Thursday, July 20, 2017

Learn about grilling and herbs in library-sponsored cooking classes at Cooperative Extension

ASHEBORO  -- Begin and end August with classes on grilling and using herbs in your recipes, with Randolph County Cooperative Extension Agent Jeannie Leonard. 

Sponsored by the Randolph County Public Library’s Margaret C. Taylor Memorial Culinary Arts Collection, the classes will take place at Cooperative Extension’s new headquarters in Hillside Shopping Center, 1003 S. Fayetteville St. in Asheboro.

In “Get Your Grilling On,” a demonstration class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 3, Leonard will provide information on making healthy, nutritious meals on the grill, including meats and side dishes.

In “Cooking with Herbs,” a demonstration class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 31, Leonard will discuss the differences between herbs and spices, and how to buy, store and prepare each to maximum advantage. She also will talk about the distinctive flavors of various herbs and spices.

Both classes are free, but each is limited to 25 participants. Call 336-318-6803 to sign up or for further information.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Library offers wireless printing

ASHEBORO – Library users now can print documents from their laptops, tablets and phones at any Randolph County Public Library location, via the library’s free WIFI.

To use the wireless printing service inside the library, go to on your personal device. Choose the appropriate library location and follow online the prompts.

Printouts cost 20 cents per page.

The library offers both free WIFI and wired Internet desktop computers for public use at each of its seven branches, in Asheboro, Archdale, Franklinville, Liberty, Ramseur, Randleman and Seagrove. For library locations and hours, visit

For further information or assistance, ask library staff or call 336-318-6803.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Learn how to avoid ‘false facts’ by citing sources in Asheboro library genealogy talk

ASHEBORO -- Many family researchers create “false facts” by failing to cite their sources. Join librarian and genealogist Ann Palmer for a primer on documenting discoveries at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Palmer will focus on citing media such as the Internet, books, magazines, newspapers, Bibles, interviews and cemeteries, as well as hand-written information on scraps of paper, to document your research.

Her presentation is free and the public is invited.

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

WCU prof to feature Cherokee artisans in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – Learn about the Elders, 20th century artisans who have kept key Cherokee craft traditions alive, in a talk by Western Carolina University professor Anna Fariello at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Fariello’s appearance, part of the North Carolina Humantities Council’s Road Scholars program, is free and the public is invited.

Focusing on the key traditions of basketry, pottery and carving, this highly visual event recognizes the Elders and the thousands of unnamed makers who created and maintained traditions during centuries past.

Fariello is author of the “From the Hands of our Elders” series, which includes three books and a website produced to share important archival collections of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with the general public. For this project, she was honored in 2013 with a Guardians of Culture Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums.

She also penned the interpretive travel guide Blue Ridge Roadways, and was named recipient of the 2010 Brown Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society.

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Friends of the Library.

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

Live “Happily Ever After” in July during Summer Reading at Randolph’s libraries

Bright Star Touring Theatre will present "Happily Ever After"
at all libraries during July.
ASHEBORO – Live “Happily Ever After” as the Bright Star Touring Theater brings its hilarious rendition of Grimm Brothers stories to all Randolph County Public Library locations as the library’s summer reading initiative, “Build a Better World,” continues into July.

The theatre troupe will transform into Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumplestiltskin, and the Elves and the Shoemaker in their not-so-grim adventure loaded with audience participation and an endless stream of laughs. The shows will take place as follows:
  • Archdale: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 19;
  • Asheboro: 2  p.m. Wednesday, July 19;
  • Franklinville: 2 p.m. Thursday, July 20;
  • Liberty: 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18;
  • Ramseur: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20;
  • Randleman: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 27;
  • Seagrove: 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18.
Meanwhile, there will be more performances, storytimes, hands-on activities and movies at all the libraries. Highlights will include Balloon Magic with Asheboro native Clark Sides at Archdale and Seagrove; Magical Storyteller Mark Daniel at Randleman and percussive performer The Spoon Man at Liberty. The NC Zoo’s Animal Architects will visit Archdale, and the Flow Circus will bring its act to Randleman.

Find a full schedule of events at, visit your local library, or call 336-318-6804.

The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by Friends of the Randolph County Public Library with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. It’s part of a national effort to keep children reading during the break from school; research shows that kids who read during the summer do better in school the next year.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Discover N.C’s moonshine history in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – Get an overview of the history of illicit distilling in North Carolina in “White Liquor and White Lies” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The talk, presented  by K. Todd Johnson, executive director of the Johnston County Heritage Center in Smithfield, is free and the public is invited. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Johnson will explore the social history of the liquor trade from colonial times to the recent past, and share firsthand accounts from North Carolinians on both sides of the law, including legendary personalities such as firearms inventor Carbine Williams, bootlegger Percy Flowers and race car driver Junior Johnson.

He regrets that no samples of the product he is discussing will be provided to the audience.

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Botanist to shed light on flowers in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – Find out everything you always wanted to know about flowers, but were afraid to ask, in “It’s a What?!”, a talk by UNC-Greensboro biology professor Dr. Bruce Kirchoff at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Learn about the importance of flowers as plants propagate themselves, with a little help from the bird and the bees (and the bats and the lemurs, and the flies and the wind). Kirchoff, a botanist and winner of UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, will explore the marvelously varied world of plant reproduction, from a flower that appears once in 50 years to one that cannot reproduce without a specific kind of wasp.

He also will discuss why using native plants in your garden is so important.

His talk is free and the public is invited.

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