Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Learn about ‘ABCs of Early American Handwriting’ in Asheboro library class


ASHEBORO – Ever been frustrated in genealogical or historical research trying to read old wills or censuses?

Join librarian and genealogist Ann Palmer for “The ABCs of Early American Handwriting,” 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, December 13 at the Asheboro Public Library.

Learn the secrets to reading old handwriting and learn why so many names and words are incorrectly transcribed.

The class is free and the public is invited.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6815.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Franklinville library to host holiday food events for adults and children


FRANKLINVILLE – The Franklinville Public Library will offer holiday food–related classes for adults and children during the first two weeks in December.

Adults and older teens can learn how to create tasty seasonal goodies in  Healthy Holiday Cooking” and “Food for Gathering and Entertaining,” 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays December 4, 6, 11 and 13. It’s for ages 16 and up; call the library at 336-685-3100 by November 30 to sign up.

“Holiday Cooking for Kids” will show youngsters how to make festive popcorn balls in holiday colors, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 19. (Be aware that this event involves peanut butter, for those with allergy concerns). Sign up by December 10.

The classes will be led by Kimberly Titlebaum of the Recipe for Success nutrition program at UNC-Greensboro, and will take place at the Franklinville United Methodist Church fellowship hall.

The church is located at 227 W. Main St.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tuneful team of Edwards, Davis return for “Country Bluegrass Christmas” at Asheboro library

Tommy Edwards and LaNelle Davis perform.
ASHEBORO – The bluegrass/old time music team of Tommy Edwards and LaNelle Davis will present a selection of original and seasonal tunes in “A Country Bluegrass Christmas” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The pair will be joined by a Stan Brown on banjo and Gerald Hampton on mandolin for the performance, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free and the public is invited.

Edwards is lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, and host of Life 103.1’s “Bluegrass Saturday Night.” A professional performer for over 35 years, Edwards has twice been named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist. He also served for 30 years in the Randolph and Chatham county schools as a teacher, coach and administrator.

Davis, from eastern North Carolina, initially was drawn to clogging, touring and performing extensively as a dancer and caller. She took up the bass when a friend moved and left one at her house, and since has performed with numerous nationally-known old-time bands and individuals.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


ASHEBORO – North Carolina Bookwatch host D.G. Martin will talk about his book North Carolina Roadside Eateries: A Traveler’s Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners, and Barbecue Joints at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, during a Friends of the Library dessert reception at The Table Farmhouse Bakery.

Tickets for Martin’s visit are $10 and are on sale at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.

In addition to his hosting duties, Martin pens a weekly column on books, politics and related topics that appears in 40 North Carolina newspapers. Martin graduated from Davidson College, where he played basketball, and Yale Law School. He’s also a former Green Beret.  He practiced law in Charlotte before joining the University of North Carolina system, where he served as Vice President for Public Affairs and chief legislative liaison.

For more information, call 336-318-6801.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Experience sky show as portable planetarium visits Asheboro library


ASHEBORO – Step into a space, journey through the solar system and meet Earth’s closest celestial neighbors on Thursday, November 15, at the Asheboro Public Library.

All ages are invited to free sky shows at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in a StarLab Portable Planetarium set up in the central part of the library. The planetarium holds 6-8 people; multiple presentations of the 10-minute show will take place at each scheduled time if necessary to accommodate all attendees.

Abbreviated shows also will take place between scheduled showings.

The StarLab, an  11-foot-high by 16-foot-diameter inflatable dome, is on loan from the State Library of North Carolina, which has made four of the portable planetariums available around the state. A laptop/projector system displays the sky show and guides viewers through the program.

The StarLab will leave Asheboro for its next library location in a few weeks.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Community writing, reading workshop ‘Writing to Heal’ to address violence against women


ASHEBORO – Join poets Melissa Hassard and Debra Kaufman for “Writing to Heal,” a community writing and reading workshop addressing violence against women, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 17, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The workshop, supported by the North Carolina Arts Council and the Regional Artist Project Grant program, is free and the public is invited.

Hassard and Kaufman will use selected poems from the anthology Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women (Sable Books 2018) to explore ways to talk about abuse, how families and communities are affected, and how breaking the silence is the first step toward healing. Participants will have time to reflect and write.

Representatives from local family services organizations also are invited to share information and resources. 

The two poets received a 2018 Regional Artist Project Grant to co-facilitate workshops in each of the region’s five counties, including Randolph. Hassard is managing editor of  Red Sky, a poetry collection that includes work by internationally recognized poets such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Fady Joudah and North Carolina Poet Laureate Jackie Shelton Green, as well as new and emerging voices.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Asheboro library launches new slate of weekly children’s activities


ASHEBORO – Kids and their families who visit the Asheboro Public Library can learn and have fun in weekly events on Mondays and Wednesdays as the Children’s Room revamps its schedule of storytimes and other activities beginning in November.

Additional special events also will take during each month.

Monday mornings will focus on children age 3-5, with “Kinder Prep” and “Music and Movement” alternating weekly at 10 a.m. Kinder Prep will focus on early learning concepts to help children get ready for kindergarten. Music and Movement encourages kids to stretch, sings, dance and explore music with rhythm instruments.

Monday afternoons will offer activities for children age 0-5 with “Learn and Play” at 4 p.m., featuring stories, songs and play time. The last Learn and Play day of each month will include an interactive group time for parents and caregivers, with refreshments.

Wednesday afternoons will feature a different type of activity each week at 3 p.m. for school-age children 6 and over, with “Crafternoons” on the first week; a movie on the second week; “LEGO Day” on the third week; and a hands-on STEM activity involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics on the fourth week.

Also getting underway is the Junior Book Club for children age 8 and up at 3 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The monthly meeting and activity event for homeschoolers and their parents will continue.

The new schedule replaces the entire previous schedule of storytimes.

For more information and complete schedules, visit the Children’s Room or call 336-318-6804.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.