Friday, August 26, 2016

Eat smart with free hands-on cooking, canning classes in Asheboro

Jeannie Leonard
ASHEBORO -- From soups to appetizers and crockpots to stir fry, learn the basics of preparing healthy meals with Randolph County Cooperative Extension Agent Jeannie Leonard, at 6:30 p.m. every other Thursday from September 8 through November 3.

Sponsored by the Randolph County Public Library’s Margaret C. Taylor Memorial Culinary Arts Collection, the classes will take place at the Randolph County Cooperative Extension Center, 112 W. Walker Avenue in Asheboro, except for the September 8 session, which will be held at the Asheboro Public Library, 201 Worth Street.

The classes will incorporate concepts from the Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less program. They are free and open to anyone age 18 and up.

Registration is required; call 336-318-6803 to sign up or for further information. The sessions are:

September 8 — Basics of Home Canning (Asheboro library). Learn how to choose the best canning methods for different foods, and what could go wrong.

September 22 — One Dish Crockpot Meals. With fall and winter just around the corner, it’s time for hot meals and a crockpot is just the thing to warm you up. Learn how to prepare delicious and nutritious crockpot meals.

October 6 — Stir-Fry Up the Night. Stir up your weeknight dinners with something easy and different. Learn the 10 easy keys to cooking smart and find out about food safety.

October 20 — Soup’s On! Warm up the winter nights with a fortifying meal. Learn how to make excellent soups with a base and layered flavors, and what items to keep on hand for a quick meal.

November 3 — Holiday Appetizers to Wow Your Guests. Prepare for the season with new appetizer recipes and ideas that will leave your guests talking for weeks about your delicious and tasty treats, and learn about food safety practices for the holidays.

Leonard is Cooperative Extension’s Family and Consumer Services agent, focusing on nutrition and wellness, food safety and home food preservation.

The classes are supported by a bequest from the estate of Margaret C. Taylor, a Randleman native who passed away in Dearbon, MI, last summer. The library received her collection of cooking and culinary arts books, and funding to develop and enhance the collection.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Hiroshima witness McGlohon to inaugurate new WWII collection

John McGlohon in 1942 with his aerial
reconnaissance camera.
Asheboro native John McGlohon’s B-29 reconnaissance aircraft lifted off on August 6, 1945, for what he expected would be a routine flight.

Something big was brewing, but orders to avoid a particular area of Japan did not reach his squadron. The day ended with photographer McGlohon having snapped the only directly-overhead images in the immediate aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast.

McGlohon will talk about the events of that historic day at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 11, at the Asheboro library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, McGlohon’s visit is free and the public is invited.

The event also inaugurates the Robert C. Taylor, Jr., Memorial World War II Collection, which the library received as part of a bequest from the estate of Mr. Taylor’s wife, Randleman native Margaret Cashatt Taylor. Books and DVDS from the collection will be on display and available for checkout during the program.

McGlohon returned home after the war and operated a photography business (many of the company’s photos are included in the library’s online collection). In 1955, he joined the Asheboro Fire Department, and served as Chief from 1961 to 1985. After retiring,  he served on the city council from 1987 to 2005.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Randolph library Friends to host authors Bailey, McGovern and Vance

Authors Jodie Bailey, Hank McGovern and G. Warlock Vance
ASHEBORO – Visit with area authors Jodie Bailey, Hank McGovern and G. Warlock Vance during a Friends of the Library “Author Talk” event at 6  p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Asheboro Public Library.

The Author Talk is free and the public is invited.

Bailey is author of the award winning romance novel Quilted by Christmas and numerous other works of romantic suspense, including the forthcoming Breach of Trust.

McGovern, a psychologist, recently released  A Suicide Note of Hope, More Than a Memoir, an autobiographical self-help book.

Vance, who teaches literature at Randolph Community College, will talk about his Mafia-themed novel, The Bad Man.

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

Aerialist to swing into last week of Asheboro library summer events

Aerialist Amanda Durnell performs
ASHEBORO – A daring display of trapeze artistry will cap “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read,” the Asheboro Public Library’s fitness-themed summer reading program for children, at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, on the lawn outside the library.

Amanda Durnell of Down to Earth Aerials will use special fabrics and an 18-foot freestanding tripod to present an acrobatic show (in case of rain, she will perform indoors with a smaller setup). Afterwards, kids can get a close-up look at her fabrics, and learn about her performances.

The show, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.

Based in Raleigh, Durnell received her education in aerial fabric and static trapeze from the New England Center for Circus Arts in Vermont, where her teachers included Cirque du Soleil alumni.

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

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Get gentle yoga intro at Asheboro library

ASHEBORO – Learn the basics in “A Gentle Introduction to Yoga” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Asheboro Public Library.

Certified yoga instructor Albert Meyer will provide instruction on basic yoga poses that can be tailored to the physical needs of participants. He will focus on breathing techniques and bodily awareness, and will answer questions about yogic traditions.

It’s free and the public is invited.

Attendees should wear comfortable clothing; shoes and socks are optional. The session will be held on a carpeted surface but participants are welcome to bring a yoga mat and towel.

The event is part of “Exercise Your Mind: Read!”, the library’s health, nutrition and fitness themed Summer Reading Program for adults. For a schedule of the library’s summer activities for all ages, go to or visit your local library.

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

LEGO Mania returns to Asheboro library July 29

ASHEBORO – The Asheboro Public Library’s raucous and immensely popular LEGO Mania competition returns for its eighth year at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29.

Teens and younger kids ages 10-18 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 and is part of “Get in the Game: Read!”, the library’s health, nutrition and fitness-themed Teen Summer Reading Program. 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.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Comedy juggling team to propel Randolph library summer reading program into July

The Fettucini Brothers -- Alfredo and Alfresco -- will perform at all libraries in July.
ASHEBORO – Comedy juggling duo The Fettucini Brothers will delight audiences across the county as “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!”, the Randolph County Public Library’s summer reading program for children, continues into July.

The Brothers will bring their intelligent, interactive mix of clean, original comedy for all ages, blended with just the right amount of juggling, to all the libraries during the week of July 11, as follows:

·        Archdale, 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13;
·        Asheboro, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 12;
·        Franklinville, 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14;
·        Liberty, 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13;
·        Ramseur, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 14;
·        Randleman, 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14;
·        Seagrove, 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12.

Based in Charlotte, the Fettucini Brothers have entertained audiences worldwide for over 20 years with acclaimed performances. The have played theaters, comedy clubs, colleges, corporate events and cruise ships, and have toured as far away as Japan and China.

Meanwhile, weekly storytimes, performances, hands-on activities and other special events will take place at each library, including the ever-popular Snakes Alive at the Randleman library, Burns and Company Ventriloquists at Archdale and a performance by Down-to-Earth Aerials at Asheboro.

For a full schedule, visit or contact your local library.

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.