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Catawba County Library System Receives Awards From State Agency

The Catawba County Library system received four awards this year from the North Carolina Public Library Director Association (NCPLDA) in the Large Library category. This category includes systems like Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Durham County, Wake County, Greensboro City, and others.

One of the awards was for the Southwest Branch Renovation of the Literacy Play Area. According to a news release, The Catawba County Library has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to early childhood education through the renovation of the Southwest Branch Library’s children’s area, transforming it into an exceptional space dedicated to fostering early language and literacy skills in preschool children.

An award was presented to the St. Stephens Branch Renovation of the Literacy Play Area. The news release says the St. Stephens Branch Library stands as a testament to the transformative power of thoughtful renovation and redesign. This facility’s recognition is well-deserved, as it underwent a comprehensive renovation aimed at creating a more inviting and modern space, purposefully designed to serve as a destination for diverse community members, especially young families.

Another award was presented for the Tales in the Garden program. The news release says the “Tales in the Garden” series exemplifies the highest standards of community engagement which extends beyond storytelling. The monthly bilingual storytimes and interactive experiences spark conversations about cultural enrichment and charity, fostering a deeper sense of belonging and encouraging individuals to consider their role in creating a more inclusive society.

And another award was presented for Ryan Dowd and Mental Health First Aid training for all staff in the Outstanding Staff Development category. The news release says recognizing the growing presence of patrons experiencing homelessness, mental health or drug addiction, the library addressed staff concerns about safety and conduct and fostered a more inclusive environment by facilitating training that integrated empathy-driven enforcement techniques and gaining voluntary compliance through positive interactions.