adults as well as young folks.

I would not be a writer if it were not for the influence of the library in my hometown as I was growing up. It was a modest operation, a single room tucked between the fire station and the city clerk’s office, staffed by a dear woman named Miss Glennie. She was not a trained librarian in the modern sense, but she knew every book in the place, and she was an ardent advocate of reading. She challenged me by pushing good literature on me, had me reading Faulkner and Hemingway when I was in junior high. Those books not only entertained me, they taught me what good writing looked like. Those books, and Miss Glennie, helped shape the writer I would become.

Libraries have changed a lot since my youth, when they were mostly places where you put books on shelves and patrons came in and checked them out. They’re now firmly in the grasp of the digital age, and much of what they hold is accessed through a keyboard, a collection of knowledge — much of it sight and sound — that has to be updated at lightning speed. But in the broadest sense, the role of the library hasn’t changed. It’s a repository of the community’s wisdom, there for every soul in the community to use.

No community service exists unless the people in the community insist on it, work for it, and support decision-makers who share their views. I don’t think we’re inclined to let crime run unchecked, houses burn down, garbage pile up at the curb, or ceilings fall in at the schoolhouse. The question is, do we also think knowledge and wisdom are important? If we do, we’ll back our libraries to the hilt.

    Visit Robert Inman’s website at www.robert-inman.com

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Library news, Nov. 17

November 17th, 2014 by twilson

Get help signing up for Affordable Care insurance at library
Catawba County Library will host free learning sessions about Affordable Health Care act starting this month through the end of December.

A representative of Catawba Family Care of Hickory will show participants how to access the Affordable Care website, www.healthcare.gov and how to understand what is being offered.

Sessions are planned as follows:
Newton: Mondays starting Nov. 17 from noon to 8 pm
St. Stephens: Mondays starting Nov. 17 from noon to 8 pm
Sherrills Ford: Tuesdays starting Nov. 18 from noon to 8 pm
Conover: Tuesdays starting Nov. 18 from 4 to 8 pm
Claremont: Tuesdays starting Nov. 18 from noon to 3:30 pm
Maiden: Wednesdays starting Nov. 19 from 9 am to 6 pm
Southwest: Fridays starting Nov. 21 from 9 am to 6 pm

To enroll for Affordable Care Act insurance, participants must provide their Social Security Numbers, W-2 forms or paycheck stubs, policy numbers of any health insurance policies, employer contact information. The data should be gathered before attempting to sign up for Affordable Health Care coverage.

Librarians are available at any library location to help customers find information and navigate the Affordable Care website. Those who do not have an email account may set one up for free at the library.

Library announces powerful new on-line resources
It’s always a pleasure to announce new services that library patrons can enjoy. Four new online resources are being offered free through the library website: www.catawbacountync.gov/library .

Books and Authors is the go-to-place for finding good books. Readers looking for a good book to read next will enjoy using this tool to browse books by genre (mystery, history, etc.) as well as author, title and “read-alikes.” Look here to be matched with an author who writes similarly to ones you already enjoy. Here’s your chance to fall in love with a new author! What’s more, Books and Authors isn’t for adults only. This site lets readers browse books suitable for infants up to and including Pulitzer Prize winners.

Chilton Online isn’t as entertaining as “Car Talk,” but it’s a good substitute for auto repair instructions. This site goes beyond the standard Chilton Auto Repair manual to provide videos, audios and access to information about the most recent vehicle models.

Job hunters and those wanting to move along a career path should check Career Transitions. This portal offers powerful information and videos on topics and tasks including career overviews, resume tips and simulated interviews.

Meanwhile, North Carolina Legal Forms gives up-to-the-minute information suitable for North Carolina residents pertaining to legal issues involving personal loans, real estate, divorce and more.

All four sources are accessible on-line at the library, at home or mobile devices on the go. Questions about these data bases? Just ask a staff member at your local branch.

Fines amnesty weeks coming
Local libraries will accept canned goods in place of payment for overdue fees for two weeks next month, from Dec. 1-12. Food for Fines Amnesty Weeks will offer library customers a break with overdue fines while helping the hungry.

Catawba County Library and Hickory Public Library systems are partnering to allow patrons to pay their fines with canned goods at the rate of one item for each dollar in fines. The food will benefit local food pantries.

Fines will be waived on any overdue materials returned no matter how long ago the materials were due. However, donated food may not be used to pay for lost or damaged items.

Customers need not have outstanding fines to participate in the food collection. Receptacles will be placed in each location of both library systems. Acceptable food should be nonperishable and in date (not expired). Welcome items include canned meat, soups, canned vegetables, canned fruits, boxed cereals, grits, dried beans, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, baby food, Jell-O, jams, or small bags of flour or sugar.

Also welcome are individual-serve pop-top cans and other ready-to-eat foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking such as peanut butter, cheese/cracker combos and individual fruit cups.

All public library locations in Catawba County and Hickory are taking donations: Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and Ridgeview Library in Hickory and any location of Catawba County Library System: Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, St. Stephens, Southwest and Sherrills Ford-Terrell. For more information about the library amnesty weeks, contact your local branch.

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