August 28th, 2014 by twilson
Free computer workshops continue at county library
Local adults can upgrade their computer skills at no cost, thanks to free 60-minute sessions at Catawba County Library. Pre-registration is required. Sessions on the roster include:
Intro to Computers— A how-to class for the PC novice. Session starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Conover or 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at Claremont.
One-on-One Sessions Q&A—Let a librarian become your computer tutor. Offered 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at Newton.
Exploring the Internet—Learn how to effectively navigate the world-wide web and its many offerings. Offered Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. at the St. Stephens Branch.
Money Management Banking—Get a better handle on personal finances with this non-commercial workshop. Offered at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at Newton.
Job Searching with NC Works—Check out the options available free to NC residents. The learning begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Southwest.
Email Basics—This beginner session will show you how to set up an email account, sent, receive and store messages. The learning begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Newton.
Resume Builders—Free individual instruction on how to best sell yourself on paper. Call ahead for your time slot at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Conover or 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in Claremont.
How to Use Hoopla—Hoopla, the amazing new streaming service, offers free access to movies, eAudiobooks and music through the library website. See how to use it at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at St. Stephens.
Intro to eBooks— A beginner’s session for navigating the world of electronic reading. Held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at Southwest.
To sign up for any workshop, contact the appropriate location: Conover, 466-5108; Newton, 465-7938; Southwest, 466-6818; St. Stephens, 466-6821.
Library card: Best things in life are free
This month the Catawba County Library System joins libraries across the nation to promote literacy through the Smartest Card campaign.
Your library card, the “Smartest Card,” allows you to check out books and audio/visual materials, but also allows access to a wealth of information without leaving your home or office. With a library card, you can access free books, magazines, journals, videos, recorded music available through your local library. Indeed that one card can help you become a, well-rounded citizen.
Catawba County Library cardholders may place holds on materials through the library website www.catawbacountync.gov/library. You can download books directly from the site for use on an eReader or other device. You can also access special tools such as NC LIVE, the state-funded data base that’s an information goldmine for students and other North Carolinians. The library’s subscription to this service gives you free access to Heritage Quest, Healthlink Plus, Learning Express Library and more.
The library website also offers free access to Hoopla, a service that streams music, audio books and TV programs and movies to your smartphone, tablet, computer or other mobile device.
Can’t find the materials you need? Local librarians can help you find out-of-print books, journals and other rare materials from lending libraries around the country. For the cost of postage, you can borrow those key resources for an important report or research project.
Catawba County Library offers free computer workshops, too. These adult sessions are held 10 months of the year across the library system that operates facilities Newton, Conover, Claremont, Maiden, Sherrills Ford, Southwest and St. Stephens.
Another facet of library service is free programs. Among this month’s offerings are a visit by author Janisse Ray on Sept. 4 in Newton, a talk by Dr. Summer Carrol of Lenoir-Rhyne College on Sept. 16 and a reading by author Jean Moore on Sept.23 at St. Stephens.
For more information about library cards, services or programs, call your local branch or Siobhan Loendorf, assistant library director, at 828 465-8692.
‘The Grapes of Wrath’ turns 75 this year
By Tammy Wilson
Public Information Officer
Catawba County Library System
Recently the Catawba County Library acquired a commemorative copy The Grapes of Wrath, a 75th-anniversary edition. That’s right—the John Steinbeck classic has been around since 1939.
The landmark novel won the Pulitzer Prize and went on to inspire an Oscar-winning motion picture. Henry Fonda starred as Tom Joad, the patriarch of a poor “Okie” family displaced from the family farm during the Great Depression. In desperation, they pack up their belongings to head west on Route 66 to Bakersfield, CA . There they become migrant farm workers.
The tale of struggle and survival captured the spirit of hard times no one cares to repeat. Those years of severe drought would lay waste the Great Plains and affect generations to come.
The Grapes of Wrath is a gritty tale but an American one to the core. When trouble knock, head west. There’s always more opportunity over the next ridge. It is a story line from the earliest days of the nation. Remember too that there is safety in numbers. Don’t set out alone—travel in a group, in this case the extended family.
The trip isn’t easy and the land of opportunity may not be welcoming, but it’s better than doing nothing. In the end you will overcome.
But what a time it was! Dystopian novels and apocalyptic and end-time doomsayers can’t top what really happened to America’s midsection during those grim times. The Dust Bowl was Trouble with a capital T. If you’re not familiar with this chapter in history, read Timothy Egan’s The Worst Hard Time, winner of the 2006 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The library has is in print and audio formats, but I’ll guarantee the story will make life in 2014 seem like a luxury vacation.
Dust Bowl storms of the 1930′s raced in at 50 mph to blast paint off buildings; crush trees, dent cars and form 50-foot dunes. But there was more. Swarms of grasshoppers devoured anything that drought, hail and tornadoes had spared. Families couldn’t huddle together for static electricity would knock them down. Children died of dust pneumonia, and livestock suffocated on dirt. Women hung wet sheets in windows, taped doors and stuffed cracks with rags. Housecleaning was performed with a shovel.
Dust blew from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Ocean on May 11, 1934 when a massive dust storm rolled from the Midwest to the East Coast. For five hours, a fog of prairie dirt enshrouded landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the U.S. Capitol, inside which lawmakers were debating a soil conservation bill. I know, you can’t make this stuff up.
Some other Dust Bowl-inspired books and movies to consider at the library:
Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan
House of Earth, a novel by Woody Guthrie
Rainwater by Sandra Brown
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Dust by Arthur G. Slade
Surviving the Dust Bowl (DVD)
The Great Depression (DVD)
Library tells September schedule
Catawba County Library offers an array of September activities from author visits to computer classes, story times and more.
The new Sherrills Ford-Terrell Branch will officially open on Sept. 29 near the intersection of Highway 150 and Sherrills Ford Road. The public is invited to attend from 4-8 p.m.
Janisse Ray, author of The Seed Underground, will appear at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 in Newton. Her landmark book focuses on biodiversity relating to heritage plants and copies of her book will be available for sale and signing that evening.
Jean Moore, a new Massachusetts novelist, will visit St. Stephens Branch at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 for a discussion of her book, Water on the Moon. She will be available to answer questions and to sign her book as well.
Computer classes have resumed for the season. The free workshops are for adults and are offered free of charge at various library locations. Participants should pre-register.
The library system will be closed on Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. For up-to-the minute library information, check the on-line calendar at http://www.catawbacountync.gov/library
Please pre-register for computer workshops.
All Locations Closed on Labor Day, Sept. 1
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 Tuesdays evenings by appointment, 465-8668. (Kids)
• Author Janisse Ray, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4 (adults)
• Friends of the Library, 11 a.m. Sept. 8
• Hands-On Banking: Money Management for Seniors, 3 p.m. Sept. 10
• One-on-One Q&A, 10 a.m. Sept. 10 & 24 (adults)
• Southern Pens, 10 a.m. Sept. 13 (adults discuss Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen)
• To Teach or Not to Teach with Dr. Summer Carrol, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 (adults)
• Email Basics, 10 a.m. Sept. 17 (adults)
• Gold Mining with Vivian Hopkins (NC Humanities Council), 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25
• Bypasses: Local History with Gary Freeze, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 (teens & adults)
Claremont Branch, 466-6817
•Intro to Computers, 2 p.m. Sept. 4 (adults)
• Resume Builders, 2 p.m. Sept. 18 (adults)
• Spy Night, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 (age 5+)
Conover Branch, 466-5108
• Little Learning Party 11 a.m. Tuesdays
• Family Dance & Learn, 11 a.m. Sept. 6 (age 2-7 & parents)
• Baby Bounce, 10 a.m. Sept. 10 & 26 (infants & parents)
• Family Day, 10-1, Sept. 13 (all ages)
• Intro to Computers, 10 a.m. Sept. 3 (adults)
• Resume Builders, 10 a.m. Sept. 17 (adults)
• Game of Thrones Un-Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 (adults)
• Teen Writers Guild, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 (age 12+)
Maiden Branch, 428-2712
• Ready to Learn Story Time 9:30 am Thursday (preschool)
• STEM: Make Your Own Bouncy Balls, 11 a.m. Sept. 20 (school age)
• Money Management: Financial Literacy for Seniors, 10 a.m. Sept. 24
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)
• Knitting Club, 6 p.m. Sept. 8 (adults)
• Identity Theft for Spanish Speakers, 6 p.m. Sept. 9(adults)
• How to Get Cash from your Life Insurance Policy, 1 p.m. Sept. 16 (adults)
• Exploring the Internet, 10 a.m. Sept. 10 (adults)
• Plan & Prepare for Long-Term Care, 1 p.m. Sept. 23 (adults)
• Author Jean Moore, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 (adults)
• How to Use Hoopla, 10 a.m. Sept. 24 (adults)
• Being a Safe Senior, 3 p.m. Sept. 30 (adults)
Sherrills Ford Branch, 466-6827
Branch Closed Sept. 22-28 to move to new facility
• Ready to Learn, Story Time 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays (preschool)
• Sherrills Ford-Terrell Friends of the Library, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16
• Open House at new facility on Sherrills Ford Road, 4-8 p.m. Sept. 29
• Ready to Learn Story Time, 10 a.m. Wednesdays & 11 a.m. Thursdays (preschool)
• Job Searching with NC Works, 2 p.m. Sept. 17 (adults)
• Intro to eBooks, 10 a.m. Sept. 26 (adults)
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