Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Asheboro library welcomes back Edwards-Davis bluegrass combo

Tommy Edwards and LaNelle Davis perform
ASHEBORO – The bluegrass/old time music team of Tommy Edwards and LaNelle Davis will present a selection of original and seasonal tunes at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 8, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The pair will be joined by a Stan Brown on banjo for the performance, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free and the public is invited.

Edwards is lead singer and guitarist for The Bluegrass Experience, and host of Life 103.1’s “Bluegrass Saturday Night.” A professional performer for over 35 years, Edwards has twice been named World Champion Bluegrass Guitarist. He also served for 30 years in the Randolph and Chatham county schools as a teacher, coach and administrator.

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

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Asheboro library announces Breakfast with Santa, other December activities for kids

ASHEBORO – Enjoy breakfast with the Jolly Old Elf himself, and feast on a banquet of other activities for children at the Asheboro Public Library in December, including a full menu during the week after Christmas.

Have “Breakfast with Santa” at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 3. Visit and have your picture taken with St. Nick, make a holiday craft and indulge in a light morning meal.

Other events for kids include:
  • Arts and Crafts, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1: Make holiday decorations.
  • Edible Holiday Crafts for Kids, 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 5: Pretzels, cereal, marshmallows. Construct yummy holiday crafts you can make & take, or make & eat!
  • P.A.L. (Play and Learn) Club, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 14: Ocean Animals. Early literacy skill building for ages 0-5.
  • Maker Series, 4 p.m. Thursday, December 22: Make a gift! For ages 8-12.
Then, get out of the house during the week after Christmas for more fun:
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2 p.m.: movie, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant).
  • Wednesday, December 28, 2 p.m.: movie, The Secret Life of Pets.
  • Thursday, December 29, 2 p.m.: Jeopardy for Kids — general knowledge questions on the smartboard.
  • Friday, December 30, all day: LEGO-athon free build for school-age children.
All the activities are free and all children and their families are invited.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 336-318-6804.

Maker event, jam session highlight Asheboro library teen activities in December

ASHEBORO – A maker event, a jam session, video games and more are set for the Asheboro Public Library’s TeenZone in December.

All events are free, and teens age 12-18 are welcome. Activities include:

  • Video Game Club: 4 p.m. December 1. Take a break from homework for a fun afternoon of video games on the library’s Wii.
  • Teen Zone Jam Session: 5 p.m. December 8. Got musical talent? Bring your instrument of choice and make music! All ability levels welcome.
  • Maker Crate Unboxing #3: 4:30 p.m. December 15. Open the crate and build the surprise Maker project inside.
  • Teenzone Advisory Committee Appreciation Event: 5 p.m. December 22. Pizza, snacks and drinks to say thanks to teens who volunteer time and energy to provide feedback and keep the TeenZone inviting.

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

Asheboro library ‘homeschool meet’ to focus on teens

ASHEBORO – Learn about print and electronic resources available for free to teen homeshoolers and their families at the Asheboro Public Library’s second “Homeschool Meet-and-Greet,” 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 5.

Participants also will be invited to make a holiday craft.

The event is free and all homeschool families, or those considering homeschooling, are invited.

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wellness expert to share healthy living basics in Asheboro library program

Dr. Mike Perko
ASHEBORO – “Here’s a tip – we don’t have to make staying healthy so complicated,” says Dr. Mike Perko.

Perko, professor of Public Health Education at UNC-Greensboro, will share three essentials that form the basis of good health in a talk entitled “How to Make the Best of the Rest of Your Life” at 6 p.m. Monday, November 28, at the Asheboro Public Library.

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

Perko is a renowned wellness expert who has received numerous awards and penned five children’s books, the most recent of which, How to EAT, LEAP, and SLEEP like a SUPERHERO, was published in 2015 by the Wellness Councils of America.

In addition to his role at UNCG, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011, Perko is chief wellness advisor to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and a sought-after speaker. He was formerly the chair of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Alabama.

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

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi to return to Asheboro library

Jeff Bianchi
ASHEBORO -- Performing musical works spanning from Scotland and France to Argentina and Brazil, classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi will appear at the Asheboro Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 9.

Bianchi’s concert, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Bianchi will perform Scottish lute pieces from the 17th century; the Suite in F# Minor by Laurent de St. Luc, a Finnish composer of the Baroque era who was a court musician for Louis XIV of France; Five Songs of Love for the Guitar by Jose Luis Merlina, an Argentinian guitarist and composer; and works of Brazilian guitarist Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of that country’s most treasured composers.

Born in Williamston, New York, Bianchi began performing at weddings and cafes while still in his teens. The attention he received playing concerts throughout western New York led to appearances in prestigious guitar festivals.

From 2005-2007, he toured with country acts Young Guns and Chace Roberts. He began solo classical tours in 2009, and has performed throughout the southeast, Texas and the mountain west.

He first performed at the Asheboro library last year.

He lives in Lanier Harbor near Buford, Ga., and is guitar instructor at Friendship Christian School in Suwanee, Ga.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For further information, call 338-318-6803.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Learn how to preserve family photos in Asheboro library talk

ASHEBORO – Join photographic archivist Stephen Fletcher from the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives at UNC-Chapel Hill and learn techniques for preserving and storing your cherished family photographs, at 6 p.m. Monday, November 7, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Fletcher’s talk, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

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