Thursday, August 3, 2017

Illusionist, storyteller Caleb Sigmon to perform at Asheboro library

Illusionist and storyteller Caleb Sigmon
ASHEBORO – Storyteller and illusionist Caleb Sigmon will materialize with an unexpected coda to “Build a Better World,” the library’s Summer Reading initiative, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, at the Asheboro Public Library.

His performance, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and children of all ages and their families are invited.

Sigmon says he uses magic to share his story, his passion and his heart with others.

Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he spent his childhood playing inside cardboard boxes, fighting dragons and playing Cowboys and Indians in his backyard. Now, he has made it his career.

He graduated from one of the top 10 national arts schools and immediately went to work forging his own way with a unique blend of magic, drama and storytelling. He performs over 150 shows annually in schools, libraries, churches and performing arts centers, and has appeared at venues ranging from the Virginia Beach Boardwalk to the Johnny Carson Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Sigmon was originally scheduled to perform on June 21, but was unavoidably detained elsewhere.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6804.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Asheboro library program on NC women in WWI canceled

“North Carolina’s Women ‘Do Their Bit’ During WWI,” a talk scheduled for the evening of Thursday, August 17, at the Asheboro Public Library, has been canceled due to an unexpected and unavoidable conflict on the part of the presenter.

The program may be rescheduled in the fall.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

LEGO Mania for teens returns to Asheboro library on August 11

ASHEBORO – Wrap up “Build a Better World,” the Randolph County Public Library’s Summer Reading initiative – and actually build some imaginative worlds – during the 9th Annual LEGO Mania competition, 2-4 p.m. Friday, August 11 at the Asheboro Public Library.

Teens and ‘tweens ages 11-18 are invited to create ingenious LEGO structures for fun and prizes. The event is free but registration is required; call 318-6803 to sign up.

Participants will be divided into teams and age-appropriate groups to compete for prizes to be awarded by community judges.

LEGO Mania is sponsored by the Friends of the Library as part of the Summer Reading initiative. For more information about the library’s Summer Reading programs and a complete schedule of events, visit

The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Dig up ancestors in Asheboro library genealogy classes

ASHEBORO – Get to know your relatives — at the cemetery and through online genealogy resources.

Join librarian and genealogist Ann Palmer for “A Grave Encounter” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 12, at the Asheboro library.
Palmer will present pointers on cemetery research for those exploring their family history. She will talk about what information the records reveal, how to prepare for a cemetery visit, and what you can find online.

The workshop is free and no sign-up is required.

Meanwhile, learn about digging up ancestors online using library genealogy database in two more free classes.

“Genealogy with Heritage Quest” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 15.

“Genealogy with Ancestry Library Edition” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 22.

Call 336-318-6803 to sign up for these classes or for further information.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street.

Explore role of NC women in World War I during Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – When World War I broke out in 1914, women on North Carolina’s home front stood poised to support war-ravaged Europe because they already were organized to provide resources to the needy and vulnerable in their own communities.

Learn about their unique  contributions in “North Carolina’s Women  ‘Do Their Bit’ During WWI,” a talk by historian and educator Dr. Angela Robbins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 17, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Robbins’ appearance is free and the public is invited.

When the U.S. entered the war in 1917, women encouraged and supported one another to “do their bit,” coordinating the efforts of local groups with newly-formed state and national organizations to provide care packages for soldiers, grow and preserve food in the wake of severe shortages, raise funds through Liberty Bond drives, collect supplies for the Red Cross, and more.

After the war, their activism helped empower them to claim the right to vote and shape their own destinies.

Robbins is an instructor at UNC-Greensboro and Salem College. She holds a Ph.D. in History from UNCG and a masters in Museum Studies. She has worked in education and collections management at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, the Greensboro Historical Museum, Blandwood Mansion and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

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

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.