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Library updates, Oct. 27

October 27th, 2014 by twilson

Maiden Branch to host archaeologist
If you like pottery or history or archaeological digs—or maybe all three—don’t miss January Costa’s pottery talk Nov. 18 in Maiden Branch Library. Her program begins at 6:30 p.m. that Tuesday.

Young and old alike will enjoy Costa’s investigation of pottery from two centuries ago. Costa, a Lincoln County archaeologist, has been involved in a dig at Holly Bend in Mecklenburg County that has produced a number of recovered ceramics. The Catawba Valley stoneware makes up part of the story of earthenware in the Piedmont.

Holly Bend, a frame plantation house along the Catawba River near Cornelius, is associated with the Davidson family of the late 1700s and early 1800s. The ongoing dig has involved a team led by Dr. Alan May as well as support from the Schiele Museum and Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department to survey and excavate the plantation site.

The pottery talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Maiden Branch at 828-428-2712.

Adults, kids: Get crafty at the library
Fall crafts will rule during free programs at Catawba County Library System during November.

Knitters will gather at St. Stephens Branch for their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. All needle crafters are welcome to join the stitching session.

DIY Wreaths will be created at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Claremont Branch. Adults are invited to produce an attractive wreath to adorn the home for Thanksgiving. More details are available at the branch or by calling 466-6817.

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch will host four crafting events next month. They include:
Fall Leaf Candle Holders, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 for ages 7-12.
Bejeweled T-Shirt Tote Bags, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 for ages 12-18.
DIY Faux Flower Candle Wreath, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 for adults
Fall Wreath Making, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 for ages 7-12.

To reserve a spot, stop by the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch or call 466-6827.

Free computer workshops continue
If you’d like to brush up your computer skills, Catawba County Library is the place to go. Free 60-minute sessions will be offered next month. Pre-registration is required. Classes include:

Computer and eBook Drop-in Session— This is an opportunity for private instruction on how to use an eReader or computer. Offered at Sherrills Ford-Terrell at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Hoopla—Learn to stream movies, music and more through this free on-line service. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Newton.

Intro to Computers— A how-to class for the PC novice. Session starts at 10 am Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Conover and again at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Claremont.

IPad Basics—Learn some quick tips on how to use your iPad. Class starts at 10 a.m. each Wednesday in November at St. Stephens.

CFI College Financial Aid—Learn how to navigate the on-line application process for college financial aid. Offered 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Newton.

“App”-alooza—Learn the ropes of mobile apps during this hands-on class. Scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell.

Intro to Email—See how easy it is to send and receive messages electronically. Class planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Maiden.

Intro to Excel—Get oriented to this popular spreadsheet program. Offered at 10 a.m. Friday Nov. 14 and Friday Nov. 21 at Southwest.

Resume Builders—Free individual instruction on how to best sell yourself on paper. Call ahead for your time slot at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 and in Claremont on Nov. 20 by appointment.

Rocket languages—Try out this amazing on-line learning tool to learn French, Spanish or other foreign languages. The class starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Newton.

EBook Extravaganza—Find out how to read a book electronically and how to use various reading devices such as Nook, Kindle, iPad and so on. The session begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Sherrills Ford-Terrell.

To sign up for any workshop, contact the appropriate location: Conover, 466-5108; Claremont, 466-6817; Maiden, 428-2712; Newton, 465-7938; Sherrills Ford-Terrell, 466-6827; Southwest, 466-6818; St. Stephens, 466-6821.

Library to host college aid sessions
Catawba County Library System will host two financial aid workshops Nov. 8 to help students and their parents prepare for college expenses.

A representative of College Foundation of North Carolina will lead the discussion at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Maiden Branch Library and again at 1 p.m. that same day at the Main Library in Newton. All college-bound students and parents are welcome to attend the free sessions. Reservations are not necessary.

Topics will include college applications, filling out the FAFSA, avoiding too much debt, finding scholarships and grants, saving for college, choosing a career and more.

CFNC offers information and resources to guide students and their families through every step of the college application process and help them make wise choices.

Those who cannot attend the workshop may check the CFNC website at or call toll-free 1-866-866-CFNC to talk with a telephone representative.

‘Deep reading’ makes us smarter, nicer
If you’re an avid reader, you’re in good company. Recent research shows that literature makes you smarter and nicer.

We readers have known this for a long time (ahem). The good news is that less than avid readers can get on the self-improvement bandwagon at Catawba County Library. This past year we circulated some 371,000 books in print, audio and electronic formats.

The study is the work of two Canadians: Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University and Keith Oatley, professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto. Their studies published in 2006 and 2009 show that people who often read fiction in particular appear to be better able to understand others and view the world from another’s perspective. The link was apparent in spite of the possibility that more empathetic people might tend to read more books in the first place.

Results cut across age groups. For example, young children who were read to were better able to model another person’s intentions.

Deep reading, the leisurely reading of a favorite novel, isn’t the same thing as skimming through headlines or comic strips or checking Facebook posts. In fact, deep reading may be an endangered practice.

Deep reading exercises the brain much in the same way real experiences do. Language rich in detail and metaphor draws on the same regions of the brain that would be active if the scene were unfolding in real life. Such language is found in novels, short stories, memoir and poetry. The desire for a kinder, more gentle world might begin with reading quality.

Modern life—and availability of such distractions as television and the web—make it too easy to opt for other activities than reading a novel or a memoir or poem. Deep reading, taking the time to slow down and thoroughly enjoy the words on the page, allows the reader to enrich themselves with reflection and analysis. You actually connect the story to your own memories.

County library announces full November schedule
A piano concert, an author visit and Thanksgiving programs highlight the month of November at Catawba County Library System.

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends of the Library will host renowned ragtime pianist Bob Milne at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the branch library. His performance is free and open to the public.

The following evening, author Jason Mott will discuss his successful first novel The Returned—the inspiration for the ABC-TV series “Resurrection.” He will be a guest of Friends of Catawba County Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at Newton.

Story times, ESL classes, craft times, computer programs and more round out the calendar. For the most current information, check the on-line calendar at

Please pre-register for Maiden events and all computer classes.
The library will be closed Nov. 27 and 28.

Main Library, 465-8664
• Ready to Learn Story Time, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10 a.m. (age 2-5l)
• Ready to Learn Story Time 5 p.m. Tuesdays (school age)
• Paws to Read with a dog, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays by appointment (465-8668)
• Final day of early voting, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1
• Election Day Nov. 4 with voting for West Newton Precinct, 6:30 a. m. to 7:30 p.m.
• Hoopla Computer Class, 10 a.m. Nov. 5 (adults)
• Author Jason Mott, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 (teens/adults)
• Southern Pens book club, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, 10 a.m. Nov. 8 (adults)
• CFI College Financial Aid, 1 p.m. Nov. 8 (adults)
• Friends of the Library, 11 a.m. Nov. 10
• Library Advisory Board, 12 p.m. Nov. 11
• Please and Thanksgiving, 5 p.m. (school age)
• History Talk with Gary Freeze: Baby Boomers, 6:30 p. m. Nov. 11 (adults)
• Pumpkin STEM, 5 p.m. Nov. 18 (school age)
• Women’s Self Defense, 6 p.m. Nov. 18 (age 12+)
• Rocket Languages, 10 a.m. Nov. 19 (adults)
• Catawba County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m. Nov. 25 (adults)

Claremont Branch, 466-6817
• Intro to Computers, 2 p.m. Nov. 6 (adults)
• DIY Wreaths, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 (adults}
• Resumé Builder, Nov. 20 by appointment (adults)
• Tween Scene: Babymouse, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 (age 8-12)

Conover Branch, 466-5108
• Little Learning Party story time 11 a.m. Tuesdays (preschool)
• Dance & Learn Story Time, 11 a.m. Nov. 4 (age 2-7 & parents)
• Baby Bounce, 10 a.m. Fridays (infants & parents)
• Intro to Computers, 10 a.m. Nov. 7 (adults)
• My Little Pony Party, 4 p.m. Nov. 11 (kids)
• Cookbook Club: Tailgate Snacks, 4 p.m. Nov. 12 (adults)
• Teen Writers Guild, 6 p.m. Nov. 18
• Wee Explore: Sensory Bags, 10 a.m. Nov. 19 (ages 6-18 months and parents)
• Resumé Help, 10 a.m. Nov. 21 by appointment (adults)

Maiden Branch, 428-2712
• Ready to Learn Story Time , 9:30 a.m. Thursdays
• Financial Literacy: ID Theft, 10 a.m. Nov. 5 (seniors)
• CFNC Financial Aid Workshop, 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8l (teens/parents)
• Intro to Email, 10 a.m. Nov. 12 (adults)
• Local Pottery program, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 (adults)

St. Stephens Branch, 466-6821
• Ready to Learn Story Time 6 p.m. Tuesdays (preschool)
• Ready to Learn Story Time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. (preschool)
• CFNC Financial Aid Workshop, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 (teens/parents)
• Knitting Club, 6 p.m. Nov. 3 (adult)
• “Pocahontas” movie, 4 p.m. Nov. 7 (all)
• iPad Basics Help, 10 a.m. Wednesdays (adults)
• ESL Classes for adults, 5:30-7:30 Mondays starting Nov. 10
• Before You Shop (Spanish), 6 p.m. Nov. 11 (adults)
• Family Fun Night, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 (all)

Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch, 466-6827
• Ready to Learn, Story Time 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays (preschool)
• Baby Bounce, 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays (infants and parents)
• Computer & eReader drop-in, 6 p.m. Nov. 4 & 18, (adults)
• Ragtime Pianist Bob Milne, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 (all)
• “App”-alooza computer class, 6 p.m. Nov. 11 (adults)
• Fall Leaf Candle Holders, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 (age 7-12)
• Bejeweled T-Shirt Tote Bags, 4 p.m. Nov. 19 (age 12-18)
• DIY Faux Flower Candle Wreath, 4 pm. Nov. 20 (adults)
• Fall Wreath Making, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24 (age 7-12)
• eBook Extravaganza, 6 p.m. Nov. 25 (adults)

Southwest Branch, 466-6818
• Ready to Learn Story Time, 10 a.m. Wednesdays & 11 a.m. Thursdays (preschool)
• Intro to Excel, 10 a.m. Nov. 14 & 21 (adults)

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Still time to view Anne Frank exhibit

October 23rd, 2014 by twilson

The free Anne Frank exhibit continues at Catawba County Library in Newton through Friday, Oct. 31. The information panels, on loan from the Anne Frank Center in New York, have drawn hundreds of students and other citizens to the library, and many have left comments.

“Sad,” “brave,” “depressed” are many of the comments written on Sticky Notes provided by library staff. The handwritten messages have been applied to library windows as a testament to the impact of Anne Frank’s story.

In addition, vintage items from the Nazi era in Germany may be viewed, thanks to a local collector, William Warren. Student Rabbi Dennis Jones of Temple Beth Shalom in Hickory helped formally open the exhibit earlier this month.

The library’s efforts are part of a collaboration with The Green Room Community Theatre which presented “The Diary of Anne Frank” earlier this month. Several school groups toured the library last week and viewed a special documentary outlining Frank’s life and death during the Holocaust of World War II. More than 200 visitors attended a lecture by Holocaust survivor Dr. Walter Ziffer on Oct. 16. A video of his presentation will be available soon on the library website.

“Building awareness of this chapter in history is what the collaboration was all about,” said Library Director Suzanne White. “In that regard it has been a huge success”

The Main Library is located at 115 West C Street in Newton.

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Library update, Oct. 22

October 22nd, 2014 by twilson

Community garden campaign successful
Catawba County Library’s community garden has plenty of seed money for 2015, thanks to a successful appeal to the community.

“We are delighted that $4,500 has been committed to the garden project,” said April Green, Youth Services librarian and project coordinator. “We look forward to continuing to improve and expand the garden this coming year.”

Twenty-five individuals, businesses and groups contributed to the cause for an average gift of $194 to the Citizenvestor campaign conducted on-line through the library website, Facebook and Twitter.

The purpose of the project is to maintain an attractive learning and reading space for library visitors of all ages. Produce from the garden will be contributed to local food pantries and the Corner Table soup kitchen. Plans for the coming year include creating a shade garden reading area for the community and for library learning programs.

Green thanked all who contributed, noting that the project is a collaboration of people working together to grow healthy local foods, encourage learning, and provide fruits and vegetables to citizens in need.

Those who would still like to contribute to the cause may do so at any Catawba County Library location, and volunteers are always welcome. Donations are tax deductible. Checks may be made out to Catawba County Library. The Main Library is located at 115 West C Street in Newton. Contact April Green at 828-465-8668 for opportunities to get involved.

Gary Freeze lecture will cover Boomer time
Historian Gary Freeze will continue his lecture series at Catawba County Library on Tuesday, Nov. 11 with a talk on Baby Boomers and their impact on life in Catawba County. Baby Boomers are generally considered those born between 1946 and 1964.

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.

Freeze will discuss research for his third book of Catawba County history—The Catawbans Volume III. His remaining lecture will be given on Tuesday, Dec. 2 as a discussion of shopping malls and mass merchandisers and their effect on downtown business districts.

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

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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 :

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 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 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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