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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