Friday, October 17, 2014

Friends of the Library Bookshop to hold ‘Big Fall Sale’

ASHEBORO – All books are 50% off during the Big Fall Sale end-of-the-month special at the Friends of the Library Bookshop in downtown Asheboro.

Dates of the sale are Saturday, October 25, Tuesday, October 28, and Thursday, October 30.

The bookshop is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It’s located at 226 Sunset Avenue.

All proceeds from the sale of used books go to support Randolph County Public Library book budgets.

For further information, contact the bookshop at 629-1536.

Libraries to host Halloween events for kids, teens

ASHEBORO – Children and families are invited to have some ghoulish fun at the Asheboro and Archdale libraries for Halloween.

The Asheboro Public Library Children’s Room will host a Halloween Monster Mash at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 29. It’s free and the public is invited.

Hear silly stories, make a monster mask and have a monster roar contest. Children are invited to wear their costumes for a costume parade around the library.

Afterwards, stay for pictures in the Halloween photo booth and sample some tasty treats.  

Children of all ages and their families are invited to the Archdale Public Library’s annual Halloween Party at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 28. Costumes are optional. Slightly spooky stories and goody bags will be offered, and refreshments will be served.

No registration required; call 431-3811 for more information.

Teens: Photo Booth, Scary Book Chat

Teens at Asheboro can dress as their favorite book character or scary creature and have their pictures snapped in the “Scary Photo Booth Cosplay” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 29. The photos will be posted to the library’s Facebook page.

A Halloween party and Scary Book Chat will follow.

The Asheboro library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro. The Archdale library is located at 10433 S. Main Street in Archdale. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Storyteller Ron Jones to bring ghostly tales to Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Storyteller Ron Jones will present a Halloween-themed “Ghostly Stories for Families” at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 23, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Jones’s appearance, sponsored by the Friends of the library, is free and the public is invited.  Refreshments will be provided.

Jones, a former children’s librarian, library administrator and consultant, has been a professional storyteller for ten years. But he has been sharing stories and songs with audiences of all ages for more than 30 years, and has performed throughout the southeast, in Canada and in Mexico.

He is a founding member and past-president of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild, and has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor.

Contact the Children’s Room at 318-6804 for more information. The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Community discussion to conclude Randolph Reads: Invisible Man

ASHEBORO – A community discussion will wrap up Randolph Reads: Invisible Man at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 9, at the Asheboro Public Library.

It’s free and the public is invited to talk about the book, the Randolph Reads project and opportunities for ongoing discussions. Refreshments will be provided.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at all Randolph County Public Library locations. Ebook and audiobook formats also are available.

All Randolph County has been invited to read and talk about Invisible Man by a partnership of community groups including The Courier-Tribune, the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, the Asheboro City Schools, the City of Asheboro, the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center, the Randolph County Public Library and the Randolph County Schools.

The purpose of the project is to allow people from all walks of life to have a common literary and artistic experience around the novel, and to be able to share their views on the themes and issues of being invisible in Randolph County.

For more information, visit www.randolphreads.org or contact Assistant Library Director George Taylor, 318-6814.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friends of the Library bookshop offers deals on Nora Roberts, Cliffs Notes

ASHEBORO – Books by Nora Roberts and Cliffs Notes will be 50% off during an end-of-month sale at Friends of the Library bookshop in downtown Asheboro.

Dates of the sale are Thursday, September 25, Saturday, September 27 and Tuesday, September 30.

The bookshop is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It’s located at 226 Sunset Avenue.

All proceeds from the sale of used books go to support Randolph County Public Library book budgets.

For further information, contact the bookshop at 629-1536.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Original play ‘Black Blue & Invisible’ to cap Randolph Reads: Invisible Man

ASHEBORO – Stories of those who feel invisible in the community will inform Black Blue & Invisible, an original play created for Randolph Reads: Invisible Man by actor/playwright Mike Wiley. 

The show, sponsored by the City of Asheboro, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 27, and 3 p.m. Sunday, September 28, at the Sunset Theatre, 234 Sunset Avenue. The performance is free and the public is invited.

Black Blue & Invisible interweaves three elements: Chip Womick’s interviews for his series of articles in The Courier-Tribune on invisibility in the community; Wiley’s own personal narrative; and parts of another play, Sketches of a Man by Dr. Kashif Powell, which explores Ellison’s work.

Wiley says Black, Blue & Invisible proceeds from Ellison’s question, “Why am I so black and blue?” He calls the play a thoughtful investigation of what shared experiences evoke the feeling of invisibility.

Black Blue & Invisible is a look back and a look ahead,” Wiley says. “Where have we come from as a society and how much further do we have to go to understand the multitude of cultures that walk beside us today?”

Wiley will be joined in the production by Powell, a post-doctoral performance studies student at Northwestern University; Aya “Hope” Shabu, a professional dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and arts administrator living in Durham; and Rasool Jahan, an actress with many stage, film and TV credits including Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cold Mountain, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Freedom Song and One Tree Hill.

Wiley holds a masters in fine arts from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has created several of one-man shows including The Parchman Hour, about the Freedom Riders, and A Game Apart, about Jackie Robinson.

In DAR HE, his play about Emmett Till, he performs more than 30 characters. A film version of the play garnered major film and acting awards at numerous festivals, including Best Actor at the Harlem International Film Festival.

All Randolph County has been invited to read and talk about Invisible Man by a partnership of community groups including The Courier-Tribune, the Friends of the Randolph Public Library, the Asheboro City Schools, the City of Asheboro, the George Washington Carver Community Enrichment Center, the Randolph County Public Library and the Randolph County Schools.

The purpose of the project is to allow people from all walks of life to have a common literary and artistic experience around the novel, and to be able to share their views on the themes and issues of being invisible in Randolph County.

For more information, visit www.randolphreads.org or contact Assistant Library Director George Taylor, 318-6814.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Randolph Reads: Invisible Man brings Ellison documentary to Sunset Theatre

ASHEBORO – Randolph Reads: Invisible Man will screen the PBS American Masters documentary “Ralph Ellison, An American Journey” at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 18, at the Sunset Theatre.

The showing is free and the public is invited. The theatre is located at 234 Sunset Ave. in Asheboro.

Narrated by actor Andre Braugher, the film is a powerful look at the man behind one of the 20th Century’s most important literary works, and shows through interviews with scholars, critics and authors how Ellison was shaped by and shaped the landscape of American culture.


The thought-provoking, feature-length documentary will open viewers’ eyes to the historical relevance of Invisible Man and offer ideas for discussion and study.