On Saturday, the Belmont-based nonprofit, in partnership with Gaston Arts Council and Gaston County Public Library, will launch a new program. Cultural Readings & Rhythms From The Rocker is a free program to foster cultural awareness, acceptance, and preservation through the sharing of literature and music from a culturally inspired, custom-painted rocking chair. The program is a series of five monthly reading events held at branches of the Gaston County Public Library. The first program will be held at the Belmont Branch on January 13 at 11:00 am. Additional dates are: Ferguson Branch - February 10, 2018 Main Library - March 10, 2018 Mt. Holly Branch - April 14, 2018 Belmont Branch - May 12, 2018 The culturally inspired, custom-painted rocking chair will be the storytelling platform at all events. Elements of Empowerment, Inc. enlisted artist Catherine Courtlandt McElvane to paint the chair. Cultural Readings & Rhythms is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.