Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Learn how to avoid scams in Asheboro library workshop

ASHEBORO – Learn how to avoid falling victim to various schemes and cons in “Don’t Get Scammed,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 14, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Join Sgt. Charles Burrow of the Asheboro Police Department’s Community Resources Team as he discusses what steps you can take to prevent being the victim of various scams, including phone scams, real estate swindles and identity theft. He also will guide attendees through deciphering the signs of a scam.

The presentation is free and the public is invited.

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Asheboro library to offer Internet job seeking classes

ASHEBORO – The Internet can be an important tool in finding and applying for a job, but also can be a bit intimidating.

Learn about searching for jobs, filling out online applications and more in “Internet Job Hunting 101” classes coming up in November at the Asheboro Public Library.

The class will be offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, and repeated 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 22.

Each class is free and the public is invited.

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

Author Bruce Anne Shook to share parents’ WWII romance through letters in Asheboro library talk

Bruce Anne (Brucie) Parcell Shook
at her father's gravesite in Normandy.
ASHEBORO – Shortly after her mother’s death, Bruce Anne (Brucie) Parcell Shook discovered World War II letters between her mother in the U.S. and her fighter pilot father in Europe.

The letters told the story of the couple’s romance through 1944, when Shook’s father died in a plane crash in France. She has compiled the letters in an book entitled She Named Me Bruce: A Daughter’s Discovery of Her Parents’ World War II Romance, published in August.

Shook will talk about the letters between her father, Bruce Parcell —for whom she is named— and her mother, Frances, in a Friends of the Library program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Her appearance is free and the public is invited.

Shook was born in Statesville two months after the death of her father. She grew up to be a junior high school English and history teacher before becoming a school library media specialist, a position from which she retired in 2005. She now resides in Greensboro.

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Museum curator to explore Day of the Dead in Asheboro library talk

Day of the Dead sugar skull and figurines.
ASHEBORO -- The Day the of Dead is celebrated in Mexico simultaneously with the Catholic observances of All Saints and All Souls Days, November 1 and 2, as a festive time when families remember their dead and honor the continuity of life.

Join Sara Cromwell, curator of the Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology’s annual Day of the Dead exhibit, for a talk entitled “Life After Death: The Day of the Dead in Mexico,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Cromwell’s discussion of the unique Mexican observance will include its history, modern variations and associated folk art.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, it’s free and the public is invited.

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

History prof to explore role of American Indians during the Revolution in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO -- The often-overlooked history of the Native people of America’s Southeast in the Revolutionary War is the topic of a talk by UNC-Greensboro history professor Greg O’Brien at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at the Asheboro Public Library.

O’Brien’s talk, “Southern Indians in the American Revolution,” is free and the public is invited. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

In much of what is now the southern United States, American Indians played a significant, even decisive, role as all sides relied on them as allies. Indian people pursued their own agendas and also had an impact on post-war economic and political development.

In addition to his teaching duties, O’Brien edits the journal Native South and has written extensively about native peoples of the Southeast.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jugtown historian Steve Compton to trace pottery’s history in Asheboro library talk

Steve Compton
ASHEBORO – The history and influence of Jugtown Pottery will come to light in a talk by pottery historian and collector Steve Compton at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 5, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library, Compton’s appearance is free and the public is invited.

His talk, “Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017: A Century of Art and Craft in Clay,” shares a title with the book he published in June tracing the pottery’s history.

Jugtown was founded by Jacques Busbee, an artist from Raleigh, and his wife Juliana. Arriving in Seagrove in 1917, they gave national exposure to the traditional potters of the area by featuring the area’s wares in Juliana’s Greenwich Village tea room and shop.

The enterprising couple later founded Jugtown and employed local potters, paving the way for the development of the Seagrove area as the nation’s pottery center.

Compton’s talk will feature images from his lavishly-illustrated book.

Compton is an avid collector of mid-18th to mid-20th century pottery and has penned numerous books and articles about it, including Seagrove Potteries Through Time and It’s just Dirt! The Historic Art Potteries of North Carolina’s Seagrove Region. Widely recognized for his expertise, he is frequently called on as a lecturer and exhibit curator.

He formerly served as president of the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, and is a founding organizer of the North Carolina Pottery Collectors’ Guild.

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

History prof looks at youthful Revolutionary War soldiers in Asheboro library talk

Dr. Jake Rudman
ASHEBORO – Young soldiers carried a heavy burden in the American Revolution.

“Going for a soldier” forced young men to confront profound uncertainty and coercion, but serving in the military also offered novel opportunities.

Historian Dr. Jake Rudman will consider the experiences of these young men in “Becoming Men of Some Consequence: Youth and Military Service in the Revolutionary War,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 28, at the Asheboro Public Library. The talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Based on his 2014 book of the same title, Rudman’s talk examines the soldiers’ relationships, economic goals and politics, and their visions of their own independence.

Rudman, who holds a PhD in American History from Yale University, is an associate professor of history at Wake Forest University.

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