Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Learn ‘Grocery Secrets’ in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – Find out tips for effective and cost-conscious grocery shopping in “Grocery Secrets,” 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 22, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Jeannie Leonard, Family and Consumer Sciences agent with Randolph County Cooperative Extension, will show you how to use grocery store layout to your advantage, maximize your shopping dollars with coupons, and get out of the store faster by planning meals ahead of time.

Leonard’s talk is free and the public is invited.

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Popular professor Elliot Engel to kick of new lecture series at Asheboro’s Sunset Theatre

Professor Elliot Engel
Literary lecturer Dr. Elliot Engel will inaugurate an eclectic new series of lectures and performances for 2018 as the Friends of the Library Sunset Signature Series gets underway.  

The series, which will take place in downtown Asheboro’s historic Sunset Theatre, is sponsored by the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, the City of Asheboro and the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library.

Engel will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, with a lively talk, “Our Slippery Mother Tongue: A Light History of English.” His appearance is free and the public is invited.

Using anecdotes, analysis and large doses of humor, Engel will bring to life the fascinating development of the English language from the Anglo-Saxons to the invading French, and beyond.

Engel has delivered his highly entertaining but historically detailed talks worldwide over his 30-year career. He is author of 10 books; his lecture series about Charles Dickens appeared on PBS stations around the country. Four of plays he has written have been produced in the past 10 years.

In 2009, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England for his academic work and his promotion of Dickens. Sales of his CDs and DVDs have raised funds for the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London, which Dickens helped found in 1852.

Engel lives in Raleigh and has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and Duke University. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA , where he won the Outstanding Teaching Award.

Installments of the series following Engel will take place in March, May and September:
  • Asheville busker and radio personality Abby the Spoon Lady will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17. She will be accompanied by Chris Rodrigues, another Asheville street performer who is a one-man band.  Abby developed her talent while hitchhiking and hopping freight trains through 48 states. She’s a mainstay on the streets of Asheville and a radio personality who performs around the country, sharing her music and telling stories about her experiences.
  • Asheboro native Holly George-Warren will take the stage at 7  p.m. Thursday, May 3. One of the country’s foremost music journalists, George-Warren is most recently penned the biographies A Man Called Destruction: The Life of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man, and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry. She is currently working on a biography of Janis Joplin. Her husband, author and musician Robert Burke Warren, will play music as a soundtrack for her talk.
  • Journalist Kevin Maurer, who has been embedded with various U.S. military forces since the beginning of the war in Iraq, will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 13. He is author of No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden,  which was the top-selling hardcover book of 2012
The Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Ave. in Asheboro. For further information, call the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau at 800-626-2672.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

New to social media? Get started on Facebook in Asheboro library class

ASHEBORO – New to social media? Get started with “Understanding Facebook,” a class with Digital Services Librarian Harris Mason at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 10, and repeated at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Learn how to set up an account, update your status, upload photos, add and delete friends, share information with friends, and chat using Facebook Messenger.

Also included will be a primer on Facebook etiquette.

The classes are free and the public is invited. Participants should be familiar with a mouse and keyboard; have an email account; and be willing to sign up for Facebook.

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

New series of genealogy classes gets underway at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Learn how to search for family history using traditional sources, online databases and military records in a new series of classes with librarian/genealogist Ann Palmer at the Asheboro Public Library.

The workshops get underway on January 11 and continue every other Thursday through February 22. They are free and the public is invited; some classes require registration.

The classes include:
  • “Getting Started with Genealogy,” 6:30-8 p.m. January 11. Learn the basics of family history research: how to record your discoveries, organize the information and avoid common mistakes. No registration required.
  • “Using Ancestry Library Edition,” 6:30-8 p.m. January 25. Learn the basics of Ancestry.com via the version of the popular resource that’s freely available through the library. Call 336-318-6803 to register.
  • “Using Heritage Quest,” 6:30-8 p.m. February 8. Learn how to search Census and other records using this resource, which is available from anywhere with your library card. Call 336-318-6803 to register.
  • “Using Military Records,” 6:30-8 p.m. February 22. Learn about indexes to unit records, draft registration and enlistment records, military service records, death and casualty lists, pension files and more. No registration required.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6803.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tuneful team of Edwards and Davis to return for bluegrass Christmas at Asheboro library

Tommy Edwards and LaNelle Davis perform.
ASHEBORO – The old time/bluegrass team of Tommy Edwards and LaNelle Davis will present a selection of original and traditional seasonal tunes in “A Country Bluegrass Christmas,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Edwards and Davis will be joined by Stan Brown on banjo for the concert, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free and the public is invited.

Siler City native Edwards is lead singer/guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, which he founded in 1971, and host of radio station Life 103.1’s “Bluegrass Saturday Night.”

A professional performer for over 35 years, Edwards has twice been named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist. He’s also known as an outstanding songwriter.

He served for over 30 years in the Randolph and Chatham county school systems as an administrator, a teacher and coach. He and his wife, Cindy, also ran an antiques store in Pittsboro for over 25 years.

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

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Santa Claus to visit three Randolph libraries in December


ASHEBORO – The Jolly Old Elf himself will appear at three libraries during early December to share stories and join in a variety of holiday activities.

At the Archdale Public Library, 10433 S. Main St., “Visit with Santa and Mrs. Santa Too” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7. Santa will read a holiday favorite, and children can decorate bookmarks and make an elf ornament.

The Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street, will host its popular annual “Breakfast with Santa” at 9  a.m. Saturday, December 9. Santa will read a story; there will be a variety of Christmas activities and a group dance. The Friends of the Library will provide a light breakfast.

At the Randleman Public Library, 142 W. Academy St., “Santa Claus is Coming to the Library! from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 14. Wear your holiday best and join in a Christmas activity with Santa.

All the events are free; children and families are invited and reminded to bring their cameras.
For further information, contact the Archdale library at 336-431-3811; the Asheboro library at 336-318-6804; and the Randleman library at 336-431-3141.

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.