Thursday, May 21, 2020

Curbside pick-up expands to all Randolph libraries; hours increase

ASHEBORO – After the Memorial Day holiday, curbside pick-up of books, DVDs and audiobooks will be available at all seven branches of the Randolph County Public Library as Ramseur and Randleman libraries initiate the service.

Hours also are expanding, with Saturday pick-up times available at Asheboro, Archdale, Liberty and Randleman.

To place requests, borrowers can search the library’s catalog at www.randolphlibrary.org or call their local library. Library staff will retrieve the requested items, bag them and contact the borrower to arrange a pick-up time.

Pick-ups are no-contact.

Reach the libraries as follows
  • Asheboro, 336-318-6801 or 336-318-6803, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9-1 p.m. Saturday;
  • Archdale, 336-431-3811, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday;
  • Franklinville, 336-685-3100, 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday;
  • Liberty, 336-622-4605, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday;
  • Ramseur, 336-824-2232, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;
  • Randleman, 336-498-3141, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday;
  • Seagrove, 336-873-7521, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.
 The library buildings are closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Randolph library to resume curbside pick-up; book drops reopen

ASHEBORO – Borrowers who have library books, DVDS and other material checked out can now return them as the Randolph County Public Library gears up to restart curbside pick-up of requested material on Monday, May 18.

Outside book drops at the libraries have been reopened, and borrowers are asked to return items they’re finished with to help librarians prepare to resume services.

The library buildings will remain closed to the public for the time being. Due dates have been extended until June 1 and no late fees are being charged.

Once curbside service resumes, borrowers will be able to pick up material at the Asheboro, Archdale, Franklinville, Liberty and Seagrove libraries. Randleman library plans to begin porch pick-up on Monday, May 25, and the Ramseur library will not offer curbside service.

As soon as items are available, library staff will contact borrowers to arrange a no-contact pick-up time. Saturday pick-up times will be available at some locations.

Meanwhile, telephone reference service has expanded. Call your library to request material, receive information, get assistance with research, and get help downloading ebooks, e-audiobooks and e-magazines.

Reach the libraries as follows:
·        Asheboro, 336-318-6801 or 336-318-6803, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday;
·        Archdale, 336-431-3811, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;
·        Franklinville, 336-685-3100, 2-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday;
·        Liberty, 336-622-4605, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday;
·        Ramseur, 336-824-2232, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday;
·        Randleman, 336-498-3141, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday;
·        Seagrove, 336-873-7521, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday.

Virtual storytimes for children are available online throughout the week.

The Asheboro library posts “Storytime with Miss Sam” at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; “Minutes for Mindfulness with Miss Emily” at noon Mondays; and “Stick Around with Miss Becky,” which features crafts with found objects, at 11 a.m. Fridays. The videos can be found on the library’s YouTube channel and at Facebook.com/randolphlibrary.

The Randleman library posts storytimes at Facebook.com/randlemanpubliclibrary at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, and the Liberty library posts at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Facebook.com/libertynclibrary.

Ebooks, e-audiobooks and e-magazines remain available at www.randolphlibrary.org/digitalmedia and through the library catalog.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Randolph library to resume curbside pick-up; book drops reopen


ASHEBORO – Though closed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Randolph County Public Library has resumed service by telephone from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday at 336-318-6801.

Librarians working from home will be available to answer library-related questions and, especially, to assist borrowers with downloading e-book, e-audiobooks and e-magazines, and using online learning and research resources.

People who don’t have library cards can register by phone for a virtual card that will allow them to check out digital media and access electronic resources. When the library reopens, the new borrowers can visit to obtain physical cards and check out print material.

Access to ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, and children’s resources such  the NC KIDS Digital Library and the Tumble Book Library, can be found at www.randolphlibrary.org/digitalmedia. Research resources, including genealogy databases such as Heritage Quest and Historical North Carolina newspapers, can be found at www.randquest.org.

Genealogy researchers can interact with Randolph Room staff members via Facebook Messenger at facebook.com/randolphhistory. Staff will respond between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Queries also can be referred to the Randolph Room by calling the main library number.

Keep an eye out for updates on the library website and at facebook.com/randolphlibrary.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Randolph libraries suspend all services effective 5 p.m. Friday, March 27


ASHEBORO – Following the Shelter-in-Place order issued today by Gov. Roy Cooper, the Randolph County Public Library has suspended all functions, including curbside pickup and phone service, effective at 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, until further notice. This action affects the libraries in Asheboro, Archdale, Franklinville, Randleman, and Seagrove; the Ramseur library already is closed and the Liberty library will remain open until 4 p.m. on Monday, March 30.

Digital media and electronic resources still will be available at www.randolphlibrary.org.

Borrowers who have library material checked out are asked to hold onto it until the library reopens. Book return boxes outside the libraries are closed and will not be emptied by staff.

All due dates have been extended until after the library reopens, and late fees have been suspended.

Anyone who is on the waiting list for an item will be in the same place on the list when the library reopens.

The library will remain closed for the duration of the governor’s order.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Randolph libraries offer curbside pick-up, service by phone

ASHEBORO – The Randolph County Public Library system may be closed to the public due to the threat of Coronavirus/COVID-19, but readers, viewers and listeners can still get books, DVDs and audiobooks as the library moves to curbside pick-up of items requested online or by phone.

To request items, search the library catalog at  www.randolphlibrary.org and place holds with your library card or REAL2 student ID, or call your local library. You don’t have to have a specific title in mind – for example, if you need books for your children, call the library and a staff member can select some for you.

Deliveries among the libraries continue, so you can still receive an item even if it’s not located at your local branch.

When your requested material is retrieved, a library staff member will call you to arrange pick-up in pre-packaged bags already checked out to you. Pick-up procedures may vary from library to library.

Library staff also are available to respond to inquiries by phone, including general questions, assistance accessing library electronic resources such as ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, and research assistance including history/genealogy requests.

Reach the participating libraries as follows:

  •         Asheboro, 336-318-6801, 9a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  •         Archdale, 336-431-3811, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  •         Franklinville, 336-824-4020, Noon-6 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday
  •         Liberty, 336-622-4605, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
  •         Randleman, 336-498-3141, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
  •         Seagrove, 336-873-7521, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday.

And don’t forget the library’s array of digital resources, including ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and e-magazines, and children’s resources such as the NC KIDS Digital Library and the Tumble Book Library, available at www.randolphlibrary.org/digitalmedia.html. Research resources, including genealogy/history databases Heritage Quest and North Carolina Historical Newspapers, are available at www.randquest.org.

If you don’t have a library card or REAL2 student ID, you can register for a card by phone to access digital resources.

Look for more service innovations from the library in the coming days.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Randolph County libraries close in response to Coronavirus/COVOID-19 threat; some services continue

ASHEBORO – In view of the threat presented by Coronavirus/COVOID-19, and to help ensure the safety of the community, the Randolph County Public Library is closed till further notice – but plenty of resources are still available to readers and researchers.

All seven library locations are closed, including Archdale, Asheboro, Franklinville, Liberty, Randleman, Ramseur and Seagrove. Outreach and mobile library services also have been halted.

“Libraries bring people together, but now the imperative for public health is to keep people apart,” said Library Director Ross Holt.

While patrons can’t visit the libraries, they can take advantage of the panoply of online and downloadable resources, including ebooks, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, genealogy databases like Heritage Quest and Historical North Carolina Newspapers, and more. The NC KIDS Digital Library and Tumble Book Library will keep children in ebooks and online reading activities.

Those offerings are available at www.randolphlibrary.org/digitalmedia.html, and www.randquest.org.

Library phones will be staffed from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; call 336-318-6800 for general questions, help downloading ebooks and other online resources, and research assistance.

People who don’t have a library card can register for one by phone in order to access online resources.

The library may add other services, such as curbside pickup of requested items and storytimes via social media, in coming days.

“We will do every bit as much as we can to support our patrons, while doing all that is necessary to safeguard the health and safety of public and staff,” Holt said. “This difficult situation one day will end, and we will come back stronger than ever.”

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Asheboro Sunset Series event with speed painter Tim Decker canceled


Asheboro – Based on the recommendation of Gov. Roy Cooper and new guidance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in regard to COVID-19, the Friends of the Library Sunset Signature Series event scheduled for Saturday, March 14, featuring performance speed painter Tim Decker has been canceled.

The performance may be rescheduled for a later date.