Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New children’s book club at library focuses on Battle of Books titles

ASHEBORO – A second book club is coming to the Asheboro Public Library Children’s Room beginning in September.

The BOB (Battle of the Books) Book Club is for fourth and fifth graders who either participate or are interested in the Elementary Battle of the Books. The intent is enjoyment of BOB titles outside of the competition.

The club will meet at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month beginning September 3. Participants at each meeting will consider one of the books from this year’s list, and the meetings will incorporate thematic, engaging activities related to the book.

All interested fourth and fifth graders are invited, and encouraged to bring their own copies of the books or check out an available library copy.

Titles up for discussion are:
· September 3: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen;
· October 1: How Tia Local Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez;
· November 5: Extra Credit by Andrew Clements;
· December 3: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

The Children’s Room’s “Max and Imaginary Friends Book Club” for children in grades 2-5 continues on the third Wednesday of each month.

Contact Head of Children’s Services Amy Matthews at 318-6804 for more information. The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Friends of the Library bookshop offers deal on King, Cornwell

ASHEBORO – Books by Stephen King and Patricia Cornwell will be 50% off during an end-of-month sale at Friends of the Library bookshop in downtown Asheboro.

Dates of the sale are Tuesday, August 26, Thursday, August 28 and Saturday, August 30.

The bookshop is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It’s located at 226 Sunset Avenue.

All proceeds from the sale of used books go to support Randolph County Public Library book budgets.

For further information, contact the bookshop at 629-1536.

Monday, August 18, 2014

ASHEBORO – Randolph Reads: Invisible Man, the community reading initiative exploring Ralph Ellison’s classic novel, culminates in September with art, jazz, a stage presentation about invisibility in the community, discussions of the book, and more.

All events are free and the public is invited. They include:

Discuss-As-You-Read #3, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, August 28, at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street. This is the last in a series of discussions that have considered Invisible Man in portions.

“Revealing the Invisible,” an exhibit  of work by local artists on the theme of invisibility, runs September 2-October 17 in Gallery 101 of the Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Avenue. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 2.

John Brown’s “Little” Big Band will perform an eclectic mix of jazz music that heavily influenced Ralph Ellison’s writing style, 7 p.m. Saturday, September 13, at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue.  Brown, a Duke University music professor, fronts several jazz combos including this 11-piece ensemble.

“Ralph Ellison: An American Journey,” a PBS American Experience documentary, will screen at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 18, at the Sunset Theatre.

A Forum on Banned Books with author Jerry Bledsoe will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 25, at Randolph Community College.

Invisibility in the Community, a stage presentation based on Chip Womick’s series of articles in The Courier-Tribune about individuals in the community who feel invisible, is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 26-27, at the Sunset Theatre.

Discussions of the book are slated at the Randolph County’s public libraries as follows: Archdale, 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 23; Asheboro, 5 p.m. Thursday, October 9; Liberty, 6 p.m. Tuesday. September 30; Ramseur, 1 p.m. Thursday, September 18; and Randleman, 4 p.m. Thursday, September 25.

All Randolph County has been invited to read and talk about Invisible Man by a partnership of community groups including The Courier-Tribune, the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, the Asheboro City Schools, the City of Asheboro, the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center, the Randolph County Public Library and the Randolph County Schools.

The purpose of the project is to allow people from all walks of life to have a common literary and artistic experience around the novel, and to be able to share their views on the themes and issues of being invisible in Randolph County.

For more information, visit www.randolphreads.org or contact Assistant Library Director George Taylor, 318-6814.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Asheboro library offers free Windows 8 class

Confused by Windows 8?

Librarians at the Asheboro Public Library will offer a “Navigating Windows 8” class at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 23 and at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 28.

The class is free but registration is required; call the Reference Desk at 318-6803 to sign up.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Teens invited to join economics simulation at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Teens can learn about both sides of the economic coin by joining in one of three Economy, Jr. simulations at the Asheboro Public Library on Saturdays, August 16, 23, and 30.

The simulations, offered by Rebuildup, LLC, will take place from 1-3 p.m. each day. They are free and all teens are invited.

In Economy, Jr., participants choose whether they want to play as customers spending a month’s paycheck from their chosen career on daily necessities such as groceries and child care, or as merchants selling those products to customers to cover daily overhead and perhaps turn a profit. Halfway through the simulation, the groups switch roles, with customers becoming merchants and vice versa.

Can you make it through without going bankrupt?

Based in Greensboro, Rebuildup, LLC, provides programs and services to help startups rebuild economies. The organization offers events to schools, libraries, congregations, Scout troops and youth groups to inform and inspire the current and next generation of entrepreneurs about economics and business.

For more information, visit rebuildup.com/randolph or call the library at 318-6803.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Handbell choir to perform at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO -- The Monarch “Shakers and Movers” Bell Ringers will perform at  1 p.m. Thursday, August 14, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the concert is free and the public is invited.

The 12-member handbell choir is part of Monarch Vocational Opportunities in the Community (VOC) in Asheboro, which supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The choir was started in 2012 and has performed throughout Randolph County. The group also performs a song in sign language.

The group began as a result of a generous donation from a parent who received the “Positive Spirit Award” from Energizer for his enthusiastic and cheerful demeanor.  This donor has a daughter who attends the VOC program and says she is his motivation for his positive attitude. It is with that same positive spirit the handbell choir performs as they continue to show and share optimism with the community.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Second ‘Randolph Reads: Invisible Man’ discussion slated

The second book discussion of the Randolph Reads: Invisible Man community reading initiative will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Led by Assistant Library Director George Taylor and English teacher Mandie Edwards, the discussion will focus on the second section of the book but will cover any aspect that participants wish to consider. Discussions about the final portion of the novel will take place on the fourth Thursday in August.

Randolph Reads: Invisible Man invites the entire community to read, learn about and talk about Ralph Ellison’s classic novel, and will culminate in September with performances, discussions and other events related to the book. For more information, visit www.randolphreads.org.

For more information about the discussion, contact Taylor at 318-6814.

The Asheboro library is located at 201 Worth Street.